BNA: Brand New Animal – 12

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Are you ready to change?

We’ve finally done it, after a tumultuous process. But in the end, it was worth all the effort.

The two batch Netflix release schedule really didn’t help us, and in fact made it harder, but I hope we’ve been able to deliver the best possible experience for you. I felt that Trigger delivered a show very in their own style, and especially stepped up the game when it came to the music, perhaps the single best part of the production. Not every single question raised was answered, but the way that the themes, mechanics, world, and characters all coalesced to form a cohesive whole with a strong viewpoint on how to best live your life was well done. Michiru was a great protagonist, and her contrasts along the way to Shirou, Nazuna, and Alan seamlessly developed their characters and the plot. Plus, it’s almost like the show was made for me with science, idols, and Morohoshi Sumire. I’ve got to thank them for that.

We couldn’t have completed this without the great staff on the project:

Translation: Akatsukin
Editing: wrd
Timing: Akatsukin
Typesetting: joletb, reed (4)
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Quality Checking: Akatsukin, joletb
Song Translation: Akatsukin
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And thank you for watching! So, if you’ve enjoyed reading everything I’ve had to say up until now, then this story analysis may tickle your fancy as well. It’s some science, but mostly opinion. Starting with the most important thing (click to read)…

Was the overall theme ruined when Alan turned out to be a beastman?

The entire show up until now was leading into a humans versus beastmen conflict, with humans being shown as intelligent yet evil, beastmen being violent but natural, and Michiru serving as the middle point and ambassador. This seems to come crashing down when the big bad villain is a beastman too. Even so, I believe that BNA maintains the most important themes of being able to change as many times as you want. In a way, Alan not being human almost reinforces that both sides of the equation can be evil, but both sides also have the propensity for good (even though only Michiru and later Nazuna represent that).

Michiru’s friends and family

We were shown that her mom still cares about her from the birthday message, so it’s slightly unsatisfying that Michiru was never shown contacting her afterwards.

Alan Sylvasta’s true form

Alan being a beastman was absolutely a surprise, but there are parts which help make sense in retrospect. He was able to achieve a three-headed form because of the earlier explained history that beastmen used to transform to look like human gods, and he obviously takes over Cerberus. Being in the same family as dogs and wolves himself, it’s not farfetched to think he learned to change his scent as well with his superior transformation abilities.

The super wolf beam cannon

Shirou was shown using something nearly identical in episode 08, so this has precedent.

Immortality and eternal youth

It’s very interesting how the blood of 1000 other beastmen makes you immortal from injury and illness, but only mixed blood gives you eternal youth and lifespan. I think it’s a subtle reminder from the writers about the importance of diversity.

The truth of Nirvasyl

It’s likely that the Sylvasta of that era intentionally caused Nirvasyl Syndrome to occur by attacking first with his human army and inducing stress in the beastmen. Him saying that the Syndrome occurred first was likely a lie. In much the same way the beastmen of Anima City were betrayed by a human they trusted (Nazuna as Ginrou), so too were the beastmen of Nirvasyl (their trade partner Sylvasta).

Boris’s true identity

Boris was shown to have superior transformation abilities with his snake attack, so it’s possible that he came from a family of purebreds who have always served the Sylvasta family. He likely wore a mask at all times because he appeared to be stuck in a half-human half-beast form, but the cause was never explained. It’s also possible that he was a failed test subject when Sylvasta Pharmaceutical was testing a drug to turn beastmen into humans. If that’s the case, then rather than being purebred, it was the opposite and he was given a drug to amplify his transformation abilities at the expense of a loss of control. Both explanations make sense, but one has more evidence, because…

What Boris said to make Yaba go crazy

Never explained. I speculated that Boris drugged Yaba and that Nirvasyl Syndrome was a hoax caused by poison, but that was not the case. It was also never explained why Boris said “You wouldn’t recognize me in this form”, other than to hint the viewer into my above theory that he was a failed experiment. The fact that Yaba is also a scientist heavily suggests this as well.

The Ginrou that Michiru saw at the festival

Deliberately left unanswered, and I think it’s better this way. In a world full of mysteries, I think it’s perfectly acceptable to leave some secrets.

Mayor Rose’s comment at the end

She made reference to living for a while longer to watch over the city as it changes. I believe this goes back to her being a naked mole rat, which is famous for being remarkably long-lived for a rodent. Or it could be from the prequel LN which I haven’t read yet.

What about all the Engelmaschines sent out before?

Decommissioned after the Prime Minister went silent after the failure in Anima City, most likely.

How does Michiru’s blood fix the berserk BDNA?

