Beastars

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Beastars
BEASTARS, volume 1.jpg
Cover of the first manga tankōbon volume, featuring Legoshi
Genre
Manga
Written byParu Itagaki
Published byAkita Shoten
English publisher
ImprintShōnen Champion Comics
MagazineWeekly Shōnen Champion
DemographicShōnen
Original runSeptember 8, 2016 – present
Volumes21 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Directed byShinichi Matsumi
Produced by
  • Shunsuke Hosoi
  • Hyuntae Kim
  • Kiyotaka Waki
  • Yoshinori Takeeda (Fuji TV)
Written byNanami Higuchi
Music bySatoru Kōsaki
StudioOrange
Licensed byNetflix
Original networkFuji TV (+Ultra), TNC, KTV, THK, UHB, BS Fuji
Original run October 8, 2019 – present
Episodes12 (List of episodes)
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Beastars (stylized as BEASTARS) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Paru Itagaki. It has been serialized in Weekly Shōnen Champion since September 2016, with its chapters collected in 20 tankōbon volumes as of August 2020. The story takes place in a world of modern, civilized, anthropomorphic animals with a cultural divide between carnivores and herbivores. The series takes its name from the in-universe rank of Beastar, an individual of great talent, service, and notoriety.

Beastars has won multiple awards, including being the first Akita Shoten title to take home the Manga Taishō Award. The manga is licensed for English release in North America by Viz Media, while the anime is licensed by Netflix.

An anime television series adaptation by Orange aired from October to December 2019, on Fuji TV's +Ultra programming block. A second season is scheduled to premiere in January 2021.

Plot[edit]

Legoshi, a large gray wolf, is a timid and quiet student of Cherryton Academy where he lives in a dorm with several other carnivorous students including his outgoing Labrador friend, Jack. As a member of the school's drama club, Legoshi works as a stagehand and supports the actors of the club headed by the star pupil Louis, a red deer.

Out of nowhere, Tem the alpaca is brutally murdered and devoured in the night, setting off a wave of unease and distrust between the herbivore and carnivore students. At the same time, Legoshi has a fateful encounter with Haru, a small dwarf rabbit who has been in love with the red deer Louis, and begins developing complex feelings for her.

Characters[edit]

Legoshi (レゴシ, Regoshi)

Voiced by: Chikahiro Kobayashi[3] (Japanese); Jonah Scott[4] (English)
Legoshi, 17 years old at the start of the story,[5] is a towering gray wolf with a quiet personality contrasting his appearance. A second-year student, he works as a member of the drama club's stage crew, and enjoys watching tragic stories performed despite never having had to directly participate in them. He attempts to hide his more terrifying traits in order to better acquaint his herbivorous classmates. He takes it upon himself to solve the murder of Tem. Generally conflicted with his status as a carnivore, Legoshi wishes to suppress his predatory desires which become even more complicated as he develops confused feelings towards Haru. He turns 18 in Volume 14.[6]
Itagaki had first conceptualized a wolf character while she attended junior high school; the design ideas remained similar, but over time she had different ideas for the character's story. Itagaki stated that she chose to make a wolf character as their similarity to dogs make them familiar to readers and that wolves' "sneaking around" makes them "cute".[5] The name "Legoshi" refers to actor Bela Lugosi while she used Mathieu Amalric as a model for Legoshi's face. She stated "I sometimes think of Kenichi Matsuyama when I'm drawing the body."[5]

Haru (ハル)

Voiced by: Sayaka Senbongi[3] (Japanese); Lara Jill Miller[4] (English)
Haru, a third-year, is the lone member of Cherryton's gardening club and general outcast of the school due to her sexual promiscuity. As a white dwarf rabbit, she often finds herself being treated as a fragile individual by society and wants to be validated as a person; she feels that having sex is the only way she can feel in control of herself. Haru tends to keep people at a distance, even those like Legoshi and Louis who wish to become closer with her.

Louis (ルイ, Rui)

Voiced by: Yūki Ono[7] (Japanese); Griffin Puatu[4] (English)
Louis the red deer, 18 at the start of the story,[8] is a third-year student at Cherryton and star actor of the school's drama club. Prideful and confident, Louis has a dream to become the next Beastar. He tends to look down upon those around him and assert his dominance even as an herbivore surrounded by carnivores. Though typically manipulative for his own desires, Louis has shown kindness and admiration (especially with Legoshi) that evolves over the course of the story. He has been romantically entangled with Haru.
Itagaki gives the character a "feminine" appearance, and that of the characters as of Volume 2 he "is the most difficult character[...]to draw" due to issues in making him show emotional characteristics, adding that she did not have difficulty drawing the actual parts of the character.[8] Itagaki stated that she chose the name "Louis" due to its upper class connotations.[8]

Juno (ジュノ)

Voiced by: Atsumi Tanezaki[7] (Japanese); Lauren Landa[9] (English)
Juno is a first-year female gray wolf student and new member of the drama club who falls in love with Legoshi at first sight after he protects her from bullies, having heard of him prior to meeting him. She is determined to win his heart and become a Beastar alongside him, to create a new peaceful era for all carnivores together.

