Yōkai Ningen Bem

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Yōkai Ningen Bem
(Yōkai Ningen Bemu)
GenreHorror, Adventure
Anime television series
Directed byNoboru Ishiguro
Hideo Wakabayashi
Written byAkira Adachi
StudioDaichi Dōga
Original networkFuji TV
Original run 7 October 1968 31 March 1969
Anime television series
Directed byHiroshi Harada
Written byJunki Takegami
StudioStudio Comet, NAS, Sony Pictures Entertainment
Original networkAnimax
English network
Original run 1 April 2006 7 October 2006
Television drama
Original networkNTV
Original run October 22, 2011 December 24, 2011
Live-action film
ReleasedDecember 15, 2012 (2012-12-15)
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Yōkai Ningen Bem (妖怪人間ベム, Yōkai Ningen Bemu, translated officially as Humanoid Monster Bem) is a 26 episode Japanese anime television series, which first aired on Fuji TV between October 7, 1968 and March 31, 1969, on its 19:30–20:00 timeslot.

The series was later remade into a second anime television series, which premiered in April 2006 in Japan on Animax, featuring a new cast, with a total of 26 episodes also produced.[1] The remake was also later aired by Animax across its other international networks, including its English language networks in Southeast Asia and South Asia, for which Animax produced an English dub under the title Humanoid Monster Bem.[1] This dub was later aired on Animax's United States web channel on Crackle.com.

A live action television drama adaptation premiered on NTV on October 22, 2011.[2] A film was released on December 15, 2012.[3]


The plot of the series revolves around three yōkai (supernatural creatures), Bem, Bera and Bero, who arrive at a large coastal city and come across an evil atmosphere, which was brought about by immoral behavior by humans and mischief caused by monsters and yōkai. They therefore decide to stay in the city, fighting against other monsters and yōkai which attack humans, making a few friends along the way. Even though the three yōkai are often abused and discriminated against by other human beings due to their appearance, they still strive in protecting the human populace of the city from other monsters, one day hoping to become human beings in return for their good actions.


Voiced by: Kiyoshi Kobayashi (1968 Series) Kazuhiko Inoue (2006 Series)
Played by: Kazuya Kamenashi
The oldest looking of the trio is the leader. He uses a walking stick as a weapon in human form.
Voiced by: Hiroko Mori (1968 Series) Kaori Yamagata (2006 Series)
Played by: Anne Watanabe
The only female in the group and the most bad-tempered of the trio. She uses a whip as a weapon in human form.
Voiced by: Mari Shimizu (1968 Series) Ai Horanai (2006 Series)
Played by: Fuku Suzuki
The youngest looking and the most naive of the trio. He is the only one that doesn't use a weapon in human form.


Original series[edit]


Theme songs[edit]

  • Opening: "Yōkai Ningen Bemu" (妖怪人間ベム) (lyrics: Daichi Dōga, composition and arrangement: Seishi Tanaka, performance: Honey Nights)
  • Ending theme: "Barro wa Tomodachi" (ベロは友だち, Bero wa Tomodachi, lit. Bero is a Friend) (lyrics: Daichi Dōga Bungei-bu, composition and arrangement: Masahiro Uno, performance: Toshiko Yamada, Otowa Yurikago Kai, Gekidan Komadori)

2006 remake[edit]


Theme songs[edit]

  • "Justice of darkness ~theme of Yōkai Ningen Bemu" (Justice of darkness ~妖怪人間ベムのテーマ, Justice of darkness ~ yōkai ningen bemu no tēma)
Performance: Hiroshi Kitadani (Bemu = Kazuhiko Inoue)
  • "Hachigatsu no Eien" (8月の永遠)
Performance: Minako Yoshida


The film grossed US$11.5 million in Japan.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Synopsis for HUMANOID MONSTER BEM - Animax Asia". Animax Asia. Retrieved 2007-10-12.
  2. ^ Shiso (October 11, 2011). "Kamenashi Kazuya, Anne, and Suzuki Fuku to sing the opening theme for 'Yokai Ningen Bem'". Tokyohive. Retrieved October 11, 2011.
  3. ^ Deljhp (2012-10-18). "HUMANOID MONSTER BEM goes feature length". 24framespersecond.net. Retrieved 2012-10-25.
  4. ^ Staff Reporter (16 May 2014). "The Asian films driving global box office". Film Business Asia. Retrieved 17 May 2014.

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