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.
I get really bored by crime series but this one is an exception. The story revolves around social injustice, poverty, discrimination and wraps up in a very conspirative manner. Just replace the beastmen with aliens and it becomes pretty realistic. The best about it is that it has a nice pace and keeps the mystery almost till the end. But the end feels rather sped up and there are a bunch of deus ex machina moments in the last episode. The bright, beatiful really, art and some goofy characters manage to keep the show light, regardless of the heavier theme.
It really does give me that Gurren Lagen feel and vibe. The impressive score, the animation, the character interactions, and the world building. There are some off points here and there, but thats mostly with the main character. I would have liked a little bit more of a back story on her, but as is, its fine. The dynamics of having a situation and a safe place for the people identified as 'beastmen' is quite cool. It has all of the political juggling as one would expect as well. From the various ministries, to the criminal aspect, and the general population. To often times I think shows miss these vital areas as points of reference. Pairing the MC with wolf-senpai though, I almost get an ehm..Gunsmith Cats/You're Under Arrest connection in a way. Maybe its just the dynamic between the two characters really, or maybe it was just adding to the mix as I felt the need to rewatch some classics prior to this. Fumes of nostalgia or something. The sports episode really was quite enjoyable, watching her arm spurt muscles for those pitches. The bears being lovable losers. The drunk coach and his backstory, the gambling, the over the top violence in the game otherwise that became its reality for those attending. The creepy bit with her once best friend, now cult icon. I guess that's a form of idol, bit of the extreme though. I can see them as being some sort of antagonist later in the series though, along with the corporation baddie who's come to the city. More to be added as the show progresses.
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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