Kemono Michi

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Kemono Michi
Kemonomichi volume 1 cover.jpg
Cover of Kemono Michi volume 1 by Kadokawa Shoten
けものみち
(Kemonomichi)
GenreIsekai[1]
Manga
Written byNatsume Akatsuki
Illustrated byMattakumo-suke
Yumeuta
Published byKadokawa Shoten
DemographicShōnen
MagazineMonthly Shōnen Ace
Original runNovember 2016 – present
Volumes5
Anime television series
Kemono Michi: Rise Up
Directed byKazuya Miura
Written byTouko Machida
Music byShunsuke Takizawa
StudioENGI
Licensed byFunimation
Original networkAT-X, Tokyo MX, TVA, KBS, SUN, BS11, AbemaTV
Original run October 2, 2019 – present
Episodes7 (List of episodes)
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Kemono Michi (けものみち, Kemonomichi) is a Japanese manga series written by Natsume Akatsuki and illustrated by Mattakumo-suke and Yumeuta. It has been serialized in Kadokawa Shoten's shōnen manga magazine Monthly Shōnen Ace since November 2016 and has been collected in three tankōbon volumes. An anime television series adaptation titled Kemono Michi: Rise Up by ENGI premiered on October 2, 2019.[2]

Plot[edit]

Genzō Shibata is a famous pro wrestler, better known in the world of wrestling as Animal Mask.

The night of the match for the title of World Champion, he's suddenly teleport-ed into a fantasy world by a princess, who asks him to act as a beasts killer and free the kingdom from every evil beast infesting its forests. However, Genzō is also a true animals' lover, and he immediately refuses the order, knocking out the princess with a German suplex and leaving the castle.

Alone in a new world, Genzō sides very soon with the wolf-girl Shigure, joining alongside her to the local guild and starting a new career as a beasts hunter. However, instead of killing them, his goal is to befriend and capture as many monsters as possible, in order to realise his greatest dream: become the owner of a pet shop.

Characters[edit]

Genzō Shibata (柴田 源蔵, Shibata Genzō) / Animal Mask (ケモナーマスク, Kemonā Masuku)
Voiced by: Katsuyuki Konishi[3] (Japanese); Tyson Rinehart (English)[4]
A famous pro wrestler teleported into a fantasy world to become a beasts hunter. However, due to his deep love for animals, he refuses the idea of killing monsters, preferring instead to capture them alive to become the owner of a pet shop. His strong empathy with animals allows him to befriend almost every monster he meets in the blink of an eye, but if provoked he proves being an exceptional fighter. Unfortunately, despite his efforts, his successes in making monsters unoffensive have made him earn the fame of "beast killer" for true, much to his rage.
Shigure (シグレ)
Voiced by: Akira Sekine[5] (Japanese); Emily Hornsby (English)[4]
One of Genzō's partners, Shigure is an extremely greedy and ambitious wolf girl whose dream is to become rich. However, her terrible sense for affairs made her lose a big amount of gold she had received on loan from a group of loan sharks, forcing her to sign a contract as a slave to repay her debt. After having been saved by Genzō, she joins him in his quest to become a famous beast hunter, in order to collect enough money to realise her dream.
Hanako (花子)
Voiced by: Yuki Yagi[5] (Japanese); Apphia Yu (English)[4]
True name Lindabrea Fafnir Gildmerag (ファフニール・ギルドメラグ・リンダブレア, Fafunīru Girudomeragu Rindaburea), subsequently nicknamed Hanako by Genzō. She's a dragon and sole heir of a noble family who left her castle to know the world. Even if she appears like a child with dragon horns and tail, she's quite strong and resistant, while her endless hunger pushes her to eat anything she sees. She joins Genzō to fulfill her dream to taste the meat of every single monster in the world.
Carmilla Vanstein (ヴァンシュタイン・カーミラ, Vanshutain Kāmira)
Voiced by: Arisa Sakuraba[5] (Japanese); Mallorie Rodak (English)[4][6]
Hanako's trustworthy vampire maid. When Hanako joins Genzō, Carmilla followed along, despite her distaste for Genzō. Like most vampires, she fears holy water and garlic.
Macadamian Ogre (マカデミアンオーガ, Makademian Ōga)
Voiced by: Tetsu Inada[3][4]
Genzō's initial opponent wrestler for the title of World Champion, whose battle name is MAO (The Demon King). Their match was interrupted before ending when Genzō was teleported into the other world by the princess, and sinse then MAO's only purpose becomes to find him and end their fight once and for all. In a second time, he too is called into the fantasy world by the vampire princess Ioana, joining her people in the war against humans (and Genzo as well).
Hiroyuki (ひろゆき)
Voiced by: Rie Suegara[7] (Japanese); Samantha Herek (English)[4]
Dog
Misha (ミーシャ, Mīsha)
Voiced by: Hana Tamegai[7] (Japanese); Leah Clark (English)[4]
Cat Woman
Wolfgang von Kraftman (ヴォルフガング・フォン・クラフトマン, Vorufugangu fon Kurafutoman)
Voiced by: Kenichiro Matsuda[7] (Japanese); Gabe Kunda (English)[4]
Wolf Man
Edgar (エドガー, Edogā)
Voiced by: Taketora[7] (Japanese); Cris Geoge (English)[4]
Hunter
Orc King (オークキング, Ōku Kingu)
Voiced by: Daisuke Ono[5][4]
The leader of an ogre village whose inhabitants use threatening and attacking humans. Once received the quest to put an end to the problem by the guild, Genzō reaches the villages and defies him into a wrestling match. Despite being defeated, the ogre agrees in considering Genzō an honourable and trustworthy fighter, to the point of promising him to keep his men far from human settlements from now on.
Altena Elgard Ratis (エルガルド・ラティス・アルテナ, Erugarudo Ratisu Arutena)
Voiced by: Rie Suegara[5][4]
Princess
Ioana (イオアナ)
Voiced by: Sora Amamiya[5] (Japanese); Lindsay Seidel (English)[4]
The heir princess of all vampires, whose people is fighting an endless war against humans and other species. Once heard that the princess has called Genzo in their world to fight against them, she performs the same ritual to call the wrestler MAO, Genzo's nemesis, into their world, making him the vampires' champion.
Rose (ローゼ, Rōze)
Voiced by: Kana Aoi[5][4]

