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Beastars  
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Description

Type
Manga

Related Series
Beast Complex (Alternate Story)

Associated Names
Biisutaazu
Выдающиеся звери
بيستارز
ビースターズ

Groups Scanlating

Latest Release(s)
c.196 (end) by Hybridgumi about 1 month ago
c.195 by Hybridgumi about 1 month ago
c.194 by Hybridgumi 2 months ago
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Status
in Country of Origin
22 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1
Ends at Vol 6, Chap 47 (S1)

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Average: 8.4 / 10.0 (250 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.19 / 10.0
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Last Updated
December 3rd 2020, 7:09pm PST


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Year
2016

Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Shuukan Shounen Champion (Akita Shoten)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Viz (8 Vols - Ongoing)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #379 increased(+130)
Monthly Pos #797 decreased(-246)
3 Month Pos #276 decreased(-72)
6 Month Pos #254 decreased(-35)
Year Pos #143 decreased(-29)

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On 383 wish lists
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What was the author smoking  
by Mizorath
November 14th, 2020, 12:33pm
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
Welp, where to start, absolutely LOVED the start, the dynamic between herbivores and carnivores, the societal issues and characters. About the first arc, it's absolutely great, i give it 8, maybe even 9 out of 10 due to how eerie and generally menacing the antagonist was and the general world building.

Now the less fun part, aka the rest of the manga. I will be blunt, its just bad. It has few good moments but many more bad ones where characters act like their brains were damaged in industrial accidents so they just have to do dumb stuff. The quality just dips, the characters stop being enjoyable and the world building doesnt matter anymore since the story suddenly revolves only around the black market until its just beating a dead horse.

This all is finally ended by absolutely horrible ending where Legosi loses all his remaining 2 brain cells and generally the side stories mangaka opened lead nowhere or just dont make sense in terms of character actions.

This of course is only my personal opinion, you might enjoy it, but I still regret reading past ending of first arc, as the serie went from solid 8/10 to 5/10 for me.
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In the end only fine  
by Yuujou_m
November 8th, 2020, 10:55pm
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
At the beginning i was really interested in it: the story seemed promising and different form nowadays manga, it touch some really interesting and deep aspects of life and differences between culture/behaviors and it was really promising but the subject, in my opinion have only been treated lightly, i hoped it would have been a bit more deep and interesting. Unfortunatly it wasn't a really good manga, thinking about it i can only rate it as fine not much more... Maybe there will be a sequel? The end has been too rushed and everything has been left to itself, it is not that good.
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Perfect Example of Awesome World Building, but Ruined By Wild Ideas  
by rennov
October 7th, 2020, 2:32am
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
Beastars started great. It gave an intriguing mystery as the main premise, then wrapped it with awesome world-bulding of Beast World Teens. The character was badass, but still within "High School Life" theme... at first. Then...
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
it went to being the leader of underground organization, and single-handedly fight them, and became a secret agent of some high shit
. It may seem a great idea to put a bizarre plot into this uniquely world setting... but apparently, sometimes it's just great to follow the normal plot.

Oh well... kinda disappointed... really disappointed. Hopefully the author manage to do something awesome again in the next work
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good world building but CW-worthy plot  
by tremofx
September 30th, 2020, 7:50pm
Rating: 6.5 / 10.0
What an interesting concept! But the execution...yikes. It's basically a teen drama a la Vampire Diaries or Riverdale (also technically a comic!) but with animals. Obviously the interplay of these animals that have different power dynamics of us humans are at play and those nuisances are key but also these characters are reallyyyy melodramatic. They feel like they're constantly maturing but never actually maturing. I guess that is what teens be like but it never felt that deep.

Ironically the series is best when it isn't that deep. The best chapters are when we get to peer into the lives of random beasts living their lives in their society and what that means to them.
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Somewhat fascinating and interesting yet lacking  
by Seregosa
April 20th, 2019, 10:38am
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
The characters in this manga are quite interesting, or rather, the world itself is. All the animals getting along with one another and all the hardships and difficulties when you live in a world where ALL animals(not bugs though) are actually fully sapient yet still slaves to their animal instincts. There are no humans here(at least not yet as of chapter 125) and there are no cattle. Yet carnivores are still carnivores and have big issues without meat in their diet, but it's also illegal to eat other animals, this leads to how it's very easy for them to fall to their own desires and prey on herbivores. There are also various other issues(by the way, although eating meat is seen as taboo it's still done and police is doing nothing about getting carnivores to stop eating meat as long as they don't kill people for it, there's a black market that provides meat from stuff like hospitals and funeral homes, it's pretty much needed to keep their instincts in check as they otherwise suffer from something that looks like severe abstinence issues if they have ever tasted meat before and it's easier to lose control if you hold yourself back too much) present due to differences in physiques and instincts.

It all makes for a pretty fascinating story and I like it most of the time, it's a decent read and feels refreshing. But make no mistake, this is truly only a shounen story even if you'd expect it'd be seinen with all the drama and deaths. It's a story about the gray wolf mc's struggles in life and growing up, all the issues and how he gradually falls in love with a rabbit. However, he's hardly anything but a mere shounen protagonist in the end and it's very obvious when you see his naive outlook on life, his comments and what everyone around him is doing. This could be explained that it's due to youth, but the author makes the world work in a shounen-ish way, which is infuriating at times.

