The BEST Episodes of Girl Meets Bear

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Aug 16, 2021

Network: AT-X

The anime follows Machi, a middle school student who serves as a shrine maiden at a Shinto shrine and takes care of a bear, who lives on mountain in Japan's northern Tohoku region. The bear, Natsu, has the ability to talk and is Machi's guardian. When Machi explains to Natsu that she will attend a school in the city, he gives Machi a set of trials that she must pass in order to be able to survive city life.

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The One Who Upholds Tradition

#1 - The One Who Upholds Tradition

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Apr 17, 2016

Machi is already losing her enthusiasm to work on her assignments to prepare herself to go to school in the city, so she suggests that they perform the kagura ritual for a change of pace.

star 7.23
40 votes
Writers: Masao Ikeya, Yasuhiro Irie
Time for Bear and Girl to Part

#2 - Time for Bear and Girl to Part

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Apr 3, 2016

Fourteen-year-old Machi Amayadori is sick and tired of life in her "boring" mountain village, but can a girl raised by a bear make it in the big city?

star 7.21
53 votes
Writers: Kiyoshi Matsuda, Pierre Sugiura
The Opposite

#3 - The Opposite

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired May 1, 2016

One of the kids in the village is put in a cell with Natsu as punishment for being naughty. Later, Natsu tells Machi how important it is to sense the mood in order to maintain a good relationship with others.

star 7.17
36 votes
Writers: Pierre Sugiura, Shinya Iino
A Hard Road

#4 - A Hard Road

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Apr 10, 2016

While it was previously decided that Machi should go to a local high school, she still cannot give up on going to school in the city. After her begging, Natsu is persuaded and gives her homework to prepare her.

star 7.16
44 votes
Writers: Kiyoshi Matsuda, Masao Ikeya

#5 - Kikase

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired May 15, 2016

When one of the old guys in the village stops by at the shrine, Machi, Natsu, and Yoshio realize that some sort of a ritual is supposed to be held today. Since Fuchi is out of town, they try to figure it out on their own.

star 6.32
37 votes
Writers: Kiyoshi Matsuda, Masao Ikeya

#6 - Commercial

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired May 29, 2016

Kumade Village’s residents decide to create a commercial and broadcast it on TV as a village revitalization project. Yoshio has already discussed it with a TV station, so all they have to do now is shoot a commercial...

star 6.25
36 votes
Writers: Masayuki Kojima, Pierre Sugiura
Village Treasure

#7 - Village Treasure

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Apr 24, 2016

Yoshio asks Machi if she can survive without Natsu. Offended by Yoshio’s question, she starts listing the things she can do by herself. On a different occasion, she is harassed by a punk and cries to Natsu for help.

star 4.95
37 votes
Writers: Masayuki Kojima, Pierre Sugiura
On The Floor

#8 - On The Floor

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired May 22, 2016

Yoshio and Natsu trick Machi into working at a supermarket to sell nameko, one of Kumade Village’s specialties. Having difficulty selling it, she longs to abandon the job and go home.

star 4.95
37 votes
Writers: Masao Ikeya, Yasuhiro Irie
Is That an Idol?!

#9 - Is That an Idol?!

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Jun 5, 2016

Machi becomes envious of Shota and Kaori when she realizes that they have their own cell phones even though they are only elementary school students. Yoshio tries again to turn Machi into the village idol.

star 4.86
35 votes
Writers: Masao Ikeya, Shinya Iino
Village of Vanguards

#10 - Village of Vanguards

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired May 8, 2016

As part of the Kumade Village revitalization plan, Machi is asked to go check out a bookstore that is said to be very popular among young people.

star 4.38
39 votes
Writers: Pierre Sugiura, Yasuhiro Irie
Go to the City?

#11 - Go to the City?

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Jun 12, 2016

Yoshio doesn’t seem to know when to give up on Machi becoming an idol. He went ahead and sent in an application for Machi to be in the Tohoku idol contest. Now, the results of the initial screening are in.

star 4.22
36 votes
Writers: Masao Ikeya, Masayuki Kojima

#12 - Decision

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Jun 19, 2016

Machi has gone missing after making a blunder during the idol contest rehearsal. Yoshio and Hibiki look all over for her, but she’s nowhere to be found, and the time for her to appear on the stage is fast approaching.

star 2.78
36 votes
Writers: Kiyoshi Matsuda, Pierre Sugiura