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Cover of the first manga tankōbon volume, featuring Legoshi
|Written by||Paru Itagaki|
|Published by||Akita Shoten|
|Imprint||Shōnen Champion Comics|
|Magazine||Weekly Shōnen Champion|
|Original run||September 8, 2016 – present|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Shinichi Matsumi|
|Written by||Nanami Higuchi|
|Music by||Satoru Kōsaki|
|Original network||Fuji TV (+Ultra), TNC, KTV, THK, UHB, BS Fuji|
|Original run||October 8, 2019 – present|
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.
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.
Legoshi (レゴシ, Regoshi)
- Voiced by: Chikahiro Kobayashi (Japanese); Jonah Scott (English)
- Legoshi, 17 years old at the start of the story, 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.
- 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". 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."
- Voiced by: Sayaka Senbongi (Japanese); Lara Jill Miller (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 (Japanese); Griffin Puatu (English)
- Louis the red deer, 18 at the start of the story, 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. Itagaki stated that she chose the name "Louis" due to its upper class connotations.
- Voiced by: Atsumi Tanezaki (Japanese); Lauren Landa (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 (Japanese); Keith Silverstein (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 (Japanese); Ben Diskin (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 (Japanese); Kaiji Tang (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 (Japanese); Kyle McCarley (English)
- An Old English Sheepdog and friend of Legoshi's who lives in the same dorm.
Voss (ボス, Bosu)
- Voiced by: Yoshiyuki Shimozuma (Japanese); Kyle Hebert (English)
- A fennec fox and friend of Legoshi's who lives in the same dorm.
- Voiced by: Yuma Uchida (Japanese); Michael Chapman (English)
- A spotted hyena and friend of Legoshi's who lives in the same dorm.
Durham (ダラム, Daramu)
- Voiced by: Naoto Kobayashi (Japanese); Billy Kametz (English)
- A coyote and friend of Legoshi's who lives in the same dorm.
- Voiced by: Fukushi Ochiai (Japanese); Kyle Hebert (English)
- A pelican and head director of the drama club.
- Voiced by: Nobuhiko Okamoto (Japanese); Daman Mills (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 (Japanese); Erika Harlacher (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 (Japanese); Brian Beacock (English)
- A third-year peafowl and the stage crew leader of the drama club.
- Voiced by: Yūichi Iguchi (Japanese); Bryce Papenbrook (English)
- An anteater member of the drama club's stage crew.
Sheila (シイラ, Shīra)
- Voiced by: Yuko Hara (Japanese); Cristina Vee (English)
- A third-year cheetah and a high ranked member of the drama club serving as the choreographer.
- Voiced by: Ikuto Kanemasa (Japanese); Tony Azzolino (English)
- A bald eagle second-year student and friend to both Legoshi and Bill.
Ellen (エレン, Eren)
- Voiced by: Akane Ōchi (Japanese); Lauren Landa (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.
- Voiced by: Hibiku Yamamura (Japanese); Cherami Leigh (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 (Japanese); Reba Buhr (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 (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 (English)
- Zoe is a goat and member of Cherryton Academy's drama club.
- Voiced by: Naoto Kobayashi (Japanese); Bryce Papenbrook (English)
- Tao is a black panther second-year student at Cherryton Academy as well as a member of the drama club.
- 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 (Japanese); Billy Kametz (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 (Japanese); Bob Buchholz (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.
- Voiced by: Taiten Kusunoki
- 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
- 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)
Paru Itagaki launched the manga in Akita Shoten's shōnen manga magazine Weekly Shōnen Champion on September 8, 2016. The series has been compiled into 20 tankōbon volumes to date. In a September 2019 interview with Spanish website Ramen Para Dos, Itagaki stated that the manga would have "at most twenty volumes." In a January 2020 chapter's author's note Itagaki commented that the "end is in sight". In September 2020, it was announced that the manga will be finished in October of the same year.
|No.||Japanese release date||Japanese ISBN||English release date||English ISBN|
|1||January 6, 2017||978-4-253-22754-4||July 16, 2019||978-1-9747-0798-0|
|2||April 7, 2017||978-4-253-22755-1||September 17, 2019||978-1-9747-0799-7|
|3||May 8, 2017||978-4-253-22756-8||November 19, 2019||978-1-9747-0800-0|
|4||July 7, 2017||978-4-253-22757-5||January 21, 2020||978-1-9747-0801-7|
|5||October 6, 2017||978-4-253-22758-2||March 17, 2020||978-1-9747-0802-4|
|6||December 9, 2017||978-4-253-22759-9||May 19, 2020||978-1-9747-0803-1|
|7||February 8, 2018||978-4-253-22760-5||July 21, 2020||978-1-9747-0804-8|
|8||May 8, 2018||978-4-253-22761-2||September 15, 2020||978-1-9747-0805-5|
|9||July 6, 2018||978-4-253-22762-9||November 17, 2020||978-1-9747-0806-2|
|10||September 7, 2018||978-4-253-22763-6||—||—|
|11||November 8, 2018||978-4-253-22764-3||—||—|
|12||February 8, 2019||978-4-253-22765-0||—||—|
|13||April 8, 2019||978-4-253-22766-7||—||—|
|14||July 8, 2019||978-4-253-22767-4||—||—|
|15||October 10, 2019||978-4-253-22903-6||—||—|
|16||December 6, 2019||978-4-253-22904-3||—||—|
|17||January 8, 2020||978-4-253-22905-0||—||—|
|18||April 8, 2020||978-4-253-22906-7||—||—|
|19||July 8, 2020||978-4-253-22907-4||—||—|
|20||August 6, 2020||978-4-253-22908-1||—||—|
|21||October 8, 2020||978-4-253-22909-8||—||—|
In the 10th issue of 2019 of Weekly Shōnen Champion, it was announced that Beastars would get an anime television series adaptation animated by CG studio Orange. Shinichi Matsumi directed the series, with Nanami Higuchi handling series composition, Nao Ootsu designing the characters, and Satoru Kōsaki composing the series' music. 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, with the Netflix release outside of Japan on March 13, 2020. At the conclusion of the TV broadcast, a second season was announced. Animation studio Orange will be returning to produce the second season, which will premiere in January 2021.
Beastars was released on March 13, 2020 on Netflix outside of Japan.
|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 Matsumi||October 8, 2019|
|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 Geshi||October 17, 2019|
|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 Sokuza||October 24, 2019|
|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 Yukawa||October 31, 2019|
|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 Geshi||November 7, 2019|
|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 Sokuza||November 14, 2019|
|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 Yamamoto||November 21, 2019|
|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 Geshi||November 28, 2019|
|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 Sokuza||December 5, 2019|
|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 Katō||December 12, 2019|
|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 Geshi||December 19, 2019|
|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 Matsumi||December 26, 2019|
|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)]|
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. 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.
The series had 1.3 million copies in print as of April 2018.
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. The series won the 11th annual Manga Taishō Award in March 2018, the first time a series from Akita Shoten took the award. In April 2018, it won the New Creator Prize at the Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prizes. In May 2018, it won the award for Best Shōnen Manga at the 42nd annual Kodansha Manga Awards. It also won a New Face Award at the Japan Media Arts Festival Awards in March 2018.
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It is an ensemble coming-of-age story set in a world where carnivorous and herbivorous animals coexist.
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