Beastars

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Beastars
BEASTARS, volume 1.jpg
Manga
Written byParu Itagaki
Published byAkita Shoten
English publisher
DemographicShōnen
MagazineWeekly Shōnen Champion
Original runSeptember 8, 2016 – present
Volumes11 (List of volumes)
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Beastars is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Paru Itagaki. The series has won multiple awards, including being the first Akita Shoten title to take home the Manga Taishō Award.

Plot[edit]

The story takes place in a world of civilized anthropomorphic animals with a cultural divide between the carnivores and herbivores. The series takes its name from the in-universe rank of Beastar, an individual of great talent, service, and notoriety. Legosi, a large gray wolf, is a timid and quiet student of Cherryton School 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, Legosi 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 a wave of unease and distrust between the herbivore and carnivore students. At the same time, Legosi has a fateful encounter with Haru, a small dwarf rabbit, and begins developing complex feelings for her.

Characters[edit]

Legosi (レゴシ, Regoshi)
Legosi is a towering gray wolf with a quiet personality in contrast to his appearance. 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, Legosi wishes to suppress his predatory desires which becomes even more complicated as he develops confused feelings towards Haru.
Louis (ルイ, Rui)
Louis the red deer is a third year student at Cherryton and leads 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 that evolves over the course of the story. He has been romantically entangled with Haru.
Haru (ハル)
Haru 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, Haru often finds herself being treated as a fragile individual by society and wants to be validated as a person. Haru tends to keep people at a distance, even those like Legosi who wish to become closer with her.

Publication[edit]

Paru Itagaki launched the manga in Akita Shoten's shōnen manga magazine Weekly Shōnen Champion on September 8, 2016.[1][2] The series has been compiled into 11 tankōbon volumes to date.[3] During their panel at Anime NYC, Viz Media announced that they have licensed the manga.[4]

Volumes[edit]

No.Japanese release dateJapanese ISBN
1 January 6, 2017[5]ISBN 978-4-253-22754-4
2 April 7, 2017[6]ISBN 978-4-253-22755-1
3 May 8, 2017[7]ISBN 978-4-253-22756-8
4 July 7, 2017[8]ISBN 978-4-253-22757-5
5 October 6, 2017[9]ISBN 978-4-253-22758-2
6 December 9, 2017[10]ISBN 978-4-253-22759-9
7 February 8, 2018[11]ISBN 978-4-253-22760-5
8 May 8, 2018[12]ISBN 978-4-253-22761-2
9 July 6, 2018[13]ISBN 978-4-253-22762-9
10 September 7, 2018[14]ISBN 978-4-253-22763-6
11 November 8, 2018[15]ISBN 978-4-253-22764-3

Reception[edit]

The series had 1.3 million copies in print as of April 2018.[16]

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.[17] The series won the 11th annual Manga Taishō Award in March 2018, the first time a series from Akita Shoten took the award.[2] In April 2018, it won the New Creator Prize at the Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prizes.[18] In May 2018, it won the award for Best Shōnen Manga at the 42nd annual Kodansha Manga Awards.[19] It also won a New Face Award at the Japan Media Arts Festival Awards in March 2018.[20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Green, Scott (August 31, 2018). ""Squid Girl" Author Prepares New Manga". Crunchyroll. Retrieved May 12, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Loo, Egan; Hodgkins, Crystalyn (March 22, 2018). "Paru Itagaki's BEASTARS Wins 11th Manga Taisho Awards". Anime News Network. Retrieved May 12, 2018.
  3. ^ "BEASTARS". Akita Shoten (in Japanese). Retrieved May 12, 2018.
  4. ^ Sherman, Jennifer (November 17, 2018). "Viz Media Licenses My Hero Academia: Smash!!, Komi Can't Communicate, Beastars Manga". Anime News Network. Retrieved November 17, 2018.
  5. ^ "BEASTARS 第1巻". Akita Shoten (in Japanese). Retrieved May 12, 2018.
  6. ^ "BEASTARS 第2巻". Akita Shoten (in Japanese). Retrieved May 12, 2018.
  7. ^ "BEASTARS 第3巻". Akita Shoten (in Japanese). Retrieved May 12, 2018.
  8. ^ "BEASTARS 第4巻". Akita Shoten (in Japanese). Retrieved May 12, 2018.
  9. ^ "BEASTARS 第5巻". Akita Shoten (in Japanese). Retrieved May 12, 2018.
  10. ^ "BEASTARS 第6巻". Akita Shoten (in Japanese). Retrieved May 12, 2018.
  11. ^ "BEASTARS 第7巻". Akita Shoten (in Japanese). Retrieved May 12, 2018.
  12. ^ "BEASTARS 第8巻". Akita Shoten (in Japanese). Retrieved May 12, 2018.
  13. ^ "BEASTARS 第9巻". Akita Shoten (in Japanese). Retrieved November 13, 2018.
  14. ^ "BEASTARS 第10巻". Akita Shoten (in Japanese). Retrieved November 13, 2018.
  15. ^ "BEASTARS 第11巻". Akita Shoten (in Japanese). Retrieved November 13, 2018.
  16. ^ Hodgkins, Crystalyn (May 7, 2018). "Roundup of Newly Revealed Print Counts for Manga, Light Novel Series (March - May 2018)". Anime News Network. Retrieved May 18, 2018.
  17. ^ Hodgkins, Crystalyn (December 8, 2017). "Kono Manga ga Sugoi! Reveals 2018's Series Ranking for Male Readers". Anime News Network. Retrieved May 12, 2018.
  18. ^ Ressler, Karen (April 24, 2018). "Golden Kamuy Wins 22nd Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize's Top Award". Anime News Network. Retrieved May 12, 2018.
  19. ^ Sherman, Jennifer (May 10, 2018). "42nd Annual Kodansha Manga Awards' Winners Announced". Anime News Network. Retrieved May 12, 2018.
  20. ^ Hodgkins, Crystalyn (March 16, 2018). "In This Corner of the World, Lu over the wall, 'Nee, Mama' Win Media Arts Awards". Anime News Network. Retrieved May 12, 2018.