Fans are Roasting the CGI Bear Found in ‘Golden Kamuy’

Golden Kamuy is one of spring’s most anticipated series.

Golden Kamuy

It’s an adaptation of Satoru Noda’s best-selling adventure series, which follows Russo-Japanese War veteran Saichi Sugimoto and an Ainu girl named Asirpa searching for a stash of hidden gold. Asirpa wishes to avenge her father’s death while Saichi wants to earn enough money to save his dead friend’s wife.

Manga and anime are rarely set during the Meiji Era and it’s even rarer for the Ainu people to be represented in media. All of this paired with Noda’s great art and storytelling had fans hyped.


Ah yes, Golden Kamuy is famous for its bears – which terrorizes and brutally kills unsuspecting characters.

Golden Kamuy

Noda’s bears are drawn in a highly detailed fashion that stands out from the rest of the art, which is used to visualize the terror characters feel when facing the animals.

The anime used CGI, and it has been receiving backlash from fans.


The negative reaction was so strong that director Hitoshi Nanba had to issue a statement. Basically, CGI was used to make the bears feel other-worldly and mimicking Noda’s detailed art proved too challenging. You can read his statement below:

“Since I wanted the bear to emanate a different presence than the humans, I undertook the challenge of visualizing the bear as giving an unusual atmosphere using 3D. It’s because when the animation is hand-drawn, we can feel the emotions of the artist in the show; it’s also difficult to draw the fur sufficiently like in the original work. However, if we purely only use 3D to make the bear, there will appear to be parts that do not blend with the surroundings, so we’re still trying to figure out how to fit it all.”


Other fans weren’t letting a few CGI bears ruin their view of the anime’s debut, and others felt people were over-reacting to the criticism.


So far, Golden Kamuy has been scoring praise for its unique setting and the chemistry between the two leads. The interactions between Sugimoto and Asirpa will warm viewer’s hearts and hopefully introduce the international community to the Ainu people.

What did you think of the debut to Golden Kamuy? You can simulcast the series at Crunchyroll and Funimation.

Aaron Magulick
Aaron Magulick has been a fan of anime ever since being exposed to it in the late '90s. A fan of nearly all genres, he is not afraid to explore the creepier side of the industry.
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