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Kureha Tsubaki

A second year student at Arashigaoka Academy. She has a strong hatred of bears, which only grows stronger when the bears appear to eat her girlfriend Sumika.

Voiced by: Nozomi Yamane (Japanese), Alexis Tipton (English)

  • All the Other Reindeer: Students from the academy ostracized Kureha for being different, and advice people not to be friends with her. Ginko's flashback in episode 11 reveals that Kureha has been a victim of this since her childhood. And as it turns out, Yurika had been pulling strings for years to get Kureha to be isolated so that she can eventually eat her.
    • She also has shades of this in the manga where all of the other students don't seem to acknowledge her existence. Subverted in that it's due to the wall she put up herself, and she's surprised at how normally everyone treats her once she decides to open up more.
  • And Then John Was a Zombie: She becomes a bear at the end of the series, and her wish is granted by Lady Kumaria herself.
  • Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: Possibly. In the end, it's said that no one knows what happened to Kureha and Ginko, but they are somewhere, together.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: In the manga, her skills for reading body language and facial expressions are so good that they border on mind reading. She is often able to tell what Ginko is thinking about and answers her questions before Ginko herself asks them. She was also able to tell that the math teacher was planning a pop quiz for the following day and even figured out what questions would be in it!
  • The Big Damn Kiss: The "promised kiss" between her and Ginko is central to the story. She finally kisses Ginko in the finale.
  • Catchphrase: "I'll never forgive bears. I'll ruin bears!"
  • Declaration of Protection: She swore to protect Sumika and blames herself for her death.
  • Determinator: No matter how badly the world tries to hammer her down, Kureha absolutely refuses to give up on love. Eventually, this is what causes her to essentially will Lady Kumaria back into existence.
  • Disappeared Dad
    • In the anime, there's absolutely no mention made of her father or other parent. One is left to assume that Reia may have gotten a donor instead.
    • In the manga, Kureha's father is mentioned to be abroad.
  • Flower Motifs: Camellia flowers, making her stand out from every other character.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: She forgot about Ginko because she traded her memories to make Ginko a human girl.
  • Letting Her Hair Down: In the manga, at Ginko's suggestion.
  • Meaningful Name
    • "Kureha" is spelt with the kanji for "red wing/feather", as explicitly stated in the anime. This refers to how Kureha is visible — she sticks out from the rest of the herd.
    • Her family name "Tsubaki" is the Japanese name of the camellia flower. Images of camellias can be seen all over her house and her belongings. Camellias can mean love, longing, grace and elegance, and femininity.
  • Nonuniform Uniform: Her uniform is just different enough from the other girls, notably her dark stockings and longer skirt.
  • Pals with Jesus: Possibly, given that Sumika may be Lady Kumaria/a part of Lady Kumaria.
  • Parental Abandonment: Her mother Reia is dead and there is no word on her father.
  • The Power of Love: It summons Lady Kumaria to grant her wish, and turn her into a bear.
  • Proper Tights with a Skirt: Her uniform is far more modest than the others' due to her stockings.
  • Purple Eyes: One sign of her being different from the other girls.
  • School Girl Lesbians: She's in a relationship with her classmate Sumika, which is not approved by the members of the Academy.
  • Second Year Protagonist: The main character, and in her second year at Arashigaoka.
  • Shoo the Dog: She tells Lulu she isn't her friend and will kill her next time they meet, to protect her. Ginko tries the same on her, but she sees right through it.
  • Showgirl Skirt: In her humanoid bear form, she has a flowing white skirt.
  • Small Girl, Big Gun: Keeps a rifle in her locker and practices in a shooting gallery under her house. She kills her first bear in episode 3.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: She looks exactly like her mother. This is half of what causes Yurika to lose herself to her long-awaited desire to eat Kureha, and also the reason that she mistook Kureha for Reia on her death throes.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: She shows sympathy for Yurika, even giving her a "burial" of sorts, despite all the horrible things the latter is directly and indirectly responsible for happening to Kureha.
  • Wife Husbandry: Yurika refers to her as her "bride", and has been awaiting the day when she can eat her.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: She wears thigh-high stockings in her humanoid bear form.