Media[edit]

Manga[edit]

No.Release date ISBN
1 April 25, 2017[8]ISBN 978-4-04-105543-4
2 October 26, 2017[9]ISBN 978-4-04-105549-6
3 July 24, 2018[10]ISBN 978-4-04-107051-2
4 January 26, 2019[11]ISBN 978-4-04-107904-1
5 September 25, 2019[12]ISBN 978-4-04-108231-7
6 November 26, 2019[13]ISBN 978-4-04-108853-1

Anime[edit]

An anime adaptation was announced by Kadokawa Shoten's Monthly Shōnen Ace magazine on January 18, 2019.[14] It was later announced that the adaptation will be a television series titled Kemono Michi: Rise Up (旗揚!けものみち, Hataage! Kemonomichi), with animation by ENGI. The series is directed by Kazuya Miura, with Touko Machida handling series composition, and Tomoka Noumi designing the characters. It premiered on October 2, 2019 on AT-X, Tokyo MX, TVA, KBS, SUN, BS11, and AbemaTV.[3] NoB and Katsuyuki Konishi performed the series' opening theme song "Fight! Kemona Mask," while Momosumomosu performed the series' ending theme song "Anecdote."[15] Funimation has licensed the series for a simuldub.[16]

No. Title[17][a] Original air date
1"Wrestler × Summoning"
Transcription: "Resurā × Shōkan" (Japanese: レスラー × 召喚)
October 2, 2019 (2019-10-02)
2"Quest × Demon Beast Killer"
Transcription: "Kuesuto × Majūgoroshi" (Japanese: クエスト × 魔獣殺し)
October 9, 2019 (2019-10-09)
3"Runaway Girl × Attacker"
Transcription: "Iedeshōjo × Shūgekisha" (Japanese: 家出少女 × 襲撃者)
October 16, 2019 (2019-10-16)
4"Demon Beast × Part-Time Job"
Transcription: "Majū × Baito" (Japanese: 魔獣 × バイト)
October 23, 2019 (2019-10-23)
5"Animal Mask × MAO"
Transcription: "Kemonā Masuku × MAO" (Japanese: ケモナーマスク × MAO)
October 30, 2019 (2019-10-30)
6"Loser × Master"
Transcription: "Ponkotsu × Goshujin-sama" (Japanese: ポンコツ × ご主人様)
November 6, 2019 (2019-11-06)
7"First Student × Pain in the Butt"
Transcription: "Hatsu Deshi × Mendokusai Hito" (Japanese: 初弟子×めんどくさい人)
November 13, 2019 (2019-11-13)

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ All English titles are taken from Funimation.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kemonomichi Wrestling Isekai Anime Premieres on October 2". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2019-09-29.
  2. ^ "Funimation's Fall 2019 Lineup Ramps Up the Action!". www.funimation.com. Retrieved 2019-09-29.
  3. ^ a b c "Kemonomichi Anime Reveals Cast, Staff, Title, October TV Debut". Anime News Network. June 26, 2019. Retrieved June 26, 2019.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Funimation. "[Master Thread] Kemono Michi: Rise Up (Dubbed)". www.funimation.com. Retrieved 2019-10-24.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g "Kemonomichi Anime's Video Reveals More Cast". Anime News Network. July 25, 2019. Retrieved July 25, 2019.
  6. ^ "Kemonomichi Anime's Video Reveals More Cast". Anime News Network. July 25, 2019. Retrieved July 25, 2019.
  7. ^ a b c d "Rise Up! Animal Road Anime Reveals 4 New Cast Members". Anime News Network. September 11, 2019. Retrieved September 11, 2019.
  8. ^ けものみち(1). Kadokawa Shoten (in Japanese). Retrieved October 24, 2019.
  9. ^ けものみち(2). Kadokawa Shoten (in Japanese). Retrieved October 24, 2019.
  10. ^ けものみち(3). Kadokawa Shoten (in Japanese). Retrieved October 24, 2019.
  11. ^ けものみち(4). Kadokawa Shoten (in Japanese). Retrieved October 24, 2019.
  12. ^ けものみち(5). Kadokawa Shoten (in Japanese). Retrieved October 24, 2019.
  13. ^ けものみち(6). Kadokawa Shoten (in Japanese). Retrieved October 24, 2019.
  14. ^ "Kemonomichi Manga by Konosuba's Akatsuki Gets Anime". Anime News Network. January 18, 2019. Retrieved January 18, 2019.
  15. ^ "Kemonomichi Wrestling Isekai Anime's Promo Video Previews Animation". Anime News Network. August 8, 2019. Retrieved August 8, 2019.
  16. ^ "Funimation Adds 7 More Anime to Fall 2019 Simulcast Lineup". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2019-09-29.
  17. ^ "STORY" (in Japanese). Retrieved October 2, 2019.

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