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YMMV / +Anima

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  • Awesome Art: The backgrounds are gorgeously illustrated.
  • Epileptic Trees: The presence of what appear to be sunken skyscrapers in one chapter has led some fans to theorize that the series takes place in a post-apocalyptic future.
  • Fanon: Husky being trans is a somewhat popular one. It would make sense too, if not for the fact that he confirmed to Nana that he's male by flashing her.
  • Gateway Series: One that, due to its relative obscurity, is likely to be left forgotten for a little bit at first—+Anima was very likely many western folks' first forage into the world of manga, no doubt helped by the fact that it was localized around the same time manga and anime were just starting to become big in the west and was often sold/advertised in children's book selling venues (such as Scholastic book fairs).
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  • Genius Bonus: The word "anima" means "soul, spirit" in Latin. In Jungian psychology the anima is an individual's true inner self, or soul.
  • Ho Yay: Has its own page.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Igneous. He may be prejudiced towards +Anima and Kimunle, but he has his (a little twisted) reasons and tries to serve his country with all his strength. At the end he (in a sense) loses two people he loved because of Anima.
  • Memetic Molester: After all his interactions with Cooro, it's hard not to see Fly as a pedophile.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • The series' obscurity has basically become a meme in and of itself; despite likely being many people's first forage into manga, the series is still extremely obscure and has a fairly limited fandom, at least in the west. Fans often joke, somewhat self-deprecatingly, about the fact that they're probably the series' only fans.
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    • Related to that, we have "ANIME ADAPTATION WHEN, JAPAN!?" and variations.
  • Moral Event Horizon: When Cooro shows a tiny bit of free will Fly lies to him to crush the little bit of resistance Cooro built up.
  • Nightmare Fuel: THIS. AND ESPECIALLY THIS.
    • The giant leeches that Senri saves a little girl from in Nana's introductory arc.
    • Nana's past, particularly her father chasing her through the forest at night with a machete. The poor girl still has nightmares about it, and maintains a fear of being anywhere near a forest after the sun's gone down.
      • Also some Fridge Horror; Nana's safe, but her dad is drunk, irrational, has a deadly weapon, and is headed home where Nana's abused and exceedingly vulnerable mother is...
    • Cooro's birth. His mom died while pregnant with him and, following the custom of her village, was left out for the crows to eat. The crows start eating her and then baby Cooro bursts out of her stomach and flies after them.
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    • Fly's entire character when he shows his true, selfish, monstrous colors.
  • No Yay: Fly's behaviour with Cooro is just creepy.
  • Paranoia Fuel: Fly is searching for Cooro and will stop at nothing until he's found him.
  • Portmanteau Couple Name: Some fans call Husky/Nana Nasky. Cooro/Husky has Coorha/Coorrha (based on Husky's real name). Senri/Rose has Senrose.
    • Occasionally, ship names are just initials; H/N, C/N, H/C, etc.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: Don't discriminate against people just because they have something they don't want (this also applies to disabilities as well). They're still people just like the rest of you, and if you treat them bad, they'll treat you bad too. Basically: treat others the way you wish to be treated.
  • Tear Jerker: All of the kids' pasts, but special mention goes to... most of volume 10, really, and chapter 55 'Goodbye' in particular.
    • Also, Sinon's transformation into a +Anima. He thinks he's going to be mauled to death by lions, looks up, sees a bird in the sky, and just... reaches out.
  • Toy Ship: Any of the pairings between Cooro, Husky, and Nana.
  • Values Resonance: Despite the fact that nowadays there's more acceptance of people who are different (disabled, LGBT, etc.), discrimination, stereotypes, and wild misconceptions about said differences still run rampant, even to this day, and considering how realistically the issue was portrayed in this manga, this is all the more relevant today. The authoress was right to tackle such a sensitive issue as this, even if it was primarily a fantasy and published in the year 2000. We need more manga like this!
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Husky is a guy? Really?
    • Not restricted to the viewer.
    • Some viewers mistook Cooro for a girl when they saw him on the first cover. The fact that he's exactly on the border between shota and bishonen mixed with the fact that, on that cover, he kind of looks like he has breasts certainly doesn't help.
  • The Woobie: ALL OF THE MAIN CAST, for varying reasons. Nana's father abused her and chased her into the woods, and the group of girls she joined up with hated her because they thought she was showing off her +Anima powers, Senri had to not only watch his father die, but lose his right eye to the one who not only killed his dad but passed on his +Anima into him, which possibly led to Senri later being ostracized by his tribe after which he's abducted and sold into slavery, Husky was nearly suffocated to death by a crazy woman just because she wanted her son to have the throne and he spent a good chunk of his life away from his family, and Cooro for being born a +Anima, and because of that, he doesn't know what it's like to truly be human.


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