It has actually been serialized in Weekly Shōnen Champion considering that September 2016, with its stages, gathered in 18 tankōbon amounts considering that April 2020. The story takes place in a world of contemporary, civil, humanlike pet dogs with a social divide in between killers as well as herbivores. The series takes its name from the in-universe rank of Beastar, an individual of great talent, service, as well as notoriety.
An anime television collection adaptation by Orange aired from October 8 to December 26, 2019, on Fuji TV's +Ultra programming block. A second season is scheduled for release in 2021. 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 as well as 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.
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 confusing 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 she had, over time, different ideas for the character's story. Itagaki stated that she chose to make a wolf character as their similarity to dogs makes 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 like 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 to her.
Voiced by: Yūki Ono (Japanese); Griffin Putu (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.
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 18 tankōbon volumes to date. During their panel at Anime NYC 2018, Viz Media announced that they have licensed the manga. In a September 2019 interview with the Spanish website Ramen Para Dos, Itagaki stated that the manga would have “at most twenty volumes.”
In the 10th issue of 2019 of Weekly Shōnen Champion, it was announced that Beastars would get an anime tv collection adjustment 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 broadcast from October 8 to December 26, 2019, and aired on Fuji TELEVISION's +Ultra anime shows block and other channels. The first season was 12 episodes in total, with the Netflix launch outside of Japan on March 13, 2020. At the conclusion of the TELEVISION broadcast, a second period was announced. Animation studio Orange will be returning to produce the second season, which will be released in 2021.
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”.
Beastars was released on March 13, 2020, on Netflix outside of Japan.
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 very first time a collection 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 yearly Kodansha Manga Awards. It additionally won a New Face Award at the Japan Media Arts Festival Awards in March 2018.