Anime / Kemono Friends
Welcome to Japari Park!note 

A Sleeper Hit based off a cancelled Nexon mobile game, it stars a girl who somehow ends up in the middle of a savannah and gets chased around by a Cat Girl. Said cat girl reveals that she is in one area of the vast Japari Park inhabited by Little Bit Beastly girls (and only girls) called Friends who were apparently regular animals turned into their current form on contact with Sand Star spewed by the volcano in the middle of the park. The girl doesn't remember who she is, so she gets called Kaban after the backpack she wears by Serval the serval, who becomes her Non-Human Sidekick. The two set off on an adventure to find out what kind of Friend she is. Friends ensue!

During an episode each Friend is introduced along with their scientific classification. For eyecatches, zookeepers from all over the globe give short lectures on the nature of the featured animals.

Kemono Friends is currently being aired by Crunchyroll.


  • A Dog Named "Dog": All of the Friends are named for the species of animal they are.
  • After the End: It becomes clear pretty quickly that Japari Park used to have humans maintaining it, but now... doesn't.
  • Amusement Park of Doom: The abandoned state of the park has caused some parts to be rather dangerous. This isn't even adding the threat of the Ceruleans.
  • Animal Gender-Bender: While every Friend is female, some of them clearly exhibit features unique to males of the species they're based on.
  • Blob Monster: Ceruleans
  • Carnivore Confusion: Averted— Everyone is content to eat Japari buns, with hunting just being a game. It probably helps that they're all biologically human.
  • Call Back: In episode 11, when Kaban needs to climb a tree fast, she starts climbing and chanting the way Serval did in episode 1.
    Kaban: Nyan, nyan, nyan, nyan! (translation: Meow, meow, meow, meow!)
  • Cliffhanger: Episode 11 really leaves the viewer hanging.
  • Cute but Cacophonic: Crested Ibis, as her singing can really scare off other Friends (Serval just tries to shrug it off).
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: The opening, Youkoso Japari Park enote  is sung by Serval, Raccoon, Fennec, and the PPP, the latter of whom also do the ending commentary.
  • Endangered Species: Every Friend who's based on an endangered or extinct species has Empty Eyes.
    • Crested ibis: At one point there were exactly seven crested ibis on Earth. These were rescued from extinction, with all survivors descended from these 7 birds. Apparently one of them became a Friend at Japari Park.
    • Humans: Kaban may be the last human on Earth, or at least in Japari Park. The Quest for Identity becomes a quest for the Lost Colony.
    • Tsuchinoko: They're a bit elusive.
  • Evolving Credits: Animal silhouettes appear in each episode opening, to be filled in after the new Friend is introduced. After Episode 11 all of the silhouettes disappear.
  • The Four Gods: These are actually controls for the Sandstone Low filter.
  • Gamer Chick: Red Fox. Those arcade cabinets were built to last, apparently.
  • Green Rocks: The Sandstar is responsible for all kinds of weirdness.
  • Hair Wings: Most bird Friends have their wings on their head. Or hair coloured to look like wings. It can be hard to tell.
  • Hollywood Chameleons: The panther chameleon Friend's color-changing ability is treated as actual invisibility.
  • Idol Singer: PPP is an idol group made up of five penguin Friends.
  • Improbably Female Cast : Not a single male character is to be found.
  • Iyashikei: It's surprisingly upbeat for a post-apocolyptic alien invasion!
  • King of Beasts: Played with. Lion is in charge of a group of friends and acts noble (though more shogun than king), but in private acts like a fairly normal cat.
  • Line-of-Sight Name: Kaban is named for the bag she is wearing ("kaban" being Japanese for "bag").
  • Little Bit Beastly: All of the Friends are humans with a few animal features.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: While the anime so far only shows a few of them. The game has a very large cast. note 
  • Made of Phlebotinum: Sand Star powers the entire show, causing both the Friends and the Ceruleans to exist. It also drives the Ceruleans to attack the Friends and caused humans to leave Japari park. Serval even mentions that Kaban may owe her existence to Sand Star in the first episode.
  • Mega Corp.: Wild life parks, cafes, food, hot springs, video games ... Japari is a very diverse corporation.
