Synonyms: The Beast Claw
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Aug 5, 2006 to Nov 5, 2006
Duration: 23 min. per episode
Rating: R+ - Mild NudityL represents licensing company
Score: 7.681 (scored by 5875 users)
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Popular Tagsaction drama romance supernatural
Nov 27, 2010
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 a mature and elite anime viewer like myself" and ended up almost dropping the show after the first episode. Why? Because it caught me completely off guard and didn't match my usual tastes at all.
Good thing I gathered my wits to go on watching, however, as Kemonozume showed me that "unique" isn't always an euphemism for just plain "shit".
To start with the art of which everyone seems to have an opinion when it comes to this show: yes, it's "unique". Yes, in that euphemistic way. But as someone with a way better way with words than me once said, you get used to everything except an icicle up in the ass ('cause it melts before it gets comfy), and such is the way with Kemonozume's art as well. Or perhaps it isn't as much about getting used to the crappy art is it is about realizing it's grotesque genius in this very anime? For just like Kemonozume's story and characters vary in their nature, the art varies from raw, murky, surreal, and sketchy to light, joyful, and truly beautiful.
Character-wise, Kemonozume is a treat for anyone tired of angsty teens all across their usual anime. Not a single character under 20 years of age in this show. The average year count ain't the only mature aspect about the characters either, for the chemistry, dialogue, and interaction they have with each other all clearly depict we're not talking about a middle-school drama here. Instead of the stuttered "I like you" and a hesitant, clumsy peck on the cheek, the two lovers in Kemonozume meet each other on a dark beach, exchange not a word, meet again, and fuck. While perhaps a highly romanticised setting (a beach, a girl literally falling from the sky, and BANG [get it?], love at first sight), it is a rather realistic portrayal of young love's carnal nature.
The story of Kemonozume manages to be both simple and multi-layered at the same time. "Simple" meaning that the viewer can easily grasp what's going on instead of having to endure pointless overphilosophicalpsychologicalwhatevermindfuckshit, whereas the plot's different aspects can be seen how, on one hand, it's a conflicted love story about two people so obviously representing two opposite sides, a story about the characters who all have their own goals and ambitions and trying to find their place in their environment, a story about the distinction between man and monster, and so on. Yet even with all these different sides, Kemonozume's story feels like a whole in which the varying aspects support and fulfill each other instead of annoyingly pulling it into a myriad of ways. Which, in turn, makes the story that much more enjoyable and intriguing, and unlike with many other animes, it doesn't end with a more or less horrendously disappointing conclusion.
Unlike with some of my previous reviews, I think I'm going to skip the part about how unnotable I found the soundtrack and go right to the ending rants. Overall Kemonozume was very much an enjoyable show once the eye got adjusted to the unique artwork and I learned to swallow the mindfuck-ish aspects which I usually hate with vehemence. A fair word of warning here, btw, if you're generally of the same mind and would prefer your anime withOUT any overt surrealism: prepare your...selves. Kemonozume does twist and turn all sorts of laws of physics and logic but worry not, it's not about bombarding you with lame philosophy as much as it's just another aspect of the artwork where, just like in Kemonozume in general, all sort of groundbreaking is abound. read more
Dec 21, 2007
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 quite amazing, each character shaping pieces of it as it went along. There were a couple things I saw coming from a mile away, but I wasn't at all disappointed by that, it was beautifully done. It's 13 episodes long, which is a perfect length for something like this. It did kind of slow down near the ends of a couple of the episodes but it was almost always very engaging.
Art: What is there to say about the art? Kemonozume is art. I remember seeing Kemonozume featured on a different site and every single person commented on the art. It does take an open mind to view this. The art is completely sporadic, sometimes it's absolutely barbaric and crude and choppy, while other scenes are beautiful and smooth. But the fact that the art is all over the place makes this a truly memorable anime. I've never seen this art used in any other anime, except for Mind Game. It's incredibly refreshing.
