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Kemono Friends
Kemono Friends Anime Key Visual Art.jpg
Anime season 1 key visual
(Kemono Furenzu)
Designed byMine Yoshizaki
PlatformAndroid, iOS
March 16, 2015
March 19, 2015
Kemono Friends: Welcome to Japari Park!
Written byFurai
Published byKadokawa Shoten
English publisher
MagazineMonthly Shōnen Ace
Original runJuly 2015March 2017
Anime television series
Directed byTatsuki
Produced byKōji Akio
Jun Fukuda
Nobuyuki Hosoya
Yūichi Izumi
Daijō Kudō
Mika Shimizu
Tomo Shioda
Yasuyuki Okamoto
Yoshihiko Ishigaki
Satoshi Fukuda
Written byTatsuki
Music byAkiyuki Tateyama
Licensed byCrunchyroll
Original networkTV Tokyo, TV Osaka, TV Aichi, AT-X
Original run January 10, 2017 March 28, 2017
Episodes12 (List of episodes)
Kemono Friends Pavilion
Designed byMine Yoshizaki
PlatformAndroid, iOS
ReleasedJanuary 26, 2018
Original net animation
Welcome to the Japari Park
Licensed byCrunchyroll
Released August 10, 2018 – present
Kemono Friends Picross
PublisherKadokawa Games
GenrePuzzle game
PlatformNintendo Switch
ReleasedOctober 4, 2018
Anime television series
Kemono Friends 2
Directed byRyuichi Kimura
Produced byNobuyuki Hosoya
Miho Ichii
Yūichi Izumi
Kōji Akio
Daijō Kudō
Yasuyuki Okamoto
Yoshihiko Ishigaki
Satoshi Fukuda
Aya Iizuka
Toshio Iizuka
Toshihiro Nagoshi
Hidehisa Nagasawa
Nobuo Kameyama
Written byTakuya Masumoto
Music byAkiyuki Tateyama
Licensed byCrunchyroll
Original networkTV Tokyo, TV Osaka, TV Aichi, AT-X
Original run January 7, 2019 April 1, 2019
Episodes12 (List of episodes)
Kemono Friends 2
Written byRyū Naitō
Published byKadokawa Shoten
MagazineMonthly Shōnen Ace
Original runJanuary 26, 2019 – present

Kemono Friends (Japanese: けものフレンズ, Hepburn: Kemono Furenzu, "Beast Friends") is a Japanese media franchise created by manga artist Mine Yoshizaki. The project first produced a mobile game developed by Nexon, which ran from March 2015 to December 2016. A manga by Furai was serialized in Kadokawa's Monthly Shōnen Ace from May 2015 to March 2017. A second game in the series was released by Bushiroad in January 2018. An anime television series produced by Yaoyorozu aired from January to March 2017; the anime was co-financed and licensed by Crunchyroll.[2] A second season by Tomason aired from January to April 2019.


Japari Park is a large zoo that is home to extant species, endangered species, extinct species, cryptids and some legendary creatures. Due to a mysterious substance known as "Sandstar", many of the animals have become anthropomorphized into girls known as Friends (フレンズ, Furenzu).[3]

The manga follows a park keeper named Nana who looks after the various Friends in Japari Park. The manga is set earlier than the rest of the works in the franchise.

In the Nexon mobile game, the park has been closed to visitors due to an outbreak of aggressive and amorphous creatures known as "Ceruleans", which the Friends have to battle with the help of the player and the park guide, Mirai.

In the first season of the anime, which is set sometime after the mobile game, a girl wakes up in Japari Park with no recollection of who she is or how she got there and encounters a serval Friend, who names the girl "Kaban". Together, they set out on an adventure to find out what kind of animal Kaban is, passing through multiple regions of Japari Park and meeting new friends along the way.


