Kemono no Souja Erin

The Beast Player Erin

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Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Kemono no Soujya Erin, Kemono no Sou-ja Erin
Japanese: 獣の奏者エリン
English: The Beast Player Erin
German: Erin
Spanish: Erin
French: Erin
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Type: TV
Episodes: 50
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 10, 2009 to Dec 26, 2009
Premiered: Winter 2009
Broadcast: Unknown
Producers: NHK
Licensors: None found, add some
Source: Novel
Genres: DramaDrama, FantasyFantasy
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 8.341 (scored by 2155421,554 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #2242
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #2279
Members: 87,002
Favorites: 1,502

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In the land of Ryoza, the neighboring provinces of Shin-Ou and Tai-Kou have been at peace. Queen Shinou is the ruler of Ryoza and her greatest general, Grand Duke Taikou, defends the kingdom with his army of powerful war-lizards known as the "Touda." Although the two regions have enjoyed a long-standing alliance, mounting tensions threaten to spark a fierce civil war.

Within Ake, a village in Tai-Kou tasked with raising the Grand Duke's army, lives Erin, a bright girl who spends her days watching the work of her mother Soyon, the village's head Touda doctor. But while under Soyon's care, a disastrous incident befalls the Grand Duke's strongest Touda, and the peace that Erin and her mother had been enjoying vanishes as Soyon is punished severely. In a desperate attempt to save her mother, Erin ends up falling in a river and is swept towards Shin-Ou.

Unable to return home, Erin must learn to lead a new life with completely different people, all while hunting for the truth of both beasts and humanity itself, with tensions between the two regions constantly escalating.

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Director, Episode Director, Storyboard, Key Animation
Hiramitsu, Takuya
Sound Director
Takashima, Daisuke
Episode Director


Opening Theme

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1: "Shizuku (雫)" by Sukima Switch (eps 1-30)
2: "Shizuku (雫)" by Chitose Hajime (eps 31-50)

Ending Theme

1: "After the rain" by cossami (eps 1-29)
2: "Kitto Tsutaete (きっと伝えて)" by Takako Matsu (eps 30-49)


Jan 5, 2010
Kemono no Souja Erin (The Beast Player Erin), is a surprising anime. Not in the way it looks or sounds, or in any aspect of it's production. Not even because of it's story or characters (which are wonderfuly by the way). No, it's surprising for being the most recent example of a genre that is slowly disappearing in anime.

Many people will be confused by that statement, especially as the show is very clearly labelled and marketed as a children's series, and as everyone knows, kids shows are rife in anime. The problem, however, doesn't lie in the fact that this series was initially aimed at ...
Jun 5, 2010
Mixed Feelings
"Kemono no Souja Erin" is an anime with great plot potential, well build characters and pleasant design, but unfortunately - horrid storytelling and structure. It takes 50 episodes to tell the story (which is supposed to be understandable, since it's long one), but dragged scenes with badly animated conversations, and lots of flashbacks make you feel as if it should be done in 26 episodes instead - and maybe it should have.

As I mentioned, the story has great potential - we have our main heroine that we meet when she is still a little kid, we watch her grow, mature, and struggle, through all ...
Mar 12, 2010
While it may strike as inconsistent to rate a series a 3 when I "finished" 50 episodes of it, there is one essential reason, that is pacing of this series. Not only is the pacing typically slice-of-life slow from the very start, but it has the most self-indulgent use of flashback I have ever seen. By the midpoint of the anime, flashback starts taking up easily perhaps 1/10th of the total time. We already saw these events, and they are already in our heads. Bringing the same events up as much as five or ten times is a horrible abuse of our viewership. Maybe it ...

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