Gohin (ゴウヒン, Gōhin)

Voiced by: Akio Ōtsuka[7] (Japanese); Keith Silverstein[4] (English)
A giant panda who works as a psychiatrist and back-alley doctor, who treats and rehabilitates carnivores whose predatory instincts start to overtake them. He first encounters Legoshi when he passes out in the Black Market, and at first assumes that Legoshi is one of many carnivores succumbing to their feral instincts, but soon develops something of a friendship with him, eventually becoming a mentor of sorts to him.

Jack (ジャック, Jakku)

Voiced by: Junya Enoki[7] (Japanese); Ben Diskin[4] (English)
Jack is a Labrador Retriever, and also Legoshi's closest friend. The two have been acquaintances since their childhood. He is very friendly and wants the best for Legoshi, supporting him no matter what.

Bill (ビル, Biru)

Voiced by: Takaaki Kojima[7] (Japanese); Kaiji Tang[4] (English)
Bill is a Bengal tiger and second-year student at Cherryton Academy. He is also a member of the drama club's acting division and desires to become the next Beastar in order to prove the worth of all carnivores. He even comes to view Legoshi as a rival in terms of acting skill.

Collot (コロ, Koro)

Voiced by: Takeo Ōtsuka[7] (Japanese); Kyle McCarley[10] (English)
An Old English Sheepdog and friend of Legoshi's who lives in the same dorm.

Voss (ボス, Bosu)

Voiced by: Yoshiyuki Shimozuma[7] (Japanese); Kyle Hebert[10] (English)
A fennec fox and friend of Legoshi's who lives in the same dorm.

Miguno (ミグノ)

Voiced by: Yuma Uchida[7] (Japanese); Michael Chapman[10] (English)
A spotted hyena and friend of Legoshi's who lives in the same dorm.

Durham (ダラム, Daramu)

Voiced by: Naoto Kobayashi[7] (Japanese); Billy Kametz[10] (English)
A coyote and friend of Legoshi's who lives in the same dorm.

Sanu (サヌ)

Voiced by: Fukushi Ochiai[7] (Japanese); Kyle Hebert[11] (English)
A pelican and head director of the drama club.

Kai (カイ)

Voiced by: Nobuhiko Okamoto[7] (Japanese); Daman Mills[4] (English)
Kai is a mongoose. Formerly part of the drama club acting team, he is demoted by Louis to working as a stagehand and supporting the actors of the club.

Els (エルス, Erusu)

Voiced by: Sayumi Watabe[7] (Japanese); Erika Harlacher[4] (English)
Els is an Angora goat who was the object of Tem's affection. She initially feared Legoshi following Tem's murder, but she changed her mind and forgave the wolf when he gave her Tem's love letter.

Dom (ドーム, Dōmu)

Voiced by: Genki Muro[7] (Japanese); Brian Beacock[11] (English)
A third-year peafowl and the stage crew leader of the drama club.

Kibi (キビ)

Voiced by: Yūichi Iguchi[7] (Japanese); Bryce Papenbrook[10] (English)
An anteater member of the drama club's stage crew.

Sheila (シイラ, Shīra)

Voiced by: Yuko Hara[7] (Japanese); Cristina Vee[12] (English)
A third-year cheetah and a high ranked member of the drama club serving as the choreographer.

Aoba (アオバ)

Voiced by: Ikuto Kanemasa[7] (Japanese); Tony Azzolino[11] (English)
A bald eagle second-year student and friend to both Legoshi and Bill.

Ellen (エレン, Eren)

Voiced by: Akane Ōchi[7] (Japanese); Lauren Landa[11] (English)
Ellen is a second-year zebra student at Cherryton Academy. She is a member of the drama club who holds great respect from the herbivore side (though not nearly as much as Louis). She is shown to be easily scared of carnivores and is the first to blame one of them for Tem's death.

Mizuchi (ミズチ)

Voiced by: Hibiku Yamamura[7] (Japanese); Cherami Leigh[10] (English)
A paranoid Harlequin rabbit student at Cherryton Academy in Haru's grade who believes herself an endangered species and enjoys belittling Haru as inferior to her.

Legom (レゴム, Regomu)

Voiced by: Sakura Andou[7] (Japanese); Reba Buhr[10] (English)
A Leghorn chicken student at Cherryton High School who sits next to Legoshi because the seats are arranged alphabetically. Every Wednesday, she sells her eggs to the school store, where Legoshi buys eggs from to make egg sandwiches. Although they seldom interact with one another, Legom appreciates Legoshi's affinity for her eggs.

Tem (テム, Temu)

Voiced by: Takeo Ōtsuka (Japanese); Kyle McCarley[10] (English)
Tem is an alpaca who was mysteriously murdered. Before his death, he had feelings for Els and made a love letter (which Legoshi knew and gave to Els afterward). Later in the series, the murderer is revealed amidst plenty of intrigue.

