Hataage! Kemono Michi Episode 5 Review

Kemono Episode 5

Do Your Job

This week there seems to be a lot of ‘might makes right’ ideas getting thrown around. Animal Mask, AKA Genzo, is still avoiding any work not to do with animals, the dragon girl is still eating literally anything she thinks taste good, the wolf guy from last week is seeking to kidnap the puppy because he’s a little pathetic, and the wrestler that was fighting Animal Mask when he was summoned is literally just doing nothing because all he wants to do is finish the fight. I wonder what he would have done if he had just run out of money?

Good insult.

On the bright side, we do get to see some of the response to Genzo vanishing mid-fight. As far as summoning’s to another world go, his was pretty visible and public, and yet while the newspapers seem to be speculating, no one else, including Genzo’s manager, seems to be looking all that hard for him. The person we see most obsessed is Mao, his opponent, and he’s just upset that he never managed to beat Genzo.


Meanwhile, we have our ‘team rocket’ candidates who are sniffing around and wanting to steal Genzo’s dog as some form of ‘petty’ revenge. Which brings us to our ‘ant’ appearance of the episode when the giant ant beats them up (largely off screen) to save the puppy. Once again, I was actually unable to get a screen cap of the ant but he continues to be the best part of each episode.

I ended up with two important take-aways from this episode. The first is that I really want whatever this demon-beast-puppy-thing is. It’s utterly adorable and I want to take it out of that cage ASAP.


The second thing I realised is that summoning a hero (which failed anyway) is a stupid idea particularly when the other side will then just summon a demon king (also a failure). And when you’ve both summoned pro-wrestlers with one-track minds your ‘epic’ battle of good and evil is going to be reduced to silliness pretty quickly. Still, I guess we’ll see how it plays out now that Mao has arrived in the other world.

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Images from: Hataage! Kemono Michi. Dir. K Miura. ENGI. 2019.

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