Kemono Friends Episode 12: Like A Warm Hug (BWAMTA)

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.

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…by the way, I did end up finishing that third beer. I guess the beer never really mattered much…

Kemono Friends Episode 11: … (BWAMTA)

I… ah… oh jeez…

All joking aside, all silliness about “best girls” and sharing goofy pictures, I hadn’t realized that I’d connected with these girls so strongly. I guess… I’ve been enjoying this show so much because it was a show full of people who I wouldn’t mind calling my friends, and… one of those precious characters just got hurt, and I actually feel crushed by it…

I feel so fortunate, that I’m watching Kemono Friends now instead of watching it back when it was airing. I don’t have to wait for a whole agonizing week to find out if Bag-chan is gonna end up being okay… I really hope she ends up okay, she’s such a lovely character…

All right, Episode 12, let’s go.

Kemono Friends Episode 10: Plot Is Happening! (BWAMTA)

The plot seems to be progressing, and that means I’m getting increasingly worried that one of my precious girls might end up getting hurt. This episode ended literally with a bag, and I have no idea what that might mean but I’M VERY NERVOUS OK? I LITERALLY CAN’T EVEN RIGHT NOW!

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MY PRECIOUS DAUGHTER IS CRYING AND I CAN’T EVEN PROCESS ANYTHING

Oo but trickster mangaka wolf chick is cool!

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Y’know, this show really makes up for its low production values by just having a HUGE cast of cute animal girls with really cute designs, it’s a lot of fun watching the show and learning about a new cast of colourful characters each episode. It feels weird to say this about human-ish characters, but seeing so many new ones episode after episode DOES feel sort of like the experience of going between pavilions at a zoo. I’ll bet that was intentional, it definitely feels intentional.

I hope this gets another season. Like, surely this is getting another season, right? It did phenomenally well in Japan, so surely they’re at least considering continuing this show, right?

Please?

…ok, to be fair I should finish this season before asking for another one, so LET’S GO, 2 MORE EPISODES LEFT!

(please don’t hurt my girls please don’t hurt my girls please don’t hurt my girls please)

Kemono Friends Episode 9: Cool As Ice (BWAMTA)

Oh, so I found out just now that Kemono Friends was created by mangaka Mine Yoshizaki, the dude who also created Sergeant Frog. That’s pretty cool!

Anyway, so this episode was adorable… again. The new fox duo had pretty nice designs, but not anything super cute. Oh also, this happened:

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Aaaaaa they’re so cute together! ❤

ALSO THE SHOW HAD THE NERVE TO PLAY WITH MY EMOTIONS LIKE THIS AT THE BEGINNING OF THE EPISODE

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NO, SHOW, YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO EVEN JOKE ABOUT HURTING MY GIRLS GODDAMNIT!!!

I feel like we’re getting toward some really interesting plot stuff. Information just keeps building up- now apparently there are “4 Gods” and the Ceruleans can “eat” Friends and take away their animal abilities / annihilate them. Aaaaa I need to know more, I need to know more, I need to know more!

BUT AGAIN, SHOW, IF YOU DARE HURT ANY SINGLE ONE OF MY PRECIOUS GIRLS I SWEAR TO GOD I WILL FIND YOU AND I WILL HURT YOU BACK!

TIME FOR EPISODE 10

Kemono Friends Episode 8: A Silly Animal Girl Show Outclasses Some Actual Idol Shows (BWAMTA)

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Wait what this character is literally me.

Okay, so this episode was really good. Like, REALLY good. Even without their entirely-likable designs, PPP is a really well-constructed 5-piece idol group. As Margay (pictured above) accurately points out, their personalities all complement each others’ perfectly to create a really diverse and strong team.

When we add in the designs, though:

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HOLY CRAP LOOK AT THESE ADORABLE PENGUIN GIRLS! Like, not only are their outfits cute and their hairstyles pretty, but I also love how most of the members have these cool-looking headphones! (Maybe every member has headphones, but 2 of them have big bushy hair that covers theirs?)

Oh, by the way, best girl is Gen-san because she’s adorable and she tries hard.

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(I just realized that line is innuendo as FRICK out of context, oops)

Building up this PPP group is actually really good world-building too! It’s cool to find out that a lot of the Friends get together for musical events like this, and it also helps build the role that the professor / assistant owls serve in Japari Park.

I love this episode, I can think of one actual idol anime that this completely showed up. There’s this show that started airing last year called Marginal #4, and I dropped it after one episode because its first episode was ABSOLUTELY miserable! The 4-piece guy group was composed of personalities that just didn’t mesh well together, none of the characters had any chemistry really, the other idols set up by the episode were equally vapid, and… this may just be me, but I think it looked uglier than Kemono Friends. Also, the Marginal #4 boys didn’t have animal-themed outfits so INSTANT LOSS!!!

Oh boy, 4 more episodes left… I’ve pretty much given up on drinking now, I get too sucked into the plot and forget I even have any beer, oops! Onward to Episode 9!

