Beastars

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Beastars
BEASTARS, volume 1.jpg
Cover of the first manga volume
BEASTARS 【電子書籍のソク読み】豊富な無料試し読み
GenreDrama[1]
Manga
Written byParu Itagaki
Published byAkita Shoten
English publisher
DemographicShōnen
MagazineWeekly Shōnen Champion
Original runSeptember 8, 2016 – present
Volumes14 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Directed byShinichi Matsumi
Written byNanami Higuchi
Music bySatoru Kōsaki
StudioOrange
Licensed byNetflix
Original networkFuji TV (+Ultra), TNC, KTV, THK, UHB, BS Fuji
Original run October 8, 2019 scheduled
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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. An anime television series adaptation by Orange will premiere in October 8, 2019 on Fuji TV's +Ultra programming block.

Plot[edit]

The story takes place in a world of modern, 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.

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 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, and begins developing complex feelings for her.

Characters[edit]

  • Legoshi (レゴシ, Regoshi)
Voiced by: Chikahiro Kobayashi[2]
Legoshi is a towering gray wolf/komodo dragon hybrid with a quiet personality in contrast to his appearance. 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.
  • Haru (ハル, Haru)
Voiced by: Sayaka Senbongi[2]
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, she 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 Legoshi and Louis who wish to become closer with her.
  • Louis (ルイ, Rui)
Voiced by: Yūki Ono[3]
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.
  • Juno (ジュノ, Juno)
Voiced by: Atsumi Tanezaki[3]
Juno is a first-year gray she-wolf student and new member of the drama club who falls in love with Louis, continuously coming to Legoshi for dating advice.
  • Jack (ジャック, Jakku)
Voiced by: Junya Enoki[3]
Jack is a Labrador Retriever, and also Legoshi's closest friend. The two have been acquaintances since their childhood.
  • Gouhin (ゴウヒン)
Voiced by: Akio Ōtsuka[3]
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 to him of sorts.
  • Collot (コロ, Koro)
Voiced by: Takeo Ōtsuka[3]
An English Sheepdog and friend of Legoshi's who lives in the same dorm.
  • Voss (ボス, Bosu)
Voiced by: Yoshiyuki Shimozuma[3]
A fennec fox and friend of Legoshi's who lives in the same dorm.
  • Sanou (サヌ)
Voiced by: Fukushi Ochiai[3]
A pelican and head director to the drama club.
  • Miguno (ミグノ, Miguno)
Voiced by: Yuma Uchida[3]
A spotted hyena and friend of Legoshi's who lives in the same dorm.
  • Durham (ダラム, Daramu)
Voiced by: Naoto Kobayashi[3]
A coyote and friend of Legoshi's who lives in the same dorm.
  • Kai (カイ, Kai)
Voiced by: Nobuhiko Okamoto[3]
Kai is a mongoose, he was part of the drama club acting team. He works as a stagehand and supports the actors of the club.
  • Bill (ビル, Biru)
Voiced by: Takaaki Torashima[3]
Bill is a tiger and of the same grade as Louis. He is also a member of the drama club 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.
  • Els (エルス, Erusu)
Voiced by: Sayumi Watabe[3]
Els is an Angora's she-goat who was the object of Tem's affection.
  • Dom (ドーム, Dōmu)
Voiced by: Genki Muro[3]
A third-year peafowl and the stage crew leader of the drama club.
  • Kibi (キビ)
Voiced by: Yūichi Iguchi[3]
An anteater member of the drama club's stage crew.
  • Shiira (シイラ, Shīra)
Voiced by: Yuko Hara[3]
A third-year student and a high ranked member of the drama club serving as the choreographer.
  • Aoba (アオバ)
Voiced by: Ikuto Kanemasa[3]
A bald eagle second-year student and friend to both Legoshi and Bill.
  • Ellen (エレン, Eren)
Voiced by: Akane Ōchi[3]
  • Mizuchi (ミズチ)
Voiced by: Hibiku Yamamura[3]
  • Legom (レゴム, Regomu)
Voiced by: Sakura Andou[3]
  • Mayor (市長, Shichō)
Voiced by: Mitsuaki Hoshino[3]
The unnamed lion mayor who selfishly ignores any negative behavior of other carnivores (especially lions) for the sake of preserving the "peace".
  • Oguma (オグマ)
Voiced by: Kenyu Horiuchi[3]
  • Tem (テム, Temu)
Tem is an alpaca who was mysteriously murdered. Later in the series, the murderer is revealed amidst plenty of intrigue.
  • Gon (ゴン, Gon)
  • Zoe (ゾーイ, Zōi)
  • Eugen (オイゲン, Oigen)
  • Ai (アイ, Ai)

Media[edit]

Manga[edit]

Paru Itagaki launched the manga in Akita Shoten's shōnen manga magazine Weekly Shōnen Champion on September 8, 2016.[4][5] The series has been compiled into 11 tankōbon volumes to date.[6] During their panel at Anime NYC, Viz Media announced that they have licensed the manga.[7]

Volumes[edit]

