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I'm curious if anyone could recommend to me some animes with full on anthropomorphic characters (not nekos/kemonomimi), preferably as main characters? It seems to be pretty uncommon for some reason, or maybe I'm just bad at finding them. So far I know of the following that have them as main characters:

Hyper Police (has kemonomimi but also some full on anthro characters, specifically Tommy and rarely Batanen)
Goblin Slayer (the "Lizard Priest" character is an anthropomorphic lizard)
Aggretsuko (if that counts; whole world is anthro)

With a few others featuring them in the world in some way shape or form, such as:

Claymore (specifically Rigardo the Silver Eyed Lion King who's in it for like half an episode)
Pokemon (sort of?)
Hunter X Hunter (the Chimera Ants arc had some anthro characters, though sadly it was where the series started to really drop in quality)
Naruto (pretty sure there was a filler episode somewhere with an anthropomorphic tiger or something? Even if I'm misremembering the Tailed Beasts could conceivably count, as could some of the summons)

I've probably seen more than that but those are the only ones that come to mind. I started trying to watch Sirius the Jaeger recently because it had the "werewolf" tag in Netflix, but apparently for that show "werewolf" means "sometimes his eyes glow blue, woo" -_-. Maybe more happens with it later (I watched about 7 episodes), but it sure didn't seem like it would.

Anyway, any recommendations/suggestions? I'm more into fantasy/scifi action-ey stuff, so those genres would be ideal, but if there's something in another genre that features human-animal hybrid characters feel free to recommend it (a slice-of-life one would probably be pretty cool; I definitely liked Agretsuko which is basically that). Note that I'm far less interested in "animals that happen to talk" anthros (such as those in Ginga Densetsu Weed) but feel free to recommend those too if you like so long as they're pretty common/prominently featured rather than a one-off comic relief character (like Luna from Sailor Moon for instance).
 

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The closest match I can think of is Grimoire of Zero (not to be confused with Familiar of Zero)

A Centaur's Life to variable extents

Nanachi from Made in the Abyss might qualify but she's more of a chimera (a mixture of different animals & a human)

Merle from Vision of Escaflowne

Beastmen were pretty prominent in Slayers Try

Inukai from Flying Witch, though the extent depends on the time of day

The lizard men from Overlord season 2 (the first 4 eps or so focused almost entirely on their culture)& Reincarnated as a Slime

Many yokai on Gegege no Kitaro have animal characteristics  (Ratman & Catchick to a lesser extent but also characters like tengu & tanuki)

Many more than I have time to list

As much as there is often some animosity between "furries" and other "otaku", it's actually a fairly common trope in anime

 

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The Boy and the Beast immediately comes to mind, as does Wolf ChildrenWolf Children is more Slice of Life/Coming of Age for sure.

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9 hours ago, Ohiotaku said:

The closest match I can think of is Grimoire of Zero (not to be confused with Familiar of Zero)

That one looks perfect! I've actually been looking for a good "wizard/magician" anime as well, for whatever reason all the ones I've found have really rubbed me the wrong way. 
 

9 hours ago, Ohiotaku said:

Beastmen were pretty prominent in Slayers Try

Were they mostly enemies, or were there some good and some bad? I'd probably still check it out if the former, but it gets bonus points if the latter is true.

 

9 hours ago, Ohiotaku said:

Inukai from Flying Witch, though the extent depends on the time of day

How prominent is that character in the series, if I may ask?

 

9 hours ago, Ohiotaku said:

Many more than I have time to list

Well if you ever get the urge to list more of them here I'm all ears ;)
Thanks for the recommendations you've already gave regardless.

 

9 hours ago, Ohiotaku said:

As much as there is often some animosity between "furries" and other "otaku", it's actually a fairly common trope in anime

This seems to be the case with many internet-based communities, never really understood why. Particularly for "otaku," considering how similar the communities really are...I mean, both enjoy creative mediums of a specific type, both have conventions, both like cosplaying as their favorite characters, both are mischaracterized by those outside the fandom as porn-crazed or sexually deviant due to behaviors of a small subsection of their community, etc. etc. There even seems to be quite a bit of overlap between the two fandoms (e.g. many who like both furry characters and anime/manga), so that animosity seems pretty strange, but waddayagonnado? ¯\_()_/¯
 

9 hours ago, Beocat said:

The Boy and the Beast immediately comes to mind, as does Wolf ChildrenWolf Children is more Slice of Life/Coming of Age for sure.

and The Boy and the Beast definitely looks pretty good. I'm curious about Wolf Children too. Thanks for the recommendations 😃

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Spice and Wolf.  Best to date IMHO, though Holo admittedly spends most of the show in human/kemonomimi form.

Wolf's Rain.  (Maybe?  Not really anthropomorphic though.. more shape changers.)

Shirokuma Cafe was fun.

The movie Neko no Onegaeshi (The Cat Returns) was also fun.

What about Kemono Friends?

Shinsekai Yori?   (For the mole-people, especially Kiroumaru.)

Even stuff like Totoro, or the bear cook in Knights of Sedonia.  (If you want to count that sort of thing.  Just kinda throwing out random stuff at this point.)

Hope that gets you started.  Lots of stuff out there.  You could also take a look at this MAL forum thread.  (We should probably have one around here too.)

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2 hours ago, efaardvark said:

Spice and Wolf.  Best to date IMHO, though Holo admittedly spends most of the show in human/kemonomimi form.