Ginko Yurishiro

A bear who takes human form to infiltrates the human world. She transfers to Arashigaoka Academy, where she sets her sights on Kureha.

Voiced by: Miho Arakawa (Japanese), Monica Rial (English)

  • Accomplice by Inaction: She saw Sumika getting eaten, and knew it was going to happen and who was going to do it before the fact, yet did nothing to stop it. Though she failed to act because of her jealousy towards Sumika, the guilt still eats away at her.
  • All the Other Reindeer: She was excluded during her earlier years by other bears due to being a Doorstep Baby, then later during the conflicts between humans and bears after she was too injured to keep fighting.
  • Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: Possibly. The narration suggests she's somewhere with Kureha, and happy.
  • Attempted Rape: Her sexual assault of Kureha in episode 2 may have become rape if it'd been allowed to escalate.
  • Become a Real Boy: She made a pact with the Court of Severance that in exchange for administering Laser-Guided Amnesia on Kureha, she would be given the chance to reunite with her later, and if she managed to prove their love with a promise kiss, she would become a true human in order to be able to be with Kureha—except that they didn't tell her that Kureha was the one who willingly gave up her memories in exchange for giving Ginko the chance to become human.
  • The Big Damn Kiss: The promise kiss she's been seeking from Kureha. They finally kiss in the finale.
  • Boyish Short Hair: In fitting with her tomboyish nature.
  • Contrived Coincidence: Somehow managed to survive getting shot in the chest and off the rooftop of a very tall building with absolutely no consequences whatsoever, despite Mitsuko somehow dying from getting her arm grazed by a bullet and falling off the same building. At least Konomi had the excuse of getting shot in the head.
  • Determinator: Much like Kureha, Ginko refuses to give up on her quest to become a true human girl and her love, no matter what she has to face or how long she has to wait.
  • Doorstep Baby: She was found on the doorstep of a church on a snowy day as a cub.
  • Girl of My Dreams: In the manga, she starts appearing in Kureha's dreams after her transfer to Arashigaoka Academy.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: What caused her to become Mitsuko's Accomplice by Inaction in Sumika's murder.
  • Little Bit Beastly: In her "humanoid" bear form, she has ears and a tail as well as bear paw gloves and boots.
  • Love Makes You Crazy: Briefly, during episode 11, where she is overcome by her desire to eat Kureha. The results are terrifying.
  • Meaningful Name
    • The "Yuri" in her last name indicates that she's a bear in disguise.
    • She was named "Ginko" due to it snowing on the day she was found at the church as a baby — "gin" being written with the kanji for "silver", the colour of the snow (it is described as a "silvery" blizzard).
    • She is nicknamed "Lonely Wolfsbane" in the bear world. This symbolizes how she's abandoned and unwanted by others, but also how she drives others away from her, as the wolfsbane is a toxic plant.
  • Ms. Imagination: She tends to have daydream surprises about Kureha reciprocating her feelings.
  • Nonuniform Uniform: Her uniform is pink and white, as opposed to the blue and white worn by everyone else.
  • Oblivious to Love: While she's definitely into Kureha, she doesn't seem to notice or reciprocate Lulu's affection. It turns out she's well aware of Lulu's feelings, as well as the reason that Lulu's helping her, but has been resolved for far too long to see her own love through to the end to reciprocate, and so ignores them.
  • Parental Abandonment
    • In the anime, she was abandoned on the doorstep of a bear church during a blizzard, and does not appear to have any adoptive parents.
    • In the manga, however, she has a mother who lives over in a foreign country due to her illness. No mention is made of another parent.
  • Pretty Freeloaders: She and Lulu move into Kureha's house in episode 6.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Pink variation. Becomes a much more serious and literal example when acting under the influence of the basest and most selfish manifestation of her feelings for Kureha; eating her so "they'll always be one"; which manifest as an apparition of Mitsuko.
  • Shoo the Dog: She denies caring about Kureha, in a desperate attempt to save her. It fails big time.
  • Tragic Keepsake: A star pendant she has with her for most of the series, though its importance isn't made apparent until later. It belonged to Kureha's mother, who gave it away to Ginko willingly, calling it a "love charm".
  • Verbal Tic: Often tacks "growl" onto the end of her sentences.

