Manga: Animal X

Animal X is a lengthy yaoi manga by mangaka Sugimoto Ami.

Yuuji Ayukawa is a meek 27-year-old man who has never been in control of his own life. From his fiancée lecturing him about his shyness and sensitivity to his position as glorified guinea pig at Endou Chemical, Yuuji is the quintessential Extreme Doormat.

One evening, he comes home to find that he has left a window in his room open. A wild young man who has just escaped government custody leaps out from beneath his bed and threatens to kill him. Yuuji's roommate, another in the long line of bullies Yuuji apologetically endures, bursts in...and is promptly decapitated by a fifteen-foot-tall T-rex. It turns out that Minato is a 17-year-old dinosauroid, part of a species that has long lived apart but parallel with humans, and he is capable of transforming into a reptilian killing machine under stress. Something has attracted him to Yuuji's room: Yuuji "smells like kin" and Minato is immediately overcome by an overwhelming desire to mate. From there, the story becomes the tale of various ancient conspiracies, corrupt researchers and executives, and Yuuji and Minato's evolving relationship.

And then Yuuji gets pregnant.

It is probably one of the least sensational uses of gender bending and Mpreg since The Left Hand of Darkness.

Not to be confused with the Discovery Channel series about cryptozoological animals.


Provides Examples Of:

  • Adult Fear: Yui's kidnapping is this to Yuuji and Minato.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Minato loses an arm and an eye during the fight with Maya.
  • Arranged Marriage: Yuuji and Kyouko (though it ultimately doesn't happen).
  • Bishounen: Minato and Yuuji.
  • Body Horror:
    • Yuuji takes manifesting female reproductive organs pretty well, but is scared of the idea of carrying a child to term.
    • Later, he becomes detached and apathetic about his body as a coping mechanism for traumatic experiences. It's metaphysical Body Horror.
  • Break the Cutie: Between Morning Sickness, anemia, constant Even The Guys Want To Violently Violate Him, having to bear the child of the man who raped him (twice, after his gang rape by Shen and the other men of his village is revealed to have resulted in a pregnancy), and both him and his family being pawns/targets in half a dozen gambits, Yuuji cannot catch a break.
    • He crosses the Despair Event Horizon when he finds out what happened to his first child: she was subjected to vivisection, died, and then her remains were kept on ice in a research facility. After that, Yuuji is quietly broken and makes remarks that show that he's reached a point where he doesn't much care if he lives or dies. He eventually comes out of his depressed state, but is left deeply traumatized by the whole thing.
  • Child by Rape: Yuuji's first child was this. And so is his third, yet unborn child of still uncertain paternity.
  • Cursed with Awesome: Maya may be unable to fulfill the duty her society so desperately needs, but she has the largest dinosauroid form we've seen yet, is nigh-unbeatable in battle, and Multi-Armed and Dangerous.
  • Cute Little Fangs: Minato. And how!
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: Turns out Maya is this, due to her inability to have children she doesn't know why she's alive and has become Ax-Crazy to give herself some way to be useful.
  • Deus Angst Machina: By the tenth or fifteenth volume you'd be forgiven for thinking that the entire world has it in for Yuuji and Minato.
  • Double Standard: Rape, Male on Male: Averted.
  • Dying Race: Minato's.
  • Gender Rarity Value: The dinosauroids obviously. The general attitude towards dinosauroid women seems to differ depending on the group. Minato's village seems to expect all women to be child-bearers, yet describe this as an honor and seem to respect the female post-menopausal dinosauroid. Shirakawa tries to be a Dogged Nice Guy and earn Yuiji's trust, once they're engaged. The group at the scientists compound are apparently Type 2, as they see themselves as "entitled" to any females of their kind, but ultimately turn out to be an example of Type 1 when they follow the orders of the psychic female and her clones, describing her as an object of worship. Shen's village treats Yuiji well at first, then it becomes clear they're losing patience and expected "her" to be polyandrous all along.
  • Hermaphrodite: Yuuji. "It feels like you're equipped for both."
  • Iconic Outfit: Maya is always wearing a poncho to hide her deformities.
  • Jumping the Gender Barrier: Yuuji and Minato are a good match, but Yuuji doesn't fall for Minato until after his transformation. He wonders if part of his heart has "become female too". See also The Mind Is The Play Thing Of The Body.
  • Mars Needs Women: Or, well, secret race of dinosaur people needs hermaphroditic hybrid.
  • Mate or Die: Minato is hellbent on propagating his Dying Race.
  • The Mind Is The Plaything Of The Body: Yuuji eventually makes references to thoughts that he, at least, identifies as coming from his male or female halves.
  • Mr. Seahorse: Yuuji (for a total of three times now).
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robots: Police officers revived to hunt rogue dinosauroids. A (technically) zombie SWAT team. Yes. Even here, however, the series never breaks from its serious, thoughtful tone.
  • No Periods, Period: Averted, naturally. Yuuji is...fully functional.
  • Pregnant Badass: A rare male example. Whether it's hormones or his newfound relationship with Minato, Yuuji becomes much more courageous, to the point of fully intending to take on a T-rex with nothing but a chainsaw.
  • Sex for Solace: Yuiji begins instigating sex with Minato on a regular basis when they're living in Shen's village, and the dialogue he has when propositioning him implies this trope.
  • Shown Their Work: Drumheller is a real town in Alberta, Canada, that claims to be 'The Dinosaur Capital of the World'. Even the landscapes are fairly accurate.
  • Uncanny Valley Girl: Maya, apparently even more so to other dinosauroids because of her "unnatural" smell.
  • Women Are Delicate: Averted yet discussed. So far several characters have talked about how women are weak and submissive, especially when comparing Yuiji to a woman for his Extreme Doormat personality. However, thus far almost every named female character to appear is a badass in some way, including:
  • Worthy Opponent: Maya considers Minato as this.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: Not even a full chapter after rescuing Yui from her captors, Minato and Yuuji are told that 10 dinosauroid prisoners will be killed if they don't give her back. Minato grudgingly agrees that it's for the greater good, Yuuji adamantly refuses. He gets overruled.
  • Yaoi Guys: Yuuji and Minato, although Yuuji's biological reality raise the question of whether the series is, strictly speaking, "yaoi".
    • Minato initially identifies Yuuji as a female (by scent) but refers to him with masculine pronouns. And though Yuuji has always been somewhat "feminine" (cooking, sewing, submissive, etc, forgive the generalizations) and is very pretty, he has lived his life and thinks of himself as a male. It's yaoi.
      • On the one hand, he always distinguishes himself from women, on the other, he doesn't consider himself and Minato to be a gay couple. "Ah, no, if that were so then we couldn't have children, could we?"
  • You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry: The dinosauroids turn into... well...dinosaurs when stressed or angry, and not the sissy herbivore kind.
  • Your Normal Is Our Taboo: Minato shows a few signs of this. Due to growing up in a culture where women are expected to have as many kids as possible, he didn't seem to understand why Yuiji would be upset about being pushed into sex immediately after meeting him.