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What does "Kemono" mean? My closest approximation is that it's Japanese for "beast" or "animal". It's not to be confused with a "kimono", which is a robe (of sorts). Of course, "kemono no kimono" apart from being translated into "beast robe" is also fun to say. *grin*
I wish to thank all the site owners I've linked to on this page for their permission to do so. For most of them, English isn't even considered to be a second language, but they were kind enough to respond to me in English. If the tables were reversed and I received an e-mail in Japanese, I wouldn't even know how to respond in their native tongue. It's a very humbling experience. Domo, domo arigato!
Over the past few years, I have been turned on to many Japanese furry (and not-so-furry) sites. Even though a language barrier exists, the pictures there will usually transcend those barriers. Furry is a universal language, I guess. I can't read Japanese at all, aside from a few characters here and there. It's a shame that I can't comment on the stories and other text found on these sites. I'm probably missing out on some good tales.
Most of these sites may be a bit difficult to navigate through without knowing the language, but if you keep a sharp eye at the bottom of your browser you'll usually be able to tell where a link goes to when you hover your mouse on them. And, of course, the sites will look better if your browser can display Japanese characters (turn on the "Japanese Auto-detect" encoding in your browser).
Remember, Babelfish offers Japanese to English translations. Some of my descriptions of these sites may be a bit lacking, mainly because I may not fully understand the theme of the site, or nothing intensely descriptive comes to mind. My apologies in advance. New links are at the top and those sites that have gone into hiatus or have closed are at the bottom.
Looking for Doujinshi featuring some of your favourite Kemono artists? Click on the banner above, or this link:http://www5a.biglobe.ne.jp/~b-dragon/Overseas.html
Let Hiro-san know you saw this on my site. Thanks!
Enough talk! On to the links...
Key to Symbols (applies only to graphics and artwork) Acceptable for all ages Some mild nudity or violent situations Explicit nudity, graphically violent or adult situations
Kemono Search. Just what you think it is. A search site for Japanese Kemono sites, categorized. It's all in Japanese, but an invaluable resource. New Sites! Boukenki - The old site closed down. Here is the new site. Yay! Actual Capability is OMEGA-san the Dragon's site. It seems to be a fairly new offering, so expect it to grow in the future. I believe there is also a Java Oekaki board there. Kemono Town. I am so ashamed that I've forgotten to link to HIRO-san's site for so long! He is a great source for doujinshi created by some very talented people. "Snow Drop" is still in operation. Gomennasai! I really need to learn more Japanese. Leo Leo. Masahira-san has a very nice, clean style to his drawings. Some real gems are hidden here. Boxing Clever. Well, I guess that's better than boxing poorly. Very well done and active artwork here! Best Place. Not just a Good place and more than a Better place. It's a place with an Oekaki BBS! Kemono Sites (in roughly alphabetical order) I'm not sure why these Beasts are Unlucky, but you'll thank your lucky stars you've found this place. The artist, Bomb, is da bomb! New Link Address! Anabukin-chan Official Site OK... This is not the average link. Anabuki Construction in Japan has created many commercials for their business starring a little girl and her animal friends. The fursuits used in these productions are very good... including a tanaki (raccoon-dog) with pride... and it... umm... shows. All of their commercials are available here. Aoi Ookami. Unique, uncluttered style of drawing. Great character design. He has recently started a new graphic novel project called "Endsville." It's looking very good. New web address! Beast Canyon: Where the beasts live, work and play. (New address!) * Kazuma's "Beast Side" site was one of the first Kemono sites I'd visited. His artwork is superb and he draws lots and lots of minotaurs! (Believe me, I wanted to do more than just "Love the Minotaur".) California Cow! Ekigyuu's site of bovine benevolence. He's a very talented young artist with a keen wit! * New Address! Cell by "N" - This guy has it ALL figured out. When you're done looking at his dynamic artwork, listen to his incredible music! His site has been updated recently and looks better than ever. New Web Address! Music, fonts, gaming maps and your congenial host, Dermot. Take the road less travelled, have a look around and enjoy your stay. Digi Knight has sites all over the place in English and Japanese. Nothing like well-armed furs to spark up your day. Dilgear isn't actually Japanese, he's Chilean, but that doesn't stop him from liking the buff wolf-troll from the anime "The Slayers." He is currently updating his site, so bits and pieces of it may not work.