Kemono Friends Episode 7: Owls!!!! (BWAMTA)

This episode has the greatest plot: Our main characters get lost in a forest that’s actually a big long true-or-false test, and then on the other side they’re forced to cook for gourmet owls so that they’ll tell our obviously-human character that she is, in fact, human.

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Oh, by the way, these owl girls have absolutely ADORABLE designs too, if figures of these 2 ever end up getting made I might just think about buying them.

I decided to look up who sings the OP, and I was pleasantly surprised to find that it’s done by voice actors from the show itself! Most of the performers are from this 5-part penguin girl group named PPP… and would ya look at that, we get to meet PPP next episode! I’m freakin’ hyped, fam!

Oh, and I think this third beer will be enough for me. I’m not feeling drunk or anything, I just don’t like drinking much and I can feel myself slowing down haha! It’s sorta nice to talk in this informal way about a show though, I really hope no one’s feeling too spammed by all these posts…

Kemono Friends Episode 6: The Art of WARRRRRRRR (BWAMTA)

Today’s episode is a dramatic tale of battle, loss, valour and triumphant victory. It is an epic tale of hard-fought duels

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Dramatic last stands

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And…

AND…

THE STARE OF DEATH

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No seriously though, episode 6 is yet another absolutely wonderful and charming episode that had me giddily smiling throughout. About 10 new girls were introduced and of course they’re all adorable because this show literally doesn’t know how to have a girl who ISN’T the cutest thing ever! I really loved White Rhino’s armor outfit, but hands down the best girl of the episode is Chameleon.

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LOOKIT THIS CUTE PROTECTABLE BAB DONTCHA JUST WANNA FEED HER A DONUT????????

I swear that the further I get into this show, the less interesting things I have to say and the more I just wanna gush about how cute all these girls are. Well, maybe stuff is about to get cool soon because Shoebill stare-of-death girl seems like she knows some stuff about the plot so let’s see where this goes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mm, beer…

Kemono Friends Episode 5: I Appreciate It When Cute Animal Girls Kiss (BWAMTA)

GODBLESS PRAIRIE DOG-SAN FOR BRINGING THIS

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AND THIS

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TO THE SHOW

Seriously though, Prairie Dog may be cute and hyper and stuff but this episode’s REAL show-stealer was definitely Beaver… and yes, I know that as a proud Canadian, I’m a bit biased on the whole beaver thing, but lookit her she’s so shy and cute!

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AND SHE DO A GNAW

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Honestly I don’t even care that this episode didn’t take the plot anywhere, these girls have been 2 of the cutest Kemono Friends girls so far and I love them both and wanna adopt them and feed them snacks AAAA

ok but that surprise ending’s really got my on the edge of my seat waiting to see what’s coming next, so NO DELAYING, EPISODE 6 LET’S GOOOOOO

Kemono Friends Episode 4: I Love These Girls So Much So Please Don’t End Up Hurting Any Of Them, Plot, OK? (BWAMTA)

I got hungry, so ramen happened. I like ramen. Ramen is nice. Beer is also nice, though. Let’s start a third one!

Tsuchinoko joins the Best Girl list because she’s a precious lovely wonderful perfect ball of anger and I love her.

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Y’know, I think this show’s OP and ED are both growing on me, especially the OP because it’s pure fun energy and I love it. Also, those little PPP end skits are REALLY fun, you can tell all the voice actors were having a good time making them!

Okay, the plot intrigue is building and I REALLY NEED TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS PLOT! Tsuchinoko mentions that Bag-chan wasn’t “annihilated,” and I need to find out what she means by that, whatever it could mean “annihilated” sounds scary and WHEREVER THIS PLOT IS GOING, MY PRECIOUS ANIMAL GIRLS HAD BETTER NOT BE HURT!

Look at them! They’re all so cute! Look how shocked they are to find out that buses have lights!

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Y’see? They’re precious and perfect, only a monster could possibly even CONSIDER hurting any of them and GODDAMNIT IF ANY OF THEM GET HURT IMMA BE SO MAD

OK NEXT EPISODE

Kemono Friends Episode 3: Oh Look Another Best Girl (BWAMTA)

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YES! YES OMIGOD YES! A loli bird with an oblivious personality and a terrible singing voice but a desire to keep learning and get better? THIS HAS TO BE PERFECT GAP MOE!!!!

Hoooolyfrick this show has so many adorable girls, I’m loving this so much! None of them can beat Hippo, though. After all, she’s absolutely perfect.

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Oh yeah, I guess the met Alpaca chick this episode too, but… ehh, she’s cute, but not, like, BEST GIRL level cute. Also, apparently the girls were all animals once until they were changed by some Sandstar thing? I’m interested, definitely wanna learn more.

Well, that’s the second beer finished. I don’t tend to drink much, so I dunno if I’ll feel like running to grab any more. Also, I don’t think I’m gonna be more than a little buzzed like I am in order to enjoy this show so… yeah, we’ll see. I might start to get a bit bored though if every episode ends up being “Bag-chan Solves Everyone’s Problems,” as stupid as it seems to want it from a show like… this, I wanna see some character development and plot progression!

Enough of my rambling though, back to Ep. 4.