Before we begin this five episode look at Kemono Friends pardon me as I give a blunt warning. The show’s characters are all CG all the time. Viewers who get upset by the slightest bit of CG usage in other anime will vomit after less than a minute of watching this show. Do not waste time posting comments about “Not liking the show because the CG sucks”. That is a given for most of its detractors so all you’d be doing is preaching to the choir.
This is the part where I discuss each episode highlighting the important parts of each but when it comes to the first five episodes of Kemono Friends, there isn’t much to say really. Let’s start at the beginning. We’re introduced to the show’s leading ladies, a human girl whose name is not yet known and her traveling companion Serval…the serval-girl who reminds me of Marsupilami (Look it up). Anyway Serval and the girl become friends. She then names her Backpack (or Bag according to the subs) because the girl doesn’t know what her name is, how she got there nor what she herself is either. Serval explains that they’re in the Savanna Area of Japari Park, a wildlife reserve/amusement park inhabited by “Friends”, essentially “Kemonomimi” (Animal Girls). Serval agreed to help Backpack find her way to the library in the hopes of her finding out what she is and maybe learn more about how she ended up in the park. Originally Serval only intended on guiding Backpack to the end of the Savnna Area near the gate to the Jungle Area but she decided to join Backpack on her journey.
On their way to the library they meet a robot named Lucky Beast, or Boss as the Friends call it. It serves as tour guide of sorts and for some reason only speaks to Backpack but not Friends. Sometimes it changes its voice to a tour guide lady. Perhaps it’s a clue to Backpack’s identity.
Apart from that the show so far has been formulaic to an extent.
- Backpack and Serval travel to a new different Area where Boss teaches them about it and the wildlife within.
- They meet some Friends like a hippo, jaguar, otter or prairie dog.
- They and those Friends get in some kind of a jam.
- Backpack uses her wits to help the Friends find a solution such as building a new bridge or helping an alpaca make a sign guiding potential customers to her cafe.
- The Friends thank Backpack and Serval for their help.
- Next Area.
Oh and sometimes our heroines come across dangerous one-eyed creatures known as Cerulean. Their origin’s currently unknown but as far as the Friends know they’re bad news.
The show’s appeal besides the main plot of learning Backpack’s true identity and what happened to her is seeing all the different Kemonomimi that are almost never shown in other anime featuring animal girls. I mean, how often do we see a beaver or prairie dog girl in anime for example? I think this is the first time ever. Speaking of beavers and prairie dogs.
Episode 5 had Prairie Dog “greeting” Serval, Backpack and Beaver with lip locks. At the end of episode we could say that Prairie Dog X Beaver is a possible ship alongside Serval X Backpack.
Another thing worth noting is these two, Raccoon and (I think) Coyote. These two are chasing after Serval and Backpack because, according to Raccoon, if they were to leave the park it would be disastrous. Lastly there are several hints, especially near the end of episode 4 that hints that the human race was wiped out of existence and Backpack might be the last one among the new race of animal people. That seems to be where the story is heading. We’ll find out when they eventually reach the library.
For people who can put up with the CG the show is both charming and has an interesting plot hidden underneath. Dunno if I’ll be covering the other 7 episodes weekly. Maybe once the big reveal happens. Otherwise wait until the G-View.