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+Anima 1 (+Anima #1)

4.16  ·  Rating Details ·  6,788 Ratings  ·  124 Reviews
The +Anima are beings who possess animal-like powers. In this alternate universe, they walk among us--shunned by society--as they search for others who have similar traits.

Cooro is a crow-like boy who is on a quest to find other +Anima. When he meets Husky, a disrespectful boy with a past shrouded in mystery, he finds a kindred spirit who also possesses animal-like powers
Paperback, 187 pages
Published May 9th 2006 by TokyoPop (first published December 16th 2000)
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Nov 07, 2009 Gigi rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone~
Recommended to Gigi by: My buddy Ginny. :D
Shelves: manga-manwha
Oh my gosh! This book is super duper adorable!!! My friend showed this to me and I ended up making fun of Husky when I saw him on the second cover she was carrying, but now I take it all back! I read this in one week and when I had to stop to eat I would have a fit because I wanted to read it so bad! As the story progresses the characters get more amazing! Natsumi Mukai does not make her kids super 'smart' and doesn't make them the kind of kids who can do everything. She has done an amazing job ...more
Mar 14, 2014 Mike rated it really liked it
Cooro is a boy with crow wings who is searching for other +Anima, rare humans with some animal-like features and abilities that are often treated as second class citizens. But Cooro's light-hearted outlook and determined nature make him confident he'll succeed and find new friends. His first encounter is at a circus featuring a mermaid...

I remember the striking cover image of Cooro for this first volume catching my eye forever ago but never tried the series until now. It's an fun, light read. Th
Sep 15, 2009 Cbhuotari rated it it was amazing
AMAZING series. I loved it.
Sheryl Sebesta
Oct 15, 2013 Sheryl Sebesta rated it it was amazing
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Mar 25, 2012 Brianna rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Those who love manga and animals
Recommended to Brianna by: My best friends
I love these books! They are so adorable and lovable. They are well-thought out and interesting and wonderful. Her characters all seem so real. They all have problems and really specific and personal histories that go back pretty far. Her characters aren't perfect, and she is able to make them come to life and feel like real human beings.
I love the idea behind this manga. I love the idea of being able to transform into an animal and have cool powers and be special. (I wish I could do it. That wo
Ahhhh, this book....This is so adorable.

So this, after reading Kick-Ass, was a great way to clear my mind. Although I'm not sure what I'm supposed to think of Husky after that...entrance.

SPOILER: It's a boy.

The basic plot is a common one; slightly idiotic main character with huge emote-bonding (FRIEEEENDSHEEEEEEP) decides to bring together (inadvertently) a large cast of characters who benefit from said emote-bonding. It's not as huge as the actual adventuring and picking-up-character part, but it's still there.

Caylan Guse
May 25, 2015 Caylan Guse rated it it was amazing
This has to be one of my favorite manga so far. The characters weren't perfect in every way and I liked that. The characters were absolutely adorable and I would love to meet them in real life. I look forward to reading the rest of the books. I also liked this book because it was a quick and easy read. I love all the authors works. I would recommend this to anyone who knows how to read manga.
Lys Robison
Jun 02, 2017 Lys Robison rated it really liked it
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Danny Sifonte
Oct 04, 2011 Danny Sifonte rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading this book, it was the start of a new series I would love to continue. The story is about a boy named Cooro who has a happy go-lucky attitude and also animal powers. In this world the year is not exactly specified but it seems to be a time before very advanced technology and there is a struggle in society between regular humans and people who were born with animal like powers called +anima who were shunned. This books was filled with unique characters and as Cooro travele ...more
Jul 08, 2013 Melissa rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
Mangaka: Natsumi Mukai

Number of Volumes: 10

Series status: Completed

Classification: Shonen

What it’s about: In the medieval-like country of Astaria, children sometimes manifest animal-like powers when they are close to death. These +Anima are often shunned and discriminated against by society. Our four main characters, Cooro, Husky, Senri, and Nana travel about, seeking acceptance and finding adventure along the way.

