BEASTARS 1 (Beastars, #1)
肉食獣と草食獣が共存する世界。そこには、希望も恋も不安もいっぱいあるんだ。 チェリートン学園の演劇部員レゴシは、狼なのにとっても繊細。そんな彼が多くの動物たちと青春していく動物群像劇が始まる!!

BEASTARS 1 (Beastars, #1) Details

TitleBEASTARS 1 (Beastars, #1)
Author
LanguageJapanese
ReleaseJan 6th, 2017
Publisher秋田書店
ISBN-139784253227544
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Manga, Comics, Fantasy, Mystery, Fiction, Graphic Novels

BEASTARS 1 (Beastars, #1) Review

  • Dani ❤️ Perspective of a Writer
    January 1, 1970
    Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer...At a high school where the students are literally divided into predators and prey, it’s personal relationships that maintain the fragile peace. Who among them is a Beastar—an academic and social role model destined to become a leader in a society naturally rife with mistrust? Is it Legoshi, the scary looking but soft hearted wolf? And what is up with this murder?!The PremiseIn Beastars vol 1 Legoshi is a grey wolf. A large predator animal. When his friend is murdered he is smurder?!The Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer...At a high school where the students are literally divided into predators and prey, it’s personal relationships that maintain the fragile peace. Who among them is a Beastar—an academic and social role model destined to become a leader in a society naturally rife with mistrust? Is it Legoshi, the scary looking but soft hearted wolf? And what is up with this murder?!The PremiseIn Beastars vol 1 Legoshi is a grey wolf. A large predator animal. When his friend is murdered he is seen by the other students as the most likely suspect. We learn behind the scenes that looks are deceiving. He works behind the stage for the drama club and is quite good at handling all the grunt work. When his club president, Louise, embroils him in some school rule breaking he gets into an uncomfortable situation with a rabbit student, an outcast among her own kind. This was all so fascinating... I'm not sure I'm totally sold on any of it. The murder is one of the most intriguing aspects of the story after Legoshi himself.The BuzzI feel for the prey animals in Beastars vol 1... They are literally at the mercy of the predator animals, especially the smaller ones like the rabbits. But like any high school there is also fighting among the animals of their own kind. One rabbit girl is ostracized because boy rabbits come onto her. I was really fascinated that she becomes this big issue for Legoshi... I admit that the cliffhanger totally makes me want to continue and find out how her and Legoshi's relationship will develop.The FeelsLegoshi's friendships with the prey animals is what won me over to his side in Beastars vol 1. He is really willing to take a lot of crap for them to support his friendship. I can't imagine being accused of my own friend's death when we didn't have a bit of anger between us. This was shown very well because once the mangaka revealed what a Beastar is I knew right away that it isn't Louie that should be a Beastar but Legoshi with his friendshipping ways!!The VisualsThe art of Beastars vol 1 was fascinating... totally different from what I've see before (which was one of the reasons I wanted to read this!) There is this almost cartoonish feel to the style but it really suits the animal world and the mystery at the heart of Beastars. I loved how creepy and predator looking Legoshi would become at moments in the manga, totally giving weight to his reputation despite his friendships among the herbivores.Beastars vol 1 is a really different seinen manga with a mystery that isn't solved in the first volume. Plus an intriguing animal predator vs prey political world that adds a lot of natural tension to the story. Legoshi is the best part though, a wolf with a heart that could make him the next Beastar!⋆ ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Authenticity⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Tension⋆ ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Plot⋆ ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ArtThanks to Edelweiss and VIZ Media for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review. It has not influenced my opinions.______________________You can find this manga review and many others on my book blog every Monday @ Perspective of a Writer. See my manga and graphic novel reviews at the bottom of the page.Please like this review if you enjoyed it! *bow* *bow* It helps me out a ton!!
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  • Laura Adler
    January 1, 1970
    It has been a long time since I've seen such a beautiful manga. We are used to less into detail designs and watching humans or humanlike creatures but in here, there are animals that behave like humans but that they face animal troubles. This manga is really a treasure to keep. The design is fantastic and the story looks promising.
