The forgotten days of old, the ominous forshadowing within the background but forgotten by the lighthearted atmosphere and nature of her friends around her.
She was a very special friend but she wasn't treated any different by others and her talents shined along with her trusty bag to help solve each issue.
Kaban died as she lived,
Anons I hope you're going to carry that weight all the way to next week because the silhouettes of all the friends are missing from the ED in this latest episode.
>when kaban lights the torch and stands tall in front of impossible odds
I am literally crying.
JAPAN YOU MOTHERFUCKING CUNTS
THIS IS REVENGE FOR THE NUKES ISN'T IT
I'M SORRY OH GOD WE'RE SORRY
Have no fear, Arai-san will lead us to the promised land.
I CAN'T BELIEVE YOU FUCKERS MEMED THIS INTO REALITY. I TOLD YOU MEME MAGIC IS NOT A POWER TO BE TRIFLED WITH.
So, let me get this clear.
Since Serval was absorbed by the Cerulean, she lost all her memories. Even if, for whatever reason Kaban is alive they won't remember shit, right?
>"please enjoy kemono friends, a fluffy anime lovering your IQ" - KF producer
Ever had a family member with Alzheimers?
If she was absorbed long enough her memories would fade and she would turn back into a normal serval cat. She has not reverted to animal for so she probably still has her memories.
>Kaban gets saved by an asspull from Boss
>Plan works perfectly and Cerulean is defeated
>Serval finally wakes up in the after credits scene
W-where am I?
Kaban decides to teach her about the park by guiding her around in S2
Screencap this post
This is Kaban. She fights for freedom.
Everything will be daijoubu.
well, in a panicked moment we don't always make the best choices
also Serval needed to charge up before leaping with the boss, and there's no way of knowing if she could've avoided the swing in time
What the tragic ending.
Kaban is dead and Serval go to the park with friends.
>Since Serval was absorbed by the Cerulean
She wasn't you dumb happy meal. Kaban also went inside the Cerulean, did she lose her memories before thanking the cat? She only was unconscious because she got hit by a strong attack.
Kaban reverts to Mirai, who'll do whatever to fix things but then reveal she only has a limited time since she died generations ago and is only alive now with Sandstar bullshit. Serval remembers her again and cries as she fades away, then either friendship magic restores Kaban or years-later Utawarerumono "Serval playing in the Savannah notices something off-camera and gasps" end.
I started tearing up during this scene and by the end of the episode I was a sobbing mess.
I don't remember this art at all, got a pic for reference?
I am very amused.
>also Serval needed to charge up before leaping with the boss
Probably because it weighed 10 times as much. It takes a bit of a swing to launch them that far too. An animal's instincts would just be to jump out of the way.
I want to hug the fuck out of this bag so goddamn much.
That really shit's on kaban. Both making her a stand in for someone else which is why Serval liked her and the only reason she'll ever like her is because she's mirai now, and bailing her out with "superior original better game protag dues ex saving inferior anime protag then fading away as Serval really loved Mirai and Kaban is stand in"
Leave them as separate characters
>hype battle song start
I cried when this came up.
I expected Kemono firends to make me cry during the last two eps, but I never thought it would be like this.
I think Serval would be absolutely wrecked if her memory's intact. How could she retain her smile and optimism if she's told of what Kaban had to do to save her?
I dedicate this song to kaban, post your songs.
I recall the director making a statement in that long-ass interview that the ending wasn't exactly going to be all nice and happy. The whole "well they're not dead but something changed so it's still pretty tragic" ending is common for Japanese work.
More importantly, can we talk about this bear?
You now remember people mentioning exactly what the monkey mentioned.
I wasn't prepared to cry until the final episode. Fuck this.
Everything will be okay.
So what exactly was the point of all this? The cerulean shuts down in the dark. It wasn't even looking at them and hadn't reacted in any way to Kaban-chan jumping in. It likely stopped because the bear got too far away with the torch. If it had turned to chase them I could understand, but it's just sitting there exactly like it was when they first rolled up in the bus. This is completely needless drama.
An hour ago, I was a reasonable person. Now, I am a mere pile of tears.
