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A Kemono-style canine at work. Artwork by Sugandya.

Kemono (Japanese 獣, ケモノ, or けもの "beast") is a genre of Japanese art and character design that prominently features fictional anthropomorphic or sentient animal characters in human-like settings and situations. It is used widely in drawing, painting, manga, anime, and video game designs, many of which are popular in the rest of the world.

Human-like animal characters are called Jūjin (Japanese 獣人 or じゅうじん "therianthrope";).

Their unique design differs from artist to artist, but in general they combine popular character design with animal traits deemed cute and endearing. However, most kemono character designs retain a fundamentally human personality, seldom acting like the real animals after which they are designed.

As such, kemono are usually shown living the way normal humans live in the same setting: speaking normal language, wearing normal clothes, eating normal food, living in normal homes, in ways that blur their distinction from ordinary humans.

Currently, kemono art is often distributed through Japanese fanzine circles, "doujinshi." Fans of kemono are called kemona or kemoners (ケモナー kemonā), from kemono and English -er.

There is also kemono which depicts young animals, much like cub art: kemololi (female cub) / kemoshota (male cub).

Kemono and furry[edit]

Watercolor Kemono art by Mutsumi Yuu.

Though based on very different cultural ideals, kemono and furry fandom on the Internet can occasionally overlap, both geographically and in influence. Some kemono artists appeal to both at the same time.

Due to similarity in subject matter, kemono fans are also frequently interested in furry art (and vice versa.)

In early 2010, Kemonochan was created as an image board for English-speaking users who are fans of kemono artwork, but it closed in 2014, leaving VeeBooru and WildCritters as the main English-speaking boards for such work.


Some kemono fans are called Kemoner (ケモナー).[citation needed]

The term "Kemoner" has very controversial over the years.[citation needed] It is sometimes used as disparaging one,[citation needed] and some people who are regarded as Kemoner by others loath being called so.[citation needed]

Since the the middle of the 1990s,[citation needed] the term "Kemoner" had been used mainly by people outside those of equivalent to Kemono fanzine at the whole anime/manga fanzine in the quite negative context like "the sexual perverts" who have lust for animals (often confused with zoophilia)[citation needed] and the person-concerned had used it as self-torture.[clarify][citation needed] In 1998, the prominent doujinshi circle (Kemono fanzine) KEMONERS which used this term as self-calling for the first time officially was launched, and it may be after this that "Kemoner" is used in the non-negative meanings.[citation needed]

Some definitions argue that Kemoner only stands for gay people in the fanzine, and does not include the straight people[clarify][citation needed], because since the late of the 1990s they became the majority of Kemono fanzine due to the major kemono-specialized online service FANG that banished straight-adult content from the service.[citation needed]

And Kemoner is sometimes labeled on people in the neighboring genre like not only Kemomimi which stand for human-character with animal ears and tail but also Zoophiles and Transfur, and those who were labeled as Kemoner loath being called so because of the reasons listed above.[clarify][citation needed]

These facts make things more complex and it makes the term "Kemoner" very controversial.[clarify] Instead the term Kemonozuki (ケモノ好き) is sometimes used to avoid these problems and troubles though it is not so famous as Kemoner.

However, recently some people especially in the younger generations, begin to use the term Kemoner in the positive meanings, and it is strictly contradicted by the opponents, especially in the older generations.[clarify]

Online Community[edit]

The beginning of the Japanese online community comparable to today's Kemono fanzine is quite unknown, however it can be imagined that forum on animal, or anime and manga etc in which Kemono character appeared had emerged with the development of the computer network from 1980's to 1990's. Apart from the commercial BBS system, in Japan the small private BBS system called "Kusanone-BBS (草の根BBS)" was prominent (maybe it is FidoNet) and Galoone (がろーね), the founder of Kemoket in the future was one of the users of BBS. [1]

Since the middle of the 1990's, the individual websites featuring today's kemono fanzine were launched, and in 1997 FANG (online community), the website hosting service specializing to Kemono was launched.

Besides, Kemono online community was developed in the anonymous online community like 2ch (anonymous BBS service since 1999) and Futaba Channel (the prominent image board service in the early 2000's). Moreover, since circa 2000, 2ch Juu (2ch獣), anonymous Oekaki BBS was launched and kemono artists submitted pictures and communicate with each other. 2ch Juu were separated into various paint BBS for each genres, for example male, female, dragon, Kemoshota (cub), and non-Kemono (獣にも属さない系) and they linked each other. Such paint BBS were declined after the emergence of Pixiv, the largest Japanese general online community for artists in 2007.

Some individual websites were also prominent in the first half of the 2000's. For example, Eevee Studio was launched in 2003 and became the largest website of adult Pokemon pictures in the middle of the 2000s until its close in December 2008. Besides, Kemono Server (けものサーバ), the new web hosting service for kemono fanzine was launched in 2004 to provide for members the server and domain "", and Kemo-search (けもサーチ), the website search engine was founded in the same year.

After 2006, Kemono online community has been developed within the major Japanese general online community like mixi, Pixiv and twitter. On the other hand, the individual websites and the neighboring service like Kemosearch, FANG, and Kemono Server was declined (they are nominally continued). It is characteristic that today (2015) in Japan there have been no majestic online community like furaffinity or furnation for 10 years.

Kemono events[edit]

There are small scale, local furmeets and large-scale, regular conventions catering to kemono fans.

Kemono events can be generally categorized into two types: fursuit events, and doujin/fanzine vending events. (However, this is not absolute: Fullmoff (a fursuiting event) also has booths for creators, and Kemoket (a fanzine market) has spaces for fursuiting, so it is not possible to simply divide the two types.) The origin of the latter is Japanese doujinshi fair since the middle of the 1970s like Comiket. Doujinshis featuring Kemono had been published since the 1990s in Comiket etc., however it was not until 2011 that doujinshi fairs featuring only on Kemono (called "ケモノオンリーイベント (Kemono-only Event)" in Japanese) appeared.

  • Doujinshi Fair specializing to Kemono
    • Juujin Matsuri / Kemofesta (獣人祭, 2011/2013) *The first doujinshi-vending event featuring only on Kemono
    • Fur~st (ふぁ~すと, 2011~present)
    • Kemoket (けもケット, 2012~present)
    • Mofuket (もふけっと, 2013~present) *always held with Mimiket, the event for doujinshi on human characters with animal ears since the early 2000s
    • Ishu Love (異種ラブ, 2016) *The first doujinshi-vending event featuring love between human and Kemono etc

Kemono in the media[edit]

At least before 2000, Kemono was easily encountered in Anime, Manga, and Video games. Below is a selected list of such works that include Kemono/furry characters and were/are the most influencial to Kemono fanzine.

  • Commercial Video Game (including handheld device)
    • Sonic (1991)
    • StarFox (1993~present)
    • FEDA (1994)
    • Pokemon (1995~present)
    • Digimon (1997~) * Original game for handheld device
    • Klonoa (風のクロノア, 1997~2002)
    • Tail Concerto (テイルコンチェルト, 1998) *The first Japanese Kemono video game featuring Jujin
    • Tail Tale (2000) *The first Japanese adult Kemono video game
    • Shining Wind (2007)
    • Solatorobo (2010)
    • Pazuani (戦国パズル!!あにまる大合戦, 2012) *Mobile game
  • Others
    • Mamoru-kun (まもるクン, 2000~present?) *Mascot of the crime/disaster prevention campaign and mailing system in Fukuoka prefecture, with the assistance of the creators of Tail Concerto and Solatorobo
    • Juune Rou (獣音ロウ, 2010~ present) *Vocaloid featuring Kemono

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