Kemono Friends[edit]

Main characters[edit]

Kaban (かばん, lit. Bag)
Voiced by: Aya Uchida (Japanese); Suzie Yeung (English)[4][5]
The main protagonist of the anime series. A young girl who finds herself in Japari Park with no memory of who she is or where she is from. Her name was given to her by Serval due to the backpack she carries. Shy yet resourceful, she travels through Japari Park along with Serval to find out her identity while encountering more Friends along the way, eventually discovering that she is a human. She is the only character with whom Lucky Beast will directly communicate. In Kemono Friends 2, she reappears as an adult, working alongside the owls to research the phenomenon of Ceruleans.
Serval (サーバル, Sābaru)
Voiced by: Yuka Ozaki (Japanese); Dani Chambers (English)[4][5]
A serval cat that was originally from the Savannah Area of Japari Park. She is the first friend to meet Kaban, eager to join her in the search for her identity. Energetic and curious, Serval is often amazed by the skills and talents of Kaban and the Friends they encounter on their journey. She reappears as a main character in Kemono Friends 2, though appears to have lost her memory of her time with Kaban.

Key Friends[edit]

Raccoon (アライグマ, Araiguma)
Voiced by: Saki Ono (Japanese); Madeleine Morris (English)[4]
A raccoon who is chasing after Kaban and Serval, believing that she stole something from her. In the Japanese version, she calls herself "Arai-san" instead of using a first-person pronoun.
Fennec (フェネック, Fenekku)
Voiced by: Kana Motomiya (Japanese); Alexis Tipton (English)[4][5]
A fennec fox who accompanies Raccoon as she pursues Kaban and Serval.
PPP (ぺぱぷ, PePaPu)
Voiced by: Mikoi Sasaki (Princess), Ruka Nemoto (Emperor), Kyoka Tamura (Gentoo), Aina Aiba (Rocker), Ikuko Chikuta (Hululu) (Japanese); Amanda Lee (Princess), Dawn M. Bennett (Emperor), Megan Shipman (Gentoo), Morgan Berry (Rocker), Kayli Mills (Hululu) (English)[4][5]
An all-penguin idol group, consisting of Princess (プリンセス, Purinsesu), a royal penguin; Emperor (コウテイ, Kōtei), an emperor penguin; Gean (ジェーン, Jēn), a gentoo penguin; Rocker (イワビー, Iwabī), a rockhopper penguin; and Hululu (フルル, Hururu), a humboldt penguin.
Ezo Red Fox (キタキツネ, Kita Kitsune) and Silver Fox (ギンキツネ, Gin Kitsune)
Voiced by: Suzuko Mimori (Japanese); Apphia Yu (English),Yuka Aisaka[5]
A reoccurring character in the manga series. An Ezo red fox who is rather lazy and enjoys eating Japari buns.
Northern White-faced Owl (アフリカオオコノハズク, Afurika Ōkonohazuku) and Eurasian Eagle Owl (ワシミミズク, Washi Mimizuku)
Voiced by: Shiori Mikami (White Faced Owl), Akari Uehara (Eurasian Eagle Owl) (Japanese); Kimberley Anne Campbell, Bryn Apprill (English)[5]
A northern white-faced owl and Eurasian eagle owl – respectively referred to as Professor (博士, Hakase) and Assistant (助手, Joshu) – who reside in Japari library.
Jagur (ジャガー, Jagar)
Voiced by: Minami Tsuda
Asian crested ibis (トキ, Toki)
Voiced by: Tomoko Kaneda

Kemono Friends 2[edit]

Kyururu (キュルル)
Voiced by: Yui Ishikawa (Japanese)[6]
The main protagonist of Kemono Friends 2, named after the sound of his stomach grumbling. He emerged from a mysterious laboratory in Japari Park, with his only clue home being a sketchbook.
Caracal (カラカル, Karakaru)
Voiced by: Riko Koike (Japanese)[6]
A caracal who appears alongside Serval in Kemono Friends 2.
Giant Armadillo (オオアルマジロ, Ōarumajiro) and Giant Pangolin (オオセンザンコウ, Ōsenzankou)
Voiced by: Emily Fajardo (Armadillo), Anairis Quinones (Pangolin) (English)[5]
A giant armadillo and giant pangolin – respectively nicknamed Alma and Sen – who work as detectives who will take on any request in exchange for food.
Greater Lophorina (カタカケフウチョウ, Katakake Fūchō) and Western Parotia (カンザシフウチョウ, Kanzashi Fūchō)
Voiced by: Mashiro Yagi and Madoka Kan (Japanese); Haven Paschall and Kate Bristol (English)[7]
A greater lophorina and western parotia.

