Originally a manga series by Noriko Kuwata, Damekko Doubutsu (literally "Useless Animals") is an anime series of 26 episodes, each only five minutes or so in duration.
The series focuses on a timid wolf named Uruno, who stumbles into a forest one day on the brink of starvation. He soon encounters an aggressive, chain-smoking rabbit named Usahara, along with many other animals with no special talents who do not meet the expectations of how their species should behave.
Provides examples of:
- Acrophobic Bird: None of the birds or the pegasus is afraid to fly; however, Sakamata, a whale, cannot swim.
- Art Shift: Whenever Yunihiko shows up, expect this to happen. What the hell, happens all. The. Time. To Characters. Good thing too.
- Bishōnen: All the males characters when not in Super-Deformed mode.
- Bolt of Divine Retribution"The Useless God's custom is not to bring Heaven's grace, but punishment from the heavens comes instantaneously."
- Camp: Kumakawa
- The Cutie: Chiiko
- Cigarette of Anxiety: Usahara can be seen doing this when ever he gets really annoyed or very angry.
- Exotic Eye Designs: Peganosuke has sky-blue eyes and no pupils.
- Festival Episode: Episode 10
- Funny Animal: Everyone in the cast, though they appear to be people in animal suits.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Peganosuke
- Gag Series
- Goldfish Scooping Game: The Female Feline club run one at the Useless God's festival. Being catgirls, they end up catching and eating all the fish themselves.
- Grumpy Bear: Usahaa.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Usahaa
- Hollywood Tone-Deaf: The result of Uruno's singing in Episode 3.
- Interspecies Romance: Uruno, a wolf, is in love with Chiiko, a cheetah.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Usahara does have moments where he isn't treating any males characters badly.
- Keet: Uruno
- Light Is Not Good: Yunihiko
- My Species Doth Protest Too Much: Nobody lives up to their Animal Stereotypes.
- Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: Everyone in the forest. They even worship a God of Uselessness (that rock with a red "X" in the picture).
- Shrinking Violet: Kuranosuke.
- Smoking Is Cool: Usahara seems to think so.
- Super-Deformed: The default art style, although occasionally a more realistic style is used for Art Shift moments.
- The Pollyanna: Chiiko and Uruno.