Ranked #1122


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
Broadcast: Unknown
Producers: Madhouse, WOWOW
Source: Original
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity
L represents licensing company


Score: 7.641 (scored by 8,494 users)
Ranked: #11222
Popularity: #1400
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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, Series Composition, Key Animation
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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Aug 12, 2015
Kemonozume is obviously not your typical anime. I knew what I was expecting from the director Masaaki Yuasa, known from his critically acclaimed works such as Kaiba, The Tatami Galaxy, Mind Game, and the most recent work of 2014 Ping Pong the Animation. Surrealistic art style, jarring enough to see the choppy yet dynamic movement and the unconventional means of using a diverse set of characters to get the message across its audience would be also in Kemonozume. I was half right.

What I didn’t expect was the copious amounts of gore, sex, and nudity that were there. However, I did get used to it 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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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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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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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: Ping Pong The Animation
Same director. similar character development strategies, but a completely different story.
Unfortunately also the same horrible art-style 
reportRecommended by skyscan
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: Kiseijuu: Sei no Kakuritsu
Both anime involve a species that eats humans to live and both anime concentrate on understanding how the two species may co-exist. 
reportRecommended by kataklism
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
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monster hunts, similar love squabbles, fan services, both Action and Horror types with a lot killing and dying and a similar creepy song in it 
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