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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.
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
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, people interested in kemono art 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.
Kemono events are mainly divided into two types, fursuit events and doujin/fanzine vending events. But this is not absolute: Fullmoff also have booths for creators, and Kemoket have spaces for fursuiting, so it's not possible to simply divide into two types.
- Fursuiting events
- Vending events
Also, Comiket, which happens twice a year, also as many attendees.
Kemono in the media
Kemono is most easily encountered outside of Japan in Anime, Manga, and Video games. Below is a selected list of popular and obscure anime that are primarily Kemono/furry (see Anime for a more complete list).
- One Stormy Night
- Kaiketsu Zorori
- Night on the Galactic Railroad
- Pom Poko
- Massugu ni Ikou
- Polar Bear's Cafe
- Pixiv, a Japanese art site which contains a substantial amount of Kemono.
- FANG (online community)
- Funny animal
(This is a brief list of well-distinguished kemono websites on the Internet. These websites are all link-free or have been irrevocably permitted to be linked to by their webmasters. Most of the sites are written only in Japanese, and some may contain themes perceived as mildly adult in nature. Most Kemono sites will provide links to other artist's sites as well. For more, see Category:Kemono)
- EXZ en - RAVE CAVE, EXZ official web page
- 一馬 Kazuma en - BEAST SIDE BULL & BEAR, Kazuma's official web page
- 玄谷狂屈 Kyōkutsu Kurotani en - Kyōkutsu Kurotani's official web page
- SATORU en - Dragon's flagon, Satoru's official web page
- Jiroh en jiroh66 blog site
- 杉野大雅 Taiga Sugino en [Archived July 23, 2008]
- 大地千尾 Seno Daichi en ["...service ended"]
- Chad Falseface en ["...service ended"]
- 虎岩もとい Motoi Toraiwa en [Error: shows "Forbidden" message]
- 二木 かざお Kazao Niki en [404 error not found]
- North en [403 Forbidden access]
- ぱんだ林屋 Panda Hayashiya en
- Dr. Comet site
- Chibineco [site]
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