Ranked #1096


Alternative Titles

Synonyms: The Beast Claw
Japanese: ケモノヅメ


Type: TV
Episodes: 13
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Aug 5, 2006 to Nov 5, 2006
Premiered: Summer 2006
Producers: Madhouse
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity
L represents licensing company


Score: 7.651 (scored by 8,319 users)
Ranked: #10962
Popularity: #1391
Members: 25,768
Favorites: 233
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A race of cannibal monsters called the Shokujinki exists and it is the job of the Kifuuken, an elite group of beast-hunters, to stop them. Toshihiko Momota, an expert swordsman and son of the Kifuuken organization's leader, unexpectedly falls in love at first sight with a beautiful girl named Yuka; however, the couple's relationship is much more complicated than it seems at first glance, for Yuka is a Shokujinki.


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Characters & Voice Actors

Kamitsuki, Yuka
Kamitsuki, Yuka
Shiina, Hekiru
Shiina, Hekiru
Momota, Toshihiko
Momota, Toshihiko
Kiuchi, Hidenobu
Kiuchi, Hidenobu
Ooba, Kyuutarou
Ooba, Kyuutarou
Utsumi, Kenji
Utsumi, Kenji
Ooba, Saiji
Ooba, Saiji
Gouri, Daisuke
Gouri, Daisuke


Yuasa, Masaaki
Yuasa, Masaaki
Director, Episode Director, Script, Storyboard, Key Animation, Series Composition
Nakajima, Toshihiko
Nakajima, Toshihiko
Sound Director
Nakamura, Kenji
Nakamura, Kenji
Episode Director, Script, Storyboard
Yamamoto, Sayo
Yamamoto, Sayo
Episode Director

More episodes Episodes(0/13)

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Opening Theme

"Auvers Blue" by Katteni Shiyagare

Ending Theme

"Suki" by Santara

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Dec 21, 2007
10's all across the board eh? Now I'm going to really have to defend that decision aren't I? This will be interesting because for something like Kemonozume there just aren't adequate words to describe how and what it is.

Story: I almost want to say it's Romeo and Juliet. But....it isn't. It sort of starts out that way, two groups of people who hate and kill each other....but it definitely evolves from there. It's a beautiful love story, the two protagonists go through quite alot...and not just with each other. The blend of characters that contribute to this story were read more
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Nov 27, 2010
How many times have you accused someone of not having an open mind when they judge your obsession with japanese cartoons, or anime action figures, or 2-D little girls, or whatever? I sure have a few times, yet even my supposedly "open" mind was put to the test right from the very first minutes of Kemonozume.

Its not just about the fugly art, mind you. Weird little monkeys, tower-sized detectives, man-eating monsters that look like right out of some simple children's picture book with their overly round and stubby shapes. I began watching the show all like "dude, finally an artsy and refined piece for such read more
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Jan 29, 2009
In the very first moments of Kemonozume we learn of a legend about a man rescuing a woman who is to be sacrificed to the gods: when they escape and run off together, the gods are angered and condemn them to feed on the flesh of humans in the form of monsters overwhelmed by bestial rage, lust, and the urge to devour. And so the descendants of these banished lovers live on as Flesh Eaters, some of them choosing to embrace their inner beast, and some choosing to suppress their curse by will alone, retaining their human form and living normal human lives.

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Jul 12, 2008
When I first found out that Yuasa Masaaki was directing an anime, no less one with swords, I thought "Holy crap, my prayers have been answered!" Well, I was partially right. Kemonozume is in the same style as Mind Game and Cat Soup with the very same twisted sequence of events one was to expect. I personally love this bold new animation style, like a sketch colored with water colors that doesn't adhere to any sort of spacial rules (limbs bending way out of shape to emphasize movement). Anyway, I have to say that the love story is frighteningly realistic and very touching, read more
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Anime: Kaiba
Kemonozume and Kaiba do not look the same, however they both fully use interesting visual approaches to aptly suit the tone of each show. Kemonozume is a bit more rough around the edges and Kaiba is more bubbly. Both of these shows are science fiction on the surface; love stories at heart. I'd recomend watching both of these anime series, especially if you liked one. Same producers too.  
reportRecommended by selective_yellow
Anime: Tokyo Ghoul
Similar concept of humanoid "flesheaters" living among human society and disguising themselves. Kemonozume is darker and (I'd say) a better show.  
reportRecommended by SarcotarascusN
Anime: Mind Game
same artist.. so chances are if you loved/hated the animation in one, you'll feel the same way about the other.. personally i'm a fan.. the artwork is very surreal, and you feel like you're watching some kind of bizarre dream.. through a painting.. or something.. tis tough to explain.. but both require somewhat of an open mind.. the animation might take getting used to.. the plot-lines are both very twisted and sometimes hard to follow.. but it has its own beauty=] 
reportRecommended by inoneoutheother
Anime: Berserk
Same mature content and atmosphere berserk seems to plunge you into.
Very violent and psychological anime, but at the same time, very artistic witty and smartly done.

A tone of humor here and there adds a nice touch to kemonozume.

reportRecommended by Tyrnox
Anime: Vampiyan Kids: Pilot
Yuasa directs both of these anime, which have plots involving monsters hiding in human-like forms being hunted by humans. A boy falls for one of the monsters and is caught in between the two. Sprinkled in some bawdy humor and Yuasa's usual playful and mind bending animation and ideas. 
reportRecommended by jamesfaggo
Anime: Speed Grapher
The storyline and characters are unique and interesting for both series. They also contain exceptional romance where the lovers are on the run from powerful forces in the society, and they have to struggle with their choices along the way.  
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