BNA: Brand New Animal

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Humans and beasts clash in sometimes-violent anime.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 20 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Two species are divided, but there is some attempt to allow beastkins to live full lives (albeit away from humans). Friendship and acceptance are themes. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

There is an unwillingness among many humans to live peacefully with beastkins. Not all beastkins are good or have the moral high ground. 

Violence

Beastkins are hunted with arrows and other weapons, and are beaten with batons (although the most violent parts of these acts are not shown). Beastkins are often able to beat them up and get out of danger. Bombings are frequent occurrences in the city.  

Sex
Language

Some of the subtitles contain curses (like "f--k"), but they aren’t spoken out loud.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Beastkins are seen drinking champagne in celebration. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that BNA: Brand New Animal is an anime series about humanoid-like animals who try to peacefully coexist with humans. Expect violence (punching, dragging, weapons like arrows and batons, explosions) and some drinking (celebratory champagne, etc.). Curses (like "f--k") are present in subtitles but aren’t spoken in English by the characters.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bydwsc September 29, 2020

Great

best anime ever and 11+ should watch it
Adult Written bywizardortitan July 7, 2020

Exciting world with plenty of fantasy violence, infrequent off-color subtitles

BNA: Brand New Animal is another great anime series from Trigger that, much like their other works, is able to capture a zany cartoon energy that is always fun... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old December 11, 2020

Loved it! But the main worries is on Episode 8.

On episode 8, a character is stabbed and chrushed by a monster. That part is extremely bloody. On the same episode, a backstory was about the humans that starte... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old July 2, 2020

Perfect show for tweens!

This show is AWESOME! I found it on my Netflix Recommended list and said, "Oh! A new anime Series!" and now i'm on episode five!
This show is su... Continue reading

What's the story?

BNA: BRAND NEW ANIMAL is a Japanese anime series about a world where where humans and humanoid-like animals are trying to co-exist. When high school student Michiru Kagemori (voiced by Cherami Leigh) suddenly turns into a tanuki (raccoon dog) beastkin, she flees to Anima-City with the help of sly mink "beastkin" Marie Itami (Reba Buhr). Now living in a place where beastkins can live openly and freely, Michiru tries to find out why she is no longer human, and if she can be turned back. Helping her out is wolf beastkin Shirou Ogami (Ben Diskin). The two find themselves navigating some strange adventures, and are also determined to help stop the beastkin hunters that are terrorizing the city. But they soon discover that Michiru has a unique set of powers that she can use to help people, making the mystery behind her transformation even more intriguing. 

Is it any good?

This entertaining series combines elements of horror, mystery, and superhero stories while addressing issues like racism and bigotry. While humans are presented as the more intolerant species, the beastkins have personalities that match their animal traits. While the divide between humans and beastkins is clear, the beastkin community reveals itself to be complicated and imperfect in its own right, and an interesting world to explore. It is because of this that BNA: Brand New Animal offers a number of interesting storylines that anime fans will find worth checking out. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why humans in BNA: Brand New Animal do not want to co-exist with beastkins. What are the reasons they give for not wanting the animal beings around? Are any of these reasons valid for treating them the way they do?

  • Does Michiru ever accept herself as a beastkin? Should she? If she does become human again, will she feel about, or treat them, differently than before? 

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