Many Gurumin fans are convinced that the name Gurumin has something to do with the Japanese word guru-guru. It really makes sense since guru-guru is a word used in Japanese to describe something rotating or whizzing around in circles and Gurumin is full of things that spin, starting with The Legendary Drill Parin wields throughout the game. And there is actually a song in the game called Guru Guru Tonight, included on the soundtrack and available here on itunes. But truth is much more interesting then fiction as to how this Action-RPG was named.
In the US, at least if you hang out with San Francisco hippsters, plush animal winter hats with paws, are something of a boom. But this boom is nothing compared to what was coursing through the streets of Tokyo when Gurumin was being created. A strange fashion phenomenon called “kigurumin”. Young Japanese, often girls, who wanted to make fun of high fashion began sporting cheap animal costumes bought in party sections of stores. Along with their Pikachu, Hamtaro, or Winnie the Pooh costume, these people, called “Kigurumin” would often carry animal purses or other cute accessories. Ki means to put on, Guru comes from “nuigurumi” which is a plush stuffed animal, and “min” refers to one who does. So Kigurumin means “one who puts on a stuffed animal.”
While Gurumin is very much an Action-RPG, when the game started developed not all the action mechanics were in. However, the game was full of characters that looked an awful lot like stuffed animals. Since they were stuffed animals there was nothing put on, so someone started dropping the “Ki” from Kigurumin and calling the Action RPG just Gurumin. The development team was not sure what it thought about this at first, but people seemed to like the name and it stuck.
Gurumin: A Monstrous Adventure is an Action RPG coming to the Nintendo 3DS™ this summer.