Primetime TV Review: “BNA: Brand New Animal”

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"BNA: Brand New Animal"

BNA: Brand New Animal” on Netflix Review by Suzanne 7/6/20

I wasn’t sure if I would like this series, but I got hooked pretty quickly. The animated show takes place in a world where beastmen (humanoids with animal characteristics) are treated like second-class citizens by humans. The series is from Japan but made for Netflix. The heroine is a girl named Michiru, who escapes the regular world to go to a land called Anima City, where beastmen can live and not be bothered by humans. She looks like a raccoon girl, but she’s something called a tanuki, which is a kind of dog that looks like a racoon. Tanuki are featured in Japanese legends and folklore.

As we get to know Michiru on her journey, we learn that she has special powers that she uses when scared, cornered or in danger. When she gets to Anima City, she finds out that nothing she thought about the place is right. The beastmen live in their human form most of the time. Michiru, however, is unable to return to her human form. Also, she was a human teen and then suddenly turned into a beastman, whereas the other beastmen were born as beastmen. She meets up with a superhero called Silver Wolf, whose real name is Shirou Ogami. They form a friendship as they try to figure out what happened to Michiru, as well as fight crime and corruption in Anima City.

We learn that Michiru had a friend back in school who also turned into a beastman and was carted away. My guess is that both girls are the “Brand New Animal” hinted at in the title.  Perhaps Shirou is, too, since they all seem to have superpowers.

The show has a lot of interesting characters. I watch Netflix shows with the closed-captioning on. The problem with that is the CC dialogue can be very different from the dubbed dialogue. What I found very odd, though, is that, on the one hand, Michiru is very childish. She doesn’t act like a teen. She acts more like a child or pre-teen. Many times in the series, it is very loud, exaggerated and has bright colors, like many children’s shows I’ve seen. However, the show is also very violent. Shirou kills criminals in a very violent way. Remember that these are animals. In one scene, he rips off the villainous antelope or deer beastman’s antlers, and then stabs another beast with it. In a fight with a rhino beastman, he tears off its horn. Even though it’s animated, it was horrible. There is also a series of violent baseball games, where some of the beastmen fight to the death. I think it’s strange to have a show that seems very childish in many ways, yet it’s also very violent. The story is good, and it has some adult themes (no sex or anything), but it’s a strange mix. I would not recommend this to anyone under 18.

I have some friends who watch a lot of anime, and apparently, Japanese youth are more used to violence in their pop culture than our kids are, so I guess that explains it. I’ve seen a little anime before, but it never had this odd mixture of “kid’s show” and “violent action show.” If you’re an adult, it’s worth watching. The mystery of Michiru’s background and how it affects both the beastmen and the humans is intriguing. Also, I can’t wait to see whether they’re going to keep Michiru and Shirou as friends (almost like brother and sister) or develop it into something more.


Morphed into a raccoon beastman, Michiru seeks refuge, and answers, with the aid of wolf beastman Shirou inside the special zone of Anima-City.

Starring:Sumire Morohoshi, Yoshimasa Hosoya, Maria Naganawa

Proofread and Edited by Brenda

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