Our story begins when a detective named Houraki Inugami, a specialist in the occult, is called to a remote Japanese village to solve a pressing case: the local animals are being killed and devoured and their bodies were rotting away within a single day. He checks in at the local inn while investigating, discovering that a quiet boy nicknamed "Dorotabō" was forced to work in the fields instead of being sent to school. Intrigued, Inugami asks for Dorotabō's help specifically, much to the shock of the innkeeper and the local townspeople, who constantly demean the boy and never use his real name.
It isn't long until it's clear that supernatural forces are at work, and his nickname may not be the only inhuman thing about Dorotabō...
Kemono Jihen (meaning Beast or Monster Incident) is a manga written by Shou Aimoto, who is most famous for writing Hokenshitsu no Shinigami, and is currently running in Jump SQ, an off-shoot of the legendary Shonen Jump, in 2017.
Provides examples of:
- Abusive Parents: Not parent, but Kabane's aunt, the innkeeper, is horrible to him to the point that she won't even use his real name, a habit that the rest of the townsfolk have picked up on.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Inugami full stop. He's quirky as hell and has the idea to moon Kabane; to prove a point, but he has extensive knowledge of Kemono varieties and habits and is extremely competent when he needs to be.
- Fantastic Racism: Humans aware of Kemono show a clear amount of disdain for them, as evidenced by Dorotabō's aunt.
- Masquerade: It seems that the vast majority of people are unaware of the existence of Kemono, with the police force baffled on how to address them outside of asking for "specialists" like Inugami.
- The Nose Knows: All Kemono give off a distinctive smell that's unpleasant to humans, leading Kemono to mask it with a special perfume.
- Not Used to Freedom: Kabane was used by his Evil Aunt as free labor and constantly made to do tasks, rather than do things like go to school or hang out with others his age. By the time he's thirteen (he thinks), he's so unused to the idea of having his own free time that he stares at a wall and waits for instructions when there's nothing to do at Inugami's office.
- Rape as Drama: Comes with a healthy aversion of Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male for Akira's brother. He was raped and molested by the village chieftess just after he hit puberty.
- Urban Fantasy: After the intro, the story, and all of its fantastical elements, head straight to Tokyo.