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BNA: Brand New Animal
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BNA ビー・エヌ・エー
(Bī enu ē)
Anime television series
BNA
Directed byYoh Yoshinari
Written byKazuki Nakashima
Music bymabanua
StudioTrigger
Licensed byNetflix
Original networkFuji TV (+Ultra), BS Fuji, KTV, Tokai TV, TNC, UHB, ABA
Original run April 8, 2020 June 24, 2020
Episodes12 (List of episodes)
Light novel
BNA ZERO Massara ni Narenai Kemono-tachi
Written byNekise Ise
Illustrated byTRIGGER
Published byShueisha
ImprintDash X Bunko
DemographicMale
PublishedApril 23, 2020
Manga
Written byAsano
Published byShueisha
ImprintJump Comics
MagazineTonari no Young Jump
DemographicSeinen
Original runMay 29, 2020 – present
Wikipe-tan face.svg Anime and manga portal

BNA: Brand New Animal (BNA ビー・エヌ・エー, Bī enu ē), or simply known as BNA by Netflix internationally, is an original Japanese anime television series produced by Studio Trigger. Directed by Yoh Yoshinari, the 12-episode series streamed its first six episodes on Netflix in Japan on March 12, 2020, followed by the remaining six on May 6. The series also aired on Fuji TV's +Ultra anime programming block from April 8 to June 24, 2020.[1]

Plot[edit]

Set in a world where humanoid animals known as beastkin exist, the series follows Michiru Kagemori, a normal human who one day suddenly turns into a tanuki beastkin. Running away, she seeks refuge in Anima City, a place set up for beastmen to be able to live as themselves, and meets a wolf beastkin named Shirou Ogami. Together, they investigate why Michiru became a beastkin, becoming mixed up in even stranger events in the process.[2]

Characters[edit]