Sound: The entire soundtrack is jazz. I don't know why they chose jazz, considering that it's set in Japan in a relatively recent time peroid....but they decided to go with jazz. And it definitely works. It's all up-tempo stuff and it really does a great job of furthering the mood in this piece. They re-use some of the songs a bunch, and it's cool to see how the same song can be used in a completely different scene and give a completely different feel to it.
Character: They did an amazing job with characters in this anime. Some are kind of cheesy, and contain traits that are a little...stereotypical. The way they made each character interact with each other is great. I could imagine each character as a person, the emotions they exhibited were incredibly real. I found myself genuinely caring about these characters, something that doesn't happen to me as often as I would like it to.
I watched Mind Game, then I decided that since Kemonozume had the same style of art that I would watch it. I'm glad I did that. It's not the kind of animation from Naruto or Gankutsuou or any other kind of anime. Unique, is a more than perfect way to describe this entire anime. There aren't any annoying anime cliches in this. However you have to have an open mind about your anime to watch this. It's not something that can be enjoyed if you're only in to one kind of anime..like Mecha or Shoujo. And if you are interested in watching this, please download Mind Game first, just so you know what you're getting into. read more
Jan 29, 2009
The story here truly begins when Toshihiko, a key member of the Kifuuken, a clan dedicated to the slaughter of these abominations, and Yuka, a Flesh Eater, fall into a tangle of hungry lust with each other — before they know what each other are. When the shit hits the fan the suddenly star-crossed lovers end up on the run, unsure of where to go or what to do, often doubting themselves and struggling to find a way. Together, Toshihiko and Yuka wrestle with their desires and sexuality, their sense of duty and belonging, and having the courage to do what they feel is right.
Ultimately, Kemonozume — like Masaaki Yuasa's own Mind Game — has a very simple thing to say: love and dreams are worth fighting for even in the face of the "maddening, dreamless truth" of reality. Both leave us not with a sense of overwrought tragedy or profound enlightenment, but a reinvigorating affirmation of the importance of living for what we believe in — and perhaps most importantly, they do it with fucking style. The story of Kemonozume is such that could have been told just as easily with vampires or anything less novel than the Flesh Eaters, but instead its creators opt to take a traditional story and a traditional form and approach them in an extraordinarily fresh way.
Yuasa's love of whimsical surrealism and macabre comedy coupled with the raw, emphatically hand-drawn and viscerally expressive style of animation flies in the face of generic anime blandness, particularly in the amazing final episodes. As it becomes increasingly psychedelic, Kemonozume is like a jazz fusion record that spirals into free jazz madness; rock giving way to feedback-driven climax. It's dark, funny, romantically and sexually mature, and wildly stylistic in a way that comes off as improvisational yet intensely focused, perfectly suiting the story and theme.
Note that most of the visual style present throughout the series draws more from a unique impression of manga-style absurdism than from mainstream anime's insular concept of what anime is "supposed to look like" these days (i.e. moéfests galore), and because of the choice to involve a number of different animators the look and feel naturally varies slightly or sometimes shockingly from episode to episode, to subtly kaleidoscopic effect. Again, this allows for audacious imagery that parallels the vision behind this story, and its characters' quest to redefine the way of things and what is acceptable.
The music, too, suits the theme here, presenting a mixture of crazed jazz and swinging fusion reminiscent of Cowboy Bebop's timeless soundtrack.
If you have an affinity for fresh, exciting, mature, and daring forms of expression, for love and dreams that shred through all misfortune and the crushing banality of those in power, Kemonozume is for you. read more
Jul 12, 2008
Jul 21, 2013
The story of "Kemonozume" is definitely an unusual one with many twists to offer. The fierce and extremely dangerous monsters known as Shokujinki run rampant. Toshihiko Momota falls in extreme love with a woman who ends up being one. He comes from a family who are renown for being capable swordsmen whose occupation is to hunt down these grotesque monsters, and many issues that arise as he attempts to be with her. Their interactions together is the second most interesting aspect right behind the art.
The problem is that the interactions between them aren't as heavy as they should be. The emotional resonance for the main characters is weakened by the lack of focus that sometimes appears in this anime. "Kemonozume" gives them some nice development and back story, but not as much as it could have. Many of the other secondary characters that are introduced feel fairly dull and serve the sole purpose of being killed. They take up unnecessarily long amounts of screen time, and ultimately only hold the anime back by not leaving it enough time to fully develop the main characters, which are easily the most interesting ones.
