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Synonyms: The Beast Claw
Japanese: ケモノヅメ


Type: TV
Episodes: 13
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Aug 6, 2006 to Nov 5, 2006
Premiered: Summer 2006
Broadcast: Sundays at 00:30 (JST)
Producers: WOWOW, Imagine
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Madhouse
Source: Original
Genres: ActionAction, Avant GardeAvant Garde, HorrorHorror, RomanceRomance, SupernaturalSupernatural
Themes: Adult CastAdult Cast, GoreGore, MythologyMythology
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity


Score: 7.341 (scored by 2031820,318 users)
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Ranked: #24872
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #2486
Members: 76,119
Favorites: 482


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Creatures known as Shokujinki have been secretly living alongside humans for hundreds of years. Though they may look like humans, Shokujinki are able to transform into uncontrollable beasts with gigantic claws and consume humans to survive. The equally secretive Kifuuken dojo specializes in killing Shokujinki by cutting off their arms, and is the only force preventing unchecked Shokujinki domination.

Toshihiko Momota, the son of the leader of the Kifuuken, is instantly charmed by a mysterious woman named Yuka Kamitsuki. Their relationship is complicated, however, because unbeknownst to them both, Yuka is a Shokujinki and Toshihiko is sworn to kill her. Meanwhile, the Kifuuken is having a crisis of confidence as Toshihiko's brother Kazuma pushes against tradition and tries to modernize the Kifuuken. As emotions are strained and the secrets of both the past and present are revealed, who will live, and who will be eaten?

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Characters & Voice Actors


Yuasa, Masaaki
Director, Episode Director, Script, Storyboard, Series Composition, Key Animation
Nakajima, Toshihiko
Sound Director


Opening Theme

Apple Music
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"Auvers Blue" by Katteni Shiyagare

Ending Theme

"Suki" by Santara


Nov 30, 2023
I'm always intimidated by anything Yuasa directs.

It's weird. Everybody complains about this being Romeo and Juliet with a new coat of cannibal demon paint. That's absolutely why it's so great to begin with. The concepts of impossible love are those which explore the limits of human emotion. What would you do? Happiness is beyond a threshold that requires a sacrifice. No going back, and it's all for another person who's doing the same. Accelerating, passionate, brutal, bloody, filled with comedy, mess-ups, mistakes, and most of all, the horror of leaving life behind for somebody you're just getting to know.

First thing I gotta acknowledge, holy ...
Jan 27, 2024
Mixed Feelings
Kemonozume serves as a grand experiment in both animation and narrative. The storyline initially establishes a firm foundation, evolving into a suspenseful romance with a rapid influx of plot twists soon after the introduction. Yet, it is akin to a perplexing mind-bender, albeit in reverse, once it undergoes a narrative whirlwind. Allow me to elaborate. A compelling mind-bending show usually starts with a relatively comprehensible premise, gradually intensifying the mystery and dropping subtle clues, possibly enhancing the viewer's confusion, until everything clicks into place at the climax. However, this show resembles a fusion of FLCL, Saikano, and Higurashi: commencing as incredibly bizarre yet comprehensible, it ...
Aug 3, 2023
Although rare, Masaaki Yuasa has some misses among his works, and Kemonozume is one of them. It was the only important show of his left for me to watch and I was surprised with how bad it was, considering he made it between Mind Game and Kaiba.

The premise isn’t very captivating, it’s Romeo and Juliet with human swordsmen and monsters, that’s it, and I couldn’t even buy the way it’s presented, I don’t believe in love at first sight, attraction? Sure, but love? Nah, which is why I never bought it in fiction either. It’s even harder to accept it in here because the ...

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