The Good: The story does get very emotionally affecting at the end. The characters
Feb 26, 2015 Andre rated it did not like it
1) Deutsche Rezension
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1) Deutsche Rezension
Dieser Manga war ziemlich langweilig. Dinge passieren darin, sicher, aber obwohl ich fast alles durch hatte (in meiner Version fehlten Seiten), habe ich keine Ahnung was die Handlung sein soll oder warum ich mich um irgendeinen der Charaktere kümmern sollte. Dass das bisschen da wir von Cooro (der Krähenjunge), dem Fischjungen (keine Ahnung was sein Name war) und Senri (der Bärenmann) in Sachen Charakter sehen im Grunde nur stereotype Sk
Jul 06, 2008 Rhapsody rated it it was ok
Shelves: manga, manga-shounen
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Olivia Dopp
Oct 02, 2016 Olivia Dopp rated it really liked it
Cooro and Huskey meet they leave to travel together. They meet a gang in a small town and meet Senri, "Guardian of the flowers" after beating the Garrison Gang he goes with them. They then meet a colony of thieving children. Who steal from them, they chase them to a cave where Husky's perls are stolen by an +Anima named Nana. Getting back there stuff they go to catch Nana but end up losing the perls. Nana joins them to Husky's dismay and he storms off. Nana goes after her and they kind of bond. ...more
Feb 27, 2014 Christina rated it really liked it
In an era similar to that of the middle ages lives a certain hyper species of humans called +anima. In this story, we follow such +anima named Cooro, Husky, Senri, and Nana as they wander from village to village aimlessly searching for more of their kind, but not really traveling for much of a particular reason except that they have nowhere to fit in to. Read along as Cooro and his buddies escape from sticky situations and make some friends along the way!

This really is the kind of book you have
Sarah Carpenter
Mar 18, 2015 Sarah Carpenter rated it really liked it
Since this was the first manga I've read, I don't have a very good basis to rate how good this was, but in my inexperienced opinion it was awesome. I really loved all of the characters, and I can't wait to read more of the series. Cooro was funny and adorable, and I hope that there will be some more info on how he grew up, how he came to find Husky, where he came from, etc. The only problem I had (if you can even call it that) was that the chapters weren't very related. It totally works if the s ...more
Carol Yu
Jan 25, 2011 Carol Yu rated it liked it
i just love the story line of this book. its like realy intresting and i like how each of these characters have their own sad life because they can turn in to on of a apprence of an animal thats why people in there would tend to call them anima. becasue they are scared of them for some reason. But the only reason why they can even turn to animal is a spicail power they have inherited from near death experience.
i recommed people who lovers long journey and freindsships to read this book. becasue
Sandra (Page by Page)
Oct 18, 2013 Sandra (Page by Page) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga, fantasy
I have it since junior high school, loved it then, still love it very much until now!
I love all the characters, specially Cooro (I think this character's personality is very similar to Luffy from One Piece, don't you think?). From book #1, we get all the main characters gathered. It's a nice and charming way for an introduction. Not much conflict yet, but we can see the root of the problem is discrimination to the minority. Yeah, it's deep.

What I found really interesting is, the characters are n
Leila Anani
+Anima are animal/human hybrids persecuted because they are different. Cooro, half crow helps Husky a merman escape from the circus where he is forced into playing a mermaid princess. They begin an epic journey and meet Senri (half bear) and Nana (half girl half bat) who join their quest to find more +anima.

Artwork is super-cute and I was predisposed to love this because of the hybrid theme. I really like the opening scenes with Husky in the circus.

In tone it reminds me a little of Saiyuki - Coo
You know, I remember liking this more the first time I read it (as a freshman in high school, if I remember correctly).

I can still see why I liked it. The characters (except Nana) are a fun, eclectic mix. The adventures are amusing (if a tad all-over the place).