Its art is the most noteworthy feature of the anime. It is impeccably gritty and alluring. Uniqueness does run much through this anime. Character designs are very rough and sketchily drawn. This anime does not use the huge-anime-eyes-possessing character molds that many other typical anime incorporate. Fans of moe will definitely not be pleased by this move; standard anime artwork fans are simply not catered to in "Kemonozume". Action scenes are fairly fluid, and the artwork in it enhance the intensity well. Backgrounds are often riddled with heavy brush strokes and very moody.
Much of the anime's soundtrack is jumpy and jittery. It's composed of jazz music that slightly elevates the tense or exciting moments. Other smoother and more laid-back songs preform their role well, and don't intrude the dramatic scenes they are played in. Most of the soundtrack is nice but not all too memorable. The standout is the opening theme "Auvers Blue" by Katteni-Shiyagare. It is an unrestrained jazz song that becomes as intense with excitement as the most action-filled scenes in the anime. The ending theme by Santara, "Suki", is nothing special or irksome. It's just a decent, somewhat melancholic song.
"Kemonozume" is bloody, creative, albeit lacking, fun with a gripping and odd twist on traditional monster and love stories. The flaws are not enormous and the visual approach is fresh enough to outshine many of its contemporaries. Those who enjoy overtly strange, violent, and fascinating anime with an appealingly coarse and offbeat art style should definitely check this one out.
Seven Large, Staining, and Darkly Red Blood Splatters out of Ten. read more
Mar 27, 2010
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.
After a fateful encounter between the hunters and the hunted, Toshihiko and Yuka are forced to flee, wandering the countryside in the hopeful search of a place where they can live and love in piece. In the first handful of episodes we are introduced to a truly inspired and whimsical world with a take on macabre humor that sets Kemonozume in a place all its own.
The true depth of this series however, comes with the revelation of our main antagonist, and this is when the viewer is confronted with the true potential for depravity not of the Flesh Eaters, but of mankind itself.
Without revealing too much, our main villain is the most well developed character I have encountered in a series thus far, anime or otherwise. What began as a noble pursuit ends in a horribly demented fantasy twisted and corrupt. More impressive is that the entire complex scheme is started not through power or force but through the successful manipulation of human desires and dreams and his sociopathic tendencies continue all the way to the climax.
The character development in Kemonozume is superb and far beyond any expectations I had set for it. We bear witness to many crushingly realistic human reactions between the cast and within themselves. As the sinister undercurrent develops from mere hints to full blown plot device the tone and setting of Kemonozume drives considerable deeper into the human psyche, drawing out not only vivid portrayals of overwhelming emotion, but a visual experience unlike any other. Every main and supporting character goes through a powerful transformation that they must struggle to overcome or die trying.
The unique art design and story structure combined with a fast paced and perfect soundtrack eases the viewer into a world filled with gruesome consequence and powerful prejudice. The visual experience is often in complete juxtaposition with actual story elements, presenting the viewer with complex and conflicting emotions.In the end, this is a story about courage, trust and faith in yourself, a story of maintaining your humanity despite overwhelming odds pointing you towards darker, easier paths, and of course a story of love and the struggle to maintain it no matter what.
If you're searching for something unique, vivid and emotionally charged, this is more then worth your time. Once the story picked up I could do nothing else but finish it, finally staring blankly into the screen as the credits rolled, breathless at four in the morning pulling together my blown mind.
Jan 26, 2012
Story: With Yusa's illogical animation, you definitely need a wacky story to accompany it and here you'll find samurais clashing with human/monster hybrids, cannibalism, zoophilia, peach loving monkeys smooching with monkeys growing out of an evil head running on a gigantic ball headed for destruction, you name it. I did feel detached from the some details near the second half, but the conclusion hit it home on an outerworldly level (literally and metaphorically).
