Kemonomimi

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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.

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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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