Lulu Yurigasaki

A bear who infiltrated the human world by following her crush, Ginko.

Voiced by: Yoshiko Ikuta (Japanese), Jamie Marchi (English)

  • A Day in the Limelight: Episode 4 tells her backstory and how she met Ginko.
  • Aloof Big Sister: She had a younger brother whom she despised for taking attention away from her and spurned his attempts to win her love. But when he died, she realizes too late that she loved him after all.
  • The Big Damn Kiss: She gave up the chance for this, in order to become human. In the finale, when she's reunited with her brother in the afterlife, he finally kisses her cheek and points out he realized he could have kissed her all along.
  • Catchphrase: "I'm so clever!"
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: She dies in Ginko's arms, after saving her.
  • Fallen Princess: Once the princess of a bear kingdom, she abandoned it all to follow Ginko.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Indicating her romantic and playful nature.
  • Girl of My Dreams: In the manga, she starts appearing in Kureha's dreams after her transfer to Arashigaoka Academy.
  • Go Out with a Smile: She dies cheerfully in Ginko's arms, smiling and calling herself clever for salvaging the end of Reia's ripped up picture book.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: She clearly loves Ginko and tries to help her in her efforts to get close to Kureha. She briefly contradicts her own efforts, by her own admission, when she reveals Ginko's crime to Kureha, but regrets it and supports their love to the end.
  • Little Bit Beastly: In her "humanoid" bear form, she has ears and a tail as well as bear paw gloves and boots.
  • Meaningful Name: The "Yuri" in her last name indicates that she's a bear in disguise.
  • Nonuniform Uniform: Her uniform is green and white, unlike the standard uniform. She also wears a bow instead of a necktie.
  • Out of Focus: Suffers this somewhat later on in the anime despite being one of the main characters.
  • Pretty Freeloaders: She and Ginko move into Kureha's house in episode 6.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Taken to extremes in the past, when her hair reached the floor. It's still pretty long as a human.
  • Redhead In Green: She's the only girl to wear a green uniform.
  • Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: Ginko's companion, and a former princess.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Doesn't die in the manga.
  • Taking the Bullet: She ends up taking one for Ginko.
  • Together in Death: A family version. It's implied she's reunited with Milne, her younger brother.
  • Third-Person Person: To demonstrate her childish nature.
  • Verbal Tic: Tacks "growl" onto the end of her sentences, as well as various other onomatopoeic sounds.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: She wears thigh-high stockings.


    Secondary characters 

Sumika Izumino

Kureha's classmate and girlfriend. She suddenly disappears one day and is later apparently eaten by bears.

Voiced by: Yui Ogura (Japanese), Lindsay Seidel (under Elaine Wagner) (English)

  • Meganekko: She stands out for the other characters, with her cute glasses.
  • God in Human Form: Turns out she's actually Lady Kumaria. Maybe. It's unclear if its really her or Lady Kumaria appearing as her..
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Sumika, as Kumaria, is the one who grants the yuri approval for Kureha to turn into a bear and be with Ginko.
  • Little Miss Almighty: Maybe. Lady Kumaria takes on her guise, but it's unclear if Sumika was a goddess to begin with.
  • Meaningful Name: "Sumika" is written with the kanji for "pure" and "flower".
  • Only Friend: She was this to Kureha as well as her girlfriend.
  • School Girl Lesbians: She was this with Kureha.
  • Senseless Sacrifice: She did her best to ensure Kureha would not be alone if she disappeared but she chose the biggest Bitch in Sheep's Clothing in the school for the job—which, while it does point Kureha in the right direction (towards Ginko) in the end, it still caused Kureha to have to suffer one hell of a birthday party.
  • Take Me Instead: She voted to not exclude Kureha, and thus was excluded herself.