Perhaps it's the pacing that turned me off. It's got a bit of a stop-start kinda pattern, even inside the stories themselves, and it's a tad wordy for a manga. Or perhaps it's just that I've grown as a reader and aren't into the same thin
Jan 10, 2013 Alba rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
Imaginas que estas escalando una montaña, o pasando junto al pasamanos en un lugar muy alto. De pronto, caes. ¿Qué haces? ¿Resignarte a morir? ¿O pedir ayuda al cielo, o a quien sea?
Imagina que esa ayuda es contestada, y la forma en que te responden, es que brotan alas de tu espalda.
Esta es básicamente la trama de +Anima. Personas desesperadas en circunstancias desesperadas hacen una petición y son escuchadas, pero no es en cualquier situación, sino una de peligro mortal.
Alas, garras de oso, es
Nov 11, 2013 Monique rated it really liked it
Shelves: movie, fantasy, magic, manga
Cooro is an +Anima, a human who can turn into an animal, in Cooro’s case a crow. In a circus he finds Husky who’s a fish. They escape the circus and along their way the meet Senri, who can turn himself into a bear and the little girl Nana who’s a bat. Together they travel on, hoping to find other +Anima’s. But living in a world that’s cruel to anything that’s different isn’t easy.
I love this manga-series. It’s a wonderful fantasy-story and the pictures are so sweet. This is one of my favorite ma
Oct 27, 2015 Lanie rated it liked it
Shelves: kids, manga
Pretty good, but nothing terribly impressive. The artwork was nice. But so much was happening. It was a little confusing & there wasn't much chance to get to get the characters. It would have been better to just focus on the 1st two kids, then bring in the bear & bat kids. Spread it out over 2 or 3 volumes, giving each scene more details. It wasn't bad though. If I see the next volume at my favorite used book store, I'll definitely be picking it up. Cause it's definitely a cool idea. I l ...more
Kingston R 1 Rains
Dec 19, 2016 Kingston R 1 Rains rated it it was amazing
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Sarah Maddaford
This is a pretty cute story about people who can take on animal characteristics, but it has fairly deep undercurrents about how society and people treat those who are different. I'd have to keep reading the series to discover whether the +Anima find acceptance and a place to call home, but I'm pretty willing to pick up the next book anyway. I would not mind handing this to an upper elementary school kid. There is virtually no violence or language and most of the characters seem to be too young t ...more
Brenna Matlock
Jan 01, 2017 Brenna Matlock rated it really liked it
This manga was cliche and typical, but still weirdly entertaining? I don't know why, but I enjoyed it. Cooro is cute and a typical anime foodie character but that can be overlooked by the fact that he has wings I mean that's pretty cool, Husky is grumpy and relatable as heck, Senri seems to just be there to attack people and drink blood but he's alright, and Nana has an unfortunate name but is very cute nonetheless and also good at attacking people. If you think those characters sound like ones ...more
Maura Rademacher
Feb 24, 2015 Maura Rademacher rated it it was amazing
As the first manga I ever read, I thought it was great! I'm excited to read the next books and other mangas. Not only was the story really good but the illustrations were phenomenal! And the characters are so adorable! The reason I thought the story was good was because it was something new. I hope the other books explain what +Anima are and where they came from. My favorite character would definitely have to be Cooro because he just finds the positives in everything and never seems to be sad. I ...more
Kim Dyer
Mar 23, 2016 Kim Dyer rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-comics
A very cute and utterly harmless manga about children who can partially transform into animals. The art of the series is lovely and the characters are all rather sweet and likable.

This first volume doesn't have much by the way of an overarching plot but does do a great job of introducing the four protagonists - Cooro, Huskey, Senri and Nana - as well as giving hints about their back stories. I've never found another volume for sale but would certainly read more if I ever get the chance.
Feb 17, 2015 Bri rated it really liked it
This book swept me away to this other wonderful world. The setting was brilliantly set. I could totally see it in my mind. But the characters were definitely my favorite part. They are all so colorful, interesting, exciting, and hilarious. The main character is just perfect. The plot moved fast enough that I couldn't stop reading lest I miss something, but the author still took the time to flesh out the details. The details are what really make or break a story.
Nov 10, 2014 Kiks. rated it it was amazing
Ah.....+Anima.....what can be said of this old favorite? This series has long been one that I enjoyed several years ago, and I had fond memories of the characters. So why not use this year to reread the series? So far, in this first volume, I'm being reacquainted with everything and this series has not yet lost its charm. I hope that by the end of this series, I'll be just as happy as when I first cracked open Volume 1 several years before.
Aubrey Hansen
Jan 12, 2013 Aubrey Hansen rated it liked it
My reaction to this is best summarized as "It's okay." The premise has potential, but this first volume does not have much substance. It's clean except for some immodesty in the first chapter or two--mostly involving a "mermaid," and the frontpiece has an artistic image of a nude figure (it's an outline, no detail). I'd consider trying more volumes to see if the story deepens, but it's not as interesting as Fullmetal Alchemist.
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Loves stuffed animals & owns dogs (corgis).
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