The biggest surprise hit of this winter 2017 season in Japan is no doubt YAOYOROZU's full 3DCG series Kemono Friends. Mainly thanks to the huge buzz through the social media, its first episode has attracted over 1.2 million views on Nico Nico Douga, almost twice more that the first episode of the highly anticipated KONOSUBA -God's blessing on this wonderful world! second season has done.
The anime's official twitter also reported on February 9 that the CD single of the OP song "Yokoso JapariPark he" (Welcome to JapariPark) had been sold extremely well that caused sold-out conditions at the stores across Japan. As reported, its 2,268-yen first press limited edition became the top-selling item on Amazon Japan's soundtrack CD sales chart on its release day, February 8. Additional production and shipping of the CD will reportedly follow soon.
Despite the ongoing huge popularity among the Japanese fans, Nexon, the developer of the Kemono
Friends game app that ended its service in December 2016 before the TV anime's premiere, denied the
possibility to relaunch the game at the financial results briefing held in Tokyo on February 10. CFO of
the company Shiro Uemura said, "It might have been possible if we were still operating the service.
But we consider it as an already finished title."
Its manga adaptation illustrated by Fly, titled "Kemono Friends -Welcome to JapariPark!," ended its
serialization on Kadokawa's Monthly Shonen Ace in the magazine's latest March 2017 issue released
on January 26. In addition, its web radio program "Kemono Friends RARDIO!!" on HiBiKi Station was
originally streamed weekly since November 2016, but it is now changed to biweekly from February 13.
The future of the franchise may be decided when the Blu-rays of the series start releasing next month.
Bukatsu-mono animation director), and has been available to Crunchyroll members worldwide except Asia.
OP song "Yokoso JapariPark he" MV
First press limited edition CD jacket
Manga tankobon 1st and 2nd volume covers
CM for Blu-ray and manga
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