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Kemono no Souja Erin

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
Genres: Drama, Fantasy
Duration: 25 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company


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Ranked: #1192
Popularity: #1355
Members: 23,178
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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.


Episodes  0 / 50
Aired  Jan 10, 2009 to Dec 26, 2009
Status  Finished Airing
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Adaptation: Kemono no Souja
Summary: Kemono no Souja Erin: Soushuuhen

Characters & Voice Actors

Hoshii, Nanase
Hoshii, Nanase
Duke Damiya
Duke Damiya
Ishida, Akira
Ishida, Akira
Hirata, Eriko
Hirata, Eriko
Takahashi, Mikako
Takahashi, Mikako


Hamana, Takayuki
Hiramitsu, Takuya
Sound Director
Harada, Sayaka
Gotou, Midori

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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 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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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 16, 2011
The first word that comes to mind after watching Kemono no Souja Erin is LIFE. It is a story of a young girl growing up and finding her own pathway, as her mother asked her to do, to live and find happiness. It has a series of ups, downs and everywhere in between.

I was introduced to this anime after watching How to Train Your Dragon. The concept intrigued me, but I was hesitant because it looked more like a children's anime. I was completely wrong. While a child would enjoy this show, it has deeper meanings and ideas.

Story: The story read more
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Both have girls who care for animals which are misunderstood and often violent.
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.

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)

Recent News

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