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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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First, a quick comment- it's a shounen manga, check the serialization (though at the time I type this the label is correct.)
Anyway, this is another solid uplifting adventure story. It's clearly meant to be an exercise in escapism, but the storytelling is reasonably compelling, and the fantastical environment is infused with just enough drama to keep it interesting and not lose the effect. A great read for a lazy Sunday morning or rainy afternoon.
+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
Light and cute outlook of dark issues
Somehow this manga manages to cast some very dark issues in a cute light, dealing with feelings of isolation of minorities, near-death inspired phobias, slavery and inequality of the world in a cute and optimistic way. It's not got much in the way of plot, focusing more on the personalities of the characters and looking into their background. However it's an enjoyable read after reading several tragic mangas or with elaborate plot lines. Very light and cute with no annoying ecchi or without being irritating.
EDIT: Well I guess anyone reading this should look forward to a long wait since NCIS have dropped it as a project so now we need to hope a new group take it up to finish off the last volume or so.
... Last updated on June 16th, 2008, 2:19pm
the drawings are cute but....it was a little boring not really a plot...
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
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
+anima is the best
i love this manga.>< it is defentaly a feel good manga. the characters are ultra cute too! they are drawn well; the outfits are done nicly with lots of little detail. it might be me but i did not get bored reading it. ^^
... Last updated on October 26th, 2007, 12:32pm
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!
It's a super great manga. The characters are very cute. The story is very interesting.