Kemono Jihen, like most Winter 2021 anime, is coming to an end soon. The 12-episode supernatural shōnen anime has already seen its main characters show resilience and significant growth and – if the ongoing manga is any indication – there's plenty of material for a possible second season. But will Kemono Jihen be dubbed in English and, if so, when?
Kemono Jihen follows Kabane, a 14-year-old half-ghoul taken in by Inugami, a detective specializing in the occult. Along with Inugami's other wards, who are all partly kemono – human-beast hybrids with unique abilities – Kabane grows and solves mysteries, maintaining harmony between humans and supernatural beings.
The anime, which airs weekly on Funimation, has been generally well-received due to the heart-warming relationships between the main characters, the action, and the opening theme by Daisuke Ono, among other elements.
At the moment, Kemono Jihen is only available in Japanese with English subtitles. Funimation has announced dubs for other Winter 2021 anime such as Mushoku Tensei and That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime but there is currently no such announcement for Kemono Jihen.
Funimation boasts several SimulDubs – simultaneous broadcasting of dubbed anime just as they are released in Japanese or very shortly after – and even shows that don't get that treatment are likely to receive a dub sooner rather than later. This should be a very good sign for those who want Kemono Jihen to be dubbed soon.
Of course, the Winter 2021 anime season, like all cultural activities, has been significantly disrupted by the ongoing pandemic. Many anime that air now was supposed to have been broadcast much earlier and many dubs have been delayed, including the dubs of popular shows. This means it is harder than ever to make an educated guess.
With a score of a little over 7.5/10, Kemono Jihen is generally well-received but rather underrated compared to other titles of the season. This means that if the team isn't already working on a dub, they might prioritize more popular shows first. After all, dubbing is both an art and an investment that requires time – more time now than it used to.
This, of course, doesn't necessarily mean that Kemono Jihen will never be dubbed. Funimation focuses on quality rather than quantity in its anime library, and since it has fewer titles than other streaming services, most of them will eventually get an English dub. Fans might just have to be more patient than usual due to the unprecedented situation the world is going through.