Jump to content

Theme Discussion; Kemonomimi ( Month 1 )


Recommended Posts

Welcome, to the first of possibly many roundups for the VN community. Each month(?) I'll be taking a specific theme, giving some examples of where it's been done well, and get some discussion going about the theme itself.
 
Theme 1; Kemonomimi
 
Kemonomimi refers to humanoids, taking on animalistic traits. Traditionally, this comprises of cat ears, and tails. There are a lot more subsidies of this though, and we can even define them.
 
Nekomimi
qwQQEFg.png
Taking on the appearance / traits of a Cat
 
Kitsunemimi
A0IOK8J.jpg
Taking on the appearance / traits of a Fox
 
Inumimi
rlfm4PE.png
Taking on the appearance / traits of a Dog
 
We've also got; ( Caution: Some NSFW )
 
Usagimimi: rabbit ears
Ookamimi: wolf ears
Hitsujimimi: sheep ears/horns
Umamimi: horse ears
Ushimimi: cow ears
Toramimi: tiger ears
Nezumimi: mouse ears
Kumamimi: bear ears
Kemonomimi: general, or ambiguous ( means beast )
 
The usual use of these tropes in Visual Novels is by having them as either a different race, a fantasy creature, or by having them as genetically modified pets. Thus, their personalities usually vary from that of traditional humans and such. There's very few Visual Novels that use this trait currently, however there's been a recent resurgence for the demand, so expect the tradition to rise a little more in the next year or so. As an example, Sekai Project has worked with the creators at NekoWorks to localise their visual novel Nekopara, and even releasing it through Steam ( censored of course ) as well as another translation for a renouned Japanese VN with a huge focus on Kemonomimi, "Pure-Pure!" due to release soon™.
 
Pros;
  • Catgirls. HNNNGG!
  • Plenty of community-made originals
  • Psychologically different relationship
  • Affectionate by nature
  • Catgirls. Seriously. can anyone spare a towel?
  • No gross human ears.... bleh
Cons;
  • Rare occurrence
  • Traditionally played off as part animal
  • High sexual focus, low story content
  • Probably a recruiting tool of Furries
  • Not seeing human ears is kinda strange
Why Kemonomimi?
 
There's two major reasons that Kemonomimi is seen as a huge thing for a niche group of consumers. Firstly, catgirls are cute as hell. We can't really deny this. Secondly, is the psychological side of things with building a Kemonomimi relationship, based off an entirely new social construct. Whether you're falling in love with your family pet catgirl, you're helping spirits make peace with humans, or you've saved a stray from the cruel city streets, there's a lot of writing freedom when building relationships in a way that's not usually done. As another psychological point, there's a lot of erotic content in this genre ( at minimum, consistent fan service ). Having this come from a "person" who is psychologically conditioned different is a huge appeal to some people. Having the pack mentality of an animal, or the need to fornicate while on heat, these are different excuses for lewd content than the usual.
 
Where do I sign up?!
 
Here's a few examples of existing Visual Novels, with a Kemonomimi theme. ( censored, but still NSFW )
 
 
Please tag anything that's NSFW, and link it externally.
 
Feel free to leave your suggestions on Kemonomimi Visual Novels.
 
As always, I'll also be taking suggestions for next month's theme! Suggest away
Link to post
Share on other sites

わふ? Nekomimi might be a favorite, but I'm beginning to appreciate inumimi as well. Why?

 

Misaki Gaillard (don't lok at the katakana you will probably go insane), some animal traits, but p. humanoid in reasoning and all. Amairo Islenauts actually takes place on a floating island where some beast-people with magic stones and shit originally lived and then they somehow came to our world through a portal or something and interbreeding happened... I have to admit the prologue infodump was a bit hard to understand.

heuuVWQ.jpg
Link to post
Share on other sites
There's two major reasons that Kemonomimi is seen as a huge thing for a niche group of consumers. Firstly, catgirls are cute as hell. We can't really deny this. Secondly, is the psychological side of things with building a Kemonomimi relationship, based off an entirely new social construct. Whether you're falling in love with your family pet catgirl, you're helping spirits make peace with humans, or you've saved a stray from the cruel city streets, there's a lot of writing freedom when building relationships in a way that's not usually done.

The feature adds a cute and different flavor, but if you leave out story/character details it becomes an excuse for another mindless archetype, which is bleh. The pictures in the OP are hnnng cute though.

 

Nekomimi wasn't really a big part of the VN, but tails and ears showed up in Gurenka. The ears just fit Kuon, didn't really react much there. But the tail for Elsrise was cute addition. It also had the effect of gently emphasizing her non-humanness.

snap5_zpsnkkmmmur.jpg

Just tail.

 

snap38_zps9foufyvp.jpg

Link to post
Share on other sites

This only partially relevant.

 

In the anime "RWBY", there's a lot of kemonomimi themes. The thing is, because the anime is PG, it uses it as a story development point, rather than a cute dial. Won't post spoilers.

 

As for Chronopolis, I couldn't agree more. Without a good story and a deep character, you're just oogling a different colored catgirl.

 

Having a story, and events is like flavor to an already tasty dish.

 

nom.

Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

×
×
  • Create New...