‘Rilakkuma and Kaoru’ is an animation series targeted at families that is available for streaming on Netflix. It first premiered on April 19, 2019. Masahito Kobayashi is on board to direct the series which has Aki Kondo and Naoko Ogigami to thank as its creators. Aki Kondo is also the former employee of San-X, the Japanese company, that is responsible for the creation of the character Rilakkuma which has been largely used as a flag-bearer of San X.
The character, which was conceived way back in 2003, has since gone on to appear on items such as stationery, dishware, backpacks, and stuffed animals. The background about the creation of Rilakkuma is a rather interesting one. For those unaware, San-X puts its staff under the obligation to come up with one cute character per month. Kondo had seen a television show about dogs and wished to own a pet since she was working hard at the time and wanted a more relaxing life. Thus the character came into being, as an embodiment of her own wish, and quickly became a huge hit, and a survey conducted showed that the character was among the most popular in Japan. Now that Netflix has a show about it, Rilakkuma is gaining global popularity as well.
Rilakkuma and Kaoru Cast: Who is in it?
The main cast of ‘Rilakkuma and Kaoru’ includes the woman and the bear of course. So the main characters on the show are Rilakkuma, who is joined by a smaller stuffed bear called Korilakkuma and Kiiroitori, a pet parrot owned by Kaoru. Kaoru is voiced by Lana Condor, who plays Jubilee in the X-Men films, and has appeared in the Netflix series ‘To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before’.
Hopefully, in the upcoming season, all these characters will return for oodles of cuteness.
Rilakkuma and Kaoru Plot: What is it about?
The plot of ‘Rilakkuma and Kaoru’ is centered around Kaoru, a hard-working woman, and Rilakkuma, a bear who loves relaxing every day. In fact, the name Rilakkuma is an amalgamation of two words, ‘rirakkusu’, a Japanese word, whose closest English equivalent is ‘relax’, and ‘kuma’ which is the Japanese word for bear. Rilakkuma is the complete antithesis of Kaoru, and loves to laze around all day, eating and sleeping. However, this is not shown in a negative light. Instead, it is sometimes hinted that some relaxation is helpful and beneficial to the mind and body. We see how Kaoru deals with having a streak of bad luck and how her pet and stuffed bears help her out.
The show is made for those who live life to the fullest every day, trying to work hard, and not letting things get them down. It focuses on the bittersweet time that Kaoru spends with Rilakkuma, and the relationships they form with each other. What stands out about the show is the comment on Japanese culture and in fact the commentary on the global culture under the current exploitative capitalist systems.