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Various kemonomimi species drawn by SpazzyKoneko.

Kemonomimi (獣耳 animal ears) is an anime and manga term that describes humanoid characters that possess animal like features.


These characters are predominately human and any real animal characteristics are minimal, unlike kemono characters who possess a large percentage of animal parts in ratio with their human parts. Generally, kemonomimi characters have ears and a tail which are animal-like. Often this is just part of their attire and can be removed at will.

Some examples of specific types of kemonomimi include:

  • Nekomimi / nekomusume - 'cat ears' or 'cat daughter,' nekomimis are the best-known.
  • Kitsunemimi / Kitsunemusume - 'fox ears' or 'fox daughter,' the second most common variant after nekomimis.
  • Usagimimi / Usagimusume - 'rabbit/bunny/hare ears' or 'rabbit/bunny/hare daughter.'
  • Inumimi / Inumusume - 'dog ears' or 'dog daughter.'
  • Okaimimimi / Okaimimusume - 'wolf ears' or 'wolf daughter.'* Araigumamimi / Araigumamusume - 'racoon ears' or 'racoon daughter.'
  • Tanukimimi / Tanukimusume - 'racoon dog/tanuki ears' or 'racoon dog/tanuki daughter.'


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