Zoe (ゾーイ, Zōi)

Voiced by: Genki Muro (Japanese); Kylen Deporter[10] (English)
Zoe is a goat and member of Cherryton Academy's drama club.

Tao (タオ)

Voiced by: Naoto Kobayashi (Japanese); Bryce Papenbrook[11] (English)
Tao is a black panther second-year student at Cherryton Academy as well as a member of the drama club.

Gon (ゴン)

The Siberian tiger Headmaster of Cherryton Academy who is also a member of the All-Organism Council that helps in selecting new Beastars each year.

Mayor (市長, Shichō)

Voiced by: Mitsuaki Hoshino[7] (Japanese); Billy Kametz[10] (English)
The unnamed lion mayor who selfishly ignores any negative behavior of other carnivores (especially lions) for the sake of preserving the peace. He admits to spending an exorbitant amount of money on plastic surgery to make himself look more like an herbivore for the sole purpose of appearing less threatening, and therefore more "electable".

Ogma (オグマ, Oguma)

Voiced by: Kenyu Horiuchi[7] (Japanese); Bob Buchholz[10] (English)
A red deer who is the owner and head of the Horns Conglomerate. Being infertile and in need of having a successor, he adopted Louis from the Back Market Alley when the latter was very little.

Ibuki (イブキ)

Voiced by: Taiten Kusunoki[13]
Member of the Shishigumi that operates in the black market. Ibuki is a clever and calm lion among its reckless members. He has a strong father/son-like relationship with Louis.

Free (フリー, Furī)

Voiced by: Subaru Kimura[13]
Member of the Shishigumi who is a quick-tempered lion that actively takes on the lead in turf wars. Aggressive but also likes to joke around.

Pina (ピナ, Pina)

Voiced by: Yūki Kaji[14]

Media[edit]

Manga[edit]

Paru Itagaki launched the manga in Akita Shoten's shōnen manga magazine Weekly Shōnen Champion on September 8, 2016.[15][16] The series has been compiled into 20 tankōbon volumes to date.[17] In a September 2019 interview with Spanish website Ramen Para Dos, Itagaki stated that the manga would have "at most twenty volumes."[18] In a January 2020 chapter's author's note Itagaki commented that the "end is in sight".[19] In September 2020, it was announced that the manga will be finished in October of the same year.[14]

During their panel at Anime NYC 2018, Viz Media announced that they have licensed the manga.[20]

Volumes[edit]

