Things are heating up in the frozen Arctic in a web-exclusive short for Koi Suru Shirokuma ("A Polar Bear Falls in Love"), a petite anime based on the humorous web manga by Koromo about a male polar bear who falls head over heels for a male harp seal.
The Koi Suru Shirokuma anime features Yūichirō Umehara as Shirokuma-san, a lonely and amorous polar bear, and Natsuki Hanae as Azarashi-kun, a seal who initially mistakes Shirokuma-san's romantic advances as signs of hunger. The shorts are directed by Kazuya Ichikawa and feature animation by Gathering.
Most of the Koi Suru Shirokuma shorts are screened in Japanese movie theaters as part of the pre-show entertainment reel, but this episode, entitled "Hyouheki-don" ("Ice Wall-don"), is released exclusively to the Web.
Described as a "white love story in the Law of the Jungle world" and also as a "heart-warming B.L. (Beast Love) comedy", the original Koi Suru Shirokuma manga is published on the Pixiv Comic and Comic Walker websites. Kadokawa also publishes printed volumes of Koi Suru Shirokuma under their Media Factory Comics label.
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