Mitsuko Yurizono

The class representative of Kureha's class, she's a caring leader and appears to be one of the few people who has no issues with Kureha and Sumika's relationship.

Voiced by: Aoi Yuki (Japanese), Caitlin Glass (English)

  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Her kind demeanor masks a ruthless true nature.
  • Class Rep: Her initial role is being the class president of Kureha's class.
  • Dude, She's Like, in a Coma!: Sexually assaults an unconscious Kureha in episode 2, though she stops herself before getting very far.
  • Honey Trap: She uses seduction as part of her manipulation, as seen with Konomi, Eriko, and Ginko.
  • Kill the God: Since Sumika turned out to be part of Lady Kumaria, that makes Mitsuko killing her this.
  • Manipulative Bitch: She manipulated Kureha, Sumika, Konomi, Eriko, and, in a way, Ginko. She's directly and indirectly responsible for the deaths of several characters.
  • Meaningful Name
    • The "Yuri" in her last name indicates that she's a bear in disguise.
    • Her first name contains the kanji for "honey". Although Mitsuko isn't directly associated with honey in the show (aside from a shot in the OP), it could refer to how she wears a facade of a kind, sweet person and definitely refers to her using seduction to manipulate others. Notably, honey is an item associated with bears.
  • Necro Non Sequitur: Her death is incredibly contrived, especially compared to the other incidents. Somehow, Mitsuko died as a result of Kureha's bullet grazing her arm, ripping through her armband, and knocking her off the rooftop of the academy building, even though Ginko got shot in the chest, fell off the building, and outright survived with no consequences whatsoever — at least Konomi had the excuse of being shot in the head.
  • Our Ghosts Are Different: She comes back as a personification of desire; specifically, Ginko's desire to eat Kureha.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Her red eyes hint that she's more dangerous than she first appears to be.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Doesn't die in the manga.
  • Verbal Tic: As a bear, she often says "grawr", which highlights her more vicious nature compared to other bears.
  • Yandere: She believes that love is most strongly expressed by literally becoming one with your beau — by eating them. And since ones who refuse to back down from their love and become invisible among the masses are so rare, she falls hard for, and is extremely invested in eating, Kureha.

Konomi Yurikawa

A girl from Kureha's class who seems to have feelings for Mitsuko.

Voiced by: Ami Koshimizu (Japanese), Anastasia Munoz (under Staci Moon) (English)

  • Back from the Dead: Got turned into a cyborg by the students to power up an Anti-Bear Beam.
  • Catchphrase: "Nasty!", in bear form only.
  • Flanderization: She suffers this after being revived as a cyborg bear: all she ever says is her catchphrase, and shows no traces of (what little is seen of) her former personality.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: She wants Mitsuko all for herself.
  • Hair Decorations: A decoration that looks like two leaves attached to a red berry.
  • Killed Off for Real: Shot in the face by her beloved Mitsuko.
  • Meaningful Name
    • The "Yuri" in her last name indicates that she's a bear in disguise.
    • "Konomi" can mean "nut", "fruit", or "berry". Fitting, since Konomi looks a bit like a squirrel, and that she has a hair decoration of leaves and a berry.
  • Rank Up: Was left in charge of the Invisible Storm ceremony once Katyusha disappeared.
  • Second Love: Gets another chance at love at the very end of the show with Uchiko.
  • Skintone Sclerae: An unusual trait, compared to the other characters.
  • Youthful Freckles: Hinting at her immature nature.
  • We Can Rebuild Him: Made into a cyborg to power the Anti-Bear Beam.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Gets killed off in the very episode she is introduced in. Even when she comes back later, very little is explored about her.

Katyusha Akae

One of Kureha's classmates, who is seen putting down bear warning signs. She's a member of the Invisible Storm, like everyone else at school.