No.Japanese release dateJapanese ISBNEnglish release dateEnglish ISBN
1 January 6, 2017[21]978-4-253-22754-4July 16, 2019[22]978-1-9747-0798-0
  1. "Introduction upon the Full Moon" (満月なのでご紹介します, Mangetsu na no de goshōkai shimasu)
  2. "To Stroke One's Fur the Wrong Way" (少年たちの逆撫で, Shōnen-tachi no sakanade)
  3. "A Disturbance in the Mist" (霧の中の警鐘, Kiri no naka no keishō)
  4. "A Moderately Bad Day Even for a Bunny Rabbit" (ウサギ史上でもかなり悪い日, Usagi-shijō de mo kanari warui hi)
  1. "Hey, It's Us" (ねぇ僕らだよ, Nē boku-ra da yo)
  2. "A Star Among Beasts" (ケモノたちの一等星, Kemono-tachi no ichitō-sei)
  3. "Wildlife Sanctuary Level 100" (禁猟区レベル100, Kinryō-ku reberu hyaku)
2 April 7, 2017[23]978-4-253-22755-1September 17, 2019[24]978-1-9747-0799-7
  1. "The Godmother Sighs" (ゴッドマザーのため息, Goddomazā no tameiki)
  2. "The Wind Rises (Behind Closed Doors)" (風立ちぬ(ただし見えない所で), Kaze tachinu (Tadashi mienai tokoro de))
  3. "Privacy Offstage" (プライバシ一は舞台裏に, Puraibashi ichi wa butaiura ni)
  4. "Like Glass on Your Gums" (歯茎にガラス, Haguki ni garasu)
  5. "A Radiant Despot" (まぶしき独裁, Mabushiki dokusai)
  1. "Yin-Yang Stripes" (陰と陽、シマシマ, In to yō, shimashima)
  2. "The Scent of the Holy Grail" (聖杯の匂い, Seihai no nioi)
  3. "Warm Proof of Kinship" (仲間の証、温かく, Nakama no akashi, atatakaku)
  4. "Burning Retribution" (君を焦がす制歳, Kimi wo kogasu seisai)
3 May 8, 2017[25]978-4-253-22756-8November 19, 2019[26]978-1-9747-0800-0
  1. "Howl Reluctance Syndrome" (遠吠えのイヤイヤ症候群, Tōboe no iya-iya shōkōgun)
  2. "The Beasts' Summer Festival of the Meteor" (獣の盆、彼らが夏, Kemono no bon, kare-ra ga natsu)
  3. "Bow Wow Your Name" (ガウガウ君の名は, Gau-gau kimi no na wa)
  4. "The Customer Who Sits Next to Me" (隣のクライアント, Tonari no kuraianto)
  5. "Resonance with the Outside World" (外界との共鳴, Daitai to no kyōmei)
  1. "Together with Bill's Shadow" (建ち並ぶビルの影, Tachinarabu biru no kage)
  2. "Falling Down the Stairs of Adulthood" (おとなの階段に散る, Otona no kaidan ni chiru)
  3. "Visualized Reality" (現像されたリアルたち, Genzō sareta Riaru-tachi)
  4. "My Eyes Filled with Tears, My Heart Filled with Sorrow" (視界は滲むし全部嫌だ, Shikai wa nijimushi zenbu iya da)
4 July 7, 2017[27]978-4-253-22757-5January 21, 2020[28]978-1-9747-0801-7
  1. "That Day with Mister Bambi" (あの日ミス夕ーバンビと, Ano hi Misutā Banbi to)
  2. "How Clothes Should Fit" (ジャストフィットを見てよ, Jasutofitto wo mite yo)
  3. "The Brilliance of Emotions" (その感情、極彩色, Sono kanjō, gokusaishiki)
  4. "Refreshing Wind from the Passing of a Metro Train" (地下鉄の風はみずみずしい, Chikatetsu no kaze wa mizumizushī)
  5. "An Animal Tamer with Nerves of Steel" (鉄の猛獣使い, Tetsu no mōjūdzukai)
  1. "Shocking Pink Ambition" (野望はショッキングピンク, Yabō wa shokkingupinku)
  2. "Turn Off the Lights" (なら電気を消して, Nara denki wo keshite)
  3. "To Make a Solemn Vow" (宣誓⋯上へまいります, Sensei...-jō e mairimasu)
  4. "A Meek Bodyguard" (ボディガードは神妙に, Bodigādo wa shinmyō ni)
5 October 6, 2017[29]978-4-253-22758-2March 17, 2020[30]978-1-9747-0802-4
  1. "The Physiology of Taste" (美味礼讃のため, Bimiraisan no tame)
  2. "To Raise a Fist" (こぶしの縁に寄せて, Kobushi no en ni yosete)
  3. "Gathering Rain Clouds" (雨雲に引き連れられて, Amagumo ni hikitsurerarete)
  4. "White Fur on a Piece of Lined Paper" (罫線に白い毛這わせて, Keisen ni shiroi ke hawa sete)
  5. "I Wanna Hold You" (君を捕まえたい, Kimi wo tsukamaetai)
  1. "Overflowing Heart, Bursting Lungs" (胸いっぱいより肺いっぱい, Mune-ippai yori hai-ippai)
  2. "Large Loyalty" (大型忠誠心, Ōgata chūsei kokoro)
  3. "Together in the Thick Night" (味が濃い夜に僕ら2匹, Aji ga koi yoru ni boku-ra ni-biki)
  4. "Automatic Youth" (オートマチック青年, Ōtomachikku seinen)
6 December 9, 2017[31]978-4-253-22759-9May 19, 2020[32]978-1-9747-0803-1
  1. "Cemented by Warm Sweat" (温い汗に固められ, Nukui ase ni katamerare)
