Beastars 2

TV (12 eps)
4.027 out of 5 from 6,125 votes
Rank #804

As gray wolf Legoshi and dwarf rabbit Haru’s relationship intensifies, gray wolf Juno’s jealousy grows. Red deer Louis’s mysterious absence from school has ramifications for both his friends and his enemies. And while the lion gang Shishi-gumi chooses a new leader, Cherryton Academy’s headmaster attends the Council of Living Beings to choose the school’s next Beastar.

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Beastars is one of those shows with a very confusing setup, so its themes can be interpreted however the hell you want to. If you take the show at face value then it’s going to be some kinkier version of Zootopia, about furries wanting to have bestiality. If you see the show as a big metaphor for social issues, then it can be about people expressing their feeling while keeping control of their sexual urges. Or it can be about discrimination because of a cast system (hello India). Whichever poison you choose, you have to get over the first snag of the show, which is its CGI. No matter how good it seems to be for some, it’s fugly for the casual audience and will only age badly before you know it. But since the subject matter was weird to begin with, it would be a niche series no matter how it looked, so it doesn’t detract anything from the show and is actually adding to its weird atmosphere.A bigger issue is how there are two plots going on at the same time, with each one having a completely different feel. They don’t mesh very well with each other. This can either alienate the viewer for not getting how they can coexist, or it can add to the weird feeling of the show because the viewer stops trying to reason with the story and just accepts it as its own zany thing. It’s like trying to explain why Bob Squarepants can light a fire on the bottom of the ocean. There is no logical explanation and you just have to accept it as part of the world. Which is why you shouldn’t wonder how can carnivores and herbivores coexist when the former constantly eat the latter. Or why the hell are they having theater plays in a school when students are found dead in the premises and a few city blocks away there is a black market where herbivores are eaten by carnivores, one limb at a time. There is some mitigation going on, since the grim plot that deals with murders and black markets gets sidelined to the most part. The characters ignore it and the plot we mostly follow is that of a reserved wolf who is trying to have a relationship with a slutty bunny, while a school theater play happens in the background. You get all the usual first world problems people face in schools, like bullying, discrimination, finding the courage to move forward and express your love. On its own this plot is an okay school drama. Simple but makes a point. Once it starts to combine with the other grim plot, well, you HAVE to accept all the crazy stuff that is going on that somehow allows this society to exist. There is no realism compared to our world, so as I said don’t try to explain how it works. For Pete’s sake, the titular title of the show magically changes from becoming a Beastar by having the best performance in a school theater, to becoming a Beastar by finding the brutal killer which everyone was ignoring for 20 episodes. And then there are parts where they train to have sharper teeth and they fight man eating gangs which for some reason are not arrested after the protagonists escape and can just call the cops on them. Don’t try to reason it.Down to it, Beastars is just weird. It doesn’t have anything to teach you or makes a point, because it takes place in a magical furry land where morality doesn’t apply in the same way in does on our world. The school drama part can be engaging if you can stomach the CGI, but the rest of it is just chaff. It’s not about racism, because the animals belong to different species. It’s not about cast discrimination, because they would have their own separate districts and wouldn’t mingle. It’s not about being honest and brave, because that would mean the carnivores will go amok and eat a lot of animals. Let’s not say anything about what it means to be a furry wolf who likes biting horny furry rabbits. And why is everyone in that world fine with marrying his dinner?


