Kemono Michi: Rise Up – A Cute Show If You’re IN LOVE With Animals (Not Really)

  • Title: Kemono Michi: Rise Up / Hataage! Kemono Michi
  • Genres: Comedy, Fantasy, Shounen
  • Studios: ENGI
  • Episodes: 12 – 24min (Completed)
  • Date: 2 October 2019 — 18 December 2019
  • Source: Manga


Professional wrestler Genzou Shibata sports the body of a mountain, but beneath his hulking appearance is a man with an extreme affection for animals. Facing off his opponents in the ring as the legendary “Animal Mask,” Genzou wins the hearts of crowds everywhere with his iconic tiger persona.

During the bout for the title of World Champion against his greatest rival, the Macadamian Ogre, Genzou is suddenly summoned to a fantasy world by a princess. With her kingdom being threatened by a monster infestation, she pleads the wrestler for assistance—to which he answers by knocking her out with a German suplex! Escaping the castle and finding himself stranded in a mysterious land, Genzou decides to begin his career as a beast hunter to capture and befriend creatures far and wide. Joined by the wolf-girl Shigure, the dragon-girl Hanako, and the vampire Carmilla Vanstein, the professional wrestler pursues all kinds of dangerous requests for the sake of fulfilling his dream as a pet shop owner.

(Source: MyAnimeList)

Should I Watch Kemono Michi?

Okay just in case you were wondering about the title, being in love with animals is completely different from loving them.

Sure, there are lots of animals, and lots and lots of love for them, but I’m pretty sure this isn’t a show for animal lovers. If anything, it might actually be more accurate to say that it’s a show about animal fetishes. Okay, I jest. But hold up! If you thought I was about to bash this show, you’re gravely mistaken.

Taking a step back, Kemono Michi is ultimately a comedy that’s essentially a parody. But a parody that takes itself seriously. It makes fun of the Isekai trope by transporting completely unexpected and ridiculous concepts into another world, while being serious about them. All the while, managing to tell a pretty decent adventure story, filled with missions and mischief. Looking closely, Kemono Michi felt like a pervert’s honest story of his fetish seeking adventures in another world. Seriously. It’s pretty good.

I’d have to agree lmao

My Thoughts

Looking at this anime, I was intrigued at the thought of a different style of Isekai where, unlike the typical Isekai protagonist, our main character in this anime wanted to live the simple life of being a pet shop owner, a concept in which this other world has never heard of. Thus ensuing the comedy of a peculiar man and his dream that would change the world he now lives in.

The highlight of Kemono Michi had been its characters and their interactions. From their dialogues, to their personalities and their roles, every character, not just the main cast, were all able to make an impact on the show. In fact, it wouldn’t be a stretch to say that Kemono Michi’s strongest point came from the many different characters serving as a source of unique interaction. With this many characters influencing the show in their own ways, Kemono Michi felt fun, lively, and definitely had enough entertainment.

And then there’s the main cast, being the most ridiculous of them all. I loved how Genzou, despite obviously being the weirdest of the lot, is also the straight guy. He’s serious about his peculiarities, and stands up for his fascinating ideals, so it’s endlessly fun to watch this guy go about his business. Meanwhile, the rest of his party isn’t any less quirky. They each complement this ridiculous farce with their own personalities, with Carmilla being my personal favourite among them. Watching Genzou and Carmilla’s occasional bickering and the even more occasional physical confrontations were among the best moments of this show.

Carmilla about to get her butt whooped

In regards to story and plot, the anime kept it simple — Summoned Hero tries to achieve his dream as a pet store owner in another world, but inevitably has to battle the Demon King (Mao) before that. There’s definitely nothing heavy in the plot, because Kemono Michi uses the main plot as the side story instead, with the other events happening around this story being the central focus. As a result, our focus isn’t in the progression of some sort of story, but rather the shenanigans of the protagonist’s adventure in this new world. It’s these shenanigans that end up replacing the story to make the anime enjoyable.