  2. "A Black Hole Beneath Her Eyelashes" (睫毛の奥のブラックホール, Matsuge no oku no burakku hōru)
  3. "Dominance Through Contrast" (コントラストで支配せよ, Kontorasuto de shihai seyo)
  4. "Only the Wind Knows" (潮風だけが知っている, Shiokaze dake ga shitte iru)
  5. "In the Lingering Summer Heat" (残暑 各々に散らばって, Zansho onōno ni chirabatte)
  1. "The Pups Who Transcended Old Tradition" (古代を飛び越せ子どもたち, Kodai wo tobikose kodomo-tachi)
  2. "Othello of Fire" (炎のオセロ, Honō no Osero)
  3. "Life Tastes Like Heavy Lead" (生命の味は重い鉛, Seimei no aji wa omoi namari)
  4. "Two Dangerous Egotists" (危険なエゴイスト2匹, Kiken'na egoisuto ni-hiki)
7 February 8, 2018[33]978-4-253-22760-5July 21, 2020[34]978-1-9747-0804-8
  1. "A Cornered Rat Bites the Cat" (強鼠なので猫を噛む, Tsuyo nezumi na no de neko wo kamu)
  2. "Catching a Faint Sound" (細い煙に耳澄ませ, Hosoi kemuri ni mimi sumase)
  3. "Eve Has Eaten the Apple" (イブはリンゴを食べたから, Ibu wa ringo wo tabeta kara)
  4. "The Savior's Seduction" (救世主の誘惑, Kyūseiju no yūwaku)
  5. "Two Hearts in Harmony" (ただ心臓が寄り添った, Tada shinzō ga yori sotta)
  1. "A Drop of Milk in Black Coffee" (ブラックコーヒーにミルク垂れた, Burakku kōhī ni miruku tareta)
  2. "Raison d'être of a Glorifier" (信徒の生き甲斐, Shinto no ikigai)
  3. "A Deep and Philanthropistic World" (博愛主義のディープワールド, Hakuai shugi no dīpu wārudo)
  4. "You're Like a Moth Flying Under the Moonlight" (月だ君は蛾になる, Tsuki da kimi wa ga ni naru)
8 May 8, 2018[35]978-4-253-22761-2September 15, 2020[36]978-1-9747-0805-5
  1. "The Resolve to Change Your Appearance" (覚悟は漂白可能, Kakugo wa hyō hakuka nō)
  2. "Lighting Oil on Fire!" (油をひいて火をつけろ!, Abura wo hīte hi wo tsukero!)
  3. "A Dancer Does Not Need Pointe Shoes" (踊り子にトウシューズはない, Odoriko ni toushūzu wanai)
  4. "The Value of Nonexistent Genes" (仮想遺伝子の値打ち, Kasō idenshi no neuchi)
  5. "A Burial in a Windy Coast" (荒星の弔い, Ara boshi no tomurai)
  1. "Alternating the Currents of Dentition" (電流通う牙の列, Denryū kayou kiba no retsu)
  2. "Limp Teeth Meets Invigorated Hands" (ご挨拶冷えた口元燃える手に, Goaisatsu hieta kuchimoto moeru te ni)
  3. "The Tin Can Phone Line is Dying" (糸電話の回線乱れております, Itodenwa no daisen midarete orimasu)
  4. "Civilization's Cradle" (文明のゆりかご, Bunmei no yuri kago)
9 July 6, 2018[37]978-4-253-22762-9November 17, 2020[38]978-1-9747-0806-2
  1. "Just an Ordinary Day"
  2. "Burning White Flames"
  3. "A "Wolf" with Good Lineage"
  4. "An Aloof Knight"
  5. "To Unwind a Grandfather Clock"
  1. "A Cappricco and a Cry for the Moon"
  2. "The Naivete of a Honey Hunt"
  3. "A Garden of Organic Fruit"
  4. "A Lingerie-to-Lingerie Talk"
10 September 7, 2018[39]978-4-253-22763-6
  1. "The Decision to Smile"
  2. "A Pair of Eyes as Dark and Round as Soup Bowls"
  3. "Across the Universe"
  4. "A Hug from You is Worth More than My Bed"
  5. "Turbulence-inducing Claw Strikes"
  1. "Is Our Blood Divided By Sewage?"
  2. "A Comet in this Abyss"
  3. "The New Star Wins the Award for Best Supporting Actor"
  4. "Hell Hath no Fury"
11 November 8, 2018[40]978-4-253-22764-3
  1. "Stains on a Chopping Board: Traces of a Dream"
  2. "The Old Year and the New Year of My Soul"
  3. "The Howl of a Guardian Deity"
  4. "You are the Prince of Beasts"
  5. "A Piece of Golden Hair on My Shirt, Now in My Pocket"
  1. "Beast School Wars"
  2. "A Drop of 18-times Concentrate"
  3. "I Give You My Crimson Cross Section"
  4. "We Were Just Out Eating"
12 February 8, 2019[41]978-4-253-22765-0
  1. "Meeting Eyes with Myself Twenty Years into the Future"
  2. "A Leader with a Black Mane"
  3. "What Happens When You Bust a Tire in a Very Full Train?"
  4. "Living Condition: Raising a Stray Dog"
  5. "Was It Fire that Made His Body Black?"
  1. "Seeds Scatter Like Rain"
  2. "A Lethal Dose of Love, Marmalade Flavored"
  3. "Born to be Eaten"