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  • Shea
    January 1, 1970
    *Review for the entire series* I really, really, like this manga. I have nowhere to begin. The conflict escalated, the dialogue is realistic, Legosi is such a fleshed out character, Louis, Jack, and Haru are easily one of my favorite supporting cast of characters over any kind of shounen manga. The problem therein lies with everybody else. The one off chapters about random characters are fun, good world building, but they end up not mattering. Where did the stripper who talked with Louis when he *Review for the entire series* I really, really, like this manga. I have nowhere to begin. The conflict escalated, the dialogue is realistic, Legosi is such a fleshed out character, Louis, Jack, and Haru are easily one of my favorite supporting cast of characters over any kind of shounen manga. The problem therein lies with everybody else. The one off chapters about random characters are fun, good world building, but they end up not mattering. Where did the stripper who talked with Louis when he was head of the Lion-Gang go? Where did the snake lady go? Other characters (like Pica) disappear when they are no longer needed for the plot. The conflict for the murder arc was great, but the reveal for that villain was not. The villain had been there since chapter 1. We knew this. The author foreshadowed this nicely so I was still wondering who it was around the time of the... the reveal. If I can call it that. It was more like a thing to get the plot rolling rather than anything else; it was like Legosi finished sniffing water-bottles and knew. Other characters don’t have great character development (I’m looking at you acting club and room 701) and others have character development that’s on par with some literary characters (Louis, Legosi). It’s like Zootopia but dark — one of Louis’ legs get eaten, a poor ant-eater’s hand gets ripped off by his panther friend, Haru’s a literal whore. This is one of those amazing manga pushed under the bus by large-name shounen, which is kind of sad. I don’t know how this classified as shounen, aside from the magazine it’s published in, and personally I would classify it as seinen or josei. It really doesn’t matter, guy’s I’m in love with a literal bunny. This manga’s epic.
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  • Ruthsic
    January 1, 1970
    Warnings: physical violence, slut-shamingI think the best way to describe this would be 'dark Zootopia'. The premise of this novel has a bunch of anthropomorphic animals living in a school, where a murder has intensified the divide between the 'herbivore' and 'carnivore' population. Lugosi, a grey wolf, tries his best to appear non-threatening, and he is pretty much a loner, so when one of his herbivore friends, Tem, an alpaca ends up dead in a manner that suggests a carnivore did it, he is natural Warnings: physical violence, slut-shamingI think the best way to describe this would be 'dark Zootopia'. The premise of this novel has a bunch of anthropomorphic animals living in a school, where a murder has intensified the divide between the 'herbivore' and 'carnivore' population. Lugosi, a grey wolf, tries his best to appear non-threatening, and he is pretty much a loner, so when one of his herbivore friends, Tem, an alpaca ends up dead in a manner that suggests a carnivore did it, he is naturally looked at with suspicion. Meanwhile, school politics have us looking at a variety of suspects, vaguely for now, as Tem was playing a major role in the school's drama production. Lugosi, part of the crew, is taken under the wing of the lead actor, and head of the drama club, and while he seems like a gruff fellow, he has natural charm that could lead to him becoming the next Beastar. The tense atmosphere of the novel lends to a good mystery feel. Lugosi is depicted in various lights (ha!) but the push and pull of his nature is not denied. The herbivores are naturally afraid of the carnivores because while they coexist, they still do have their natures, as becomes apparent through Lugosi. Still, the blanket fear and hate is explored, as well as the regular petty drama through an emerging character who has her own set of problems, aside from the whole herbivore-carnivore conflict. The art of the book is interesting and unusual in its style, and no, I am not saying that just because the characters basically look like furries. Also, the world-building of this story shows adequate forethought as to how such a world would work, especially with respect to food and living conditions. Overall, it is an interesting start, with a set of complicated and intriguing characters. Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review from Viz Media LLC, via Edelweiss.
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  • Alexandra
    January 1, 1970
    For the fans of a more...mature Zootopia where the carnivores are feared, herbivores may be even more fearsome and a lone wolf who falls in love (in a weird way) and tries to fight his instincts and survive.Oh and there's talk to turn this into an anime too.
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  • Jillian -always aspiring-
    January 1, 1970
    Kinda derivative of Zootopia, but that’s part of the allure too.
  • Lala
    January 1, 1970
    Just getting into this. Its weird but interesting. Like zootopia and glee mixed together but dark...Defiantly gonna keep on seeing what happens as the story progresses.
  • buttercup
    January 1, 1970
    im a gay furry and i love beastars !!!!!!