  • Misplaced Wildlife: Japari Park makes no attempt to separate its animals and Friends by their original location, only by biome. And even then there's a lot of Friends in weird places, though that could be the result of them moving around unsupervised.
  • Missed Him by That Much: Raccoon and Fennec are pursuing Kaban on the grounds that she's a "hat thief". They visit each place she's been to, only to find out that she left not too long ago. They finally catch up in episode 11.
  • Moe Anthropomorphism: It's the basis of the franchise.
  • Mr. Exposition: Boss, aka Lucky Beast, provides background and information when entering new habitats. However, inside of attractions, he lets Kaban work things out for herself. In addition, in the event of something unexpected (such as a broken bridge), he freezes up.
  • Mutagenic Goo: The mysterious substance known as "Sand Star" turns regular animals into the humanoid Friends (even their remains). It also turn inanimate objects into Ceruleans.
  • Nonindicative Name: The first ceruleans we see are indigo-blue. After that they start coming in more colours and the name stops making sense.
  • On the Next: Each episode ends with PPP discussing an animal that will show up next episode, which usually quickly devolves into squabbling.
  • Ontological Mystery: Behind the fun Quest for Identity and meeting new Friends, there is a significant amount of unexplained background details that is gradually revealed.
  • Our Cryptids Are More Mysterious: Even a Tsuchinoko got turned into a Friend.
  • The Owl-Knowing One: One of the owls at Japari Library is called "Professor" by all the other Friends, and the other is her assistant. And they certainly insist that they're wise.
  • Patchwork Map: The Sandstar somehow allows the various regions to be right next to each other in defiance to the laws of geography. Which allowed the formation of the Japari Park itself.
  • Peacock Girl: The Peafowl friend who makes a brief appearance in episode 2.
  • Primal Fear: All the Friends fear fire, but Kaban, as a human, is easily able to control it. Note that Brown Bear is less afraid, similar to her Real Life counterpart.
  • Previous Player-Character Cameo: Sorta. The park guide from the game is a backstory character here.
  • Puppet Shows: The ending preview scenes are done puppet-style by PPP, the opening theme singers. They disappear after Episode 11
  • Quest for Identity: Kaban and Serval are on a quest to discover what species Kaban is.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The duo that appear in Episode 5. The Beaver, being the blue, constantly plans ahead and has a great amount of knowledge on structural engineering, but, afraid of messing up, can't commit herself to action. The Prairie Dog, being the red, is a heads-on person who does things quick and efficient, but without the ability to think things through or a team to rely on, tends to mess up multiple times. It's through the collaboration of Beaver's planning and knowledge and Prairie Dog's quick work and teamwork dynamic that they become a very impressive construction team.
    • Raccoon is the red to Fennec's blue. Raccoon is desperately trying to chase down Kaban as fast as possible while Fennec just follows along trying to keep Raccoon out of trouble.
  • Robot Buddy: The Lucky Beasts seems to have been created to serve as guides to Human Guests.
  • Running Joke:
    • "Please don't eat me!" "I won't eat you!" - Kaban and Serval's opening dialogue gets repeated several times.
    • Several Friends are surprised that Lucky Beast (aka Boss) is now talking, although only to Kaban.
  • Science Hero: Kaban is about as close as you can get with no education to speak of. She regularly save the day through quick thinking.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: Hands up, how many people had heard of servals before? The animals featured are all over the place in terms of obscurity, ranging from very well-known (otter, lion), to nigh unheard-of (margay, campo flitter), and everywhere in-between.
  • Silent Antagonist: The Ceruleans.
  • Sting: Plays whenever the topic switches to the Ontological Mystery surrounding the park.
  • Support Party Member: True to the game that inspired the anime, Kaban acts as a support character in the anime. While slow and clumsy, she's the one who comes up with ideas to make the Friends more effective. Plus, she's one of the few characters who can read.
  • Token Non-Human: The Lucky Beasts, who are little robots that serve as guides.
  • Vegetarian Carnivore: All the Friends eat Japari buns, which are made from crops and found everywhere. This allows carnivores and omnivores to be friends with herbivores without all that awkward killing and eating that would hurt friendships.