  4. "Scales that Reflect the Light of the Moon"
13 April 8, 2019[42]978-4-253-22766-7
  1. "Inherited Sanpaku Eyes that Determine the Fate of Love"
  2. "Caribbean Neighborhood"
  3. "An Oxygen-Depriving Date with a Merman"
  4. "I Don't Know What Beer Tastes Like"
  5. "His Marble-Like Eyes are Blurred Like Frosted Glass"
  1. "A Shower of Antitoxic Mist"
  2. "A Body Filled with Purity and Whimsy"
  3. "Friend, Shall I Bow Before You with My Tongue on the Floor?"
  4. "Tonight, I Feel More Like a Bunny than She Does (Now Dig In)"
14 July 8, 2019[43]978-4-253-22767-4
  1. "A Dancing Boy's Introspection"
  2. "An Altar of Beta-Carotene"
  3. "A Machine Gun Without Ammo"
  4. "If You Pour Out All the Lukewarm Water, You'll Be Left with Cold Water"
  5. "A Shout in the Evening Like a Baby's First Cry"
  1. "The Neck of an Hourglass: Ascending with You"
  2. "A Requiem Can Sound like a Hymn if You Listen Hard Enough"
  3. "Our Tails, Afterimages Etched into Our Skulls"
  4. "The More Colors are Mixed in Paint, the Blacker It Gets"
15 October 10, 2019[44]978-4-253-22903-6
  1. "A Monster's Threatening Letter with a Noshi Attached"
  2. "A Devil's Prayer is a Premonition of Bad Luck"
  3. "Spots like a Mystical Beast Under a Disco Ball"
  4. "A "Danger Mixture" Made to Counteract Against a Gas Outbreak"
  5. "Jumping out of a Dream of an Annunciation"
  1. "His Lead-Colored Prosthetic Leg is Sometimes Rainbow-Colored Under the Sun"
  2. "A Forcibly-worn Flower Crown Made of Silver Vine"
  3. "You Call Me by My Name as if I'm Already Dead"
  4. "The High Tide Swallows the Beach's Sand"
16 December 6, 2019[45]978-4-253-22904-3
  1. "Final Contact"
  2. "Sweet Steam and Green Peppers"
  3. "Our Electric Cardiogram is a Straw Ripped to Pieces"
  4. "A Departure from La La Land"
  5. "A Transient 21,500 Years"
  1. "Running Across the Twilit Field"
  2. "Acting Direction in a Tragedy"
  3. "A Mermaid's Song with Bubbles"
  4. "100 Years of Life for an Animal?!"
17 January 8, 2020[46]978-4-253-22905-0
  1. "Her Breasts So Translucent the Light of the TV Passes Through Them"
  2. "I Am a Feline"
  3. "A Body Without Privacy"
  4. "An El Niño in My Desert"
  5. "Wipe Off Your Drool Before Saying Sweet Nothings"
  1. "When I Woke Up I Thought Morning Would Come"
  2. "The Second Coming of the White Fox"
  3. "Oh My Big Daddy!"
  4. "Please Listen to "Comedians' Gallop" When Reading This Chapter"
18 April 8, 2020[47]978-4-253-22906-7
  1. "A Question of Self-Harming School Regulations: Claw Marks on the Wall"
  2. "Howl of the Losing Dogs: A Fine Melody"
  3. "Jack-Sensei's History Classroom"
  4. "The Yolk Forever in Our Heart"
  5. "Though the Time Bomb Was Quietly Ticking Away"
  1. "Adler Appears Without a Scene Change"
  2. "An Unheard-of Word"
  3. "Following Tracing Lines for Their Purity"
  4. "The Uncertainty of a Loyal Son"
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  1. "In Awe of Ignorance"
  2. "An Early Afternoon with a Good Wife and Wise Mother"
  3. "Don't Look Down, Your Hair Will Get into Your Eyes"
  4. "A Drop of Ashura's Tears"
  5. "The Answer to Chapter 65 is ERROR"
  1. "Please Give Me Your Body's Fate"
  2. "Crazy Party Quiz Show"
  3. "The Final Answer for Both"
  4. "Who Else Called that a "Giraffe Frankfurter"?"
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  1. "The Endless Table Manners"
  2. "Staring into My Lips and Threatening Me"
  3. "Red, the Color of Rexmas"
  4. "××××××× as the Snow Melts"
  5. "A Heroic Story of Blood Spraying in the Air"
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  3. "Let's Go Surfing Tonight!"
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Anime[edit]