  • Teeny
    January 1, 1970
    Can't believe I picked this up but...I did.I admit, I was initially turned off by the furries...but it seems like it'll be a murder mystery.
  • Sesana
    January 1, 1970
    Zootopia, but set in a high school and significantly darker. It's not to my taste, but it's fairly well done.
  • Groovy
    January 1, 1970
    so far there hasn't been anything about this I haven't enjoyed. I'm actually pretty eager to keep reading it. Paru's got some really amazing aesthetic when it comes to their art and their story-telling, and all the characters so far have been interesting in their own wayalso Louis got big dick energy
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  • Nicholas Driscoll
    January 1, 1970
    This was really interesting. I had seen the manga in stores for some time--it caught my eye because it was different. There aren't so many anthropomorphic animal comics in Japan as compared to the United States, so I wasn't sure what to expect from this one. I also listened to a pod cast that discussed the manga.And it's interesting--and enjoyably so. The story revolves around a grey wold named Lugosi (named after the actor who played Dracula in the 1931 film!), who is in high school This was really interesting. I had seen the manga in stores for some time--it caught my eye because it was different. There aren't so many anthropomorphic animal comics in Japan as compared to the United States, so I wasn't sure what to expect from this one. I also listened to a pod cast that discussed the manga.And it's interesting--and enjoyably so. The story revolves around a grey wold named Lugosi (named after the actor who played Dracula in the 1931 film!), who is in high school and is part of the drama club. (I was a little disappointed that this was another high school story, but oh well) The story starts off with an alpaca character getting murdered by what appears to be a wolf, and at first we are led to believe it was Lugosi. However, as the story progresses, we discover that Lugosi is actually a gentle, meek guy who loves insects and constantly defers to others. The alpaca who was murdered was his friend.And yet... there is still a sense of doubt by the end of the first volume, because we do see that Lugosi has that killer instinct that manifests itself in a memorable scene...Anyway, the characters are lively and interesting, and Lugosi quickly became my favorite among the group. The story in some ways mirrors Zootopia (which came out the same year)--it's about the tensions between the carnivores and the herbivores. The carnivores get a lot of discriminatory treatment from society and can't do much about it. Meat is outlawed entirely as well. But unlike with Zootopia, here the topic is treated with more of an edge because the carnivores (or at least some of them) really can be deadly, really do have that predatory urge. Some aspects of the story don't appeal to me as much. The art is taking me some time to get used to, probably because it is more realistic than the cartoony funny animals of the west. Donald Duck is funny--his design is put together in such a way that he is far removed from realistic human proportions. Here the characters look much more human in stature, and with the detail, sometimes they look a little bit like furries I suppose. The story is also sometimes a little bit... I don't know, it's a little hard for me to get too invested in the drama around the school play. Still, for the most part I was pulled in and found myself intrigued. The first book ends on a cliffhanger, too, which leaves me wanting more! I can see why the manga received the 2018 Manga Daishou award.Also, as I was reading the manga on the train, the dust jacket slipped partially off and I discovered that THE INSIDE COVER HAS SOME GAG COMICS ON IT with the Beastars characters! I was really surprised, and it was just a great moment for me. How clever, and how fun to accidentally discover them!