It's generally not a big issue and I found myself enjoying the story a lot, but it's incredibly cringeworthy when it happens. The worst parts are the stuff about training and battles. The author loves logic-defying bullshit powerups and weird reasons for powering up, just like the stuff you'd find in a typical shounen manga. We're talking about love and friendship and unbelievable circumstances. They literally gain powers from emotions, by using the emotions inside them they bring out great power. What I mean by this is that they utilize the feeling of, say, hatred or wanting to protect something and for some reason they can suddenly fight way better... Pfft.

Well, that's not the worst of it(despite how I despise that the mc gets stronger because of this crap). The worst parts are actually the matter of strength and power-ups from external sources. Like, he trained to become strong without the need for eating meat, but then he ate a bug and somehow he goes into an hallucination and later on used the "power" of the bug in a kind of weird way, not that he fired a beam or anything but it was clearly a supernatural thing going on. Then it was mentioned how the calcium from ONE moth larvae, that he ate to prove something to himself, somehow made all the bones in his body much harder than they should've been. Then he ate meat for the first time and suddenly he powered up and seemed to even increase in muscle mass. Despite having many bones in his body broken, it seems as if they all healed or something because they, and the other injuries, didn't affect him at all anymore... Seriously? Come on. That's just stupid. There's also this bear who stopped taking some muscle-mass reducing pills and in a single day or a few weeks, he increased substantially in size and power. Sorry to say this, but muscle mass isn't something that'll just increase like that no matter what animal you are. There was also the retarded event where he meditated to not be affected by being near meat and being able to handle his feral side and then, for some reason, he lost ALL the bite strength he had, not even being able to bite through an apple despite having over 300kg of bite strength before. However, it magically powered up his arms, as if the muscles had moved there or something. Made me truly feel how stupid this manga is when it comes to power and fighting. Seriously.

Another huge flaw is that it's very difficult to get immersed or feel anything for the characters. They are just way too hard to relate to and none of them are particularly likable. Fascinating and interesting, perhaps, but not likable. I haven't been able to feel a single emotion for the characters which really ruins the manga a lot. I don't care about if they die or whatever happens to them. I'm not rooting for anyone. I couldn't give less of a fuck if the mc gets mauled and almost killed. I also don't care about their motivations. They just don't feel real to me. It feels like they exist only to play out their little role, as if it's a drama at the theater. You don't get attached to them while following their little adventure/life story. It doesn't really matter in the end. While being interesting and unusual, it truly fails at being an engaging manga.
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Like Zootopia but dark, violent, and for adults  
by maruchi
May 6th, 2018, 8:11pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
This series is very unique and quite surprising. I started reading it because it won the Manga Taishou (pretty much anything that's nominated for the Taishou is worth checking out).

From the get go, it let's you know that this is not your average high school drama?the series begins with the final moments of Tem, the alpaca, in which he identifies his killer as a classmate and expresses his regret "there was so much more I wanted to do" before being eaten alive. That's literally the first 3 pages. Disney's Zootopia this isn't.

It has an eclectic tone that jumps from normal high school comedy & romance to dark action/thriller to mystery to slice of life. Despite having read over 70 chapters, I still don't feel like I can anticipate the story's turns. The lead character Legosi is a constant surprise, swinging from a gentle goofball to a hardened fighter. He's very serious, a character trait that brings out comedy in his interactions with his friends, passion with his crush, and terror with his enemies. It's fantastic to watch him evolve as the series progresses.

The other characters are similarly complex: the rabbit Haru is a self-possessed woman who will not be stepped on. Louis the deer seems like an obvious uber-mensch who has deep struggles with his dark past. There are very few clear cut heroes and villains; even the purest characters often act in beastly ways.

The art is highly detailed despite it's surreal nature. I can never quite get past all the animals (including birds and hooved animals) having human like hands and feet. It can be a little daunting to parse the complex art at times, but it's never uninteresting so the increased effort is worth it. Violence often slips into unexpected places, creating shocking transitions from light high school content to explicit gore.

The major themes of the series are instinct vs. intellect, nature vs. nurture, death/the value of life, and coming of age. The setting seems at odds with the content, but it's interesting to see how all of these dark ruminations play out in the unfamiliar space of a high school drama club.
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It's just a really good manga  
by Swifft
August 28th, 2017, 4:24pm
Rating: N/A
I was recommended to read this during the arc with the lions, so that actually had me put off writing about it for a while. While I liked that arc for the most part, I saw a lot of people disliking it and couldn't blame them. I wanted to see how the series would look once all the chaos had settled down. Barring that arc, I believe most would agree this is a very good, dark and slow moving series with some incredibly stand-out characters. Don't be put off by any aspects of the series that you consider questionable: this manga is definitely worth a read.

Full review:
https://terrenceswiff.wordpress.com/2017/08/29/beastars/
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Wow!  
by cecropiamoth
July 5th, 2017, 11:21am
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
I can't imagine any more creative use of the standard high school setting than this! Because the setting's familiar, it's easy from the outset to accept the ultra strange sight of an amazing diversity of species and SIZES of animals going about their business. More unique is how this mangaka draws the animal-students. They look very much like regular animals who happen to be wearing clothes. In other words, this sensei has abandoned making the animal-students look like crosses between animals and humans.

Within this unique setting, a set of interesting and often moving stories unfold, all of which make good use of the strange characters and the strange setting. These stories get deep into what it means to have herbivores and carnivores around each other all the time, and the progress of the suspenseful stories is always well-paced.

Oh yes, and the art is detailed and great!

... Last updated on July 5th, 2017, 11:24am
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