Anime Underground The 18 Greatest Kemonomimi Anime Characters (That Aren't Catgirls)  

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"Kemonomimi" is a Japanese term that refers to humanoid beings with animal body parts. Often, this involves cute girls with cat ears, but the term encompasses a slightly broader range of attributes. Not only do these kemonomimi characters showcase physical traits from a wide variety of animals, (from cats and dogs to squids and monkeys) some of them might have other animal body parts besides ears, and some of them aren't especially cute. 

There have been plenty of intriguing and wonderful kemonomimi anime characters, from shows like Inuyasha, Kemono Friends, No Game No Life, and more. This anime trope has provided some fan-favorite personas.


Tomoe is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The 18 Greatest Kemonomimi Anime Characters (That Aren't Catgirls)
Photo: TMS Entertainment

As a fox yokai, or spirit, Tomoe has fox ears and a large, luxurious tail. When he loses his yokai status later in the series, he appears without either of these animal traits.

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Inuyasha - 'Inuyasha'


InuYasha is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The 18 Greatest Kemonomimi Anime Characters (That Aren't Catgirls)
Photo: Sunrise

Because he's a half human, half dog yokaiInuyasha has a canine appearance. He has small white ears that blend into his hair, and fangs that are visible when he opens his mouth. His hybrid status contributes to his conflict with his brother Sesshoumaru, who believes Inuyasha is inferior due to his human side.

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Fumikage Tokoyami - 'My Hero Academia'


Fumikage Tokoyami - 'My He... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 18 Greatest Kemonomimi Anime Characters (That Aren't Catgirls)
Photo: Studio Bones

Fumikage Tokoyami doesn't just have animal ears – his entire head is that of a bird. Tokoyami does have special abilities, but they have nothing to do with his bird head. Instead, they derive from a living shadow inside his body, who he can control during battle. His powerful shadow not only keeps him safe, but ensures he never has to get his hands dirty in combat.

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Tohru - 'Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid'


Tohru - 'Miss Kobayashi... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The 18 Greatest Kemonomimi Anime Characters (That Aren't Catgirls)
Photo: Kyoto Animation

Tohru has two forms: one humanoid, and one dragon. When she's acting as Miss Kobayashi's maid, she has a tail, horns, and wings, but when she's truly letting her draconic abilities out, she transforms into a massive, scaly beast.

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