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  • S.Q. Eries
    January 1, 1970
    In SummaryBeastars begins with a murder but winds up relating the internal conflict that results when an individual must suppress his innate nature to be accepted by society. Legoshi is a likable main character, and it is surprisingly easy to sympathize with the misunderstood wolf as he deals with distrustful classmates and a manipulative club officer. The premise of carnivores wanting to live in peace with herbivore comrades and choosing to subsist on bean-based burgers is a little In SummaryBeastars begins with a murder but winds up relating the internal conflict that results when an individual must suppress his innate nature to be accepted by society. Legoshi is a likable main character, and it is surprisingly easy to sympathize with the misunderstood wolf as he deals with distrustful classmates and a manipulative club officer. The premise of carnivores wanting to live in peace with herbivore comrades and choosing to subsist on bean-based burgers is a little farfetched though.The ReviewCherrystone Academy is a school where herbivore and carnivore animals attend class side-by-side in peace. At least, until alpaca student and drama club star Tem is found murdered on campus. Herbivores immediately suspect their carnivore classmates, and the one who draws the most suspicion is drama club stagehand Legoshi the wolf. But even though Legoshi’s big, he’s far from bad; he’s a law-abiding citizen if there ever was one. Unfortunately, as the drama club struggles to prepare their next performance in the wake of Tem’s death, Legoshi gets dragged into one conflict after another, causing a savage bloodlust to stir in the mild-mannered wolf’s veins.The mangaka mentions in the afterword, “This is a animal manga that is a human drama.” And it is. The cast are animals who get categorized by and retain key traits of their species, but they all walk on two legs, have hands with opposable thumbs, speak a common language, and wear school uniforms. Within the student body, you can identify the school bullies, elitist machinator, jealous wannabe, and social outcast. Our main character Legoshi is the epitome the scary-looking guy who’s completely misunderstood. After all, he literally is a big wolf, and classmates assume he’s bad to boot.The story begins with Tem’s murder, and Chapter 1 is dedicated to an herbivore’s perspective of Legoshi’s suspicious actions the next day. However, rather than turning into a murder mystery, the plot focus shifts to the impact on Tem’s club. The drama club kids aren’t playing detective; they’re trying to put on a theater production, and they have to find a replacement for Tem. Thus we have an engaging mix of school and club politics on top of the carnivore/herbivore tension, and unfortunately for Legoshi, he gets unwillingly dragged into it all.Cherrystone Academy is essentially an allegory for a heterogeneous community, and the rules that maintain peace between the animals represent the social standards that maintain order between varied people groups. As in our world, individuals at Cherrystone must keep their personal urges in check for the greater good. And just as circumstances in this world can drive some to give way to their baser urges, the antagonism of Legoshi’s classmates causes a predatory instinct to erupt within the young wolf, and his struggle to master that hitherto unknown bloodthirst looks like it’ll be an intriguing one.The artwork, I should mention, is not this series’ strong suit. In the spectrum of manga art, this definitely falls in the ”rough” range. The style is scribbly and includes a lot of hatch marks. The animals are cartoony rather than cute or elegant, and certain species, especially smaller mammals, are difficult to tell apart.Extras include character design notes, bonus comics, and the creator’s afterword.For more manga and book reviews, drop by my blog Keeping It In Canon!
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  • Bimugdha Sarker
    January 1, 1970
    No, as i've read all volumes so far ( upto vol 16 ), i always give an introduction in the first volume. SO, here goes nothing-Beastars is a manga that might seem childish because of animal characters and such. after reading the first few pages, you will need to correct yourself. This is much more. the writer, has created an enormous world with divisions, with different cultures, natures, habits-- but that's not all! I had Murakami vibes from some of the pages in the later volumes. I No, as i've read all volumes so far ( upto vol 16 ), i always give an introduction in the first volume. SO, here goes nothing-Beastars is a manga that might seem childish because of animal characters and such. after reading the first few pages, you will need to correct yourself. This is much more. the writer, has created an enormous world with divisions, with different cultures, natures, habits-- but that's not all! I had Murakami vibes from some of the pages in the later volumes. I think, i have taken some screenshots of some pages in my mobile. Goddamn, why does a simple manga reveal itself to be this Grand ! It has the hero, Legoshi. Not your typical student, but a vicious looking grey wolf. but he's gentle inside( typical shonen character of 90's, so i'm not gonna explain that ). He wants to be like everybody else yada yada yada.......There is a cool senpai of the Drama club Louise ( that character development is so delicious ! :p ) who takes him under is wing. And the heroine.....OMG the heroine....Little bunny Haru. Cute, innocent looking, self dependent. But dont let that fool you. She has fooled around with enough man to know the true nature of life, love and other things and you wont believe how much of a mature person she is. I'm not going to tell anymore of the story. Its a journey you have to take for yourself.This manga is a GEM. it talks metaphorically about various things of OUR society that are only in whispers. The prejudice, the tradition,-- everything is a metaphor. Happy reading this ! 8/10
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  • Alex Pappas
    January 1, 1970
    The Anthropomorphic Manga of the YearBefore I begin, I would like to note that the Beastars series features anthropomorphic animals, also known as furries. You might be more familiar with this concept if you think of Disney's Zootopia film. In fact, I would venture so far as to say that Beastars is the manga version of Zootopia with more dramatic edge and analysis of social class inequalities underlined with civil unrest through restraining animalistic instincts. From an artistic and The Anthropomorphic Manga of the YearBefore I begin, I would like to note that the Beastars series features anthropomorphic animals, also known as furries. You might be more familiar with this concept if you think of Disney's Zootopia film. In fact, I would venture so far as to say that Beastars is the manga version of Zootopia with more dramatic edge and analysis of social class inequalities underlined with civil unrest through restraining animalistic instincts. From an artistic and editorial standpoint, I will say that I did notice some interesting changes in shading and perspectives between the seven chapters, especially the cover page for each chapter near the tail end of the first volume. The art overall is quite intriguing with a mixture of cartoonish environment mixed in with detailed animalistic features. The text placement, I'm afraid, is rather distracting and chopped apart with the hyphens all over the place. My best guess is that it is due to converting to English. I don't wish to give too much away with this particular review, but if you're looking for the newest, innovative manga with social commentary and hierarchy portrayed with furries, then Beastars is the manga for you.