Art: Kemonozume's art style is everything. There was this one girl who always came to my class with the wildest choices of clothes on, I kinda had a thing for her. One part that would always come back to me from the first episode that I mentioned earlier was the water in the background when Toshihiko and Yuka stare at each other before they kiss. Or the vibrant colors used in the intro dialogue, not to mention how illuminating it looks as if the animators somehow took a lamp and underlaid it behind the scenes. My only complaint though is the lack of s_surrealizm which I had really anticipated after seeing the crown achievement of mankind Mind Game.
Sound: The episodes feature some upbeat jazz which I definitely digged as it held hands with the action scenes, but there's another piece of music found in the 3rd episode after the subway chase scene, which was the opposite of upbeat. Aw man, you see pretty umbrellas swaying in the streets with that guitar in the background stimulating my posterior pituitary gland in releasing some chillout hormones. The intro/outro themes are also alright, though nothing personally special.
Character: Toshihiko struggling between the path of the sword and his heart was amusing, his romance between Yuka and Rie had its moments, I never really cared for the minor characters (especially their backgrounds), but there was Saru the monkey who I'll never forget.
Enjoyment: I enjoyed my time... bye. read more
Nov 10, 2011
Main Characters 10
Side Characters 8.5
Well, it is one of the best if not the best anime, I have ever watched so far. Right after the first episode, I felt at ease and just relaxed and enjoyed the ride. Everything about this anime is great. Story is well developped, you can connect to characters, music is amazing, very much like Cowboy Bebop by the way.
Kemonozume's story revolve around a woman and a man who loves each other passionately despite the fact that they are not meant for each other , lots of physical contact in this anime, their love is Eros type. I will not reveal any spoilers, but as the story goes further, it gets darker and darker, almost every episode has a moment of action or let's say every episode has a touch with the main plot, so you might get diverted a little in the first minutes, though I never did, but right on time it will take you back to its pace.
Mostly jazz. In action sequence there is a certain uptempo jazz they are using- very much like the first jazz song in the cowboy bebop movie, the one enters when spike fights with a girl- which is great, sometimes to create suspense they use only drums, for emotional scenes they have a song like a jazz/blues, it adds a lot to the scene. It never bores you, or it never feels like its too much, I mean the movies make that mistake a lot, for simple scene like a simple walk in the street, they put a real complex classical stuff, and you get distracted by it, well this anime doesn't do that, and that's certainly a good thing right?
We have two main characters. Yuka and Toshihiko. Yuka is like a source of life to Toshihiko, Yuka was living a normal girl's life with some exceptions, Toshihiko is a master swordsman at the Kifuufen dojo. Until the time when Toshihiko met Yuka, he had been living a life devoted to the path of sword. But Yuka changes everything. The two starts on a journey, which is decided in very stresfull moment. And the anime is the journey, the later developped main plot is actually a device that makes the journey more acceptable, and more fast paced, and the good thing with fast paced plot is that when it slows down, you really see the significance of the scene. Same with the characters, if a moment lasts, it is significant, if a thing is repeated, it is significant.
So for my only concern with the anime is the sometimes under developped side characters. At the end of the story, yes the villain has a good reason to be villain, but where does he get that good reason, and why it is a good reason, you do not see that. Or the side character Rie, an entire episode is devoted to her, that's how significant she is, yet we actually know so little about her, and after a certain point she is used as a stimulating device for the plot, which is so sad for a character which has a real potential to be deep. Toshihiko's brother is a very significant character and yet his relation to Toshihiko is really under developped. Maybe anime should have been a little longer like an episode or two. But besides that, some of the side characters, like the old couple, which is shown only in one episode is very well developped, because, we know a little about their past, and their relation to each other, it is all done in four or five minutes, yet the anime fails to do same thing for more significant characters, or should have done a little bit more, but it is great anyway. Now that I think about it, I'd go who cares, it was great.
Well, it is different alright. I loved it, you might not like it. It has a certain attitude, which is, if I am not mistaken, they tried to give or show the meaning/emotion not by just the contents in the drawing but with the drawing style too. I mean, something like this, if the scene is smooth, and loving scene, they draw smooth and gentle, soft colors, poetic visual imagery and all that. But if the thing is rough, they draw rough, lots of visible lines, you can see every corner in the scene, the drawing style changes according to mood, which for me was an amazing experience.
