When I think back on my time with Kemono Friends, I know the moments that will stick with me: Serval pouncing on Bag-chan in Episode 1, Crested Ibis’s “singing” in Episode 3, Beaver and Prairie Dog learning to work together in Episode 5, watching PPP come together as a group in Episode 8, Serval’s tears in Episode 10, Bag-chan’s sacrifice in Episode 11, and finally, a happy celebration full of hugs and smiles. I will remember how goofy the show could get but I’ll also remember the real moments of heart it had, and I’ll remember those moments where it almost wrenched my heart out of my chest.
I don’t really like how the last episode went. I think the final fight was… pretty lame, and the way things ended lacked any of the finesse that Episodes 10 and 11 had showed Kemono Friends was capable of. Nonetheless, seeing all these girls who I had come to consider my friends, laughing and hugging and sharing a true happy moment… it felt good. Maybe I connect to my fiction to deeply and that’s why things like this affect me so much, but it’s the emotions like this that make my investment worth it.
The things that make me feel emotions are the most precious things to me, and that means Kemono Friends is precious to me. I can’t wait to see whatever comes out of this franchise next, I hope the next work has a production level befitting its newfound fame… but if it ended up just being more of this, I think I’d be happy.
Thank you, Kemono Friends. Thank you.
…by the way, I did end up finishing that third beer. I guess the beer never really mattered much…