Voiced by: Miku Ito (Japanese), Mariela Ortiz (English)

  • Iconic Item: Her distinct red headband.
  • Meaningful Name: Katyusha is literally named after the item that defines her character.
    • "Katyusha" means "headband" (specifically an Alice band).
    • Her last name contains the kanji for "red", referring to the colour of her headband.
  • Rank Up: Was previously in charge of the Invisible Storm.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Practically nothing is explained or expanded on about her, despite being named and given a distinguishing trait and some focus, before she's unceremoniously eaten off-screen, and even her time of death isn't explicitly seen or mentioned, unlike other victims.

Eriko Oniyama

Another one of Kureha's classmates. She's a member of the Invisible Storm.

Voiced by: Mariya Ise (Japanese), Felecia Angelle (English)

  • Asshole Victim/Laser-Guided Karma: Gets eaten by bears soon after officiating an Invisible Storm ceremony to exclude Kureha from the rest of the students.
  • Demoted to Extra: Gets only a cameo and a few lines in the manga compared to her just-slightly more significant role in the anime.
  • Rank Up: Was left in charge of the Invisible Storm ceremony once Konomi died.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Doesn't die in the manga.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Mitsuko's, who basically seduced her into following her suggestions.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: She only gets a few scenes before she's eaten by bears.

Kaoru Harishima

A girl from Kureha's class who used to reject her like the rest, but suddenly offers Kureha her friendship one day.

Voiced by: Yoko Hikasa (Japanese), Jad Saxton (English)

  • Asshole Victim: She really got what was coming to her.
  • Bait the Dog: The audience is led to believe she is the first girl to honestly apologize to Kureha for ostracizing her and try to make amends, but that's all destroyed when we see her in the Invisible Storm ceremony with the rest of the students shortly afterwards.
  • Batman Gambit: She knew Ginko and Lulu were bears, and pretended to be just another innocent girl to try and lure them into a trap.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She pretends to be friendly towards Kureha and apologizes for treating her badly — but it's all part of a set-up by the Invisible Storm. It's later revealed that she also did something similar to Sumika.
  • Crocodile Tears: She cries when she pretends to feel bad about all the things the students from the Academy have done to Kureha.
  • Demoted to Extra: Gets a mere cameo in the manga compared to her much more significant role in the anime.
  • Hot for Teacher: Engaged in sexual activities with Yurika, and loved her for "finding [Kaoru] among the crowd". It's not known how long this has been going on for.
  • Hypocrite: Engages in sex with another woman despite being an active part of the Invisible Storm. Becomes even more so when it's revealed that Kaoru loved her romantically as well.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Her main motivation is to become an important person who won't be excluded.
  • Manipulative Bitch: She tricked Sumika into writing a break-up letter to Kureha, falsely promising to Sumika that she would take care of Kureha. She herself was following the will of an even bigger Manipulative Bitch: Yurika.
  • Meaningful Name: Kaoru can be read as "sweet-smelling", which could reference her putting up a nice and cooperative facade to deceive others.
  • Non-Uniform Uniform: The most prominent example of this in the anime; she doesn't wear a vest, has her collar popped, and wears garters to hold up her socks.
  • Rank Up: Was left in charge of the Invisible Storm ceremony once Eriko disappeared.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Doesn't die in the manga.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Physically resembles Yurika's adoptive father quite a lot, which might be an explanation for why Yurika found her. It's worth noting that Yurika ends up eating Kaoru, just like what she did to her father.
  • Teacher's Pet: Her more casual attire compared to the other students and illict relationship with Yurika suggests she is this.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Less so compared to her fallen comrades, but still a victim of this. She gets eaten by Yurika mere seconds after revealing her true feelings, with no exploration given to them.

Choko Oki

A girl who takes up the leadership of the Invisible Storm in the second half of the anime. She is almost entirely focused on exterminating bears from Arashigaoka Academy.

