Bear⁴ #01 — Contains Zero Bear Puns

September 24th, 2020

 

Frankly, that's the most shocking part.

This is an early airing thing on Muse Asia's Youtube channel last Sunday. Yes, I've been lazy. No version exists but the hardsubs, so suck it up for now. Its actual broadcast begins on October 7th. Also, the title is just the word "bear" written in katakana, hiragana, kanji, and then katakana again but in English. So… yeah.

Impressions:

Tired of omnipotent cutesy girls in a fantasy and/or fantasy MMO yet? No? Well, here's another one that feels unburdened by the need to have things like animation, jokes, or even the RPG elements that they so love to fetishize. Which isn't to say that status screens are completely absent. There's still one or two here and there, but it also begs the question of what exactly you're pitching here as your gimmick if you're removing all of those things. There's not some grand story. Hell, there's not even a second character for there to be any chemistry. You're desperately trying to compare yourself to things like that "All My Points Went to Defense" show and somehow coming off wanting.

All that you have left with all of that gone is a girl dressed in a silly costume. I have bad news for you, anime. All your characters are dressed in silly costumes. Yes, even the ones in the dramas. Especially the ones in the dramas. Supposedly, it's even worse though. Not to spoil things from the season preview (now finished except for sprite randomness), but apparently she's a super genius who made billions in day trading, and is transported into the MMO world for realsie reals with all her god-mode equipment. And status screens. And more explanations about levels. What a thing to look forward to. Because that is obviously what this episode was lacking.

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One Lonely Comment

  • anise_punter says:

    Fewer status screens is objectively good.

    Really why do you even need the girl lying in bed with the headset on part? Make her just be a fantasy girl stuck in a fantasy bear outfit for no reason

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