Records of the Ohanzee Dream Cast: Kuma Edition

I’ve seen lots of posts on social media over the years where readers put together their “dream cast” of actors and actresses to play characters from their favorite series–those they think most resemble the way they picture the characters in their heads. I’ve never been the type to do this (partially because I don’t watch enough live action TV and movies to know many actors anyway), but it was recently brought to my attention that there is a dead ringer out there for one of the characters from my books. Which character is it? Why, it’s Kuma!

For those of you who haven’t read the series, or just need a refresher, here’s the first introduction of Kuma from Reflection: Harbinger of the Phoenix, Chapter 19:

“Welcome to Rhea,” Alden called out heartily from the porch. Nerissa was startled to see a bear cub sitting at his feet. Or at least, she thought it was a bear cub until it echoed Alden’s greeting with a cheerful “arf.” He reached down and scooped up the dog, whose tail wagged so vigorously that its whole back end swished side to side.

I present to you exhibit A (found on reddit, original thread here), my dream cast pick for Kuma:

Image source: reddit uploads user /u/yamesjames

Guys, this cutie is even named Kuma! What are the odds? (Ok, well, realistically, the odds are pretty high, considering Kuma is the Japanese word for bear.) But seriously could there be a better match for Alden’s adorable sidekick?

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