Voiced by: Rie Murakawa (Japanese), Leah Clark (English)

  • Adaptation Distillation: Doesn't appear in the manga at all.
  • Big Damn Heroes: She and the Invisible Storm save Kureha from being eaten by Yurika.
  • Hair Decorations: A pink headband with a butterfly.
  • Jerkass: Stands out quite considerably compared to many other characters, mainly due to her very strong and prominent homophobia.
  • Meaningful Name
    • Her first name contains the kanji for "butterfly"; Choko wears a butterfly decoration in her hair.
      • Ironically, butterflies can symbolize change, whereas Choko is firm in her beliefs and refuses to change.
    • "Chou" is also the word she uses to emphasize her phrases.
    • "Oki" is spelt with the kanji for big tree — Choko is very rooted in her beliefs.
  • Rank Up: She becomes the new head of the Invisible Storm.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Choko vs. Chouko and Oki vs. Ohki vs. Ooki. Funimation translates her first name as Chouko, yet translates her last name as Oki, despite them both being long vowel names and otherwise consistently translating the other long vowels with the extra character left in.
  • Valley Girl
    • Uses "way" to emphasize many of her phrases in the Funimation sub, suggesting this.
    • Her speech is like, totally rendered this way in the English dub, using all the usual, like Verbal Tics: like, way, totally, even when it way wouldn't make much sense. She even has the accent to boot.

Uchiko Ai

A member of the Invisible Storm and the girl who's in charge of the beam cannon used to exterminate bears.

Voiced by: Aina Yasukuni (Japanese), Brina Palencia (English)

  • Adaptation Distillation: Doesn't appear in the manga at all.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Ends up quitting the Storm after Choko lies about killing Kureha and Ginko.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: Her name can be seen listed close to the top of the Invisible Storm's exclusion list, which foreshadows her quitting in the finale.
  • Meaningful Name
    • Uchiko contains the kanji for "attack" or "shoot", referring to her position as the manager of the beam cannon.
    • Her last name is one of the most common readings for the kanji "love".
    • Her last name is made up of the kanji for "consequently" and "come after", which refer to her quitting the Invisible Storm and thus becoming the next person to defy it.
    • Her name in full appears to be a play on the term uchiai, meaning a gunfight.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Fumination translates Uchiko as Uko.

Yurika Hakonaka

A teacher from Arashigaoka Academy, she was a close friend of Kureha's mom. In the manga, she is Ginko's paternal aunt.

Voiced by: Kikuko Inoue (Japanese), Colleen Clinkenbeard (English)

