Ranked #108

Kemono no Souja Erin

Alternative Titles

English: Erin
Synonyms: Kemono no Soujya Erin, Kemono no Sou-ja Erin, The Beast Player Erin
Japanese: 獣の奏者エリン


Type: TV
Episodes: 50
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 10, 2009 to Dec 26, 2009
Premiered: Winter 2009
Broadcast: Unknown
Producers: Trans Arts, NHK
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Production I.G
Source: Light novel
Genres: Drama, Fantasy
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 8.481 (scored by 8,131 users)
Ranked: #1082
Popularity: #1382
Members: 29,176
Favorites: 695
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Erin is a young girl who lives with her mother in a village which raises war-lizards, called Touda. We see her daily life, which changes as she grows up. Meanwhile, there is growing tension between the two provinces of the country she lives in.

Based on the fantasy series written by Uehashi Nahoko, also known for Seirei no Moribito.


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Suzumura, Kenichi
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Hirata, Eriko
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Tousana, John
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Uchida, Naoya
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Hamana, Takayuki
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Hiramitsu, Takuya
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Sound Director
Fuseki, Kazunobu
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Gotou, Midori
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More episodes Episodes(6/50)

Episode Title Aired
1 Erin the Green-Eyed
Midori no Me no Erin (緑の目のエリン)
Jan 10, 2009
2 Soyon the Healer
Ijutsushi no Soyon (医術師のソヨン)
Jan 17, 2009
3 The Fighting Beast
Tatakau Kemono (闘う獣)
Jan 24, 2009
4 Secret in the Mist
Kiri no Nakano Himitsu (霧の中の秘密)
Jan 31, 2009
5 Erin and the Egg Thief
Erin to Tamago Dorobou (エリンと卵泥棒)
Feb 7, 2009

Opening Theme

#1: "Shizuku (雫)" by Sukima Switch (eps 1-30)
#2: "Shizuku (雫)" by Chitose Hajime (eps 31-50)

Ending Theme

#1: "After the rain" by cossami (eps 1-29)
#2: "Kitto Tsutaete (きっと伝えて)" by Takako Matsu (eps 30-49)

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Jan 5, 2010
Kemono no Souja Erin (The Beast Player Erin), is a surprising anime. Not in the way it looks or sounds, or in any aspect of it's production. Not even because of it's story or characters (which are wonderfuly by the way). No, it's surprising for being the most recent example of a genre that is slowly disappearing in anime.

Many people will be confused by that statement, especially as the show is very clearly labelled and marketed as a children's series, and as everyone knows, kids shows are rife in anime. The problem, however, doesn't lie in the fact that this series was initially aimed at read more
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Apr 22, 2009
[Edit: This review was written when I was still at episode 14. The anime turned out to be a real gem, a true masterpiece. Hopefully my review was a help to get you watch this amazing anime. "Kemono no Souja Erin" was my best random pick. Finally being able to finish it, I am glad that my short review during the premature stage (then still a very new show and just started) got many fans interested, and by the time it finished airing, entered Top 100 Anime of all time. But to all honesty, this anime is worth a place in Top 20 in the read more
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Apr 25, 2011
Now how good is Kemono no Souja Erin? So good in fact that I decided to create my first account on a anime-related site and write my first anime review (ever)...

[side note]
After I received a small hole in my heart after watching The Twelve Kingdoms, I was searching around for a nice fantasy anime with a certain scope and detail in a fantasy setting. I did not know that my small open wound would be ripped further and leaving me *gasp* in further pain; anime is my heroin.

[review begins]
We begin the story that would have had the typical children's story feel, yet read more
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Jul 27, 2015
Nahoko Uehashi’s Kemono no Souja Erin is a “hidden gem” anime. While more people have seen/heard of Uehashi’s Seirei no Moribito, not nearly enough people have seen this beautiful series. I could babble about how much I love this series for hours, but, instead, I’ll try to tell you why (and why it’s 9/10 instead of 10/10!).

This review is spoiler free! :D

Characters: 9/10

While it’s story made for children, Kemono no Souja Erin addresses adult topics at a mature level. The target audiences’ age is somewhat irrelevant, because the characters bloom, especially Erin. She’s a child character the viewer can admire and adore. Following her journey read more
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Anime: Shinsekai yori
Time skips.

But mostly, both universes are very similar (visually as well) - sort of a throwback to communal, village living coupled with co-existence between weird creatures and humans. Special powers/talents as a plot device is heavily touched upon in both. 
reportRecommended by thismarlasinger
Anime: Seirei no Moribito
Both shows are based on their respective light novel series by Uehashi Nahoko, and both are presented in a style that is somewhat different from the norm. 
reportRecommended by Archaeon
Anime: Juuni Kokuki
If you enjoy your anime in a fantasy setting, with good world-building, then you'll enjoy either of these series. Plus they both happen to have well developed, female protagonist. 
reportRecommended by Master10K
Anime: Natsume Yuujinchou
Both have a relaxing atmosphere, which is very calming, though it does get serious and there is some action.
However Natsume is more orientated towards the supernatural, and Erin is focused more on fantasy. Natsume also seems to be aimed at an older audience. Both are good watches to unwind though. 
reportRecommended by sugarplumfairy
Anime: Kaze no Tani no Nausicaä
Both have girls who care for animals which are misunderstood and often violent. 
reportRecommended by rolandd07
Anime: Mahou Shoujo-tai Arusu
The similarities between these two shows seem rather obvious. Both have a strong young female lead and a highly symbolical story taking place in an imaginary world. They also share both light hearted moments and deep tragedy. One must add that "Erin" is the darker of the two and though both shows are aimed at a young audience "Erin" is clearly meant for a slightly older one than "Alice". These shows share many qualities and have very different flaws. I hope people will buy/watch these shows so that producers will be encouraged to make more animes sharing this quality and spirit. 
reportRecommended by kerlyenai

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