Ranked #1073


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
Producers: Madhouse
Duration: 23 min. per episode
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity
L represents licensing company


Score: 7.671 (scored by 7712 users)
Ranked: #10732
Popularity: #1340
Members: 23,373
Favorites: 220
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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.


Episodes  13
Aired  Aug 5, 2006 to Nov 5, 2006
Status  Finished Airing
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Characters & Voice Actors

Kamitsuki, Yuka
Kamitsuki, Yuka
Shiina, Hekiru
Shiina, Hekiru
Momota, Toshihiko
Momota, Toshihiko
Kiuchi, Hidenobu
Kiuchi, Hidenobu
Hoobari, Gakuto
Yanada, Kiyoyuki
Yanada, Kiyoyuki


Yuasa, Masaaki
Director, Episode Director, Script, Storyboard, Series Composition, Key Animation
Nakajima, Toshihiko
Sound Director
Nagasaki, Kenji
Episode Director
Tanaka, Hiroyuki
Episode Director

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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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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. 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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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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Mar 27, 2010
Man versus Monster. It's a classic tale, told in variations for as long as the human mind has held thought. In a stroke of brilliance, Masaaki Yuasa redefines this ancient epic and brings to light the full spectrum of human emotion and psychological development.

Our story starts simple enough.We are introduced to an accomplished young warrior of the Kifuuken (a clan with a thousand year tradition of hunting Flesh Eaters), Toshihiko, who is led on a fast paced chase through his Japanese village where he stumbles across our unfortunate heroine.

Yuka,beautiful Yuka. Flesh Eater Yuka.

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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.
Similar concept of humanoid "flesheaters" living among human society and disguising themselves. Kemonozume is darker and (I'd say) a better show.
Both feature Yuasa Masaaki's crazy postmodern madness via Madhouse Studios, refreshingly unique style of animation, and stories about love and determination.
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=]
Both shows have a similar level of craziness to them, and focus on an unconventional, yet realistically told, love story.

They also both have their fair share of action-packed moments, as well as weird sci-fi moments. The pacing and directing feels very similar, with lots of unique camera angles and esoteric, psychedelic imagery being used to break up the monotony.
Both shows also have a story that starts out slow, and somewhat normal... but builds into an over-the-top climax.

FLCL's art is perhaps more refined while Kemonozume is intentionally rough & sketchy, and FLCL is brighter and more vibrant, using lots of pastel colors while Kemonozume is darker, using colors that skew more heavily towards neon. However, despite all of this, both show's art styles evoke the same vivacious, energetic feeling.

Overall, that's the most similar thing about the two shows. Despite the differences in the overall look, and the slight differences in the story, they both give off a very similar vibe.
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.

Opening Theme

"Auvers Blue" by Katteni Shiyagare

Ending Theme

"Suki" by Santara

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