Kemono Friends (けものフレンズ, Kemono Furenzu) is a Japanese media franchise created by manga artist Mine Yoshizaki. The project initially began as a smartphone game developed by Nexon, which ran between March 2015 and December 2016. A manga by Furai was serialized in Kadokawa's Monthly Shōnen Ace between May 2015 and March 2017. An anime television series produced by Yaoyorozu aired between January and March 2017, and is co-financed and licensed by Crunchyroll. A second season by Tomason is scheduled to premiere in January 2019.
Despite its low production quality, the anime series earned praise from critics and viewers in Japan due to its well-crafted storyline and characters, becoming a fad in the country. A new video project has been greenlit for production.
Japari Park is a large zoo home to extant species, endangered species, extinct species, cryptids and some legendary creatures. Due to a mysterious substance known as "Sandstar", all the animals have become anthropomorphized into girls known as Friends.
The manga follows a park keeper named Nana who looks after the various Friends in Japari Park. In the anime, a girl known only as Kaban wakes up in Japari Park with no recollection of who she is or how she got there and encounters a Serval friend. Together, they set out on an adventure to find out what kind of animal Kaban is, passing through multiple regions of Japari Park and meeting new Friends along the way.