Holy shit, I did not expect this episode to go this way.
The show has been an adventure since the first episode. To not expect an encounter with a large, dangerous enemy at some point would be very dumb, especially given the setting.
Is that where the humans went?
Seriously, it's so strong because of Kaban's journey as a character. She starts as someone who's weak and pathetic and scared for her life, and by this point she's come to consider this place her home, and its inhabitants something worth protecting. That is awesome character development.
Kaban was a real human bean
>The cerulean shuts down in the dark.
Are we making up facts now? There's no reason to believe that. You're right, it stopped because the light got too far away. But it still wants to eat Sandstar and Friends.
Since you're likely a kind of person with poor taste in anime who lies to himself about it while generally being a nuisance shitposter on /a/ (your type is easy to detect), you don't really have to stay here and watch this, you can just leave instead.
Kaban is the hero of all heroes, and will be remembered for all of time.
However, Boss was fucking incredible too. I love this little guy. Show him love.
>probably afraid as fuck
>Still fights for her friends
Kaban was Prometheus.
She was punished by the Gods for bringing fire to the land of the Friends..
I thought it would be a light hearted adventure where the conflict and drama arises out of the mystery rather then a giant death monster. But it was well executed nonetheless.
Bossu was a badass this episode.
>weak and pathetic and scared for her life
she's really just following Maslow's hierarchy of needs. Kaban started out totally desperate to the point that only safety and physiological survival mattered.
She came to self-actualization this episode.
>it wasn't just artifacts
Post the continuation and I'll find where you live
I'm losing everyone I love this week
e-everything will be fine, r-right?
t-they'll get out of this alive with their memories intact, r-right?
Bear had no way of knowing that the cerulean had stopped.
It was most likely going to be daybreak soon judging by how Kaban was urging everyone to hurry up,
Kaban probably oriented the Cerulean so it would be looking at the sunrise and walk towards the sun as soon as it sees it.
When I got to this bit, my stomach just churned.
Hey, at least the world didn't fucking end.
That light-hearted adventure introduced the main enemy in the first episode, and stated how dangerous it can be. Don't tell me you're one of those people who skipped that episode because you heard it was bad.
>Kaban starts setting off death flags
>/a/ bursting into treats
>kemofure explosion that makes the post-ep4 boom pale in comparison
Here's a recap episode for you, one of the first kemofure threads on /a/. It's been one hell of a u-turn.
don't do this to me.
DON'T FUCKING DO THIS TO ME.
>When Kaban meows up the tree
I knew what was going to happen once that started.
What it started as was a kind of awkward cute thing, but it was always an adventure with an undercurrent of depressing atmosphere and danger.
The only reason people overlooked it at first is basically because of the first few minutes of episode 1, which are a bit of a hurdle.
>her MYA MYA MYA MYA imitation when climbing the tree
I wonder if there's an explanation for why Boss has the same seiyuu as Mirai. Then again, they did have the same seiyuu for two completely unrelated characters in the same episode, so maybe it's a coincidence.
No i watched all of the episodes but I thought it was going to be Kaban figures out the origin of the Ceruleans and uses some tech solution to protect the friends. But episode 10 clearly foreshadowed fighting a giant mosnter, I'm talking about earlier in the series when the library was the main plot point.
Can we take a moment from the crushing misery to remember some of the highs from this episode
>Arai-san's hguu~~ ;_;
>Boss's sikk drifting skills
>"Boku wa okyakusan ja nai"
I wanted fun and happy times,
not a fucking whole in my chest
I never asked for this feel.
Sorry for being a party popper, but there's no reason for Serval to forget everything. If just going inside a Cerulean was enough for that, Kaban would have gotten amnesia again as well.
The cerulean is also supposed to follow the sun and yet it stops to fight the hunters. It's fair to say that the cerulean's priority is to fight/eat nearby prey. Following light or possibly shutting down is second priority.
