In Japari Park, a mysterious substance called "Sandstar" has turned all the safari animals into human-like creatures with animal ears. Known as "Friends", they occupy different areas of the park in the habitats best suited to them. Although humans have abandoned the place, a small girl is found wandering the grounds with no memory of who she is or how she got there. The Friends decide to help her figure out what species she is and where her proper habitat is located.
It's quite a cringe at first when I had the 6 minutes of the first episode because of the CGI pretty boring too, but a minute after I adapted well to the animation. The way they introduced each characters which are the "friends" are fun and cute, also it's very educational with a very nostalgic feeling of taking back you to your childhood, it is a fact too that this is an anime that is very easy to watch without any complicated plot which is something that both kids and adults can enjoy. The anime itself is bad and good, for the CGI is very stiff that the mouths of the characters are not that smooth and good because it's not that hard to watch except if you're preferences are high quality animation, the production of this anime consists of very few people with very low badget to make this project. But as for the story itself it is very well written to the point that you can't wait another wait for another week for the next episode to come and it's not even exaggerating and to the point that it became trending all over the world that the trends consists of 90% came from Japanese twitter users, it's clear that this show has something to offer. What's more, this anime has consists of hidden element settings which are set on different locations as Kaban and Serval journey progress, what's more amazing about this show is that this is yes cute, fun and more about learning about the truth of what really is happening which makes the show much more interesting. This is probably one of the most addictive anime and best written story that I had ever watch and probably no any other anime company that existing and will exist would be able to pull such an amazing series, well at least in my memory no one had ever did this before.
STORY: The story follows "Bag", a young girl lost in the middle of wilderness, who befriends Serval, one of the animals living there. Together they set off on a long journey across the whole park, meeting its many inhabitants. With it's tedious plot at first I thought the show was obivously intended for children, but then the fanservice hit hard, and now I'm just confused as to who the targeted audience is supposed to be. Either way, if you're over 5 you won't be able to comprehend its hidden genius. In the last two episodes, the show suddenly gets serious and likes to pretend it has a deep, meaningful plot, but it leaves you cold and uninterested, because it just doesn't work when you have 10 episodes of absolutely nothing prior to the grand finale. ANIMATION: I have nothing against CG animation, though I prefer 2D when it comes to anime, but holy shit is this animation bad or what? It's choppy as hell, and the characters are hardly moving at all. The last time I've seen a show with animation this fugly must have been in Vampire Holmes. Even character design is lazy. They basically just put animal ears and tails on loli girls with giant honkers and bare asses. Oh, and the girls have double ears (both human and animal). SOUND: So. Much. Wailing. Prepare to have your ears bleed. The soundtrack is kind of nice, but the OP and ED are definitely skippable and nothing worth remembering. CHARACTERS: I don't even know what to say here, except that all the characters are flat and totally forgettable. Literally only three types of personalities exist in this world: the cute one, the hyperactive one, and the grumpy, tsundere one. Honestly, they could have just put actual animals in there, and it would have been for the better. OVERALL: It's like drinking bleach whilst listening to Nickleback.Why do I do this to myself? Watched for the Anime Lottery Game WINTER 2017
Kemono Friends is a CG anime that aired back in Winter 2017 and turned out to be the sleeper hit of the season but, was it really that good or it just succeeded for some unforeseeable reason? The show is about Bag-chan, a little girl who’s lost in the middle of a giant park and surrounded by anthropomorphic animals. There she meets Serval and then the duo starts an adventure to the library to learn what animal she’s supposed to be. It’s kinda unclear what’s the target audience of this show. On one hand this is a cute animal girls doing cute things show, but on the other it airs at late-night and there are constant hints that everything may be darker than it seems at first glance. Also this show is fairly repetitive. Each episode can be described as “Serval and Bag meet one or various animal girls (called friends in the show), helps them with whatever thing they need help, and then they leave to another biome”. A fact that’s worth mentioning is the inclusion of an interlude about the friend of the week. They are really informative and add an extra educational value to the show. Animation-wise it’s awful. As soon as you pay a bit of attention you start to notice how the mouth flapping doesn’t match at all, the characters seem to walk on the air from time to time, and sometimes everything is a bit laggy. Most of these issues get fixed in the later episodes, but then more issues arise (it’s going to be hard to forget that climbing animation). Another thing that bugs me in this regard is how lazy the character designs are. Yes, some characters are easy to notice (like Shoebill) but there are others that look way too similar to each other to distinguish them (with Serval and Sand Cat being the worst offenders). There’s also the fact that the Japanese Black Bear lacks so many body features she looks like a black ink stain with a face. Sound-wise it was ok. The opening and ending songs are the typical j-pop stuff you’d find in a show of this kind, and the OST is pretty much forgettable. The most important part of the show is the characters. Even if they are plain and the supporting cast barely has more than 40 minutes of screentime they have enough charm to be memorable. Another thing that adds to their charms is that some of them behave like their real life counterparts (like Tsuchinoko being overly elusive or the beaver being way too focused on building stuff with wood). All in all this show had all the ingredients to become a disaster of unknown proportions, but the charm of the characters turned this show into something tolerable. Some people might find the crappy animation and lack of a decent plot a huge turn-off and consider it a gigantic pile of crap while others might get entranced by the cuteness of the characters and call this show the greatest anime ever made. Should you watch it? It depends on the kind of shows you like. If you don’t mind bad CG and cute girls doing cute things is your jam then go ahead and watch it, but if you want your anime to have more substance then avoid it like a plague. If you're still indecisive then feel free to try it. The worse thing that could happen is that you'd hate it, but at least you can enjoy all the memes it spawned.
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