+Anima Volume 1 Paperback – May 9 2006
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From Publishers Weekly
Cooro fell from the sky when he was a baby, like a dark angel. He is a "+anima", or a human with some of the powers of an animal; in Cooro's case, he can grow the wings of a crow. Husky is also a +anima, with the abilities of a fish, and is being used as a circus freak in a traveling sideshow. The 11-year-old Cooro frees Husky, and the two flee together, trying to find a new home. In this world, normal humans hate and fear the +anima, even their children. Cooro and Husky soon meet others like themselves: the taciturn Senri, who grows claws like a bear, and the cute but hapless Nana, who has been using her bat abilities to pickpocket. The ragtag bunch agree to travel together and find a new family with each other. +Anima is unabashed shonen manga, with adorable, magical children with golden hearts and mysterious secrets yet to be revealed. The characters are likable, and the drawing clear and stylized. It's an enjoyable romp for comic readers with a sweet tooth. (June)
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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.Read more ›
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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!
Reviewed by Tim Janson
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.
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.
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.