Ahoy Captain Cats here and today we are going to review another anime of the year contender from Studio Trigger, and that series is BNA: Brand New Animal.

This series is an original anime series, it’s not based on any manga or mini-series that was published and that is what makes this series so special. We rarely get to see an original work that is made from the ground up and not based on anything that is either published or from another form of media, a good example would be Studio Trigger recently announced Cyberpunk 2077:Edgerunners, which is a spin-off series from the upcoming video game Cyberpunk 2077.

The series takes place in a world where people can transform into animals or “beastkin,” and the majority of these people live in a city called Anima City. Here is where we meet Michiru Kagemori, a normal human girl who somehow turns into a tanuki, who seeks refuge and at the same time wants to a “cure” to her situation. She bumps into Shirou Ogami, a part-time cop and together they work to find a cure for her and uncover a secret that puts the lives of everyone in Anima City in danger.

The artwork, style, pacing, and everything in this series screams originality and that is a huge plus. Most series that is based on any kind of work you already know what is going to happen next and so on, BNA on the other hand, you can’t tell because there is nothing that this series is based upon on. The voice actors here are spot on and the music. The opening and ending theme as well are a delight to see and listen to. BNA was first shown in Japan via Netflix Japan then to +Ultra and just last week was released to the world.

BNA is up there with Dorohedoro and Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! as another contender for anime of the year and I highly recommend watching this series. BNA: Brand New Animal is on Netflix now and has 12 episodes.