It'll be fine, it leads to Serval raiding the Cerulean lair to get Kaban back somehow when she remembers it all. Gathering all thr friends to do it. Something will be revealed that Cerulean can't digest humans naturally so it just captured her.
she'll fucking forget everything and become a vegetable.
she might as well be fucking dead
Someone needs to redo this with episode 10 and 11 (or all of the episodes)
Its gonna have a happy ending, deepest lore OP has all the friends holding a rope to pull back Kaban from the depths.
>the cerulean from the first episode was wary of the paper airplane because of its resemblance to the bombers
Here's where we left off in ep10.
In all seriousness, name literally ONE (1) instance where a show has a character seemingly "die" in the very last second of an episode AND they don't somehow survive in the next one. If she actually died then making it a cliffhanger would fuck up the pacing pretty hard.
And anyway, if anyone's losing their memories it's Serval.
Makes me wonder about the tone the inevitable S2 will take. It'll be hard to go back to pure fun and happiness now the kernel of darkness at the center been explicitly revealed rather than just hinted at.
I hope there'll be some cool abandoned ruins exploration.
>Afraid and alone
>Invokes her best friend to do what she needs to do
I'm losing it.
I'm not the only one who thought this during this episode, right?
THIS CAN'T BE HOW IT ENDS
YOU MOTHERFUCKERS TEASED THIS FUCKING SHIT IN THE OP FOR 10 WEEKS
DON'T YOU DARE PULL THIS MEMORY LOSS GARBAGE
So what's special about the hat's feathers, aside from reminding the Lucky Beasts of Mirai? They seem like magical plot devices too somehow.
Repost of game lore:
>Kako, the assistant director to zoological research lab of Japari Park tended to Serval who got seriously wounded as an animal
>the hospital that Serval's at got attacked by Cerulean during the initial invasion
>Oinari-sama called the friends into action as she defends the park from Cerulean invasion
>Cerulean queen is trapped by a barrier created through Oinari-sama and park staffs, channeling Animal Harmony.
>Serval awakens from Animal Harmony, turns into friend, leads fellow friends out of danger
>Kako gets absorbed by Cerulean queen who learns of Serval's existence, creates Fake Servel who stole Serval's mojo
>Kako entered into a comatose state
>Serval lost memory of her hospital encounter
>Other friends couldn't distinguish between Serval and Fake Serval, who got named 'Cerval' by Serval
>Fake Serval gained friendship from Serval, becomes unique and eventually opposes the Cerulean queen and fully evolves while Cerulean Queen devolves from pushing her evolution too much
>Caracal, Serval's best friend, got jealous of Cerval enough that she openly fought the party
>Cerulean can take living being's special mojo, be it talents, friendship, memories and whatnot
>Cerulean will emulate the form of animals and friends
>AI can turn into friends instead of becoming Cerulean
>Turning back into animal form occurs when you are out of the Japari Park exclusion zone, which consists of the entire park and surrounding islands and body of water (not sure if for all friends or just select cases)
They lose their memories because they revert to their animal forms, i.e. they lose the 'sandstar' that made them human. Since Kaban is already a human, maybe she'll be fine? Or maybe she'll turn back into
Kaban completed her character arc this ep, so the final episode is the friends proving their love for mc by saving her somehow peobably.
You have those "side characters save mc" moments in stories to prove how far theyve come and the bonds and stuff.
>Mirai came to love animal because of Kako
>Cerulean queen attack occurred on the day that she first reported to Japari Park as the park guide.
>Mirai leads the control team as well as being the park guide. She doesn't like the command center much, citing that the tech's too complicated for her
>Cerulean Queen wanted to cause a Cerulean Harmony and use that to break free of Oinari-sama's barrier
>The player in game was given a charm that boosts offensive power of the friends, allowing them to fight the Cerulean evenly.
>Mirai concludes later through Tachikomas that the Sandstar builds their forms based on the AI and stored data, not their bodies
>All friends will lose all traces of personality changes from Sandstar if they return to their original forms after leaving Japari Park. Friends from pure stored data and memories will disappear
>Japari park had a division for research and recovery of extinct species even before the Sandstar stuff (led by Kako).
It was an incredibly subtle framing device to tip us off to the fact that she's actually a Cerulean, with the single visible eye.