Not what you’re thinking!

All things considered, if you’re expecting Kemono Michi to be an Isekai action blockbuster, then I’m sorry but it simply isn’t. But that doesn’t mean that this show is poor. There’s a different sense of gratification from watching an adventure show that deals with a really peculiar cast. Plus, the anime itself included several of the fun aspects of an Isekai such as completing quests for money and battling and conquering monsters. Sure, it’s nothing too special, but it definitely holds its own in terms of value, and will still be a gratifying watch. I personally loved this show immensely.

I told you, it’s a show about fetishes!

If you actually looked at the short snippets above, my theory that this anime is about fetishes becomes a lot more believable!

Thanks for reading! Did you see a resemblance with KonoSuba? What were your own thoughts on this anime? I’d like to know!

14 thoughts on “Kemono Michi: Rise Up – A Cute Show If You’re IN LOVE With Animals (Not Really)

  1. Not impressed with this. I do watch wrestling here and there and quite frankly it wasn’t good. Genzo finisher is pretty plain too. Back in 80s it would be impressive, these days finishers tend to be a bit flashy or dramatic to put their opponent away

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    • Well if you were watching this show for the wrestling element mainly then I can see why you weren’t impressed.

      I myself have seen a ton of wrestling in the past to know it wasn’t spectacular. But as I’ve said up there, wrestling, as with a lot of the other concepts in the show, felt like the author’s attempt to play around with (and make fun of) the Isekai story. The show didn’t try to make the wrestling special, dynamic or flashy. It was just used to further the comedy. The grope-y nature of wrestling paired with a guy who takes pleasure from petting animals? You can see why wrestling was employed instead of some other combat sport.

      Since the show isn’t specifically about wrestling, I think judging it by it’s wrestling alone is the wrong way to go about it.

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      • Except the show hammers it home, that he is a wrestler and he enjoys wrestling. The only concept that it does play around with is, he’s not a “traditional” hero that most isekais have.

        That’s part of what I judged it on. The other part is how bad and repetitive the comedy got. Heat haze comes in, says he’ll slay demon beast folks, gets blasted by genzo usually with a close line, shigure nicks off and sells the expensive sword. Rinse, repeat. Either that or Camilla gets used as a punching bag for the comedy.


      • Nah if the concept was that he simply wasn’t a traditional hero, they wouldn’t make him walk around practically naked with his tights and an animal mask in a comedic and perverted fashion. But I do agree with you that they could’ve done more with the wrestling, but it needn’t be what makes up the entire show. After all, there’s barely any action.

        You say Carmilla being used as a punching bag for comedy like it’s a bad thing. Besides, Carmilla’s involvement isn’t limited to being a punching bag, she offers comedic value in her dialogues as well.

        Also, I get that we all have our own sense of humour. While the comedy were by no means bad, if you thought it was bad then I guess there’s no saving that show for you. In your perspective, repetitively using a bad joke would definitely sound like a nightmare. But to me, the jokes weren’t bad at all. Each time the jokes were reused, there were subtle differences. Each nicked sword were different legendary swords from various legends, so that was pretty fun. As for the demon beast joke, that old man was simply asking for it, in the sense that he didn’t care about Genzou at all. So it was funny seeing how he kept tempting fate and getting what he asked for.

        But I totally get why you wouldn’t like the show, and that’s fine.


      • I wouldn’t say a nightmare, it will definitely shorten the mileage.

        No worries dude!. We all have preferences and taste, not going to hate on you over it xDD.


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  3. That looks like one wacky looking anime. I’m not sure how I would feel about it even with the parody elements. Your theory about the show about fetishes is certainly a bizarre take on storytelling. Since I’ve been getting more into pro wrestling (funny enough, I did a post about being inspired by an indie BritWres show on my main blog), I think there might be puns like Animal Mask referencing Tiger Mask (A Japanese luchador) and New Japan wrestler Katsuyori Shibata. Notice the last names.

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