Much like the first season, Beastars 2 sets the bar high for CGI animation and still manages to knock it out of the park. The continuing story of Legosi and his internal struggles is a joy to follow, and leaves me hoping a Season 3 is on the books. Story: Continuing from where Season 1 left off, Legosi and Louis set out to face the consequences of their attack on the Shishigumi/Lion Group. Their internal conflicts are told in parrallel with a very satisfying conclusion that perfectly contrasts their experiences. There are a number of moments that feel slightly forced, like the author couldn't quite make the next scene happen naturally, but overall the progression felt very convincing. 9/10; certainly not perfect, but immensely satisfying. Animation: Top notch all the way through. The models, animation rigging, color palletes, and camera angles are all on point. Easily the best Full-CGI animation I've ever seen in an anime, and in many ways even better than some traditional-medium shows.  10/10; I'm excited to see where the studio takes this 3d animation in the future Sound: Also top notch. Everything lines up perfectly, the voice acting is stellar, and the soundtrack is the sort that you find yourself humming in the shower out of nowhere. 10/10; absolutely amazing Characters: While the main characters have strong convictions, they're presented as movable and impressionable. They claim ideals and proclaim motivations that they can later go back on after experiencing growth and change. They're dynamic and believable in almost every way. That said, a few of the side characters felt a fair bit less believable - is it because they didn't get enough screen time to fully flesh out their own growth? Perhaps. At any rate, this is a cut above many other anime, even despite my issues with a handful of characters. 8/10; If your only problem is that your side characters needed more of their own story told, I think you're in a good place. Overall: While it's certainly not the best anime I've ever seen, it's absolutely one of the best anime in recent seasons and well worth a 5-star rating. This is the kind of show that I'll remember and have in the back of my mind for the rest of my life, and find myself comparing other anime and even non-anime shows to. 10/10; Perhaps not life-changing, but certainly life-influencing material.


It's not even that the anime is a little weird. It's the lack of cohesive plot that bothers me. From the very beginning, the story doesn't seem to have a purpose. We start with a murder in the first season, but that doesn't really come into play until the second season. There's a sort of, almost, barely there romance between the protagonist and another character, but that never gets much focus. There's the whole beastar thing, which the show is named for, but it's never fully explained and feels like a half-baked side plot that gets completely lost after the first season. And aside from one moment in the first season, it never had any real consequence on anything.... like most of the themes and events.... (Mild spoiler warning) The second season finally focuses on the murder of Tem (sort of). It feels a little late considering it was one of the first things we saw in the anime and an entire season has passed before anyone gets serious about figuring out who did it... but whatever. Except there's still this sort of romance plot that never goes anywhere or affects anything, a sort of yakuza plot that never goes anywhere and has very little effect aside from removing Ruiz from most of the main action. Actually, it does build Ruis' character and help explain his decisions in the last episode, but it still feels a bit unnecessary for some reason. There's also a new character whose purpose for existing is about as clear as any other character introduced (aka... why did he exist?). Honestly, it feels like some characters and events get thrown in for no reason other than to be an unnecessary part of the plot later on because the writers wanted them to... Idk.  As I already mentioned, the whole beastar thing, which the anime is named for, plays a very background and seemingly unneeded role. It's barely mentioned second season. There's this whole meeting of the schools or whatever to make Cherryton pick a Beastar, and they make a decision and.... that's it. That's the last of that. Nothing happens with it. It feels completely forgotten about a few episodes later. There's a whole thing with a security guard snake and Legoshi which turns out the same way. Snake shows up to push Legoshi in the right direction for the plot, says some cryptic stuff, and... that's it. Never seens again. Feels completely forgotten about a few episodes later. There's a point where they bring up the school will be separating carnivores and herbivores in the coming year. Some comments are made. Some people are unhappy. And.... that's it. It feels completely forgotten a few episodes later. It has no effect on....whatever the main plot of this show is. It's mentioned that the drama club will shut down. The members start talking about protesting. And... that's it. Nothing after that. They basically do nothing. It has no influence on the main plot... probably... if there is a main plot. There are completely useless shorts about characters with no relevence to the story at any point in time. I wouldn't mind this so much if the rest of the time wasn't spent doing who knows what. It just feels like more random stuff thrown in the pot. Are we getting anywhere at all in the story? Who knows. But we know the wold really likes egg sandwiches... Point being... there's no cohesive plot. There's so many random bits and useless, unfinished side-plots happening at any given time. It feels like someone trying to tell a story and constantly getting sidetracked.  That said, it gave me a few laughs. Half those laughs were just wtf am I watching and wth is happening. But hey, laughs are laughs and it passed the time. I'm not going to hype it up as some great anime, because it's a mess, but it's not bad either. I wasn't begging for it to end or anything. I'd recommend it as a time killer that doesn't take too much bain power to watch.. in fact... best not to use brain power at all. Seriously. Don't think too deep or hard while watching. Just don't. Everything gets so much weirder if you start overthinking it. Take it as it is and leave it. 

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