Michiru Kagemori (影森 みちる, Kagemori Michiru)
Voiced by: Sumire Morohoshi[3] (Japanese); Cherami Leigh (English)
The main protagonist, a human high school girl who one day turned into a tanuki beastkin and came to Anima City to find a way to turn herself back. She soon develops the ability to transform parts of her body into those of other animals and can stretch her arms to a massive length, make her tail bigger, can make her arms larger and stronger and make her ears longer to strengthen her hearing. It is finally shown that Michiru gained her beastkin abilities due to an accidental blood transfusion mix up and were given beastkin blood instead of human blood after she and Nazuna were hospitalized due to the truck accident awhile back.
Shirou Ogami (大神 士郎, Ōgami Shirō)
Voiced by: Yoshimasa Hosoya[3] (Japanese); Ben Diskin (English)
A wolf beastkin with a very keen sense of smell. He also has immense strength to surpass a lion and a rhino and possesses an immortal body with self-regeneration abilities. It is revealed that he has lived for nearly a thousand years, first living life as a normal wolf beastkin before he was killed by Raymond Sylvasta along with the rest of Nirvasyl. He was later resurrected as Ginrou, possessing immense power that he normally keeps sealed away after his body absorbed the blood of 2,000 Nirvasyl beastkin corpses.
Nazuna Hiwatashi (日渡 なずな, Hiwatashi Nazuna)
Voiced by: Maria Naganawa[3] (Japanese); Xanthe Huynh (English)
Michiru's best friend who, like her, one day turned into a kitsune beastkin. She was taken by government agents and sent to a research facility for study but was saved by Cliff and joined the Silver Wolf cult. Seeing potential in her abilities, Cliff trained her, helped her hone her abilities and taught her everything he knew, making her what she is today. She became the guru of the cult under the name of Déesse Louve, transforming her appearance to resemble the silver wolf of legend, Ginrou. Like Michiru, she also gained her beastkin abilities due to an accidental blood transfusion of beastkin blood which the doctors thought was human blood.
Alan Sylvasta (アラン・シルヴァスタ, Aran Shiruvuasuta)
Voiced by: Kaito Ishikawa[3] (Japanese); Robbie Daymond (English)
A rich, enigmatic entrepreneur and president of Sylvasta Pharmaceutics. He has taken an interest in Michiru and Shirou for their unique physical capabilities beyond any beastkin he has ever seen and has big plans for them. His ancestor, Raymond Sylvasta was the general responsible for destroying Nirvasyl village, Shirou's original home after the beastkin began to go berserk due to territorial aggression and started slaughtering each other and humans indiscriminately. He is also aware that Shirou is the sole survivor of Nirvasyl and the legendary silver wolf, Ginrou.
Barbaray Rose (バルバレイ・ロゼ, Barubarei Roze)
Voiced by: Gara Takashima[4] (Japanese); Cindy Robinson (English)
The mayor of Anima City, a naked mole-rat beastkin. She also knows that Michiru and Nazuna are originally human girls turned into beastkin by an alleged beastkin disease. She, along with Shirou insisted Michiru's origins and transformation powers must stay secret or risk mass panic if the public found out that humans can be turned into beastkin at any moment. She is currently researching a cure for Michiru's beastkin disease. She is one of the few people who knows Shirou is actually Ginrou.
Marie Itami (マリー伊丹, Marī Itami)
Voiced by: Michiyo Murase[4] (Japanese); Reba Buhr (English)
A mink beastkin who is involved in all sorts of shady dealings. She helps Michiru from time to time but also asks for a favor in exchange for her help.
Kōichi Ishizaki (石崎 浩一, Ishizaki Kōichi)
Voiced by: Kenji Nomura[5]
Yūji Tachiki (立木 勇次, Tachiki Yūji)
Voiced by: Hiroshi Naka[5] (Japanese); Jake Green (English)
A Great Dane beastkin who is a police inspector and sometimes relies on Ogami for help.
Gem Horner (ジェム・ホーナー, Jemu Hōnā)
Voiced by: Hiroshi Yanaka[5] (Japanese); Keith Silverstein (English)
A cockerel beastkin and Melissa's husband, who give Michiru a place to stay. He and his wife are devoted believers and worshippers of Ginrou the silver wolf.
Melissa Horner (メリッサ・ホーナー, Merissa Hōnā)
Voiced by: Kimiko Saitō[5] (Japanese); Laura Post (English)
A wombat beastkin and Gem's wife. She and her husband are devoted believers and worshippers of Ginrou the silver wolf.
Giuliano Flip (ジュリアーノ・フリップ, Juriāno Furippu)
Voiced by: Yōhei Tadano[5] (Japanese); Taylor Henry (English)
A beluga whale beastkin who is the head of a powerful gang and Nina's doting and overprotective father. He has an immense hatred for humans because his father was killed by beastkin hunters and was then cooked and eaten shortly after, though his daughter says that did not actually happen but that is the story she was told by him.
Prime Minister Shiramizu (白水 総理, Shiramizu Sōri)
Voiced by: Hōchū Ōtsuka[5] (Japanese); Joseph Whimms (English)
A human who is the presiding leader of Japan in the series. He worked with Mayor Rose to establish Anima City but harbors an eternal distrust towards Beastmen and isn't afraid to infringe on their rights.
Nina Flip (ニナ・フリップ, Nina Furippu)
Voiced by: Ami Maeshima[6] (Japanese); Erika Harlacher (English)
A dolphin beastkin who is the daughter of Giuliano Flip and has never been outside of Anima City. Nina is a friend of Michiru.
Jackie (ジャッキー, Jakkī)
Voiced by: Megumi Han[7] (Japanese); Erika Harlacher (English)
Boris Cliff (ボリス・クリフ, Borisu Kurifu)
Voiced by: Takehito Koyasu[8] (Japanese); Griffin Puatu (English)
A snake beastkin and head priest of the Silver Wolf Order cult, who has taken a strong interest in Nazuna.
Pinga (ピンガ, Pinga)
Voiced by: Daisuke Namikawa[9] (Japanese); Tony Azzolino (English)

