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+anima Volume 1 [Paperback] by Natsumi, Mukai [Paperback]

Natsumi;Nibley, Alethea;Alhstrom, Karen S. Mukai
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mermen and black-wings June 5 2009
"+Anima" is all about the cute little kids with animal characteristics.Natsumi Mukai's unabashedly cute little manga starts off on a relatively light'n'fluffy footing in "+Anima Volume 1," which basically serves to introduce the four lead characters. It's basically a manga creampuff, but is sweet enough to justify itself.

Cooro is caught peering in at a circus' "mermaid princess" -- and when he gets caught, he sprouts black wings and tries to fly away. Turns out the "princess" is actually a fellow +Anima -- a grumpy young boy named Husky, whose legs can turn into a fish's tail. And the cruel ringmaster plans to turn Cooro into Husky's new onstage partner... but Cooro has a plan that will let them both escape.

Then the boys arrive in a small village being plagued by gold-seeking bandits -- and the only person who can stand up against them is a gentle, silent older +Anima named Senri, who can turn his arm into a bear's claw. The gang is afraid of Senri, but Cooro and Husky learn that expxlodsive are being brought in.

Then the little trio gets involved with a gang of child thieves living in underground mazes -- and one of them is a girly, timid bat +Anima named Nana, who develops a liking for Husky's pearls. Unfortunately Husky claims to loathe girls and leaves the group. And when Nana goes after him late in the day, memories of her past catch up.

The first volume of "+Anima" is a little sugary creampuff of a manga -- it doesn't have much nutrition, but it's sweet and pleasant in itself. And it spends most of this volume introducing the four +Anima that make up the cast, and introducing the idea of children who inexplicably develop animal body parts -- wings, claws, fins and supersonic screeches.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT NEW FANTASY MANGA June 21 2006
By Tim Janson - Published on Amazon.com
+Anima is a new fantasy Manga from Tokyopop about a strange group of humans...and perhaps their not humans at all...who possess animal-like powers and features. Cooro is one such +Anima and he is on a quest to find more just like him. Coora you see has large, black wings, crow wings, causing some to think he was some kind of Angel when he was born. While visiting a circus, Coora finds the mermaid princess and recognizes her as another +Anima. Cooro rescues the mermaid from the clutches of the Ringmaster then makes a startling discovery...the mermaid is a merman. Obviously circus customers would be more interested in a mermaid so the Ringmaster dressed the boy named Husky up to look like a girl. Cooro is more than a bit surprised!

The pair then travel to the village of Abon where the only thing Cooro has on his mind is the legendary cuisine of the Abon. But they are greeted rudely by a group of thugs called the Garrison Gang. Fleeing from the village they come into contact with the Abon's protector, another +Anima named Senri who has a large, powerful bear's arm for his right arm that ends in very sharp claws. Soon the trio face-off against the gang and their leader. But where will the trio travel to next? And what is the mysterious book that Senri possesses?

+Anima was a fun Manga filled with action, fantasy and comedy and a dash of mystery thrown in for good measure. Natsumi Mukai's art is wonderful and expressive. The story also tosses in some social relevance as the +Anima tend to be feared and discriminated against by most people. A great new series from Tokyopop!

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4.0 out of 5 stars Engaging from the start with great characters May 26 2007
By Whitt Patrick Pond - Published on Amazon.com
I picked this up on a whim because I liked the way the main character was drawn on the cover and I am happy I did. This is a fun manga and shows promise as a series. The premise is that in this world there are creatures called +Anima who look human but who each possess a certain gift: the ability to shift at least partially into the form of a specific animal. This volume introduces four characters: Cooro, the main character, a boy who can sprout the black-feathered wings of a crow at will; Husky, a boy who can breathe underwater and whose lower body can transform into a fish; Senri, a somewhat older youth who can transform his right arm into that of a bear; and Nana, a girl who can sprout the wings of a bat and who has some sonic voice power as well.

The author/artist, Natsumi Mukai, does an excellent job of making his (her?) characters sympathetic and individual. Cooro, whose outfit suggests some Native American influence, is relentlessly cheerful and adventurous. Husky on the other hand is rather androgynous, hates girls but loves to wear pearls, and tends to be sulky and easily annoyed. Senri, who wears a patch over his left eye, is calm, confident but unsettlingly silent, rarely speaking more than one word if he speaks at all, whereas Nana seems like she'll never shut up.

And all of these characters have mysteries about them. Cooro has some connection to this world's version of the Catholic church. Husky wears a pair of pearl earrings that appear to have some meaning for him. Senri's prize possession is a small book within which is a pressed flower of a type he appears to be searching for. And Nana apparently had to run away from an abusive drunkard father after a violent episode triggered her +Anima powers to manifest for the first time.

The stories in this volume deal mainly with their first encounters with each other, setting the stage for the longer series. The characters are likeable and funny, with just enough seriousness about them to give them the depth for you to care about what happens to them. If you like manga in general, you'll like this. Definitely a step up from the generic one tends to find all too often in the manga genre. Definitely recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great series!! Nov. 22 2011
By Athena55 - Published on Amazon.com
I really loved this series: it was sweet, creative, but had its sad moments, too. It follows the antics of four children and how they deal with their unusual abilities. They are +Anima, which allows some of their limbs (or their entire body) to morph into an animal. A person first acquires this ability when they are younger and are having a near-death experience (the Kim-Un-Kur being an exception).

The art is wonderful. The combination of human and animal worked very well. I am definitely picky about the art, but I thought it was great.

The story is a little slower in the beginning (like many series, they are off on random adventures). But the last couple of books really pick up. Each character has their own "arc" that delves into their pasts (which are all fairly sad).

Definitely good series and I recommend it.
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun start. March 15 2014
By para - Published on Amazon.com
Cooro is a boy with crow wings who is searching for other +Anima, rare humans with some animal-like features and abilities that are often treated as second class citizens. But Cooro's light-hearted outlook and determined nature make him confident he'll succeed and find new friends. His first encounter is at a circus featuring a mermaid...

I remember the striking cover image of Cooro for this first volume catching my eye forever ago but never tried the series until now. It's an fun, light read. The main cast are all quirky in different ways and the adventures of this volume introduce them and their key attitudes and characteristics nicely. The art is cute, clean, and easy to follow.

Overall +Anima is off to a good start and I can definitely see myself continuing.
5.0 out of 5 stars My GF loved it so i love it lol Jan. 18 2014
By Jeremy lundberg - Published on Amazon.com
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My gf loved this manga so i love it what makes her happy makes me happy :P love you hun:P
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