+Anima is a manga series written by Natsumi Mukai, and licensed in America by TOKYOPOP. 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.
Provides examples of:
Aerith and Bob: In the fifth volume, the four mains (Cooro, Husky, Senri and Nana) meet a boy named Kevin. (Since they travel a lot and have crossed into at least one other country, cultural differences might justify this.)
Abusive Parents: Nana reveals that her father used to beat her and her mother. A flashback shows that during one beating Nana tried to stop him which accidentally led to her impaling his hand with her sewing scissors. In a rage he chased her into the dark woods with a cleaver, where she first turned into her bat +Anima to save her life.
Dark and Troubled Past: All of the main characters have one of these because childhood trauma causes children to become Anima.
Dark Is Not Evil: Cooro has black wings, which makes most people think he's a bad guy, ie, an angel of death. However, he is nothing but a +Anima, albeit a very unique one.
The same applies to Nana and her bat +Anima, though it isn't mentioned as often.
Did We Just Have Tea with Cthulhu?: When they sit around and talk with Fly, who tries to sweet talk them into giving up their Animas. For some reason, only Cooro is the one catching on, albeit silently.
Cooro may be the only one catching on because he had already promised to give up his Anima to Fly as a very young child.
Justified as children gain their +anima when they are about to die and see the animal in question. You're a lot more likely to see a bird than anything else just because they're always around and the power of flight in most cases will save the child's life.
Identity Amnesia: Senri gets this after his eyepatch is removed. He not only goes berserk, but does not remember Cooro, Husky, or Nana. This happened previously when Senri was young, and was given his pressed flower book to remember Crystala.
Played a little different. Cooro is stripped of clothing very quickly by Husky (who also strips himself), instead of being changed into a new outfit. Cooro comments on Husky's ability to remove entire outfits from two people in a span of what seems to be 3 seconds, and soon becomes confused on 'why [he's] naked too.'
Also played straight, when Nana knocks Husky out and puts him in a dress.
Limited Wardrobe: Due to their constant travelings, they only get one new set of clothes through the series. Except Nana, who just turns up with new clothes whenever she feels like it. (She does say where she got them from - she usually sews them herself.)
Little Bit Beastly: Cooro and Nana, and the majority of lower-tier Anima.. Generally, the lucky Anima who get this are more good. Other minor characters might have more of their body- say, their head- transformed.
A MacGuffin Full of Money: The treasure chest in one of the extra chapters. But, it ends up getting eaten by an interesting looking fish.
Parental Favoritism: A very large part of Sailand's Royal Family. The King's children were ranked from Most Favorite to Least Favorite. This is why Husky was named Crown Prince out of birth order. It's also why Dylana then tried to kill him.
Shipper on Deck/Yaoi Fangirl: Though it's played for laughs, Nana makes a lot of innuendoes about Kevin's crush on "the mermaid" (i.e. Husky). Sometimes she seems to hint at Husky/Cooro, too.
Shoot Your Mate: Subverted. Cooro attacks Husky because he thinks it'd be fun, and less because they're in opposing gangs who like to kill each other.
Spoiled Brat: Magdala. She has everything she could ask for, tries to have one of her servants killed when he asks to leave, and throws a hissy fit when he manages to escape anyway (by becoming a goose +Anima.)
Super Human Trafficking: In Sailand all +Anima are slaves. If they donít have a master, they will be arrested and sold on the slave market anyway. Itís the law. They are mostly sold to people, who can make use of their powers (swimming +Anima for fishman ect.), but more attractive ones may be bought to just stand around and look pretty.