With the Anime set to premiere, I figured I would review the first volume of Paru Itagaki’s Beastars; if you’re not familiar with this story it is about a world where Carnivores and Herbivores co-exist but of course, like our world, it is filled with hope, love and a lot of anxiety. But in Cherryton Highschool, a student was killed and eaten; with tensions growing between the two classes, Drama Club member Legoshi is the prime suspect! He might be a gray wolf but is there more to him than meets the eye? Let’s get into our review, Class is in Session!
“The night breeze in Spring is still cold… I watch him go. The slump of his shoulders betraying his sorrow at the death of his friend, until he disappears into the night. Legoshi, a Gray Wolf, the Largest Carnivore Canidae in the world..” -Els
We begin our story with a Tragedy, An Alpaca named Tem was trying to escape from a predator, but he was killed and eaten by the Carnivore; you would think that a story like this would play out as Mystery story with some detective work being involved but it doesn’t work out that way. Instead, we get a chance to learn about the characters in this story, their true selves and this is what we need for a compelling drama.
From what I have seen and read in past reviews from Manga websites, Fans is that one of their biggest complaints about this series is the Artwork, as petty as it sounds that doesn’t make a story worth reading; but it is what makes this story different from the other manga out there. Moving forward in our review, the similarities between the Herbivore Class and Carnivore Class is similar to Humans with race and burdened with Society’s Stereotypes, for example, The Gray Wolf known as Legoshi, he was assumed to be mean and due to his height and build to be a big bad but deep down he is a gentle soul; Haru, our other protagonist in this story, she is often excluded by her classmates due to her promiscuity (plus, being a dwarf rabbit there is a conflict between rabbit breeds that different breeds cannot date, so there can be only “Pure Breed” Couples.) and is the only member of the Cherryton Garden Club. Honestly, I loved reading this Manga and recommend it to other readers and fans looking for something new to read.