Posted on 12 November 2006 with categories: Anime Reviews


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Kemonozume is an adult-themed love story with a little dose of action. It’s set in a world in which humans are plagued by creatures known as flesh eaters, human-like beings who can change into monsters and eat anything they see that moves. It follows one of the strongest hunters of these flesh eaters, who falls in love with one of them. The two of them elope, and leave their surroundings to deal with the consequences.

The first thing that strikes the eye when watching this anime is the art. It definitely sets itself apart from all other anime due to the extremely messy art, both character as background. Getting used to this art may take a while, but it fits the mood of this anime perfectly. Especially in combination with the weird themes which come across the screen, you can really say that this anime has a unique style.

Kemonozume start with two introduction-episodes. In my opinion, the first episode starts off well, though episode two was the worst episode of this series. It’s a bit too formulaic and standard. But afterwards, Kemonozume really sets off with a set of very interesting, but in theme very different episodes. One episode can be a very funny comedy-episode while the next you see a naked guy, tied up on a chair with a paper bag over his head, or a normal slice-of-life episode featuring an old couple or an episode dedicated to the history of our characters’ parents. Then, at around episode 9, the climax starts forming with a couple of very dramatic scenes. And with dramatic, I really mean dramatic, a bit too dramatic perhaps. The ending itself was pretty decent. Very strange, but pretty decent.

Also, like I said, this is a show with adult-themes. Bodies get cut in half, arms get ripped off, lots of naked men, women and sex scenes pass the screen, so I’d keep this away from your little brother or sister. Overall, Kemonozume was a very nice watch. It kept a good balance between drama and comedy, but I felt that the great climax in the final episodes tried a bit too hard, therefore losing its effect.

3 Responses

  1. ddd says:

    yeah,I agree whit the ending there otherwise it was really original and good =)

  2. Shannon says:

    I loved this series! It was beautiful and incorporated many different genres. Also, the art was not the stereotypical anime style; it was beautiful and natural.

  3. Blue says:

    Haha, just finished this series and I really found the majority of the last episode to be hilarious including the very last minute. The outcome was pretty cheesy though

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  • Emma
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 02:47 AM)
    I guess I’m curious as to how effected people are by the professionals reviews when they decide to see a film.
  • Jalapeno Bagel
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 02:45 AM)
    well, critics are part of the audience too. they’re just more “knowledgeable” about the field.
  • Jalapeno Bagel
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 02:45 AM)
    yeaahh! Lia ED, been so long (i think).
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 02:43 AM)
    Audience accepting things, yes thats important , but critic approved also carries its equal worth, not just talking comics here on both sides of the world but in general…also interests me…in the end who has most influence , the critic or the audience? How influenced are the audience in comparison by critics to their own judgement non effected by critics?
  • Jalapeno Bagel
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 02:42 AM)
    ah manga disney. will it ever return.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 02:39 AM)
    Thats a pretty interesting comment vincent and nyan. As Shoujo art was as far as I know the basis eventually for moe/lolicon.
  • Vincent
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 02:35 AM)
    @Nyan so essentially Shoujo is a manga time capsule XD
  • Nyangoro
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 02:33 AM)
    Not to say that there aren’t certain broader trends among demographics, of course. Hell, the funny thing about shounen/shoujo artwork blending is that the shoujo art style came out of a time when manga all looked roughly the same regardless of demographic, lol
  • Nyangoro
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 02:31 AM)
    If the audience accepts it, it’ll work. That’s all you can really hope for when it comes to how an art style will fair. There are plenty of manga anthologies to submit to as well, which cater to their own audiences that prefer certain art styles and genres.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 02:29 AM)
    Shounen/shojo art style mixes, you can say that of women drawing shounen manga to an extent. As Bagel said it can be a good mix. At the same time..certain stories do require certain artstyles.

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