Media[edit]

Anime[edit]

During Anime Expo 2019, Trigger revealed that they are producing a new original anime television series that is directed by Yoh Yoshinari and written by Kazuki Nakashima.[10] Yusuke Yoshigaki is designing the characters, and mabanua is composing the series' music.[4] The theme song, "Ready To", is performed by Sumire Morohoshi as Michiru Kagemori, while electronic musician AAAMYYY does the ending theme, "Night Running".[11] Toshio Ishizaki completed animation direction work in February 2020.[12]

It premiered on Fuji TV's +Ultra anime programming block, BS Fuji, and other channels from April 8 to June 24, 2020.[5] Prior to its Japanese television debut, the show's first six episodes were streamed on Netflix in Japan on March 12, 2020. The other six were later available on May 6, 2020.

BNA: Brand New Animal was released worldwide on June 30, 2020 on Netflix.

Episode list[edit]

No. Title Original air date
1"Runaway Raccoon"
March 21, 2020 (2020-03-21) (Netflix Japan)
April 8, 2020 (2020-04-08) (+Ultra)
In a world where both humans and beastkin exist, a tanuki beastkin named Michiru Kagemori travels to the beastkin-dedicated city, Anima-City, with help from shady mink beastkin Marie Itami who also saved her from beastkin hunters. Upon arriving in the city, which is holding a festival celebrating its tenth anniversary, Michiru's wallet is stolen. While trying to track down the thief, Michiru is caught up in a bombing, where she is saved by a wolf beastkin named Shirou Ogami. Discovering that the bomb was planted by beastkin mercenaries paid by anti-beastkin humans to sabotage the festival, Shirou violently beats up the attackers before he is stopped by Michiru, who reveals she used to be human.
2"Rabbit Town"
March 21, 2020 (2020-03-21) (Netflix Japan)
April 15, 2020 (2020-04-15) (+Ultra)
As Shirou remains doubtful of Michiru's claims that she is a human, Michiru is told by Marie to meet with Gram Grandma in Rabbit Town to retrieve her stolen wallet. Michiru begins teaching orphan kids how to read and write, until Gram Grandma decides to sell them all off to pay off a debt to a gang. While attempting to escape with the children in tow, Michiru becomes able to change the size of her arms to free herself. After Gram Grandma is arrested, Michiru becomes upset with Shirou for not intervening sooner, proving with her student ID that she was human. She then declares her hatred for beastkin due to their cruelty and disregard of life, she vows to fix the problems of Anima City, cure her beastkin illness, leave the city shortly after and never return.
3"Rhino Melancholy"
March 21, 2020 (2020-03-21) (Netflix Japan)
April 22, 2020 (2020-04-22) (+Ultra)
The mayor of Anima-City, Barbaray Rose, approaches Shirou about stopping bombers from attacking the city's medical center. Feeling the center could help cure her alleged disease, Michiru reveals her condition to Barbaray and insists she aid. Although Michiru and Shirou stop a gang from sneaking into the center, an explosion still goes off, which Shirou deduces was caused by two of the doctors trying to eliminate evidence. Yaba, one of the doctors, tries to take Michiru hostage, but Shirou manages to save her.
4"Dolphin Daydream"
March 21, 2020 (2020-03-21) (Netflix Japan)
April 29, 2020 (2020-04-29) (+Ultra)
Michiru meets Nina, the dolphin beastkin daughter of the gang boss Giuliano Flip, who has been posting to social media in human form near her location. Managing to regain the ability to turn into human form, Michiru joins Nina as she attends a human party, which initially seems to accept Nina even after she accidentally reveals herself as a beastkin. During the party however, one of the girls puts Nina into a fishtank without realizing she can't actually breathe as she is a mammal who doesn't have gills, forcing Michiru to use her transformation powers to save her. Despite the incident, Nina feels happy about the small bit of shining she got to experience.
5"Greedy Bears"
March 21, 2020 (2020-03-21) (Netflix Japan)
May 6, 2020 (2020-05-06) (+Ultra)
While watching a deadly baseball game, Michiru's powers catch the attention of the Bears team, helping them win their match as their pitcher. Enjoying the feeling, Michiru continues to play with them, unaware that their coach has been gambling on them losing. During a finals match, where the team is being bribed to lose, an incident in which coach Dante attempts to steal all the gambled money for himself leads to the crowd going angry for having their money stolen. As Shirou resolves this matter, Michiru shows the importance of what baseball truly means, and despite the Bears ultimately losing, they appreciate playing fair and square. Coach Dante, inspired by Michiru's courage and dedication to the game, has rekindled his love of baseball. After that, he quits baseball gambling to train his team for real and make them win the championship next time.
6"Fox Waltz"
March 21, 2020 (2020-03-21) (Netflix Japan)
May 13, 2020 (2020-05-13) (+Ultra)
Michiru discovers that Nazuna Hiwatashi, her best friend who caught the beastkin disease before she did. She has the ability to turn into a white fox and has become the figurehead of the Silver Wolf cult dedicated to the mythology of the silver wolf Ginrou, sacred deity of the Beastkin. Wanting to help cure Nazuna's condition too, Michiru arranges for Nazuna to meet with Barbaray. However, Nazuna takes advantage of the situation to secure a settlement for Silver Wolf. She states that she prefers being an idol having no need of friendship, leaving Michiru downhearted.