  • Attempted Rape: Her eating Kureha is framed as this.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She acts helpful and supportive towards Kureha but she is actually very jealous of her for "stealing" Reia's love. She also uses students to enforce staying in their "boxes".
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: She dies in Kureha's arms, mistaking her for her mother.
  • The Dog Was the Mastermind: She doesn't take a really active role in the plot until later on, so at first she only appeared to be a Reasonable Authority Figure.
  • Doorstep Baby: As a cub she was found on the steps of the school by the headmaster.
  • Expy: Practically a copy-paste of Mawaru-Penguindrum's Yuri Tokikago.
  • Freudian Excuse: The man who found her raised her believing that only "pure" things were precious and that they should be "boxed" in to prevent them from being unsullied. It led her to killing him when he left to seek something even "purer" than her. Reia brought her out of it for a time, until she had Kureha. Then things just went to hell.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Towards Kureha, for Reia. She blamed Kureha for stealing Reia's love away from her. Since eating Reia failed to bring her fulfillment, she sought to eat Kureha in order to attain the fulfillment of Reia's love that she poured into caring for Kureha.
  • If I Can't Have You...: Then I'll Eat You, and Your Daughter Too, Once She Grows Up.
  • Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: She seemed willing, if extremely pained, to allow Reia to pour all her love into Kureha, while she was unable to be with Reia the way she truly wished — but after seeing Reia give the star pendant Yurika gave her to Ginko, and mistakenly assuming that Reia threw away her love, she snapped.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Goes two ways for her. She ate Kaoru, and was fatally wounded by Choko's Big Damn Heroes.
  • Love Makes You Crazy: She ate Reia out of possessiveness, jealousy, misplaced anger and heartbreak. Kureha being the focus and recipients of Reia's love since her birth, combined with her Strong Family Resemblance to Reia, also drove Yurika half-mad with lust when she attempted to eat her.
  • The Man Behind the Man: She was the one pulling Kaoru's strings.
  • Manipulative Bitch: She's essentially been manipulating Kureha and nearly everyone in some way related to her, all in order to set the stage for Kureha's isolation so that she can eat her and finally, as she believes, be fulfilled with Reia's love.
  • Meaningful Name
    • The "Yuri" in her first name indicates that she's a bear in disguise, though indirectly in this case, as it is spelt in katakana rather than the usual "lily" kanji.
      • Her having the "yuri" in her first name rather than her last name, like the others, might reference how she gives up on love — in Japan, the family name has much more significance than the given name does, and all those with the "yuri" in their last names do not give up on love (or can be assumed to not do), unlike Yurika.
    • Her first name can be read as "Eureka", which means "I have it/I found it". "I found you" is a phrase particularly important to her character development.
    • Her last name contains the Japanese word for "box". "Hakonaka" could be read as "inside box", referring to her habit of boxing things up (and being a box herself).
    • "Yurika", using a short vowel "i", can mean "lily flower" or just plain "lily".
  • Parental Substitute
    • In the anime, she appears to be this for Kureha, albeit a rather distant one.
    • In the manga, Yurika is Ginko's paternal aunt and appears to take care of her in place of her overseas mother.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: Had one with Reia, Kureha's mom. Though she realized that Reia did not love her in the same way, she willfully ignored it and pretended that they were in a relationship—which only set herself up for heartbreak when Reia had Kureha.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Doesn't die in the manga.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Yuriika vs. Yurika, another victim of the long vowel situation. Funimation translates it as Yuriika. "Yuriika", in katakana, can also be read as "Eureka".
  • Treacherous Advisor: She's been Kureha's go-to person to talk about her problems, before and after Sumika, and it turns out she's also the cause of most of them.
  • Verbal Tic: "Purrowr" when in her bear form.
  • Walking Spoiler: She's a lot more important to the series than she seems to be at first.
  • Wife Husbandry: After eating Reia, she watched over Kureha while pulling nearly everyone's strings in order to make her into the bride that Reia could not be for her—and eat her.
  • Yandere: To Reia and most likely her adoptive father since she killed both of them to "box them up and keep them forever". Due to believing that she'll only feel fulfilled by eating Kureha, the daughter to whom Reia gave all her love, and the former's very Strong Family Resemblance to the latter, she develops into one for Kureha too.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Pulled this on Kaoru.

Reia Tsubaki

Kureha's mom. She died before the beginning of the series, something Kureha hasn't quite yet moved on from yet. She used to be a teacher at Arashigaoka Academy

Voiced by: Aya Endo (Japanese), Cynthia Cranz (English)

  • Friend to All Living Things: Reia was kind to bears even when it was considered terrible to do so.
  • Meaningful Name
    • Her first name contains the kanji for "love".
    • "Tsubaki" is the Japanese name of the camellia — see Kureha's entry above for the meanings.
  • Missing Mom: She died before the beginning of the series. That said, she's very important to the events surrounding Kureha, Ginko, and Yurika, so she still appears several times later on in the story in Flashbacks.
  • Nice Girl: Far too kind for her own good. It ended up getting her into a huge misunderstanding with Yurika, with her getting killed and eaten when all was said and done.
  • Posthumous Character
    • Despite starting the story dead, she turns out to be a very influential character in the story, and some of her story is told in the flashbacks.
    • Is also dead in the manga, right down to being eaten. The only differences so far are who ate her and why.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: Had one with Yurika. While Yurika certainly loved Reia, the latter did not feel the same.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Kureha looks a lot like her.


Lulu's younger brother, who loved her dearly despite her clear dislike of him. He died some time before the story begins.

