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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
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Madhouse
Source: Original
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity


Score: 7.461 (scored by 13,566 users)
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Ranked: #18592
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Popularity: #1815
Members: 50,813
Favorites: 387


Kemonozume is another of Masaaki Yuasa's works and has many similar themes. Kemonozume has a much looser more experimental style of animation and it arguably less polished than 2018's Devilman, but if you've developed a taste for Yuasa's direction after finishing Devilman Crybaby then I'd say you are ready to take on this series. 
report Recommended by trollesque
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.  
report Recommended by SY_IS_DEAD_IRL
Same director. similar character development strategies, but a completely different story. Unfortunately also the same horrible art-style 
report Recommended by skyscan
Both are definitely for those who like weird, offbeat art. 
report Recommended by PinkTaco
Both anime involve a species that eats humans to live and both anime concentrate on understanding how the two species may co-exist. 
report Recommended by kataklism
Romeo and Juliet theme: impossible love between people from different "clan/families/races". 
report Recommended by Unmasked89
Certainly their art styles are something that immediately connects the two, however they both also share the same brutal, stylized violence and grungy modern life coming into conflict with traditional Japanese culture. I was honestly surprised when I realized they weren't done by the same people! :D 
report Recommended by shadowcat2323
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=] 
report Recommended by inoneoutheother
Lots of gore and disturbing images, unique animation styles, both feature the competition for the heritage of a dojo 
report Recommended by Aethyr13
Both have mature plot, some action, romance road movie episodes and surrealistic episodes 
report Recommended by bakuretsu_101
Monsters who eat people and disguise themselves as humans. The monsters form groups to protect themselves from the organization that wants to hunt them. The differences being in Kemonozume the main character helps a monster rather than being one himself like in Tokyo Ghoul.  
report Recommended by Venustas
both contain humanoid mutants as well as loaded with innate conspiracies 
report Recommended by AliProject
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,  read more 
report Recommended by vigorousjammer
Different premises and approach but really so similar context: both have literal monsters, but in reality, the real monsters are our inner demons Same character profiles and developments Both have haunting soundtracks. Kemonozume has jazz while Blood+ have operatic music Both have monsters but different types: Kemonozume has flesh eaters while Blood+ have chiropterans I think B+ has more heart, while Kemonozume shows the frenzy monster vibe 
report Recommended by srdltb
Both series feature: -Incredibly expressive art/animation which can be serious one moment and surreal the next -A large cast of memorable characters with their own unique worldviews, flaws, and goals -An intriguing, multifaceted plot that keeps you on your toes 
report Recommended by Gallowglas
Both revolve heavily around cannibalism, and both feature a relationship that is challenged by the circumstances around them. The differences are that Pupa has terrible artwork without an excuse (aside from it being a DEEN work), whereas Kemonozume has bad artwork with an excuse (it's a Yuasa anime), and Pupa is awful, whereas Kemonozume is great. 
report Recommended by RoarkTenjouin
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.  
report Recommended by movoning
Both try to capture the same american jazzy-macho feel, mixing it with japanese samurai. While Onihei is a historical series, and Kemonozume's style is a bit out there, the stories are quite similar. Both involving characters that struggle to find someone to put their faith in and maintain a sense of honor, and dignity despite inner temptations and an often brutal unforgiving world. Watch either for an intriguing adult story.  
report Recommended by Awesomecake
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 
report Recommended by Foyn
If Mnemosyne had terrible art/animation, but a lot less hentai/fanservice it would be called kemonozume. They both have the same "feel", completely different story lines. Kemonozume's storyline is a lot more mature and refined, so don't let the art throw you off. 
report Recommended by skyscan
Similar themes, drama, horror, romance. Not to mention both have unique, interesting realistic art styles. 
report Recommended by umami_bomb
Shoka doesn't have much substance in the way of a story, but if you found its visuals intriguing you might want to give the much more fully realized Kemonozume a look. 
report Recommended by META_BODY
Both feature Yuasa Masaaki's crazy postmodern madness via Madhouse Studios, refreshingly unique style of animation, and stories about love and determination. 
report Recommended by META_BODY
Although the art styles are very different they're both very unusual and interesting and have a big effect on the overall tone of the shows. Both shows also feature themes of daemon hunting and transformation as well as a good dollop of mystery and intrigue. That said the pace, tone and central plot of the shows are very different but if you like one it's definitely worth giving the other a try. 
report Recommended by ml07spn
- Both have man-eating monsters who at first look like ordinary people (man-eaters and titans) - both have special forces who fight those monsters (kifuuken and survey corps) - to kill those monsters you've got to cut a sertain body part (hands and necks) - main heroes have kind of extraordinary relationship with those monsters, both are highly misunderstood by their own kind - both have characters who are surprised at their own ability to transform into monsters - and in both you can turn a human into monster with some medicine - not to mention that both are really bloody and both involve many deaths - and of course both mc  read more 
report Recommended by Saijuro
Kemonozume and Hundred Stories both have a very distinctive art style and tend to be rather crazy and voilent. The plots have their twists and none of the heroes can be really called normal. In other words the shows have a similar atmosphere. 
report Recommended by metzger
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. 
report Recommended by Jim_my
Both have a female lead that is a monster of some sort or different from the living. Both involve religious sects trying to deal with them. Both have a male lead that trusts the female which leads to them being suspect or ostracized. Both overall have really dark atmospheres and scenes and gore. Kemonozume is more on the extreme but both will sometime leave you shocked. Both have female supporting characters that were in love with the male lead but later suffered because of it. Both rely on the past history of the characters to drive the story forward. Animation in both leaned towards dark  read more 
report Recommended by vlasic
Certain events are similar to Wicked City, I'll let you decide. 
report Recommended by fight-knight
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.  
report Recommended by Tyrnox