7"Easy Albatross"
May 6, 2020 (2020-05-06) (Netflix Japan)
May 20, 2020 (2020-05-20) (+Ultra)
Michiru meets a albatross beastkin named Pinga, whose species has faced trouble migrating due to flight restrictions placed on them. Meanwhile, Alan Sylvasta, head of Sylvasta Pharmaceuticals meets with Barbaray and Shirou and advises against giving the Silver Wolf cult refuge. Pinga flies Michiru across the city, however Shirou suspects that Pinga may be a terrorist. Spotting Pinga approach the Mayor's office, Shirou stops him with the help of Michiru's surprising new flight ability. Finding his planned terrorism was a bluff to meet the mayor, Shirou decides to let him go. Meanwhile, Alan is attacked by a flying hitman but is rescued by Nazuna.
8"The Mole Rat Speaks"
May 6, 2020 (2020-05-06) (Netflix Japan)
May 27, 2020 (2020-05-27) (+Ultra)
Following Alan's rescue, support for the Silver Wolf cult increases, leading to their refuge being approved. Just as Shirou and Michiru go to visit the prison to find out the assassin's motives, Yaba, one of the doctors that Shirou stopped before, goes berserk following a visit from Silver Wolf priest Cliff Boris. As both Shirou and Michiru struggle against the powered up Yaba, Shirou is forced to reveal his true identity as the legendary wolf Ginrou in order to defeat him. While Shirou recovers, Barbaray explains to Michiru how Shirou became Ginrou over a thousand years ago, when the beastkin of Nirvasyl were allegedly wiped out by humans.
9"Human Scapegoat"
May 6, 2020 (2020-05-06) (Netflix Japan)
June 3, 2020 (2020-06-03) (+Ultra)
While Shirou investigates what made Yaba go berserk, Michiru attempts to convince Nazuna that Ginrou is real, but fails. She then sees Nazuna apparently being abducted and breaks into the medical center to rescue her, only to discover she is there for an MRI scan. Alan then tells Michiru that she and Nazuna became beastkin as a result of a Sylvasta Pharmaceutics blood transfusion mishap and he is working with Nazuna to develop a cure. He reveals that it was his idea to have Nazuna pretend to be Ginrou to give the beastkin something to believe in. Meanwhile, Alan has a clandestine meeting with Prime Minister Shiramizu and offers him some new technology.
10"Rabid Wolf"
May 6, 2020 (2020-05-06) (Netflix Japan)
June 10, 2020 (2020-06-10) (+Ultra)
Michiru and Shirou encounter another berserk beastkin and attempt to take it down when a group of drones called Engel Machines appear and capture it with tranquilizer darts. They follow the drones to the medical center where they find that the drones were sent by Alan. He claims that the berserk effect its due to the "Nirvasyl Syndrome" which is the result of stress caused by several species of beastkin massed together, and is what wiped out Shirou's village. Alan reveals he intends to prevent the syndrome by developing a vaccine to turn beastkin into regular humans but Shirou becomes furious at the idea. Alan asks Michiru and Nazuna to hold a concert to calm the beastkin until the vaccine is complete. Meanwhile, Barbaray plans on dismantling Anima-City to disperse the beastkin to keep them safe. However, when Barbaray goes to inform Prime Minister Shiramizu of her decision, he places her under arrest, revealing that he is working with Alan.
11"A Beastly Feast"
May 6, 2020 (2020-05-06) (Netflix Japan)
June 17, 2020 (2020-06-17) (+Ultra)
Barbaray escapes from captivity and heads back to Anima-City with Pinga's help. Marie informs Shirou that Nazuna is planned to reveal that she is a human to calm the beastkin, but Shirou informs Michiru that Nazuna's confession will actually trigger the Nirvasyl Syndrome. Michiru convinces Nazuna not to make the confession, only for Boris to expose her himself. This sets off a chain reaction of the syndrome within the beastkin. This shock reawakens Shirou's memory revealing that beastkin were the ones who destroyed his village not humans as he believed, Shirou falls into despair before also succumbing to the syndrome, and he attacks and bites Michiru.
12"Anima-City"
May 6, 2020 (2020-05-06) (Netflix Japan)
June 24, 2020 (2020-06-24) (+Ultra)
Shirou suddenly returns to normal after biting Michiru. Meanwhile, while Alan informs Shiramizu that their plan to elimanate all beastkin has been implemented. Barbaray discovers that Michiru's and Nazuna's blood can neutralize berserker beastkins and cure Nirvasyl Syndrome. Michiru and Shirou confront Alan at the center, who reveals himself to be a purebred beastkin not a hybrid like Shirou. Michiru finds that a recording on her phone of Shirou's howling can calm the affected beastkin's rampage, so she works with Nazuna and Marie to broadcast it across the city. Alan in his beastkin form attempts to stop it, however Shirou defeats him aided by Michiru's antibodies now in his blood. He then uses his howl to calm the beastkin until the serum can be widely administered. With Alan's conspiracy revealed to the public, Barbaray works towards a reconciliation between beastkin and humans, and Michiru decides to stay the way she is.

