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Kazumi Watanabe (渡辺 かずみ - Watanabe Kazumi) is a minor character in We Bare Bears, who first appeared in "Ramen".

Appearance[]

Kazumi is dirty brown-skinned young woman with short black hair, black eyes and an average build.

She is seen wearing a blue kerchief, blue apron, a grayish-black farmer's suit and grayish-black shoes.

When she was younger, her skin was lighter, she still has her blue kerchief and she wears a bluish-white T-shirt with a sky-blue collar.

Abilities[]

Cooking[]

Kazumi first is shown to be horrible at making ramen, as every ramen dishes served disgust her customers to a degree that the restaurant barely had any, and her father even threatened to close the restaurant. However, Kazumi is capable of cooking other kinds of dishes. An example is when she serves the dessert to the Bears, they finish eating it within seconds. Thanks to Kazumi making her own "kind" of ramen - which amazed her father - the restaurant slowly regains popularity.

Relationships[]

Keiji Watanabe[]

KeijiandKazumi

Keiji threatening to close Kazumi's restaurant.

Keiji is Kazumi's father. When she was young, she adored him and wanted to be a ramen chef like him. However, when she grew up, it is shown that Keiji and Kazumi didn't have a very good relationship, as she is not good at cooking ramen. He threatened her that he would rather close the restaurant instead of letting his daughter ruining it. After Kazumi made her own ramen dish for summer, he finished her dish and left. It is shown that he let the restaurant to continue on business, assuming that their relationship has gone better.

The Bears[]

KazumiandKumas

The Baby Bears watching the village from a hill with Kazumi.

The Baby Bears have a good relationship with Kazumi. When first seeing them, she thought they were raccoons, but after realizing that they are bears, she told them that they were adorable. Panda then told her that they were thirsty, so Kazumi gave them iced tea. When tasting her ramen dishes and realized how terrible the dishes were, they tried not to tell it out. After hearing Keiji Watanabe's threatens to close the restaurant, they decided to help her make the ramen by helping her find the ingredients needed. When Ice Bear fell down when trying to help her to get an ingredient from the self, Kazumi ran and caught him, but accidentally spilled the soup out of the cooking pot. Grizzly and Panda ran to her and tried to scoop the soup. Kazumi then had another plan and told them to distract Keiji, which they followed. After Keiji satisfied with her ramen dish, she hugged the bears and thanked them. Panda Bear then helped her designing a welcoming sign for her restaurant, which she thanked for.

Etymology[]

  • The name Kazumi is written in hiragana (かずみ), which has no special meaning. However, when written in kanji (和美, 一美, 和巳, 一実 or 一生), it could possibly mean:
    • 和美 - "harmony, peace" (和) (kazu) and "beautiful" (美) (mi).
    • 和巳 - "harmony, peace" (和) (kazu) and "snake" (巳) (mi).
    • 一美 - "one" (一) (kazu) and "beautiful" (美) (mi).
    • 一実 - "one" (一) (kazu) and "fruit, good result, truth" (実) (mi).
    • 一生 - "one" (一) (kazu) and "life, living" (生) (mi).
  • Kazumi's surname Watanabe means "transit, ford, ferry, cross, import, deliver, diameter, migrate" (渡) (wataru) and "environs, boundary, border, vicinity" (辺) (be).
    • Watanabe is is a common surname in Japan.

Trivia[]

  • Kazumi speaks English and Japanese in the episode. Her voice actress, Romi Dames, is Japanese-American in real life.
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