In a world populated by anthropomorphic animals, herbivores and carnivores coexist with each other. For the adolescences of Cherryton Academy, school life is filled with hope, romance, distrust, and uneasiness.
The main character is Regoshi the wolf, a member of the drama club. Despite his menacing appearance, he has a very gentle heart. Throughout most of his life, he has always been an object of fear and hatred by other animals, and he's been quite accustomed to that lifestyle. But soon, he finds himself becoming more involved with his fellow classmates who have their own share of insecurities and finds his life in school changing slowly.
I wasn't expecting much of this manga at first, but it got really good pretty fast, and it keeps getting better with each chapter, so I can currently say that it is very much underrated.
The characters, specially the main ones, are very deep and interesting, so it's always exciting to get to know more about them, their personalities and their secrets, as the story progresses.
It's a bit ironic how they all feel much more human than the average character from any other high school story, even though they're all animals... but I really mean it, it's very easy to relate to them and
their struggles, one way or another.
The world in this manga is very interesting as well, it has many layers to it and many aspects of it contribute to a feeling of dread, while it addressees the topic of discrimination and "cultural differences" in very interesting (and sometimes gruesome) ways. To put it very, very simply, it's like the dark and gritty version of Zootopia we never got to watch, but with differences that add to its complexity and originality.
My only complaint would have to be the art, or at least it was at first, but I've grown to like it quite a bit so it's not really that much of a problem, it's charming and very distinct, and it doesn't fail to send the message across, specially when it comes to its visual cues, which might be my one of my favorite parts of this manga, they're really well executed and make me feel like they'd be great in anime form because of how dramatic and meaningful they are, and there's plenty of them, since the story keeps jumping from one dramatic scene to another almost constantly, specially during the latest chapters.
My point with that is, do not dismiss this manga right away, because it's definitely worth a read.
I was going to give it a high score. I really was going to. But I just can't anymore.
The story is very mediocre, non existent in consistency and the backstories just come in big bulks later on in the manga. Very bad development, nonsensical motives for everything that happens. It just is not enough to hook me on.
This is one of the manga that tries to be seinen, as the genre suggests, and some very philosophical elements were showing up. But then all of that was ditched for a mediocre plot that was bland and lacked any real value for reading
Random things just pop
out of nowhere, to a point that it is fairly nonsensical
Now the main thing is how the story is name BEASTARS yet for some reason it isn't mentioned anywhere other than the start. Oh my fk I'm just going to kill my self from this lack of consistency
Art is good, characters are made well, just some psychological parts are drawn pretty weirdly
For some reason, I can't get a good grasp on characters as they always have a shift in personality
But something interesting I noticed was their correlation to sin
The wolf character is enduring a self conflict as he has the role of a carnivore, he must not act upon his desires to eat meat and has to follow by societies rules, were the carnivores are mostly considered outcasts, the people who always commit crimes while herbivores and such hold a high status. He tries to eat the bunny yet is not able to do so, and starts liking the bunny. This character is pretty annoying and pestering and the bunny seems to start h aving feelings for him. Overall he is a badly made character and I am fairly disgusted at the sight of him yet...
This character represents gluttony, lust
The bunny is the worst of the lot, a slut, someone who has a lot of sexual partners. She hides everything through her innocent looking face, and then turns seinen mode by stripping and doing random shit with everyone. It seems a lot of people have fallen victim to her and so she is constantly bullied for being the primary person in peoples affairs. She just claims she wants to be an equal but it is pretty obvious she is trying to aim higher up in status, as if her status as a herbivore was not enough. She is evil and my eyes would definitely bleed at the sight of this character.
This character represents envy, sloth
The deer dude is the student council president that is seen to be the boss for things the wolf enrol in, and he wants to be a beastar, something that allows the student to get a free pass to a high social status and such. He is a pretty annoying character.
This character represents pride, greed, wrath
Sorry if this hypothesis is wrong.
I was still able to read this in one setting, so this should be slightly enjoyable, as it is not seinen to the point where it is disgusting
This manga is not decent, which is a four, so I am giving it a three. It could have been better, but it was executed very very poorly. Very poorly. And so, I suggest that you don't read this shit.