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Beings who possess animal-like powers walk among humans in this alternate universe. These mysterious mutants, the +Anima, are shunned by society. Four outcasts in particular--Cooro, a boy with crow-like powers; Husky, a fish-boy; Senri, a bear +Anima; and a girl named Nana, who wields the power of the bat--search for others like themselves while trying to gain acceptance in a world cruel to anyone or anything that is different.
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+Anima's underrated. Personally, I believe that this manga comparatively excels in all areas of a shoujo.
I loved how +Anima provided its readers a varying pool of personalities, from the quiet and daydreaming Senri to the childish and feminine Nana. Each character was developed well, not just as an individual, but also as a member of a community. Character relations realistically develops and blossoms beautifully, and the characters themselves go through experiences to learn invaluable morals.
The art is - to sum up in one word - gorgeous. Never is a panel half-assed; even the intentionally comical moments are well-drawn and loved. Expressions on the characters' faces depict well of their emotions and accentuate the situation. Clothing is detailed, and includes tiny details such as hair accessories and unique designs to fit the world of +Anima.
The plot - although there may not be an explicit one, I believe that the actual ongoing plot is the character development. Through each chapter, a lesson is learned and values are gained. Though the plot may be simple, it is the simplicity that makes the manga touching. By utilizing a child's innocence and purity in the manga, the intended message is stronger. The reader sees through the children's eyes, through a different and untainted perspective, lessons learnt don't seem so frivolous.
That leads up to my last point - the overall reading value of +Anima. I think the most important thing gained from reading this manga would be a child's perspective of the world.
I seem to have written a novel. I know this was supposed to be a comment and not a review, but I just feel that this manga deserves a much better rating than it's given. Though its protagonists are children, +Anima can certainly be targeted for older audiences. Its art, story, and characters are all very cute, loving, and heartwarming.
... Last updated on July 19th, 2008, 9:58pm
It's a cute, somewhat refreshing manga. The characters are children, so it's not surprising that they're so innocent -- course, I like Senri the best lol though he's probably the most childish of them all. The art is pretty and idea of 'Anima' is actually pretty interesting!
o(>.<)o i love it...its pretty good 9.5/10
... Last updated on February 13th, 2007, 2:37pm
adorable manga! It is more of a day-to-day slice of life type of fantasy about a few innocent kids living together. Don't be fooled, it does deal with contemporary issues like alienation, trauma and phobias, and with some older issues like slavery from an optimistic outlook. All the characters are really free spirited and luvable ^_^ Highly recommended
This is a...somewhat relaxing manga. There isn't any suspense or conflict. The drawings are good. The dialogue is funny. Not a very serious manga. The childishness is what makes this manga cute. Perhaps the readers are moved by the characters' naiveness and innocence.
... Last updated on December 14th, 2006, 5:47pm
not just the cuteness value
Don't want to spoil anything, but the manga is cute right until it decides to stab you in the gut. And still be bright and pure about the cruelness of the world. Somehow, it's awesome that way.
... Last updated on March 16th, 2008, 11:38am
i love it!
this is a great manga, and very cute. it doesn't have a ton in the way of plot, but there is some intrigue concerning character backstory, which at the end of volume 7 you still know little about. it hints a lot though, and i wouldn't be surprised if hte major climax is in the last couple of volumes.
I hate hearing biased reviews that complain solely about the slow plot speed of the book. Seriously, that's hardly of any relevance to the quality of the manga.
Anyways! All in all, the series is very entrancing yet heartwarming at the same time. The detail that goes into the backgrounds and title pages are breathtaking while the actual style of the art is easy on the eyes. Although, I'd have to say that my favorite part of the manga was the realism of the character's personalities and actions; it's almost as if you're watching actual children confront daily adversaries with, I might add, cleverness and creativity. Definitely a top favorite of mine and worth the read. ^_^
Very cute artwork, but I find the plot to be somewhat boring and so far, seems to be going nowhere. Some of the characters are a bit annoying also.
It's cute! and funny! and the characters are great! the art is pretty good too!~ These stories are just MEGA- Kawaii!!! lmao~ *jumps up and down on a high*