The Mayor says that it “overwrites” the existing strands, but I debunked that last time. However, I came up with a new solution that may make at least some more sense. Rather, I remembered that the vast majority of DNA in humans, about 99.9%, is shared. All the rest is what makes each person unique. If you imagine that the parts being switched on and then later removed are separate from these distinct locations, there may be some sense to the explanation. If there’s part of a chromosome that details how to make mitochondria for instance, and it’s epigenetically changed by stress, that could be cut out and replaced with a benign form with a CRISPR-like method by entire natural and organic proteins. Maybe those extra proteins were part of the “activated enzymes” Michiru and Nazuna got.

Suddenly antibodies?

For how almost-correct most of the science in this show was, this line was plain wrong. They didn’t even need to include that term. I’m chalking it up to Shirou the character not being a scientist and just pretending like he understands.

Michiru/Shirou/Nazuna’s character development

Being honest here, I drafted this post weeks ago but didn’t do this part, and now my brain’s out of juice. But each of them I felt had just the right amount of static and dynamic parts. Michiru was correct about everything she said regarding Nazuna, but had to learn how to apply her thoughts inward and consider her own life from an outside perspective. Shirou is hard to write, as nobody living can truly relate to an immortal, but given his entire history and how it was only less than a hundred years prior that he swore off transforming and murder, his slow change to accepting humans like Michiru and becoming more open was justified. Nazuna I’ve touched upon previously, but she went way too hard in on her noble dream of being an idol to help and inspire others, and while that part of her hasn’t changed, she’s gone back to being the friendly and trusting person she was, but now with more self-confidence.

14 thoughts on “BNA: Brand New Animal – 12

  1. some dude

    Thank you for your hard work, guys! Been waiting this for a while now, since I trust your subs the most since the LWA TV days.
    I can finally marathon the show again and save it properly.

  2. another dude

    Nice work, definitely worth the wait, so thank ya!

    So on a side note, what are the plans for this/next season? 😉

  3. Laxx

    Thank you for subbing the show.

    I got a little gift for you. It’s been a while since I made one of these. I know you’re not going to discard our favorite witches, so this one is similar in design and would fit into a rotation, but ultimately it’s your decision. Do what you want with it.

  4. Iskander

    Thank you very much for the subs. Great quality.

    About the open questions, I suppose that the government doesn’t known about the transformations of Michiru and Nazuna. Otherwise it would make for a pretty good way to make super-soldiers. They have such versatility. On a serious note, I don’t think that it could be physically possible… but who cares, it was fun.

  5. Mouse

    I appreciate the work you all have put into this series. It was well worth the watch and the translator notes always put fansubs above and beyond ‘professional’ ones.

    Also, Jackie needs her own series. She was the true hero.

  6. The FriskyJacket

    First off, a big thank you to all of the shows you’ve given amazing treatment with your work. I also wanted to add my interpretation of Sylvasta’s purity being inferior to Shiro’s mixed blood. Basically Sylvasta was just talking out of his ass about things he doesn’t understand, ironic considering he runs a company that specialises in genetics, when he said his pure blood genetics was somehow superior. If you look at real world animals, animals that have been selectively bred (pure breeds) might have interesting shapes and sizes (and numbers of heads I guess) that can make them seem special but, they also have genetic defects that make them more prone to diseases. These genetic defects make them effectively “weaker” than mixed breeds. Anyway that’s just my pseudo-science explanation for why Sylva was easily curb stomped by Shiro. As for all the laser beams and other fantastical elements that didn’t really get an explanation? I think it the tried and true Trigger Special.


  7. colosson

    Thanks for your good work. Hoping you can do some pending BD releases (including Sanzaramai, please reconsider)

  8. Bovi

    Thanks for the subs, i always wait for your releases since they’re one of the best out there! I do feel kinda dumb since as soon as Alan transformed into a three headed dog all i thought was “Oh they’re so smart, he’s an inbred so of course he’d have three heads” but your explanation seems much more likely haha

  9. Tpz

    Thank you so much for your work on this show! Your subs really increase my enjoyment out of the shows and I’m very grateful for what you’re providing us! <3

  10. Ibrahim Lghazaoui

    First I’d like to thank you for the amazing work you did on this series (and the episode reflections <3), I'm a fan of you guys since your work on LWA.

    Just a question though : what was left unanswered about the Ginrou seen at the festival, didn't Michiru just say in the end it was Shirou ? Or am I missing something here ?

    Anyway, a shame that you won't be picking up any shows this summer, but anybody needs summer holidays I guess XD Keep up the good work !


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