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  • Stella
    January 1, 1970
    I really don't know how to tag this.The story takes place in a world where herbivores and carnivores live in peace, similarly to Zootopia. But this one starts with an alpaca male student named Tem getting eaten alive by one of his classmates, whom he recognizes in his last moments. After that we meet Legoshi, our MC who also happens to be a grey wolf. He's in the theater club and was close with Tem, who was also a fellow club member. The volume follows Legoshi and his theater club pl I really don't know how to tag this.The story takes place in a world where herbivores and carnivores live in peace, similarly to Zootopia. But this one starts with an alpaca male student named Tem getting eaten alive by one of his classmates, whom he recognizes in his last moments. After that we meet Legoshi, our MC who also happens to be a grey wolf. He's in the theater club and was close with Tem, who was also a fellow club member. The volume follows Legoshi and his theater club plus a female rabbit named Haru and how the event of Tem's death at the hands of one of his classmates affects them.Most of this volume was just SOL, with some darker moments like the way Legoshi and Haru meet. Like in Zootopia, the society portrayed isn't perfect, and there's an underlying current of tension in the background of almost every scene. But here it's darker, grittier, without being overdone. The tone is also a bit melancholy, if you ask me.The art is very expressive and dynamic, and the layouts of each page are very well-thought, which is what surprised me the most. Everything flows.
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  • Timothy Pitkin
    January 1, 1970
    While this manga does share a lot of similarities with Zootopia with the theme of racism and differences between herbivores and carnivores also they do share a similiar type of world were the size of the characters is pretty close at how big the animal is in real life. But their are a number of differences for example the story is much smaller in focuses as it is only focusing on a single school after the death of a herbivore student. In fact the story of this manga actually reminds of the origi While this manga does share a lot of similarities with Zootopia with the theme of racism and differences between herbivores and carnivores also they do share a similiar type of world were the size of the characters is pretty close at how big the animal is in real life. But their are a number of differences for example the story is much smaller in focuses as it is only focusing on a single school after the death of a herbivore student. In fact the story of this manga actually reminds of the original draft of zootopia as like the original draft the story is focusing on a carnivore and about his struggles with his own instincts also the story the two types of animals have different areas to sleep and be in. Also unlike zootopia the characters are not just mammals but their are also some reptiles, birds, and other types of animals that show up. Still it is a good start to the manga and I do like Legosi as we get to see his inner struggles and he acts like visible weird and some his actions make the reader question him which helps the fact that he constantly is questioning himself.
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  • Colleen
    January 1, 1970
    To sum up this book, I say it is the movies Sing and Zootopia squished together with more drama and racial tension. It is like Sing, because the anthropomorphic animals are not just mammals for there are birds and reptiles. We also know there are insects, but it appears they are not anthropomorphic. It is also hard to tell whether there are fish in this world. If the breakfast scene is any indication then carnivores are vegetarians and herbivores are vegans. It is like Zootopia for the animals To sum up this book, I say it is the movies Sing and Zootopia squished together with more drama and racial tension. It is like Sing, because the anthropomorphic animals are not just mammals for there are birds and reptiles. We also know there are insects, but it appears they are not anthropomorphic. It is also hard to tell whether there are fish in this world. If the breakfast scene is any indication then carnivores are vegetarians and herbivores are vegans. It is like Zootopia for the animals are very much divided between prey and predator lines. Except, it is even more so due to the murder of an herbivore. The animals are also divided by taxonomic family, which seems to form the closest friends. It seems like carnivores and herbivores can be friends, but it is hard to tell. It seems there could be a friendship between the gray wolf Legoshi and the dwarf rabbit Haru that mimics Judy Hopps and Nick Wilde's friendship. The drama and racial tensions is basically an extension of Zootopia similarities. Verdict: It will be interesting to see how this interesting story will develop.