Home media[edit]

Distributed by Toho, the series will be in three volumes on DVD and Blu-ray in Japan. The first volume is scheduled for an August 19, 2020 release, while the other two gets a September 16 and October 14 release respectively.[13]

Manga[edit]

On May 29, 2020, a manga adaptation illustrated by Asano based on the series began serialization.[14]

Novel[edit]

A prequel novel BNA Zero: Massara ni Narenai Kemono-tachi (The Animals That Can't Be Brand New) written by Nekise Ise was released on April 23, 2020.[15][16]

Soundtrack[edit]

The show's soundtrack was released on June 24, 2020.[17]

References[edit]

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  12. ^ https://twitter.com/sushio_/status/1223657306581168128
  13. ^ "TOHO Reveals First 'BNA – Brand New Animal' Anime DVD/BD Release Packaging". Fandom Post. July 1, 2020. Retrieved July 2, 2020.
  14. ^ "Trigger's BNA: Brand New Animal Anime Gets Manga". Anime News Network. May 29, 2020. Retrieved May 29, 2020.
  15. ^ "TVアニメ『BNA ビー・エヌ・エー』スピンオフ小説の発売が4月23日(木)に決定しました!". bna-anime.com (in Japanese). Archived from the original on 20 March 2020. Retrieved 11 March 2020.
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  17. ^ https://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/B085QPQK3L/ref=mh_s9_acss_cg_BNAMVD_md2_w

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