Wolf's Rain.  (Maybe?  Not really anthropomorphic though.. more shape changers.)

Shirokuma Cafe was fun.

The movie Neko no Onegaeshi (The Cat Returns) was also fun.

What about Kemono Friends?

Shinsekai Yori?   (For the mole-people, especially Kiroumaru.)

Even stuff like Totoro, or the bear cook in Knights of Sedonia.  (If you want to count that sort of thing.  Just kinda throwing out random stuff at this point.)

Hope that gets you started.  Lots of stuff out there.  You could also take a look at this MAL forum thread.  (We should probably have one around here too.)

Actually I wouldn't call the wolves in Wolf's Rain shape changers (makes me think of the wolves in Twilight, ew). In the book of Red Moon (which the detective and old man talk quite a bit about) the wolves never changed forms at all. I can't quite find the words to explain it accurately but it was pretty much a disguise created by magic to prevent humans from actually seeing them. Kind of like a costume in a way. If you looked hard enough or believed wolves actually existed you could see what their true appearance was or if they somehow physically touched you you could see them that way as well. 

**SPOILERS**

 For example, in one of the first episodes Tsume tries to help a young boy in his gang from plummeting to his death by grabbing him. At first it shows Tsume grabbing the boy with his arm but then the boy starts screaming in pain and terror, then Tsume is shown as a wolf grabbing the boy's shoulder with his mouth which was tearing into the boy's muscle. Shocked, Tsume lets go of the boy and he's shown back as a human. So once the boy was actually physically touched by Tsume he discovered what Tsume truly was. 

**END OF SPOILERS**

I apologize if I seemed like a know-it-all; Wolf's Rain just happens to be my number one favorite anime series and I've probably watched it 30 or 40 times. When I was a kid I thought they were shifters too until I actually looked into it more back when I was 18 or 19 then figured it out because it didn't make sense for them to be shifters, lol.

 

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2 hours ago, efaardvark said:

Spice and Wolf.  Best to date IMHO, though Holo admittedly spends most of the show in human/kemonomimi form.

I've mostly avoided this one because I'm not a big fan of kemonomimis, but I've seen it recommended so much that I might have to give it a watch lol.

2 hours ago, efaardvark said:

Wolf's Rain.  (Maybe?  Not really anthropomorphic though.. more shape changers.)

I've had this one recommended to me before too, it sorta fell through the cracks. Might give it a try.

2 hours ago, efaardvark said:

Shirokuma Cafe was fun.

This one fits most of my criteria, but I tried it and for some reason I really didn't like it...I only saw a couple episodes but I found it really boring =(. I sort of feel bad for that since I understand a lot of people love it, but I dunno, it just didn't grab me at all.

2 hours ago, efaardvark said:

The movie Neko no Onegaeshi (The Cat Returns) was also fun.

I've seen that one, it was pretty good, nice and whimsical 

2 hours ago, efaardvark said:

What about Kemono Friends?

Hm, I looked at a (probably fan made?) trailer for this one, it looks like they're all kemonomimis. Are there any fully anthropomorphic characters in it?

2 hours ago, efaardvark said:

Shinsekai Yori?   (For the mole-people, especially Kiroumaru.)

Checked out a trailer for this, and while I'm not really a big fan of the mole people (except Kiroumaru, assuming he's one of them; he's definitely aesthetically pleasing) the story and artwork looked really good, might have to give this one a try

2 hours ago, efaardvark said:

Even stuff like Totoro, or the bear cook in Knights of Sedonia.  (If you want to count that sort of thing.  Just kinda throwing out random stuff at this point.)

I saw Totoro a loooong time ago when I was a little kid, don't remember much of it so might have to give it another watch sometime (I do love Miyazaki)

I've seen Knights of Sedonia on my Netflix feed and have almost watched it a couple of times I didn't know that there was a bear cook in the show, that might nudge me into watching it lol.

2 hours ago, efaardvark said:

Hope that gets you started.  Lots of stuff out there.  You could also take a look at this MAL forum thread.  (We should probably have one around here too.)

Thanks for the recommendations and the link! I guess this thread is the one for these boards lol. Unless there was another one before this one...I searched before I started this, but I'm also brand new here, so it's certainly not impossible.

Also, I just remembered a couple of other animes I've seen with anthropomorphic characters:

Bleach (Sajin Komamura, a relatively common side character, is randomly an anthropomorphic wolf...was that ever explained? Near as I can tell he's literally the only anthropomorphic character in that entire universe...0.o)
Porco Rosso (titular character is an anthropomorphic pig)

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21 minutes ago, EnviousEnvy said:

I apologize if I seemed like a know-it-all;

You're fine.  I'm not sure what the OP was after so I was just going for a description of the visuals while you were describing the story/plot-device(s) behind them,  No worries.

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@Mongrel

Slayers Try - afraid it's been a long time since I've watched it. If memory serves they are treated mainly as villains initially, but as the story progresses some of them become heroes. Jillas is the main one who comes to mind

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Inukai from Flying Witch - I think she was only the focus in a single episode, but made appearances in 3 or 4. Her appearance varies from fully canine to fully human and a transitional form depending on the time of day

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One more series I'll mention as a possibility is Ushio & Tora. Besides the secondary title character, there are a number of yokai with animal characteristics. Though it may be debatable whether his appearance is anthromorphic or demonic

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