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  • Lillian Hong
    January 1, 1970
    One of my all time favorite series, Beastars paints a society amongst civilized animals harboring uncivilized instincts. A beautifully drawn work of art that actually, and thoughtfully, capitalizes on every and any aspect you can think of in a "what if carnivorous animals had to share a peaceful society with herbivores?" What societal pressures would be placed on the carnivores, how would they work together, and after all of it, which side is really oppressed? Sprinkle in a murder and you got a One of my all time favorite series, Beastars paints a society amongst civilized animals harboring uncivilized instincts. A beautifully drawn work of art that actually, and thoughtfully, capitalizes on every and any aspect you can think of in a "what if carnivorous animals had to share a peaceful society with herbivores?" What societal pressures would be placed on the carnivores, how would they work together, and after all of it, which side is really oppressed? Sprinkle in a murder and you got a tension filled drama that may be set in a high school, but focuses more on the mental turmoil of suppressing who you are. What I love most is the art; the emotional intensity exuding from squiggly, scratchy lines and bold dark tones, to the brightness of suddenly beautifully detailed scenes. The characters' expressions are well done given the complexity of each, well, animal portrayed. I love this series and can't wait to finally support the artist with a whole English set.
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  • Evelyn
    January 1, 1970
    The best way to describe this book is "Zootopia by Tim Burton".The premise of the series is that anthropomorphic animals live in a society divided into herbivores and carnivores. The two have a tenuous peace that can easily be strained by something a small as a sideways glance from a carnivore. Legoshi is a grey wolf, categorized as a large (dangerous) carnivore and is treated with as much suspicion and distrust.And the murder of a classmate doesn't help his awkward natur The best way to describe this book is "Zootopia by Tim Burton".The premise of the series is that anthropomorphic animals live in a society divided into herbivores and carnivores. The two have a tenuous peace that can easily be strained by something a small as a sideways glance from a carnivore. Legoshi is a grey wolf, categorized as a large (dangerous) carnivore and is treated with as much suspicion and distrust.And the murder of a classmate doesn't help his awkward nature seem any less sinister, even if his friends would describe him as a gentle soul. But there's a line to self-control and all animals have instincts.The art is gritty and I'm wasn't a fan at first. But by the time they introduced Legoshi, the style made sense. Definitely worth a try.
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  • Chelsey
    January 1, 1970
    At Cherryton Academy, carnivores and herbivores are divided but also encouraged to intermingle. So when Tem, a talented herbivore actor, is found dead, the school is shocked. They specifically start to suspect Legoshi, an imposing wolf, who had been close friends with Tem. The storyline is intriguing, and I love the premise of putting anthropomorphized animals into a school and challenging their natural instincts. The placement of the school explanation near the end of this volume felt a bit odd At Cherryton Academy, carnivores and herbivores are divided but also encouraged to intermingle. So when Tem, a talented herbivore actor, is found dead, the school is shocked. They specifically start to suspect Legoshi, an imposing wolf, who had been close friends with Tem. The storyline is intriguing, and I love the premise of putting anthropomorphized animals into a school and challenging their natural instincts. The placement of the school explanation near the end of this volume felt a bit odd to me. If it had been a shorter section, or something that had been set apart, then I wouldn't have taken such issue with it, but it felt jarring to the story to have it the way it was. That being said, I think this could really take off.
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  • Baker St Shelves
    January 1, 1970
    A very interesting comic that has a much darker take on the concept of Zootopia. Imagine an all animal society with both herbivores and carnivores coexisting. Our focus is on a school setting where a student has died by a carnivore and the main suspect is his friend, Legoshi a wolf. Just like with Zootopia, this has great social commentary on profiling on both ends and how there are different shades for each person plus the high school setting has some excellent dynamics. The use of all animals A very interesting comic that has a much darker take on the concept of Zootopia. Imagine an all animal society with both herbivores and carnivores coexisting. Our focus is on a school setting where a student has died by a carnivore and the main suspect is his friend, Legoshi a wolf. Just like with Zootopia, this has great social commentary on profiling on both ends and how there are different shades for each person plus the high school setting has some excellent dynamics. The use of all animals has great artwork and oddly enough has a certain level of humanity behind it.
