"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.
Squid Girl - 'Squid Girl'Photo: Diomedea
Squid Girl originates from the depths of the ocean, so it's no surprise she has some oceanic features. While she looks like an adorable little girl, she has tentacle-like fins coming out of her head, which are controlled by a "hat" that is shaped like a squid's head. It's actually part of her body, despite its appearance.327198Does this hybrid make you howl?
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Like other members of the Saiyan species, Goku has a prehensile monkey tail. The tail can be used for everything from flying to fighting, and is the source of many of his more supernatural abilities, including transformation.454292Does this hybrid make you howl?
Yoko - 'Inukami'Photo: Seven Arcs
Yoko is an Inukami (a dog god) who, in addition to her canine appearance, possesses powers like teleportation and control over fire. Unlike many other Inukami, Yoko is a bit of a wildcard, who does what she wants, when she wants.223137Does this hybrid make you howl?
- Photo: Studio Pierrot
Kisame Hoshigaki's shark-like appearance comes from his origins in Kirigakure, a hidden village whose residents often resemble sea creatures. Many of his fighting techniques, such as the Water Prison Shark Dance Technique, have a water or shark-based theme.412292Does this hybrid make you howl?