>Kaban gets eaten by the Cerulean
>it's been stated that you'll forget everything and won't be able to talk
>the silhouettes of the friends in the ED this episode are not present.
The ED silhouettes that are missing in this episode that are usually present are actually kabans memories of her friends
but they're all gone now
Nice episode, was the bear running too fast for the cerulean to catch? Also pic related.
The four gods exist in the game as physical friends. You had to defeat them before they join.
>Boss using his face to reverse Japari Bus up
WHAT A BOSS.
IF BEING EATEN BY A CERULEAN TURNS A FRIEND BACK INTO A REGULAR ANIMAL
THEN KABAN A HUMAN FRIEND IS GOING TO TURN INTO A REGULAR HUMAN?
I don't know why people are acting so surprised over everything that's happening. This is how japan always ends fucking anime regardless of the genre. Always has to be a dramatic finish because that's the only way they know how to end things apparently.
They look something like this when you fight'em.
This isn't like YuYuYu where everyone was preparing themselves for something bad to happen since the start and then suddenly happy end. Not saying the suffering in Kemono Friends came out of nowhere, but a happy ending would be a lot more natural than it was in YuYuYu.
the start of the next episode will be Brown bear rescues Kaban before cerulean's arm strikes.I believe everything will be fine.
Still this episode made me tearful, twice in one watch.
>Kaban told Bossu how she valued the park and would stay to help
>Mirai's shadow reflected in its eyes and Bossu started to act more than a robot
>"KABOOM" not "awawawawawa"
>Kaban confessing how she appreciated Serval and ready to sacrifice herself
This show is like a miracle to my life. Now I just worry about the emptiness I'll feel after S1 over.
Is that why the OP is missing as well?
just like her memories
I want something like this.
MAYBE HUMANS ARE SMART ENOUGH TO RETAIN THEIR MEMORIES BUT ANIMALS AREN'T.
>Nice, now Serval is going to wake up and save her
>That doesn't happen
I guess we should probably resurrect this one
So guys. What can possibly happen in the last episode that propels this show one step further?
My vote goes to the "all previous Friends comes in to help" sort of shtick, I'm a sucker for these.
Seriously, end yourself. This isn't YuYuYu kind of a show where you are heroic and getting yourself shit over for that delusion of heroism. The protagonist is just a human being who's got no such delusion of herself at all from the get-go.
Have we ever seen a cerulean be attracted to Kaban alone? Has she always been either in the company of friends or wielding fire when receiving attention from ceruleans? Is it possible that, being a human and not made out of sandstar, a cerulean would actually walk right past Kaban and ignore her? The final scene where Kaban is apparently flattened, could the cerulean be simply walking toward a source of light and putting one feet dramatically close to her while ignoring her as a target?
Are we at the fucking bargaining stage already?
You fucks better memorize the fuck out of that OP and sing it. Kaban fucking earned that.
>Ceruleans sound like a ghost screaming
Hey, at least they waited until the penultimate episode for the huge cliffhanger. Isn't it usually episode 3?
Cerulean appear near human. We don't know the extent of Sandstar infestation across the planet. All we know is that the island's situation is serious enough that people were evacuated.
They didn't go extinct. They evacuated. But we don't have any proof of the Ceruleans attacking humans. All we know is that they eat Sandstar (which is why they attack Friends) and that they move towards light (which is why they're attracted to humans). That guy might be onto something.
No direct proof. We know that it's a serious threat to the point that even flashback Serval cautioned Mirai that she needs to go into hiding while the friends would be fine in the face of Cerulean menace.
>cut to black
>agonizingly silent 3 seconds
I just hope Kaban's sacrifice will lend itself to an overall happy end for the Park and its inhabitants.
I'm so torn up over this. I don't feel like getting out of bed tomorrow.
But I guess I'll get over it eventually. It has been a fun ride and this show has certainly earned its place in my heart.
All she said is that Mirai and her friends needed to hide. But they were the first humans to actually show up on the island, so it's unlikely that anyone would know how Ceruleans would respond to them. Serval knew that Ceruleans were dangerous to Friends at least, so she warned them preemptively.
>the reflection is still there
God fucking damnit.