Definitely worth your time. Any one into, visual arts, philosophy, poetry, and mythology and psychology, should watch. read more
Feb 1, 2009
Toshihiko Momota is the oldest son in a family of monster-hunters. Like his father Jyuuzou, Toshihiko believes in the "way of the sword" as the correct means to get rid of the man-eating Shokujinki who prey on humans. Toshihiko's younger brother Kazuma wants to modernize the "family business" with high powered mecha-suits and other bits of high-tech, but Jyuuzou and Toshihiko oppose this, resulting in a split in the family and Kazuma challenging Toshihiko to a sword duel.
But the duel between the brothers is interrupted by a monkey who is chased by Toshihiko out to the beach, where a strangely attractive woman sails out of the sky in a parachute and lands in front of Toshihiko. Toshihiko is immediately smitten by the woman, who is called Yuka, and they start a blindingly passionate affair, causing Toshihiko to forget "the way of the sword", initiating the destruction of the Kifuuken - the organization of monster-hunters - and begetting something much more horribly evil than even the Shokujinki.
"Kemonozume" is definitely not for "all tastes". There is a tremendous amount of black humor tied directly to violent death, very raw and sometimes monstrous sex, more nudity than in most hentai anime, and lots of surreal animation. But if you are looking for something different in terms of an anime that is truly meant for adults, "Kemonozume" is a tremendously entertaining place to look. read more
May 2, 2009
You should probably just watch it for the art alone even though there are lot of other good things about it:
Sound -- Awesome jazz pieces set to moody scenes of the city. Classic noir feel.
Story - It kinda gets very messy towards the end but then I get the feel that you're supposed to suspend your brain, especially in the last episode when everything really gets weird. The craziness is all part of the plot.
Characters -- Lots of unique characters in this anime. You won't see much of the classic stereotypes, tsundere, moe high school girls etc. Everyone is a little gritty, irrational and kinda wild. In the end, everyone is a monster. even if they are human.
Awesome anime and a joy to watch just because so different from all the other generic crap out there. read more
Aug 6, 2010
This is pretty much a story revolving around humans and their relationship with monsters known as "flesh eaters" who are cursed with an appetite for human beings. The general story starts out pretty solid and interesting - a typical situation in which a person has to choose between his human comrades and a monster. One would think that it would be pretty hard to botch this tried-and-true plot line. However, this anime manages to turn what could have been a relatively decent story into one of absolute bullshit and nonsense. The episodes turn from engaging and suspenseful to utter crap that simply drags on. By the closing of the series i was forcing myself to hang in there till the end. Good thing it's only 13 episodes. I would stay away from this anime unless you like watching mindless, uninteresting crap pulled out of the director's ass. the only reason i give it a 5 is because the first few episodes were somewhat interesting.
Sticking a paintbrush in my ass and attempting to draw human figures on a canvass would produce a better picture than what would be found in the "art" of Kemonozume. i can understand the artist wanting to create a rushed, violent, and haphazard look to try and match the mood, but not to the point of looking like something out of a 10-year-old's doodling in a school notebook. I for one do not hold art in high regards when judging and anime, but for those who do - I think you will need to be a very "special" person to appreciate this lousy, half-assed artwork.
Sound - 6/10
The sounds and music used are nothing special. They consist of mostly jazz/jazz related music. The music is neither outstanding nor mediocre and sufficiently plays its roll in this uninteresting anime.
Characters - 5/10
The characters in this anime are adequately interesting. However, many of the main characters are very inconsistent in their behaviors, ideas, and actions. It isnt really clear why some actions are carried out by some characters. Many of the actions seemed to be pulled out of the director's ass in order to boringly further the plot. None of the characters appealed to me or stood out as is usually the case in animes/mangas.
Enjoyment - 3/10
The beginning of the anime gave me the idea that i would be in for a decent ride. However, the episodes/series turned to crap as they became filled with a third rate plot; shitty, pointless, weird ass sex scenes; and lame fight scenes. This anime was a struggle to finish.
