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Kemurikusa promo art.jpg
Promotional art for the series.
GenreScience fiction, Action[1]
Original net animation
Directed byTatsuki
Released 2010 2012
Anime television series
Directed byTatsuki
Produced byFukuhara Yoshitada
Music byTetsuya Takahashi
Licensed byAmazon (streaming)
Original networkTokyo MX, SUN, GYT, BS Fuji, UHB, CTC, Mie TV
Original run January 9, 2019 March 27, 2019
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Kemurikusa (Japanese: ケムリクサ, lit. "Smoke Plant") is a 2019 Japanese anime television series adapted from an original net animation of the same name, which uploaded from 2010 to 2012. The series is produced by Yaoyorozu, and premiered from January 9 to March 27, 2019.


Rin (りん,凛)
Voiced by: Hiyori Koharu[2] / Mikako Komatsu[3]

The leader-figure of the six sisters which specialises in sight, and fighting against the red bugs. She wears a rider suit and has a distinctive sticked-up ponytail.

Wakaba (わかば,若葉)
Voiced by: Yū Hōkōji[2] / Kenji Nojima[3]

A mysterious 'human' which has been unintentionally salvaged by the sisters. He wears a white-green shirt. His red blood colour initially alerted the sisters to suspect him as an advanced, humanoid form of the red bug. However, his special ability to control the kemurikusa provided further interest to the sisters, allowing him to join.

Ritsu (りつ,律)
Voiced by: kokko[2] / Arisa Kiyoto[3]

The older sister of Rin and Rina, who has a cat ear and wears a miko costume. She takes control of the green kemurikusa tree, attached to the broken train carriage. She specialises in sound.

Rina (りな,鳴)
Voiced by: Neko Sakura[2] / Tomomi Jiena Sumi[3]

The young sister of Rin and Ritsu, who wars a maid costume. Originally a single person, she divided herself into 6 smaller selves. She specialises in taste.

Riku (りく,陸)
Voiced by: Neko Sakura[2] / Kanna Tensawa[3]
Ryō (りょう,稜)
Voiced by: Yūna Mimura[3]
Ryoku (りょく,綠)
Voiced by: Akira Sekine[3]



The series was originally released as a two-part original net animation (ONA) between 2010 and 2012. The series was created by director Tatsuki and his three-person animation group irodori.[1][4]

TV series[edit]

On October 28, 2017, Tatsuki announced that he was recruiting background artists for a unannounced project.[5] Tatsuki and irodori announced a new television anime project with a flier at Comiket on December 29, 2017.[4] On February 11, 2018, during the "Yaoyorozu Status Update Talk Event" at the Shinjuku Alta Theater in Tokyo, it was announced that the project would be an adaptation of the Kemurikusa, and would be directed by Tatsuki and animated by Yaoyorozu.[1] The other two members of irodori, Yoshihisa Isa and Yūko Shiromizu, will serve as animation director and art director, respectively, while Yoshitada Fukuhara serves as the animation producer.[6] The series premiered in January 9, 2019, and will be broadcast on BS Fuji and other channels, while streaming on Amazon Video.[6] Tatsuki posted a short episode on his Twitter account on August 31, 2018, an "episode 0.5" on September 30, 2018,[7] an "episode 0.6" on October 31, 2018,[8] an "episode 0.7" on November 30, 2018, an "episode 0.8" on December 31, 2018,[9] and an "episode 0.9" on January 2, 2019.[10]

The series premiered January 9 and aired until March 27, 2019 on Tokyo MX and other channels.[11] Nano performs the series' opening theme song "KEMURIKUSA."[12] The series will air for 12 episodes.[13]


The ONA won the 24th CG Anime Contest in 2012.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Loo, Egan (February 11, 2018). "Kemono Friends' Former Director, Studio Make Kemurikusa TV Anime". Anime News Network. Retrieved October 1, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e "【次回作】全キャラの声優様が決定いたしました【04】". irodori. July 17, 2010. Retrieved March 22, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "STAFF・CAST". TV Animation Kemurikusa Official Website. Retrieved March 22, 2019.
  4. ^ a b Ressler, Karen (December 28, 2017). "Kemono Friends Director Tatsuki Announces New Anime". Anime News Network. Retrieved October 1, 2018.
  5. ^ Pineda, Rafael Antonio (November 6, 2017). "Kemono Friends Director Tatsuki Recruits Background Artists". Anime News Network. Retrieved October 1, 2018.
  6. ^ a b Pineda, Rafael Antonio (August 10, 2018). "Kemono Friends Director Tatsuki's Kemurikusa Anime Unveils More Staff, January Premiere". Anime News Network. Retrieved October 1, 2018.
  7. ^ Pineda, Rafael Antonio (September 30, 2018). "Director Tatsuki's Kemurikusa Anime Gets 'Episode 0.5' Short". Anime News Network. Retrieved October 1, 2018.
  8. ^ Pineda, Rafael Antonio (October 31, 2018). "Director Tatsuki's Kemurikusa Anime Posts 'Episode 0.6' Short". Anime News Network. Retrieved November 1, 2018.
  9. ^ Ressler, Karen (December 31, 2018). "Tatsuki Posts Kemurikusa Anime's 'Episode 0.8'". Anime News Network. Retrieved December 31, 2018.
  10. ^ Hodgkins, Crystalyn (January 3, 2019). "Tatsuki Posts Kemurikusa Anime's 'Episode 0.9' Short". Anime News Network. Retrieved January 3, 2019.
  11. ^ Sherman, Jennifer (December 5, 2018). "Director Tatsuki's Kemurikusa Anime Premieres on January 9". Anime News Network. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  12. ^ Ressler, Karen (December 17, 2018). "Nano Performs Opening Theme for Tatsuki's Kemurikusa Anime". Anime News Network. Retrieved December 17, 2018.
  13. ^ Hodgkins, Crystalyn (November 26, 2018). "Director Tatsuki's Kemurikusa Anime to Have 12 Episodes". Anime News Network. Retrieved November 26, 2018.

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