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Dragon Drive! On first glance, it looks to be yet another "Pokemon/Digimon/Yu-Gi-Oh!" collectible card battle-fest anime, but with a mini-dragon named "Chibisuke" that can kick butt five ways to Sunday. :-) *Updated Link to Bandai Games* Dragon Spirit. Portal to other Japanese dragon-themed sites. Quite nice! Enter the Dragon's Bedroom and see... umm... what healthy young dragons normally do in their bedroom -- all rendered in 3D! Looks like everyone and their twin grandmother has a link for the Dragon's Flagon. I may as well join the party. =^_^= Freedom Island: The place where every page is an adventure and the background music is cool! Make sure your browser has the Flash plugin active and ready. Syozi Yamada's site has beefy furs everywhere. He's certainly an artist with an eye for the dynamic. *New Web Address!* rGENE is Syozi Yamada's reptile version of +GENE (see above). More great pics abound! GHQ: Mr. Hukuroushi does some mighty fine things with a digital tablet! Well drawn and sexy! (Updated Web Link) Gintokage, the Silver Dragon! Dragons and other scalies abound in this modest site. Kochira's "FREEDOM" site is up and running with more characters named after cars! Inuya is a fine artist. It looks like he uses many different media -- watercolour, pastels, pen and ink, CG, and many more -- a real grab bag. The only name I have to go by for this site is Karsaku. Regardless, there's some cool and amusing illustrations here. (Don't let the creepy bird in the link button fool you.) Kihaya Ookusu slings a mean paintbrush. Looks like he may have a digital comic appearing on his site soon. The Kudzu Forest. Times change. Nice artwork and a Draw BBS. * Kuma Chan lives in Britain and is solely responsible for turning me on to Wild Knights Gulkeeva (see note below). Thanks, Kuma Chan! His site is all in English, so navigating through it is easy (for those who speak the language, that is). Beware of armed wolves with monocles. (New site location! No more Tripod!) There's something about "slice-of-life" drawings done Kemono style that just works. Kurotani Kyoukutu has just the right touch. (Yes, Kurotani, I like tigers very much.) =^_^= Rankasu's "Lanban" site is full of great drawings and even has a dancing bear. Living Edge looks like there's a whole lot of gaming going on there. * Enter the Lost Land and discover the wondrous treasures waiting to be found. LunAtic DragOn! An amazing flight of Fantasy in every illustration. The drawings are on the same excellence level as the "Monster Lovers" site. Mag. A few pictures and some stories (that looked interesting through Babelfish's translator). Mode B. A bit of everything here. Some Digimon, some Pokemon and lots of original work. Monster Lovers. Fantasy/mythical creatures and real-life ones (even some humans) all drawn with an eye for exceptional detail. Please explore this site of wonders. I get the impression the site owner is into weres, but I'm probably mistaken. The pictures exude power and ferocity nonetheless. New web address! Namamono-Ya - Part of the Fukurou Products site. Eiji Ikuta draws charming chubby furry characters. Please enjoy his wonderful creations! This site is partially in English. Nori-P's World. Charming images done in coloured pencil. <= Isn't this link button kawaii? (^_^) The artist is Panda Hayashiya. Panda's furries range from playful and silly to slice-of-life serious. Fun fun fun! Visit there NOW! Anth Ronso is a Kimahri fan and a fine Kemono artist. Clean lines and lots of expression define his work. Ryuukyuukoga: Formerly "Wolf's Lair". Pictures, music and a few games as well. Soul of the Antithesis. Kotetu Inokuma's site of fun fuzzy art. Urakata's site is back up and running -- but this time, under the name "Soul Gainer." I can not believe that I forgot to put Wantaro's site here! Lots of Digimon and original artwork grace his pages. (New web address) Wild and feral! I wouldn't want to meet WolfLSI's beasts in a dark alley... unless they were on my side. :-) His art ROCKS! His drawings are a fantastic study in strength and grace. (Site recently updated: Now looks better than ever!) The Wolf Ninja HP XKoshiji. A prolific artist with an extensive gallery. Stop by and have a look. (New web address!) ZEXYZ - The big blue tiger with tons of talent! (I should have linked to his site ages ago!) The sites below have either closed or have gone into hiatus. Pokoya was the first Japanese Kemono artist to give me a gift pic for linking to his site. Now that his site is gone, it's saddened me. Good luck in your future endeavors, Pokoya-san! Papyrus' "Negato" site has closed. Another great site goes away. Greff's site now gives a "Forbidden" message when accessed. If this site has moved, more information will be greatly appreciated. Crouching Tiger has moved, but I don't know where. Any information about this site will be greatly appreciated. Bear Style is now closed. This is starting to get depressing. Aoiushi - Every time I find Aoiushi's site, it goes under... which is a shame because I really like his art when I can find it. 0Zero - This site is now closed. Zodiac's site has become unavailable. I don't know if this is a temporary thing or if he's signed off for good. (Possible -- Beware) Life Point is now closed. I am very saddened to see this site go. Thank you, Sinbeh Ashino, for all your wonderful artwork over the years. Hakuga Kashiwagi has closed his site. I, for one, shall miss it. Nejiino's site seems to be gone (sad to say). More information on this artist will be greatly appreciated. Werewolf's site is now closed. Sergeant Popoki Backyard is now closed. Perhaps it will return in the future? Infinity Divide ...with Frail Emphasis. Chaos reigns supreme here. The site seems to be presently on hiatus/reconstruction as only the e-mail and the message board links are active. With a heavy heart, we announce that "Wild Frontier" is now closed. We wish Yoshita Inuno the best of luck in his future endeavors. Spiritual MonsterS is now closed. It may re-open again in the future. We wish the administrator the best of luck for the future.
NOTE: There are many ways to translate 獣戦士ガルキイバ (Wild Knights Gulkeeva), as well as the character names in the series (specifically Greyfas). That's one of the reasons it's so difficult for me to find information about the series on the web.
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