No.Japanese release dateJapanese ISBNEnglish release dateEnglish ISBN
1 January 6, 2017[8]ISBN 978-4-253-22754-4July 16, 2019[9]ISBN 978-1-9747-0798-0
2 April 7, 2017[10]ISBN 978-4-253-22755-1September 17, 2019[11]ISBN 978-1-9747-0799-7
3 May 8, 2017[12]ISBN 978-4-253-22756-8November 19, 2019[13]ISBN 978-1-9747-0800-0
4 July 7, 2017[14]ISBN 978-4-253-22757-5January 21, 2020[15]ISBN 978-1-9747-0801-7
5 October 6, 2017[16]ISBN 978-4-253-22758-2March 17, 2020[17]ISBN 978-1-9747-0802-4
6 December 9, 2017[18]ISBN 978-4-253-22759-9
7 February 8, 2018[19]ISBN 978-4-253-22760-5
8 May 8, 2018[20]ISBN 978-4-253-22761-2
9 July 6, 2018[21]ISBN 978-4-253-22762-9
10 September 7, 2018[22]ISBN 978-4-253-22763-6
11 November 8, 2018[23]ISBN 978-4-253-22764-3
12 February 8, 2019[24]ISBN 978-4-253-22765-0
13 April 8, 2019[25]ISBN 978-4-253-22766-7
14 July 8, 2019[26]ISBN 978-4-253-22767-4

Anime[edit]

In the 10th issue of 2019 of Weekly Shōnen Champion, it was announced that Beastars will get an anime television series adaptation[27] to be animated by CG studio Orange.[28] Shinichi Matsumi is directing the series, with Nanami Higuchi handling series compositon, Nao Ootsu designing the characters, and Satoru Kōsaki composing the series' music.[29] The series will premiere in October 8, 2019 and will air on Fuji TV's +Ultra anime programming block and other channels. It will also be streamed exclusively on Netflix.[30] ALI will perform the series' opening theme song "Wild side", while YURiKA will perform the series' ending theme song "Le zoo".[31]

Reception[edit]

The series had 1.3 million copies in print as of April 2018.[32]

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.[33] The series won the 11th annual Manga Taishō Award in March 2018, the first time a series from Akita Shoten took the award.[5] In April 2018, it won the New Creator Prize at the Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prizes.[34] In May 2018, it won the award for Best Shōnen Manga at the 42nd annual Kodansha Manga Awards.[35] It also won a New Face Award at the Japan Media Arts Festival Awards in March 2018.[36]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 【電子書籍のソク読み】豊富な無料試し読み]"BEASTARS 【電子書籍のソク読み】豊富な無料試し読み". sokuyomi.jp (in Japanese). Digital Catapult Inc. Retrieved March 4, 2017.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)
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  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u "BEASTARS Anime Reveals More Cast Members, 3rd Promo Video". Anime News Network. August 6, 2019. Retrieved August 6, 2019.
  4. ^ Green, Scott (August 31, 2018). ""Squid Girl" Author Prepares New Manga". Crunchyroll. Retrieved May 12, 2018.
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  6. ^ "BEASTARS". Akita Shoten (in Japanese). Retrieved May 12, 2018.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ "BEASTARS 第1巻". Akita Shoten (in Japanese). Retrieved May 12, 2018.
  9. ^ "BEASTARS Vol. 1". Viz Media. Retrieved April 19, 2019.
  10. ^ "BEASTARS 第2巻". Akita Shoten (in Japanese). Retrieved May 12, 2018.
  11. ^ "BEASTARS Vol. 2". Viz Media. Retrieved April 19, 2019.
  12. ^ "BEASTARS 第3巻". Akita Shoten (in Japanese). Retrieved May 12, 2018.
  13. ^ "BEASTARS Vol. 3". Viz Media. Retrieved April 19, 2019.
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  27. ^ Ressler, Karen (February 5, 2019). "BEASTARS Manga Gets Anime Adaptation". Anime News Network. Retrieved February 6, 2019.
  28. ^ Sherman, Jennifer (February 6, 2019). "BEASTARS Anime's 1st Promo Video Streamed". Anime News Network. Retrieved February 6, 2019.
  29. ^ Hodgkins, Crystalyn (March 25, 2019). "BEASTARS TV Anime Reveals New Visual, Staff". Anime News Network. Retrieved March 25, 2019.
  30. ^ Hodgkins, Crystalyn (March 14, 2019). "BEASTARS TV Anime Premieres in October, Will Also Stream Exclusively on Netflix (Updated)". Anime News Network. Retrieved March 14, 2019.
  31. ^ Pineda, Rafael Antonio (September 16, 2019). "BEASTARS Anime's Video Reveals Opening Song, October 8 Premiere". Anime News Network. Retrieved September 16, 2019.
  32. ^ 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.
  33. ^ Hodgkins, Crystalyn (December 8, 2017). "Kono Manga ga Sugoi! Reveals 2018's Series Ranking for Male Readers". Anime News Network. Retrieved May 12, 2018.
  34. ^ Ressler, Karen (April 24, 2018). "Golden Kamuy Wins 22nd Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize's Top Award". Anime News Network. Retrieved May 12, 2018.
  35. ^ Sherman, Jennifer (May 10, 2018). "42nd Annual Kodansha Manga Awards' Winners Announced". Anime News Network. Retrieved May 12, 2018.
  36. ^ 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.

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