Other characters[edit]

Lucky Beast (ラッキービースト, Rakkī Bīsuto)
Voiced by: Aya Uchida
A small, robotic creature also referred to as "Boss" (ボス) by the Friends. While he does not respond to the Friends themselves, he will directly answer questions and statements made by Kaban, providing information on Japari Park, Friends, and needed items when trouble arises.
Mirai (ミライ)
Voiced by: Aya Uchida (Japanese); Suzie Yeung (English)[5]
A park guide who worked at Japari Park when it was still open and adores animals. During her time at the park, she recorded various reports which are played through Lucky Beast. A different Serval (Voiced by: Ai Nonaka) worked alongside Mirai when Japari Park was open.
Brown Bear (ヒグマ, Higuma)
Voiced by: Eriko Matsui
African Wild Dog (リカオン, Rikaon)
Voiced by: Rika Tachibana (Japanese); Danielle McRae (English)[5]
African Wild Dog is a member of a group of Cerulean Hunters.
Nana (奈々)
The main protagonist of the manga, who works as a caretaker at Japari Park.


Video games[edit]

Two Kemono Friends 3 Planet Tour arcade cabinets

The first smartphone app by Nexon launched in Japan in March 2015, running until its service was shut down on December 14, 2016, one month prior to the anime's premiere.[8] Nexon initially stated that there were no plans to restart the service despite the popularity of the anime series,[9] although the company later announced that, while a return is possible, no final decision on a game relaunch has been made.[10]

On April 23, a new game in development by Bushiroad was announced.[11] On August 14, its name was revealed to be Kemono Friends Pavilion (Japanese: けものフレンズぱびりおん, Hepburn: Kemono Furenzu Pabirion),[12] and will be a simulation game. Originally meant to be released in late 2017, the release date was pushed back to January 26, 2018.[13][14]

Kemono Friends Picross, a picross game developed by Jupiter, was released internationally for Nintendo Switch on October 4, 2018.[15]

The third smartphone app Kemono Friends 3, by Sega launched in Japan on 24 September 2019.[16] Sega later transferred the publishing rights to Appirits. The arcade version Kemono Friends 3 Planet Tour was launched on 26 September 2019[17] and shut down on 30 September 2021.[18]

On April 16, 2020, Nexon launched a crossover event, Kemono Friends × Mabinogi.[19]


A manga illustrated by Furai, titled Kemono Friends: Welcome to Japari Park! (けものフレンズ ようこそジャパリパークへ!, Kemono Furenzu: Yōkoso Japari Park e!), began serialization in Kadokawa Shoten's Shōnen Ace magazine from May 2015.[8] The first tankōbon volume was released on December 26, 2016.[20] At their panel in Anime Expo, Yen Press announced their license to the manga.[21] In April 2018, Tokyopop released the German version of the manga on July 26, 2018.[22]

Another manga series, Kemono Friends: À La Carte, which began serialization in 2017, was licensed by Yen Press in 2019.[23] It is an anthology series, compiling stories and illustrations by various artists, with the second volume at one point being the highest selling book on Amazon Japan in August 2017.[24]

A manga adaptation of Kemono Friends 2 began serialization in Monthly Shōnen Ace on January 26, 2019.[25]


The anime television series, produced by Yaoyorozu, aired in Japan between January 10, 2017, and March 28, 2017; the anime was simulcast by Crunchyroll, which co-financed and licensed the anime series.[26] The opening theme is "Yōkoso Japari Park e" (ようこそジャパリパークへ, Welcome to Japari Park) by Dōbutsu Biscuits×PPP, while the ending theme is "Boku no Friend" (ぼくのフレンド, My Friend) by Mewhan. Original content for TV Tokyo's AniTele service was released from April 1, 2017.[27] An unofficial "episode 12.1" 2-minute short was uploaded by the director to Niconico and YouTube on April 5, 2017.[28] Additional shorts have been created in collaboration with Japan Racing Association, Animelo Summer Live 2017, and Nissin Foods.[29][30][31] Discotek Media distributed the series for Crunchyroll in North America, and produced an English dub by Sound Cadence Studios.[32] The full English dub cast had been announced at Otakon 2019, and released on Blu-ray on September 24, 2019.