The only reason i can think of for the various high scores given to this anime is that people fall for the third-class plot line that tries too hard to be deep and philosophical. People also probably find this anime "artsy" for its use of jazz and broken-looking drawings. It is a shame that in its attempt to be philosophical and mature, this anime turned out to be inconsistent with a plot full of holes.
Mar 7, 2010
Thought I should give more balance on this load of shit for all you anime watchers out there so here it is. It might give you another point of view from a reviewer who didn't give it a 9 or a 10.
First of all, beware of brain cell damage after watching this anime!
I understand some people are into this but c'mon man, looks like everyone's been run over by a train. Too many distortions and un-proportional animation. Movement angle's all wrong. You can argue that it matches the style of the dark-themed storyline, but the last four episodes look like they plain gave up on common sense whatsoever. That is, unless you enjoy watching ugly heads dancing around, WTF.
If you enjoy romance that consists of nothing but sex, then this might be your anime to watch. Have to warn you though, the sex scenes aren't even that good- unless having sex with ugly looking monsters turn you on.
The plot is poorly developed. This guy finds sex with a monster and runs of with her. They have sex.Things happen back home. They have more sex. More, boring, things happen back home. They continue to have sex.
They somehow manage to find time from all that sex to destroy a crazy maniac.
Romance my ass.
Sometimes shit is created with a constipated attempt to seem mature and deep. Some people interpret it as more than it is, and think it to be genius. This is one of those occasions.
If you're trying to dim the lines between what is human and what is monster, then writing about how both human and monster are lustfilled idiots who kill each other is not the way to go. If you're writing romance then give me at least one scene where it doesn't involve sex, PLEASE.
So, yeah. Do not recommend. read more
Jul 14, 2011
Overall, a gorgeous and fun anime.
Mar 16, 2013
A bizarre, sexually-charged Romeo and Juliet story involving a flesh-eating monster and a hunter of said flesh-eating monsters. Mashes together fantastic drama and romance with surrealistic comedy and action, so that the end result is something like FLCL, though strictly for adults. There is a lot of nudity and sex here, but, refreshingly for an anime, it almost never dips into fan-service territory. (And when it does, it goes so hilariously over the top that the effect isn't even remotely titillating.) Monstrous transformations during sexual climax aside, the sex just feels real, and the kaleidoscopic, unpolished animation helps keep Kemonozume from lewd, ecchi territory. I'd say that this anime is everything that Elfen Lied is not--EL tries to tackle similarly thorny, compelling issues, but its noble intentions are constantly undermined by the consistent, juvenile fan-service and broad stereotyping. Not that Kemonozume is subtle either, but it is, at the very least, a joy to watch. read more
Mar 5, 2013
Aug 3, 2012
STORY: Overall poor. It had great potential but it just collapsed on itself because of the romance. It is based mostly on sex and the dangers a "monster" partner might bring (wow where have we seen this one before?). Also, the sex as plot tool is not exclusive to the main couple. All the relationships in the show grow up from that and never manage to be truly convincing. I don't know if I should even refer to the storyline of the monsters and the Kifuuken because it barely survived the awful development of the main characters. Good conquers evil in the end but we don't exactly know why and to be honest, by the end we don't even care. The animation masks well the adult themes but they are not successfully addressed.
ART: Enjoyable and a great breath of fresh air from the moe stuff that has been breeding all over the charts for the past few years. It was the reason that made me watch this anime and for that I don't regret it. Madhouse can be proud of this one (though not so much story-wise). It you liked Tatami Galaxy I recommend you take a peek at this. It also reminds me of some of the shorts from the Gurren Lagann Parallel Works anthology.
SOUND: Nothing extraordinary. Jazzy. Abides by the show.
