OMG, this has got into the mainstream already, so there’s no need to explain…However, I thought this genre of moe is supposed to be for men. But actually even among female otaku including fujoshis, this is getting very popular. To get to the point, ケモミミ[kemomimi] is an abbreviation of 獣の耳kemono no mimi], which means animal’ ears. If he/she has an animal’s[bat, pig, fox, rabbit or whatever] ears, whatever it is, it shall be called ケモミミ. And if this turns on you, you sure have ケモミミ萌え[kemomimi-moe].
First, it used to be just a cat’s ears thing, 猫耳[nekomimi]. Those cute girls who have cat’s ears on their heads can count. Whichever the ears real or fake doesn’t matter. Speaking of a 猫耳 girl, I can immediately think of Shugo Chara!, Di Gi Charat(I know it’s a bit old), OMG, Arare-chan in Dr. Slamp also cosplayed a nekomimi girl…, however, even some maids poccess a cat’s ears lately…At any rate, humanized cats used to play an important role not only in anime, but any other genre of arts. Personally, I wonder why it had to be a cat. Cats are moody but adorable, I daresay they are kinda tsundere whereas dogs are obedient. In fact, I had a cat years ago, and she used to cling on me when she got hungry, but left again after I fed her. >< When she felt lonely, she showed her dere-side. I suppose this tsundere attitude quite embodies girls’ temper, so that’s why nekomimi has become a kind of moe…no?^^ Just kidding.
But this nekomimi thing is not for male otakus anymore. Female otakus and fujoshis are intrigued to it for sure now. Come to think of it, we have seen girls always make guys dress as a cat in anime, haven’t we? In Code Geass, Miraye made Lelouch and Suzaku cosplay a cat, and the same went to Maebara Keiichi in Higurahi no naku koro ni. Why do girls make guys dress as a cat?? Yes! Actually this happened to me! Anyway, there are even some anime where bishounens with nekomimi show such as LOVELESS or Lamento.
As I have said, nowadays other animals’ ears are also getting popular like a fox, a racoon dog, a frog, a sheep, a pig, or anything. There are all classified as a ケモミミ[kemomimi]. Speaking of a ケモミミ anime, I can think of A Wolf and Spice, Shugo Chara!, Inuyashiya, Utawarerumono, or Gintama.
On a side note; there’re a lot of Comic Markets in Japan, but if you really love nekomimi or kemomimi, you can even find a comic market selling ears-related comics only. We shall call this minor event みみけっと[mimiketto]. Oh, it should be written in hiragana.
Alright then, I shall upload a photo of me with kemomimi. If you don’t mind, I hope you could see. But I don’t take responsibility if you get sick.