A second anime season was announced to be greenlit for production on July 26, 2017, and was officially confirmed on September 2, 2018.[33][34][35] The second season is animated by Tomason, with Ryuichi Kimura and Takuya Matsumoto replacing Tatsuki as director and writer, respectively. The rest of the cast and staff reprised their roles. The second season aired from January 14 to April 1, 2019.[6] The opening theme is "Notteke~ Japari Beat," by Dōbutsu Biscuits×PPP. The ending theme from episodes 1–5 is "Hoshi o Tsunagete" by Gothic×Luck.[36] From episode 6-onwards, Gothic×Luck performed the series' second ending theme "Kimi wa Kaeru Basho."[37] A short anime titled Kemono Friends 3 has been greenlit for production.[38]

An original net animation mini-series based on the original mobile game, titled Welcome to the Japari Park (ようこそジャパリパーク, Yōkoso Japari Pāku), began streaming on TV Tokyo's AnimeTele service from August 10, 2018.[39] Crunchyroll began streaming the series from October 16, 2018.[40]

Stage play[edit]

A stage play adaptation of Kemono Friends with an original storyline ran at the Shinagawa Prince Hotel Club eX in Tokyo from 2017 June 14 to 18. Hiroki Murakami directed the play and penned the script while some of the characters were portrayed by the same actors who voiced them in the anime series.[41] It ran again in 2018 from January 13 to 21.



Season one[edit]

Initial criticism often latched onto the quality and style of the CGI animation. Critic Hiroki Azuma reported on Twitter that he stopped watching partway through the first episode. However, its popularity increased explosively after the release of the fourth episode.[42] In reference to the simplistic and repetitive nature of the show, it has been described by critical bloggers as "causing one's IQ to melt" and "lowering one's intelligence".[43][44] Despite its low production quality, the anime series earned praise from critics and viewers in Japan due to the storyline and characters, becoming a fad in the country.[45] Nick Creamer of Anime News Network gave the series an overall grade of B, praising the worldbuilding and criticizing the visual aspects.[46]

Multiple phrases and exclamations from the anime became popular keywords on Twitter;[47][42] Kemono Friends-related phrases have been tweeted by the accounts of Sharp and Warner Bros. Japan.[48]

The first episode of Kemono Friends quickly surpassed the first episode of Is the Order a Rabbit? (9 million views as of September 2017; uploaded on April 16, 2014) as well as other popular shows like Attack on Titan in total views on NicoNico Douga. By February 5, it had surpassed 1 million views, by April 4, it had surpassed 5 million views, and by August 24, it had reached a record-breaking 10 million views.[49]

The week after episode 12 and around the time episodes would normally air, demand for an episode 13 reached Twitter's international trends list,[50] and the episode 12.1 short that was uploaded that day (April 5) had reached over 1 million views on both Niconico and YouTube by April 7.

The opening theme song "Yokoso Japari Park e" rose to 3rd place in the iTunes charts upon release.[51] It was revealed on May 20 that "Yokoso Japari Park e" had reached gold status (sales of 100,000+ in Japan).[52][53] Gen Hoshino has expressed high praise of the song.[48] Hisashi, guitarist of the band Glay, was inspired to create a guitar arrangement of the opening theme song after watching episode 11.[54]

Multiple other Kemono Friends merchandise topped Amazon rankings upon announcement.[43] The unexpected popularity of the show created a shortage in supply and reservations had to be placed on backorder.[42]

