One night at Cherryton Academy, an herbivore student is brutally murdered. Among the members of the Drama Club, the herbivores’ suspicions naturally turn to their carnivore classmates… The prime suspect? Wolf Legoshi. But he wouldn’t hurt a fly. Or would he? Will dwarf rabbit Haru bring out the beast in him? Or are his feelings for her…something else?
It's got sex, gore, and philosophy--the big three. It's set in a society of anthropomorphic animals, at first focusing on the Cherryton School but then expanding to show more of the world at large. The main character is Legosi, a socially awkward gray wolf. The central theme is the difficulties with carnivores and herbivores coexisting, with the intersection of instinct and morality. Vigilante justice is prevalent, but at least it's recognized to be self-righteous and egotistical, which is more than I can say for many stories that just mindlessly glorify vigilantism. I appreciate the moral ambiguity it profers. There's also romance and childish idealism in the face of a cynical, "adult" world. And a healthy dose of humor throughout. The art in the first few chapters is rough around the edges, but it quickly improves. The world is well developed and the characters are distinct and lovable. [Reviewed at chapter 148]
I went into this manga without knowing anything other than that it is based on similar premise as Zootopia. I will say that I prefer Beastars over Zootopia now that I have read it, not because Zootopia isn't good, but because Beastars is more daring in the themes it tackles. On top of that I can't help but marvel at the way the author portrays their character and their mastering of the show dont tell concept of storytelling. It is a thrilling story with well written characters that are all complex in their own way, and the plot keeps thickining as the manga progress. I can highly recommend this one to anyone that is in for a good story.
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