We actually finished this a few weeks ago, but due to the virus, I’m getting a little behind on everything right now. But let’s just start, shall we?
Legoshi is a young wolf still going to school, where he’s supposed to learn about the outside world, the grown-up world, in a safe and more or less carefree environment. This gets brutally interrupted as a student gets murdered, and the culprits are unknown. In a world where herbivores and carnivores are supposed to coexist, but the flesh-eaters are still being feared because of their natural upper hand, this means that every carnivore is a suspect. Legoshi, being one such animal, starts to not only get to know the gruesome truth about the world outside of his school, but also about himself and his instincts, especially as he one night attacks a small white rabbit, and wants to eat her.
Having been taught that it’s wrong to eat herbivores, Legoshi gets his act together and lets the rabbit run away, only to meet her again later when he needs to pick up flowers for an arrangement. Haru, the little rabbit, seemingly doesn’t know that she’s confronting her attacker, and willingly helps a fellow student out. Not only that, but she almost throws herself at him, because she thinks he’s there for sex, like every other male student who visits her. Being embarrassed over the situation she has put him in, Legoshi covers up her naked body and runs away. He won’t ever forget the smell of her blood and look of her body though, which causes him more than just regular teenage problems from this day on.
Now, this short review of the basic plot doesn’t hold a candle to the entire story, but writing more would be a big spoiler in my opinion. Beastars is full of violence and moral dilemmas, and offers a really nice love story while portraying how cruel the world is.
It is CG animated, which is usually a big turnoff for me when watching anime, but this series actually did a very good job at making the characters look great. My only gripe is when the characters move fast, like when they fight or run, where the fluid movements make them look like marionettes without strings. I know, this might sound like nitpicking, but it threw me off every time I saw it, which isn’t fun in the middle of a very intense scene. But overall, I think it’s very well made and a big step towards CG animated anime series that don’t look all rubbish.
The first season of course ends on a cliffhanger, so a second season is to be expected.