In the 10th issue of 2019 of Weekly Shōnen Champion, it was announced that Beastars would get an anime television series adaptation[51] animated by CG studio Orange.[52] Shinichi Matsumi directed the series, with Nanami Higuchi handling series composition, Nao Ootsu designing the characters, and Satoru Kōsaki composing the series' music.[53] The series aired from October 8 to December 26, 2019 and aired on Fuji TV's +Ultra anime programming block and other channels. The first season was 12 episodes in total,[54] with the Netflix release outside of Japan on March 13, 2020.[55][56] At the conclusion of the TV broadcast, a second season was announced.[57][58] Animation studio Orange will be returning to produce the second season,[59] which will premiere in January 2021.[60][61]

ALI performed the series' opening theme song "Wild side", while YURiKA performed the series' ending theme songs "Le zoo", "Sleeping instinct", "Marble" and "Floating Story on the Moon".[62]

Beastars was released on March 13, 2020 on Netflix outside of Japan.

Episode list[edit]

No. Title Directed by Original air date
1"The Moon and the Beast (満月は照らす獣を選んでる, Mangetsu wa terasu kemono o eranderu)"Shinichi MatsumiOctober 8, 2019 (2019-10-08)
Tem, an alpaca, is murdered and eaten by an unknown carnivore late at night. As tensions rise between the herbivores and carnivores across the campus of Cherryton, the school's drama club attempts to continue practicing for their play in honor of their late member. A white dwarf rabbit named Haru is bullied by her classmates while a grey wolf named Legoshi tries to work with his red deer classmate Louis on settling tensions in the club. While Louis attempts to provide extra practice for Tem's replacement late in the evening, Legoshi stands watch outside the theater, but suddenly finds himself drawn to Haru. [chapters 1-4 (vol. 1)]
2"The Academy's Top Dogs (学園の心臓部は庭園にあり, Gakuen no shinzōbu wa teien ni ari)"Yasuhiro GeshiOctober 17, 2019 (2019-10-17)
Legoshi attempts to fight his carnivorous urges that try to convince him to eat Haru, as he injures the rabbit's arm. She escapes when Legoshi is distracted by a classmate who alerts him about Louis injuring himself in the darkened theater. The next day, Louis helps break up a fight in the Cherryton cafeteria, and later carries on rehearsing his lead role in the drama club play while hiding his injured leg. The drama club decides to get some roses to decorate a set piece in the play, and give the job to Legoshi, who discovers that Haru is the sole member of the Gardening Club. He helps her with some gardening tasks while worrying that she might recognize him as the attacker from last night. Haru offers her body in thanks for his help, frightening Legoshi. [chapters 5-8 (vol. 1-2)]
3"A Wolf is Born (オスオオカミ 出生のとき, Osuōkami shussei no toki)"Makoto SokuzaOctober 24, 2019 (2019-10-24)
Legoshi abruptly flees from Haru before she finishes disrobing him, as some herbivores talk about a rumor that Haru is a slut who has slept with multiple men. Legoshi tries to sort through his own feelings for Haru, as a wolf, and as a male. Meanwhile, Louis pushes himself to get through his part in the drama club's play, even though his injured leg is getting worse, and he finds himself increasingly irritated at Legoshi suppressing his carnivore strength. Louis manages to pull off a grand performance, but after the curtain falls on the play, Louis collapses on stage. [chapters 8-12 (vol. 2)]
4"Give it Your All (君は聖杯までふやかして, Kimi wa seihai made fuyakashite)"Atsushi YukawaOctober 31, 2019 (2019-10-31)
Louis wakes up in the Cherryton school infirmary to discover that he has fractured his leg, and decides to give his lead role to Bill the Bengal tiger. Legoshi is forced to take Bill's role as one of the villains of the play. As the second day of the performance arrives, Bill reveals to Legoshi that he took a few drops of rabbit's blood to prepare. During the play, Bill starts to flub his lines while the audience wonders what happened to Louis. Legoshi breaks character and starts fighting Bill on stage for real, venting his anger against Bill for using rabbit blood to "dope" and against his own violent actions against Haru. When Bill claws back, Louis suddenly appears and breaks up the fight, drawing applause. [chapters 13-16 (vol. 2)]
5"Two Sides to the Story (しっぽの汚れにも理由を見出すお年頃, Shippo no yogore ni mo riyū o mīdasu otoshigoro)"Yasuhiro GeshiNovember 7, 2019 (2019-11-07)
Because of the publicity the on-stage fight has gathered (if for the wrong reasons), Louis refrains from suspending Legoshi and Bill from the drama club. A month later, the club is called on to participate in the upcoming Meteor Festival. Legoshi is still insecure about his growing feelings for Haru, who in turn begins to see him in a better light for his friendliness and modesty. Eventually, after having dinner together in the cafeteria, she shares her name with him. [chapters 17-20 (vol. 3)]
6"Blurred Vision – Dream or Reality? (視界の滲み 夢か現か, Shikai no nijimi: yume ka utsutsu ka)"Makoto SokuzaNovember 14, 2019 (2019-11-14)
The community is startled by another brutal herbivore murder committed by carnivores. Legoshi saves a young wolf girl named Juno from a couple of bullies, winning her affection. Later, he, Aoba and a group of their peers go downtown to city hall to collect information for the Meteor Festival. Then, after spending the day in the city, they get lost and stray into a district called the Black Market, where Legoshi is horrified to see herbivores selling their own body parts to passing carnivores. While running away through the market, Legoshi is overcome by the scent of meat and passes out in a back alley. There he is picked up by the Black Market's psychotherapist and guardian, who explains to Legoshi that his feelings for Haru are actually his predatory instincts disguised as romantic feelings. When Legoshi explains to him that he has no prior experience with love, he gives him a rabbit-themed erotic magazine to test whether those feelings are based on love or predatory instincts. On his way back to school, Legoshi runs into Aoba, who was likewise disgusted by the Black Market, and the two reconcile. [chapters 21-25 (vol. 3)]
