“Charlie”, a half-human, half-chimpanzee “humanzee”, was born from a pregnant chimpanzee who was taken into custody when the terrorist organization Animal Liberation Alliance attacked a biochemical laboratory. Fifteen years later, Charlie is raised by human parents, goes to high school, and meets Lucy, a human friend. Meanwhile, the more radical ALA is planning to drag Charlie into a terrorist attack.
What is notable about this manga is the scene where “Charlie”, a “humanzee”, questions the humans. There was a scene in the first episode where Ozzie, his classmate, throws an argument with “Charlie”.
What would you do if a rat with a deadly virus tried to bite you? The only way to stop the rat is to shoot the poor little animal with the gun in your hand! Now, what do you do in such a situation? The life of a rat is equal! Would a kind-hearted vegan give his life for a single rat?
I think I’d shoot a rat. If I didn’t, I’d be dead. But I would shoot you even if you were the one infected with the virus.
What we can glimpse from these conversations is that “Charlie” believes that human life and animal life are simply equal. Are humans special? If you were asked such a question, how would you answer?