Brand New Animal

TV (12 eps)
4.182 out of 5 from 5,795 votes
Rank #861

In the 21st century, the existence of animal-humans came to light after being hidden in the darkness of history. Michiru lived life as a normal human, until one day she suddenly turns into a tanuki-human. She runs away and takes refuge in a special city area called "Anima City" that was set up 10 years ago for animal-humans to be able to live as themselves. There Michiru meets Shirou, a wolf-human who hates humans. Through Shirou, Michiru starts to learn about the worries, lifestyle, and joys of the animal-humans. As Michiru and Shirou try to learn why Michiru suddenly turned into an animal-human, they unexpectedly get wrapped up in a large incident.

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The overall story seems disjointed. It almost seems like they wrote it as they went along rather than having planned out the plot in advance. That being said, nearly every single episode is satisfying in some way. It delivers on action, excitement, drama, and even mystery to a small degree. While the artwork is lo-fi, don't think the artists were slacking. It was certainly a choice that serves to immerse the audience in this world. The animation is top-notch. It's definitely been influenced by western cartoons which contributes to this show's unique visual personality. The characters actually have depth. Nobody is stagnant. Whether this is due to actual character development or the unveiling of new information to the audience depends on the character. The soundtrack and effects were great. The musical scenes, which were few and far between, always seemed appropriate and never felt forced. The leadup to the finale was totally tight butthole in spite of being incredibly predictable. I never thought this would turn into a thriller. Unfortunately, the last episode was marred by an unfulfilling conclusion, likely due to the writers only having a single episode to wrap things up. They even went so far as to skip the intro to pack in more content. It really seems like there should have been 1 or 2 more episodes. While the end was still satisfying to some degree it could have been substantially better and is practically the only reason this doesn't have a perfect score. Overall, 8.5 out of 10. Definitely would recommend to anyone regardless of their tastes. It's got something for pracitaclly everybody. This one's going in my top 5 single season animes.

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