"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.
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Holo is a wolf deity whose job involves ensuring a robust harvest each year. She can assume a wolf-form, which is supernaturally large and able to communicate through telepathy, but she can also take on a humanoid form with wolf features, including a tail, fangs, and ears.Does this hybrid make you howl?
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Because he's a half human, half dog yokai, Inuyasha 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.Does this hybrid make you howl?
- Photo: TMS EntertainmentDoes this hybrid make you howl?
Tohru - 'Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid'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.Does this hybrid make you howl?