Animal ears on already cute girls ads a whole new dimension of cuteness that doesn’t much exist outside of anime and Halloween. Kemonomimi means animal ears, and the most prevalent example of kemonomimi girls are catgirls. There’s nothing wrong with catgirls, but as they say, variety is the spice of life. Maybe you want to see your favorite animal ears on a bishoujo (pretty girl) or maybe you like the traits of other animals expressed by little cuties. Open your eyes to a world of animal-ear girls outside of nekomimi!
5. Yukikaze from Dog Days: Fox Ears
- Episodes: 13
- Air Date: Apr 2011 – Jun 2011
Yukikaze is a strong, hard-working warrior who loves her friends and is determined to protect them. As if that weren’t enough, she also has fox ears! She’s nimble in battle and while she may not love fighting, she will never shirk from defending her country. Because there’s such a strong image of foxes and spirits in Japanese mythology, it’s hard to find fox girls that are just girls instead of magical beings. Yukikaze, however, gives us the cuteness of fox-ears without the mythical aura usually attached.
4. Special Week from Uma Musume: Pretty Derby: Horse Ears
- Episodes: 12+
- Air Date: Apr 2018 - ongoing
Sometimes animal ears are thrown on a girl seemingly only for decoration, but in Uma Musume, they do not let you forget these are horse girls for a reason. Reborn from racehorses, these girls maintain their horse ears and tails as well as their racing stats from when they were horses. Special Week is a beautiful horsey example with just how much her little ears twitch according to her mood. She loves to run and is incredibly fast, and you can see the spirit of a racehorse within her as she chases her dreams!
3. Ginko from Yurikuma Arashi: Bear Ears
- Episodes: 12
- Air Date: Jan 2015 – Mar 2015
Ginko is an example of an animal ear girl that definitely has animal instincts. Her tiny bear form is small and cuddly like a teddy bear (despite her somewhat bloodthirsty nature) and her human form is also very cute! Between transformations, she has bear ears and bear paws which makes for an interesting combination of adorable and deadly. She desires true love but she also won’t hesitate to kill someone threatening her. While she’s fiercely protective, she’s a kemonomimi girl you’d want to snuggle up with.
2. Inu-tan from Etotama: Dog Ears
- Episodes: 12
- Air Date: Apr 2015 –Jun 2015
There are a lot of great kemonomimi girls in Etotama, but it’s Inu-tan that really acts like her animal. She may be an Eto-shin or Zodiac god, but she definitely acts more like a family pet. She’s small in stature and has short, droopy ears and a tail. Inu-tan loves play-fighting, being around others, and bones. She’s energetic and good-natured with a perfect little head to pat. She has all the key features of a good dog both in personality and aesthetic, complete with a dog collar. We’d want to go on a long walk with Inu-tan!
1. Inaba Ui from Killing Bites
- Episodes: 12
- Air Date: Jan 2018 – Mar 2018
Ui may not always be sporting her bunny ears but her penchant for running away quickly remind you of her rabbit-ness even without the visual cues. When she transforms for battle, her ears and rabbit paws come out and her teeth become more rabbit-like. She mostly uses her rabbit form to quickly run from her enemies or dig a hole away from danger, but she learns her incredible hearing can help her strategize in a fight. She loves carrot juice because, need we remind you she’s a bunny girl? Ui is super cute and her animal appendages serve to heighten her appeal to a whole new level!
There is a whole world of animal ear girls just waiting to be discovered, and we hope this list hit some of your favorite types. Perhaps we piqued your interest in the variety of ears available. If you have other examples of kemonomimi girls you want to be recognized, let us know in the comments below!