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  • David Popovich
    January 1, 1970
    Beastars is a manga I've seen floating around on Twitter here and there, but once I learned it finally got licensed in the States I got it and am completely hooked! Paru Itagaki has created a story that's overly familiar, but totally her own. Strong characters in a unique world that's both wholly relatable and utterly fantastical. A story about prejudice, identity, and love as a slice of life high school filled with animals. It has great art too. But if you need more to get on board then check t Beastars is a manga I've seen floating around on Twitter here and there, but once I learned it finally got licensed in the States I got it and am completely hooked! Paru Itagaki has created a story that's overly familiar, but totally her own. Strong characters in a unique world that's both wholly relatable and utterly fantastical. A story about prejudice, identity, and love as a slice of life high school filled with animals. It has great art too. But if you need more to get on board then check this video out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6L5mb...
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  • Tabrizia Jones
    January 1, 1970
    I highly enjoy this one! The depiction of the herbivores and carnivores just played out so well that it makes it so relatable and realistic to both young and older readers. You could feel the tension, even it if wasn't graphically depicted. What I loved about it it was that it felt more like high school drama that dealt with issues that modern high schoolers are dealing with right now. It was just so compelling and engaging that it makes me want to continue onto the next book.
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  • Amanda Peterson
    January 1, 1970
    I have heard about this manga for a little while and when I found it I knew I had to read it. Marketed as Zootopia for adults, this is a fascinating read with two intriguing leads in Wolf Legoshi and Rabbit Haru. A strong commentary on race is on full display here and I like that the author is being so bold not only showing outside discrimination but discrimination from within certain groups as well. I am very interested in where the series goes.
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  • Dylan Michael
    January 1, 1970
    7.5/10I can think of another manga series where people are portrayed as animals, which is odd because it’s such a classic and effective metaphor. I really love preppy high school settings with internal drama underneath the rich aesthetic. So this is my cup of tea. Still room for improvement though.
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  • Tom Malinowski
    January 1, 1970
    Animals in high school...usually divided into herbivores and carnivores. So they eat at the lunch tables separately but all in the same room. Herbivores dorm only with other herbivores. They'll all mingle though when it comes to classes, gym, and of course theater. But when an herbivore is killed it's easy to point the finger at a carnivore. Much drama ensues in this interesting world.
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  • Autumn
    January 1, 1970
    The art style is really interesting and I really like the concept. I'm excited to see where it's headed and I'll definitely be keeping my eyes open for the other issues! ----I wouldnt suggest it to anyone below 15 because of themes and content in the story but I really enjoy it so far.
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  • Indysmash
    January 1, 1970
    An interesting start to a unique mangaI've heard a lot about Beastars over the last year or so, so I was really excited when I found out it was going to be released in the West. I can safely say that it lived up to my expectations!The first volume sets up an interesting story: a herbivore has been killed by one of the other carnivores at school, one he presumably trusted, and everyone is on edge. The main character, Lagoshi, is a grey wolf struggles with his carnivore instincts d An interesting start to a unique mangaI've heard a lot about Beastars over the last year or so, so I was really excited when I found out it was going to be released in the West. I can safely say that it lived up to my expectations!The first volume sets up an interesting story: a herbivore has been killed by one of the other carnivores at school, one he presumably trusted, and everyone is on edge. The main character, Lagoshi, is a grey wolf struggles with his carnivore instincts despite his usually gentle personality. Right away this book provides us with some intriguing story threads to follow into later volumes. The art is sketchy and less clean than in a lot of other manga, but that adds to the expressiveness and makes the animal designs look less uncanny than if they were excessively polished. Overall, I would definitely recommend checking out the first volume of Beastars.
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  • Kate
    January 1, 1970
    Quite different than I was imagining. The murder of a student kicks off a story focused on the drama club and explores suppressing your nature and bridging societal rifts. This all adds an interesting layer on top of all the usual school drama of bullies, being an awkward adolescent, and the like.
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