Voiced by: Yui Ogura (Japanese), Lara Woodhull (English)

  • Back from the Dead: In the final chapter of rhe manga, its revealed that Milne never died and was taken away by his grandparents for unknown reasons. The last panel shows him being reunited wifh Lulu when they spot each other.
  • Big Sister Worship: He loved Lulu very much and did everything he could to gain her approval.
  • Cheerful Child: Very cheerful. Not even Lulu's repeated attempts to get rid of him could get him down.
  • Infant Immortality: Played with; he survives Lulu's many attempts to kill him, but what ultimately killed him was being stung by bees. In the manga, he gets hit by a truck. Played straight in the Manga when its revealed that he never died and was simply taken away to live with his grandparents.
  • Posthumous Character: Died before the events of the story.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Funimation's sub initially translated Milne's name as "Mirun" (which is the romaji spelling of his name) in episode 4, before changing it to "Milne" in episode 12.

Lady Kumaria

A god of both the human and bear world. She was scattered over the world when the meteor exploded.

Voiced by: Yui Ogura (Japanese), Lindsay Seidel (under Elaine Wagner) (English)

  • Adaptation Distillation: Doesn't appear in the manga at all.
  • Little Bit Beastly: She has bear ears and a tail, but doesn't have the same paw "gloves" and "boots" as other bears.
  • God in Human Form: Maybe. At least part of her was Sumika.
  • Have You Seen My God?: The other characters are unsure where she is. Most seem to believe that she is dead. She briefly returns in the ending to grant Kureha's wish to become a bear.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Funimation's sub initially translated Kumaria's name as "Kumalia" before changing it to "Kumaria" later in the show's broadcast (and fixed the earlier lines before the DVD release).

Ginko's mother

A manga-exclusive character. Ginko's mother lives in a foreign country due to her illness.

  • The Faceless: Downplayed; her face is never explicitly focused on, with only the sides of her face or portions of her face being shown at a time.
  • Ill Girl: Has some kind of illness that she's getting treatment for in a foreign country.
  • Little Bit Beastly: Shown with the usual bear ears and paws when conversing on the phone with Ginko.
  • No Name Given: So far, she's only been referred to as "Ginko's mother", or "Mama" by Ginko.
  • Yandere: She holds similar views to Mitsuko regarding love and eating, supposedly ate Reia out of her love for her, and encourages Ginko to do the same to Kureha.

    The Life Judgement Guys 
A trio of bears with human form who reside in the Court of Severance. They hold yuri trials to either approve or deny the yuri of the defendants, though they are never seen denying yuri during the show.

Tropes applying to all three

  • Catchphrase: All three have some kind of catchphrase (that also doubles as their Verbal Tic), which ironically contradicts their set "lifestyle".
    • Life Sexy: "That is sexy." ("That is the sexy way" in the Funimation sub) and "Shabadadoo." The latter is not exactly a very sexy thing to say.
    • Life Cool: "[I'm] so cool." (Often refers to himself, but sometimes uses it when referring to other people/things) and to a lesser extent, "[they are] guilty!" Calling yourself cool is generally not regarded as a cool thing to do.
    • Life Beauty: "Sparkle!" Which is often accompanied by a less-than-beautiful face or expression.
  • Freudian Trio: Sexy is the ego, Beauty is the id, and Cool is the superego.
  • God in Human Form: They are revealed in episode 12 to be fragments of Lady Kumaria.

Life Sexy

The president judge of the group. He rules whether the yuri of the defendants is approved or denied.

Voiced by: Junichi Suwabe (Japanese), J. Michael Tatum (English)

  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He seems to be the most eccentric of the three, but he takes his duty seriously, and his judgments are handed down not simply by method of following a law, but on what the ruling relates to on the matter of the unyielding pursuit of true love.

Life Cool

The prosecutor of the group, Life Cool is in charge of arguing against the approval of the bears' yuri.

Voiced by: Mitsuki Saiga (Japanese), Christopher Bevins (English)

  • Butt-Monkey: He typically gets shafted by Life Sexy whenever Life Beauty objects to his prosecutions. He has also never won a yuri trial during the anime.

Life Beauty

The defendant of the group, he justifies what the bears do in whatever way he can in order to get their yuri approved.

Voiced by: Kazutomi Yamamoto (Japanese), Josh Grelle (English)


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