I dunno what came over me but I randomly watched Beastars on Netflix. I guess, after depriving myself of anime content, I snapped and now is watching again.
It’s…nice. And refreshing.
It’s good to be back.
In a civilized society of anthropomorphic animals, an uneasy tension exists between carnivores and herbivores. At Cherryton Academy, this mutual distrust peaks after a predation incident results in the death of Tem, an alpaca in the school’s drama club. Tem’s friend Legoshi, a grey wolf in the stage crew, has been an object of fear and suspicion for his whole life. In the immediate aftermath of the tragedy, he continues to lay low and hide his menacing traits, much to the disapproval of Louis, a red deer and the domineering star actor of the drama club.
When Louis sneaks into the auditorium to train Tem’s replacement for an upcoming play, he assigns Legoshi to lookout duty. That very night, Legoshi has a fateful encounter with Haru, a white dwarf rabbit scorned by her peers. His growing feelings for Haru, complicated by his predatory instincts, force him to confront his own true nature, the circumstances surrounding the death of his friend, and the undercurrent of violence plaguing the world around him. (MAL)
I didn’t expect Beastars to be the first anime or the anime that would bring me back to the medium. I mean, there’s a lot of good and classic animes I haven’t checked out yet, and I chose the anime that was released recently and I guess, “loved”, by many.
Me and my choices.
Anyway, what do I think about Beastars?
I actually enjoyed watching it.
It’s not my favorite, but surely, I now understand it’s hype and why a lot of people liked this series.
Before I lay out my thoughts, let me give you guys a glimpse of my initial impressions of the series.
Months ago, while looking at the list of Fall Anime season line-up, I saw the cover photo of the series, and I was immediately turned off by it. No offense to people who are into it, but I am not a fan of animals looking like humans. I prefer looking at humans, thank you. However, I start seeing anitubers getting excited about this series and I couldn’t understand the hype. Standing my ground, I didn’t mind the hype around it and just watch the shows I wanna watch.
Fast forward to now, I am now a fan.
Oh, how the tables had turned. Lol.
Beastars wasn’t just a show about Anthropomorphic characters but about social prejudice, self-discovery, and acceptance, in a world were carnivores and herbivores need to co-exist for the betterment of everyone. Of course, the harmony everyone thinks exists is just an illusion of what really is going on.
It all starts off on an incident at the drama club, that sparks a lot of anxiety within and outside of the school. This brought out the worst of both the carnivores and herbivores. The supposed harmony between the 2 races slowly but surely deteriorated at a fast pace.
What’s funny, as I watch this show, it reminds me of what’s currently going on in our world. I really don’t want to touch on all of the parallel points because, bruh, it’s better if you watch this series and experience that realization yourself.
But main story focused more on our main protagonist, Legoshi, his struggles with his own acceptance while also facing the prejudice around him. We follow him, along with the other interesting characters, as they try to overcome all of the b*llsh*t they face everyday. Because, bruh, whether they are herbivore or carnivore, all of them have their own struggles and demons to fight. The series was able to show all of the prejudice and struggles of the important characters and let us, viewers, understand and empathize with them. And I find that really beautiful.
And oh, another funny thing. I find it ironic how the series starts off in the drama club, as they portray the club as the representation of the harmony between the 2 races. And then both the 2 main characters are part of the club and both of them are pretty much “acting” a persona that is not really them.
Now, for my favorite character in the series, I can’t really choose between Legoshi and Louis.
Legoshi was a cautious and sensitive wolf. For a wolf, he tries to censor and repress his own nature just to show and live an upright life that goes well with his morals and beliefs of what is right. This causes him to have psychological turmoils in his mind which results to him internally breaking and then have random outbursts.
Louis, on the other hand, is a deer who seemed to have figured life already, but is struggling with superiority complex and tries to convince the people (and himself) that he is above other people.
Both of them are similar with each other while also complimenting and clashing. Seeing how their relationship dynamic grows all through out the series was a delight to watch.
Speaking of the 2, we cannot proceed without talking about the heroine, Haru. Personally, I am not a fan of hers, I’m just indifferent. However, I do love her development. Knowing her background and her past struggles made me understand her more.
These 3 have quite a complicated relationship triangle, it was…interesting to watch.
For its animation, damn, studio Orange outdid themselves. Beastars has amazing art and animation. It’s so smooth and watching the series, it almost made me forget how all of this was done in CGI. It was that good.
The last series I watched from the studio was, of course, the amazing Houseki no Kuni. Just like Beastars, that was done on CGI and it was really gorgeous. While HnK focuses on aesthetics and smoothness of CGI, Beastars focuses on the movements and in some weird way, trying to portray a realistic look of the animals while being CGI. Dunno if I explained that well. Lol.
Let me tell you a secret.
I watched this series in English dub. I tried it in sub, for 2 episodes, but…I dunno, I find the English dub better. I mean, I even rewatch the first 2 episodes in English dub then the next thing I knew I finished the series. The Dub was that good.
Overall, I really like Beastars. It wowed me as I really didn’t expect this to be good. I especially love how relatable the story is, either personally or to wtf is happening around us now. It just show how relevant the story is now and it needs to be known by people.
Oh man, for some point, I had a hard time writing this. As much as I want to write my thoughts out, me not writing for a long time made me anxious and paranoid. I held back…a lot. Sigh. I will try to get used to writing again.
I hope you guys would like this anime review.
This has been Will Sirius and thanks for reading.