7"Below the Fur Coat (制服と被毛のそのまた下の, Seifuku to himō no sono mata shita no)"Kensuke YamamotoNovember 21, 2019 (2019-11-21)
Legom, a chicken student who regularly delivers her eggs to the school cafeteria for the carnivore students, is devoted to making sure her eggs are of the highest quality. As Louis exits Haru's garden clubhouse, he runs into Legoshi, and they realize that both of them have an interest in Haru. Jack finds the erotic magazine and confronts Legoshi with it, who explains that he thought he had an interest in a female rabbit but is convinced that he has no feelings for her. Despite his efforts to distance himself from Haru, Legoshi eventually admits to himself that he is actually in love with her. [chapters 20, 26-28 (vol. 3-4)]
8"Caught like Floss in a Canine's Teeth (犬歯に糸ようじひっかけるように, Kenshi ni itoyōji hikkakeru yō ni)"Yasuhiro GeshiNovember 28, 2019 (2019-11-28)
The first preparations for the Meteor Festival are finished. When Haru finds herself alone out at dusk, Legoshi offers to go back to school together with her, but struggles with his inner conflict between his carnivorous instincts and his love for Haru. Juno confronts Louis with her goals of becoming the next Beastar and winning Legoshi's heart. When she and Legoshi wander the festival grounds, a temporary blackout causes the worried Legoshi to look for Haru, which is witnessed by Juno. [chapters 29-32 (vol. 4)]
9"Into the Lion's Den (エレベーター最上階の戦慄, Erebētā saijōkai no senritsu)"Makoto SokuzaDecember 5, 2019 (2019-12-05)
Louis reminisces about his childhood, when he grew up as illegal livestock for carnivores until he was taken in by Oguma, head of the Horns Conglomerate, who adopted him as his son. Legoshi prevents a carnivore student from attacking Louis, and discovers that Louis has been marked for lynching because him becoming the next Beastar might render carnivores underprivileged. Legoshi sets up a meeting with Haru to confess his feelings to her, but Haru is kidnapped by Shishi-Gumi, a criminal lion gang whose head intends to eat her. Fearing that this incident will endanger his position, the Mayor forbids any investigation in this matter, even blackmailing Louis with his livestock background to keep him quiet. Misunderstanding Louis's hesitation to look for Haru, Legoshi gets into a fight with Louis before deciding to rescue her by himself. [chapters 33-36 (vol. 4-5)]
10"A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing (綿毛、地の果てまで追うならば, Watage, chi no hate made ou naraba)"Daiki KatōDecember 12, 2019 (2019-12-12)
Beginning his search for Shishi-Gumi in the Black Market, Legoshi is soon begrudgingly joined by the panda doctor Gouhin after Legoshi convinces him of his feelings for Haru. Driven by Haru's lingering smell and Gouhin's advice, Legoshi unleashes his bestial instincts, allowing him to fight his way past the Shishi-Gumi guards. While thinking about Legoshi, Haru finds the strength to stand up against her captors, allowing Legoshi to reach her just in time. [chapters 37-40 (vol. 5)]
11"To the Neon District (ゆきゆきて 夏のネオン街, Yuki yukite natsu no neon machi)"Yasuhiro GeshiDecember 19, 2019 (2019-12-19)
While his friends at school notice his absence and begin to worry, Legoshi defeats the Shishi-Gumi Boss in a bloody fight to save Haru. As he and Haru leave the Shishigumi hideout, the Boss tries to shoot Legoshi in the back, but is instead killed by Louis who has also come to rescue Haru. As they rest in a love hotel for the night, Legoshi admits that it was he who attacked Haru by the fountain that night. Haru confesses that she has always suspected it, but still came to like Legoshi for his kind nature. But as they attempt to have their first sexual encounter together, their instincts as carnivore and herbivore get in the way yet again. [chapters 41-44 (vol. 5-6)]
12"In the Storm's Wake (夏嵐の後ろ姿, Karan no ushiro sugata)"Shinichi MatsumiDecember 26, 2019 (2019-12-26)
After involuntarily acting on her instincts of wanting to be eaten, Haru apologizes for ruining the mood. They return to school, where Juno corners Haru and, after finding out they didn't have sex, challenges her for Legoshi's heart. The Meteor Festival begins, but before Legoshi can confess to Haru, Juno brings him on stage and announces his heroism of saving a herbivore to the crowd, which applauds his bravery. She arranges to light a candle with him, to signify their relationship. Later, Legoshi leaves in search of Haru, who had trudged off believing that Juno would be better than her for Legoshi. Legoshi finds her and explains his feelings, but admits to her that he needs an unknown amount of time to get stronger so that he doesn't lose to his instincts, to which she replies that she will wait for him. Sometime later, Legoshi encounters an unseen character, who walks with him but begins smiling for no apparent reason. [chapters 44-48 (vol. 6)]

Stage play[edit]

On December 4, 2019, the first 2020 magazine issue of Weekly Shōnen Champion announced that a stage play based on the manga was in development. It was originally scheduled for an April 2020 debut running through May in Tokyo and Osaka.[63] In late March 2020, it was announced that the play has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, there are plans to have it postponed instead.[64]

Reception[edit]

The series had 1.3 million copies in print as of April 2018.[65]

In December 2017, the series placed second in the list of top male-targeted manga for 2018 in the Kono Manga ga Sugoi! guidebook, placing after The Promised Neverland.[66] The series won the 11th annual Manga Taishō Award in March 2018, the first time a series from Akita Shoten took the award.[16] In April 2018, it won the New Creator Prize at the Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prizes.[67] In May 2018, it won the award for Best Shōnen Manga at the 42nd annual Kodansha Manga Awards.[68] It also won a New Face Award at the Japan Media Arts Festival Awards in March 2018.[69]

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