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Friend Data
Voiced by: Saki Ono
First Appearance: Episode 1
Home Area: Savanna
Associated Characters: Fennec Fox
Has Promotional Video: No
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Raccoon, more commonly referred to as Arai-san is a major character in the Kemono Friends anime.


Arai-san can be defined as an impulsive, energetic Friend that runs every time towards her objective without stopping to think. Not very wise but strong-willed, staying true to her conviction to retrieve the hat that was stolen from her. She appears to have a strong sense of justice, by wanting to save the park from danger, and an equally passionate admiration for those that commit heroic acts.

Role in the Plot

Episode 1 - Savanna Area

Arai-san appears with Fennec Fox in the Savannah area, tracing the smell of someone, and assuring they must find them quickly or the park may be in danger.

Episode 3 - Mountain

Arai-san encounters Hippopotamus, and asks her if she saw someone with an object with the shape of a hat in their head. After this being confirmed, she hurriedly runs to catch her.

Episode 4 - Desert Area

Arai-san crosses the river through the bridge, learning about someone called Kaban that made it. Without even hearing Jaguar's full indications, she quickly runs towards the mountain in pursuit of the hat thief.

Episode 5 - Lake Shore

Arai-san realizes her mistake in the Japari Café, and resumes her hunt for the hat.

Episode 6 - Plains

In the exit of the Underground Labyrinth, Arai-san hears about the Lucky Beast talking to the hat thief, only to reveal that she can also make him talk, holding one red feather of the Park Guide's hat in her hand.

Episode 7 - Japari Library

Arai-san stays the night in the house by the Lake Shore, while telling the story on how she found the hat back in the Savannah and made Boss talk.

Episode 8 - PPP Live

Reaching the Plains and talking with the Friends there, Arai-san learns more about Kaban's actions, while remaining with the idea that the evil hat thief must be stopped.

Episode 9 - Snowy Mountains Area

Arai-san gets the permission from the Owls to enter the Restricted Area. Later, she meets the members of the Penguins Performance Project, and she talks about the hat being stolen around the time of the last eruption, while also learning that Kaban also met the idols.

Episode 10 - Lodge

Arai-san learns about Kaban restoring the Onsen. In The Lodge, she tells the story of how she fell off the cliff during the sandstar eruption, seeing a black shadow taking her hat.

Episode 11 - Cerulean

Arai-san charges against Kaban, and recovers the hat after a bit of a struggle. As she finishes putting the red feather back in the hat, she listens to what Serval has to say and starts doubting that the hat thief and the Kaban that she heard of are the same. After listening to Fennec's explanation, she apologizes and returns the hat to Kaban. She helps Kaban in searching for the Four Gods Tablets, and aligning them to make the filter work again. Later, she reunites with the rest of the group and listens to the plan to defeat the Giant Cerulean.

Episode 12 - Amusement Park

Arai-san participates in the fight against the Giant Cerulean, immobilizing the front leg where Kaban is trapped, with the help of a big group of Friends. She is later seen in Kaban's party, telling the full story on how she was following the hat and, surprised by the sudden sandstar eruption, the way she fell on the ledge seeing the black shadow of Kaban wearing the hat. She and other Friends show Kaban the fixed bus, as a present for her.


Fennec Fox

Fennec is a great friend of Arai-san, keeping her close at all times. She relies on Fennec a lot, asking her about information she usually forgets, and admires her abilities.

Kemono Friends (2017 Anime)
Major Characters KabanServalLuckyMiraiRaccoonFennec FoxEmperor PenguinGentoo PenguinHumboldt PenguinRoyal PenguinSouthern Rockhopper Penguin
Minor Characters African Wild DogArabian OryxAsian Small-Clawed OtterAurochsAxis DeerBlack-Tailed Prairie DogBrown BearCampo FlickerCrested IbisCrested PorcupineEurasian Eagle-OwlEzo Red FoxFossaGiant ArmadilloGolden Snub-Nosed MonkeyGray WolfHippopotamusJaguarJapanese Black BearLionMargayMooseNew Zealand Giant PenguinNorth American BeaverNorthern White-Faced OwlPanther ChameleonReticulated GiraffeSand CatShoebillSilver FoxSuri AlpacaTsuchinokoWhite Rhinoceros
Cameos AardwolfAtlantic PuffinAustralian DevilAxolotlBearded SealBergman's BearBlack JaguarBlack LeopardCapybaraCougarCrunchyroll-HimeEzo Brown BearFrilled LizardGiant PandaGolden TigerIndian ElephantIndian PeafowlJinmengyoKing CobraKodiak BearLeopardMalayan TapirMaltese TigerOcelotOkapiPlains ZebraPolar BearRed KangarooRed PandaRock HyraxScarlet IbisSika DeerSouthern TamanduaTasmanian DevilThomson's Gazelle
Savanna AreaJungle AreaMountainDesert AreaLake ShorePlainsJapari LibraryPPP LiveSnowy Mountains AreaLodgeCellienAmusement ParkBus-LikeJapari Bun Hunt
CellienFriendJapari BunJapari BusLucky BeastPenguins Performance ProjectSandstar