Kemono Jihen

TV (12 eps)
3.953 out of 5 from 6,482 votes
Rank #1,185

Special detective Kohachi Inugami is sent to investigate a grisly phenomenon involving animal corpses near a remote mountain village. But after meeting a strange boy who agrees to help, he discovers cursed supernatural forces at work. Little by little, Inugami uncovers the truth behind the killings and the boy who may not even be human.

Source: Funimation

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If you love dark backstories, shounen anime, found familes, and adorable/wholesome characters, this anime is for you. I absolutely adore this show and I'm furious that not many people know it exists. This season of anime was strong and because of that, Kemono Jihen got overlooked.  The story revolves around 13 yr old Kabane and his search for his parents. Growing up, Kabane was mistreated and didn't know much about his emotions. Throughout the story, he learns more about himself and meets people who genuinely care about him. Through them, he starts to distinguish emotions and what it means to be human.  I love, love, love Kabane. He is so adorable and his relationship with characters like Inugami is absolutely precious. Aside from Kabane, we also learn the backstories of other kids he meets and let me tell you-their backstories are tragic. So be prepared for that when starting this anime. I just adore how much these characters care for each other and that the kids actually act their ages. I was worried the last couple episodes would feel rushed but it wrapped up beautifully. It managed to finish things up while also leaving us enough to look forward to a possible season two. Not many anime are able to accomplish that so kudos to Kemono Jihen for actually pulling it off.  Although this anime has a big theme of searching for family, it also largely focuses on the found family within Kabane and his friends. The emphasis on family and friendship is what makes this show strong and wholesome, especially in the darkest of moments. Highly recommend this anime, you won't regret it!

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