CHARACTER: The protagonist who should have the most development never sees it, his initial problems are never tackled and simply add on once he meets the girl flesh eater. She is mildly interesting and stumbles upon some of the show's most endearing moments. Were not for the excessive nudity and sudden changes of heart she might have been a good character. Kazuma, the protagonist's brother, was probably the most verisimilar character but he had to be ruined for the show to work in accordance with its mediocrity. Rie was a feminist pebble sunken in a well. After serving her purpose as fanservice material, she discovered she had ambitions and tried to do something about it, not to mention save the Kifuuken. Needless to say what happened to her. The evil guy was pretty entertaining by the end. He was crazy enough to let his weak motives go by unnoticed.
ENJOYMENT: I'd say the enjoyment with which you began is not the same you'll have by the end. If you start to watch this anime with the intention to take it seriously and with hopes of seeing the plot flourish and be resolved than you're going to be sourly let down as I was. It's better to take it lightly and enjoy the bizarre turn of events.
Dec 19, 2009
Jun 20, 2013
The first episode has barely begun and the series whacks you over the head with a bunch of undefined squiggly lines, wonky character designs and sloppy, drunken shaky-hand animation. There are photography-based backgrounds, there's computer generated imagery and some filmed stock footage for good measure. All possible methods for creating still and moving images are on display, sometimes at the same time. And those images, they are not pretty.
The story is not far behind, when it comes to weird first impressions. It's Romeo and Juliet alright, but seemingly rewritten by mentally unstable prison inmates on experimental drugs. In fact, it's easy to give up after the premiere episode, because really, what is this garbage anyway.
But for those making it past episode two, a grand adventure awaits. Kemonozume is a vexing mess, a bold experiment and a hard watch. It's also very much fun and hilarious on occasion and brutal and disgusting in between. A strange, but wonderful piece of niche entertainment. Art crap done right.
(I wrote an improved, slightly more detailed version of this for anidb: http://anidb.net/perl-bin/animedb.pl?show=animeatt&attid=9079) read more
May 4, 2012
Both of the main characters Toshihiko & Yuka do developed into very interesting characters throughout the series. Their love story is a bit cheesy at a few times and what to expect for a love story only with lots of sex and female full frontal nudity and believe me, there is a lot of that going on in this show. As for the side characters, they just come off as dull and come off as uninteresting, such as, Kazuma (Toshihiko’s half-brother) wants to modernize the business with high-tech gadgets but the family does not take that easily. That little subplot just sounds like something you always find in a business only doing things the old-fashioned way but it wasn’t that bad. Rie Kakinoki is the most underdeveloped character in the show as the girl who gets in between Toshihiko and Yuka, vying for his love and even compares her breasts to Yuka’s. Yeah, that happened. But as for the villain, I wouldn’t say who it is because it would be a huge spoiler but whoever it is; their coming of being a villain is never really explained why.
One thing I got to say about the animation in here: I didn’t think that was a Madhouse project at first. It seemed like Studio 4’C helped in there but it is, in fact, all Madhouse and while they used the same art style in some 4’C productions, at first, it was very bold and different but it isn’t unique at all and it can show to be very lazy at a few times. Some character designs look completely flat and unfinished and the same goes to the backgrounds and most of the fight scenes. It seems that they had a slim budget on the animation and resulted into doodling.
The opening theme used "Auvers Blue" by Katteni-Shiyagare help you prepare for most of the show’s antics and situations and the jazz score in the series is very minimalist but it doesn’t distract you from the series and it helps play its role. The ending theme "Suki" by Santara isn’t really anything special but like the music in “Sister Princess”, I just skip this song and move on into the next episode but I still always listen to the opening theme with open ears.
FINAL VERDICT: The story gets dull in the first half of the series but as the story goes along, it did alright and that’s all. I noticed many people who reviewed this giving this 9s or 10s in order to be mature to fellow anime watchers but I don’t find it that worthy. It’s an OK show with decent but tiresome animation, average characters, and a good music score. read more
Mar 30, 2012
but boy it does pack a punch
and not just any punch
it's the realistic-in your face-tragedy
it's the quick development of plot and characters
it's the ultimate message of a hero who has fallen only to struggle to rise again
I just love a show that can convey a greatly truly proper villian who- YOU KNOW-
is gonna deliver some heart-wrenching realities
for those of you who believe that anime cannot get past traditional bullshit
this show is for you