It was reported on NHK's News Check 11 that an increase in the number of visits to zoos rose as a direct result of inspired viewers of Kemono Friends.[44] Kemono Friends has also participated in multiple promotional events with zoos and other establishments, such as posting boards in the image of the franchise's anthropomorphized animals near their real-life counterparts. One of the results of this was a Humboldt penguin named Grape-kun (Japanese: グレープ君) at the Saitama Tobu Zoo that appeared to have fallen in love with its Kemono Friends depiction, display mating behavior towards the board. The popularity of this unusual incident was substantial, such that the penguin was featured on the obi of the fourth guidebook, and the board was not removed after the promotion ended. Grape-kun died on October 12, 2017, beside the cutout.[55]

Season two[edit]

Season two was received with mixed-to-poor reaction among Japanese audiences. The anime was criticized for foreshadowed plot points being left unresolved and a "perceived malice towards season 1" of Kemono Friends, an opinion compounded by controversies surrounding Kemono Friends 2.[56] Episode 9 was similarly poorly received as well due to its contents.[57] Despite the negative reactions, first episode reactions were generally positive and some viewers liked both seasons.[58]

Gadget Tsūshin listed both the ninth episode's title and "Gomasuri Kusō Bird" (a fan name referring to the roadrunner) in their 2019 anime buzzwords list.[59]


Kemono Friends won in the Television Animation Division at the 2018 Tokyo Anime Award Festival.[60] It also won a Seiun Award for Best Dramatic Presentation in 2018.[61]


Dispute between Kadokawa and Yaoyorozu[edit]

On September 25, 2017, the director of the anime, Tatsuki, revealed on Twitter that Kadokawa had decided to replace him for the production of the second season; fan response included immense condemnation of Kadokawa and widespread support of Tatsuki, as Tatsuki is regarded as being a highly instrumental part of the anime's charm and success.[62][63][64][65] Fans left angry comments en masse towards Kadokawa on Niconico Douga's stream of the first episode, with some declaring that they would cancel their Niconico Douga premium membership with the service in response to Tatsuki's firing, as Dwango [Niconico's owner] and Kadokawa are both child companies of Kadokawa Dwango.[66] The Nikkei reported that stock prices for Kadokawa Dwango fell by 3.3% compared to the previous day at the Tokyo Stock Exchange as a result of the news.[67] In the weeks before this incident animation studio Yaoyorozu had released a free teaser side episode to its fans, pursuant to their agreement with Kadokawa that Yaoyorozu would be allowed full creative freedom in developing Kemono Friends, an agreement made at a time where the Kemono Friends IP appeared to be near worthless, an agreement they wished to change in response to the soaring value of the IP. In response to the controversy, production committee of the Kemono Friends anime announced that director Tatsuki and the animation studio Yaoyorozu had been using the Kemono Friends property on its own without consulting all concerned parties and that Yaoyorozu would not agree to a normalization in communication and withdrew from the project as a result.[68] A September 26 Kemono Friends streaming program on Niconico Douga then featured several voice actresses from the anime publicly apologizing for the ongoing controversy, despite having little connection to the corporate decisions made. This led to further backlash against Kadokawa, with accusations that they had used the actresses to deflect blame from the company itself.[69]

On December 27, 2017, Yoshitada Fukuhara, the animation producer, confirmed that Yaoyorozu would ultimately not go on to produce the second season.[70]

Season 2 producer SNS controversy[edit]

After the end of the second season, TV Tokyo released an apology statement[71] in regards to a staff member's behavior on SNS services and their behavior towards viewers. This apology was thought to be about the season 2 producer, Nobuyuki Hosoya,[72] and later confirmed to be about him by TV Tokyo's Yukio Kawasaki. Hosoya had been accused of making taunting and agitating comments towards critics of Kemono Friends 2 on Twitter and making fun of their comments. Hosoya admitted to his actions being inappropriate.[73] Hosoya was later transferred completely away from anime related work by TV Tokyo, and his name stopped appearing on all anime he was involved in; although TV Tokyo claimed it was only part of a regularly planned reshuffle of personnel, he had previously only worked in anime-related work.[74]


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