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"I like tragedies. They make me sympathize with the characters... and they make me feel calm."
Legosi
In a world of human-like animals, carnivores and herbivores live in a society dotted with tension. Herbivores fear carnivores with instincts and struggle to look strong, while carnivores fear losing control of themselves and are held down by laws and social pressure. One day, in Cherryton Schools, a herbivore named Tem was found dead…mauled by a carnivore. Despite the pressure this has caused, most have already pictured a prime suspect; Legosi, a wolf of tall stature and a menacing appearance, despite having a heart of gold underneath, who was also good friends with Tem before. Fueled to prove himself and a sense of justice, Legosi goes on a mission to expose the true killer, only to find not only his worldview changing, but his relationship with both subcultures as well.
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Written and drawn by Itagaki Paru and published in the Weekly Shonen Champion, Beastars is a Slice of Life Shonen Manga series being based on the author’s previous work, Beast Complex. While it's easy to compare this to Disney's Zootopia, the series is often credited for having a more realsitc and darker look into what society would look like in this situation.

The manga is notable for having sleeper hit status in Japan, as it was voted 2nd best manga in the 2018 Kono Manga wa Sugoi ranking, just behind The Promised Neverland. It also landed several Best New Manga awards upon release, and even won the best Shonen Manga award in the 2018 Kodansha Manga Awards.

On February 4th, 2019, it was announced that Beastars will receive an anime adaptation by Orange that will air on Fuji Television in October 2019, and will be internationally distributed by Netflix.

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Beastars provides examples of:

  • Act of True Love: Legosi rushing to track down and save Haru from lion gangsters bent on feeding her to their boss. He has no idea how to pinpoint her location, is utterly outnumbered and outpowered once he does, and yet he doesn't hesitate to act even for a moment. Even Gouhin, who was wary of Legosi's intentions due to thinking he mistakes predatory urges for love, is impressed.
  • Adults Are Useless: Zigzagged. While there are certainly irresponsible adults from time to time (higher echelons of the law are shown to be spineless idiots who cower in fear of the Sublime Beastar), most other adults are portrayed to be fairly well-adjusted, professional and even sensible people who, while well-meaning, are either barred from helping others, or are bound too tightly by the red tape of bureaucracy. The cops during the Riz arc, the carnivore dorm supervisor and even the drama club leader are perfect examples.
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  • All Men Are Perverts: Played for laughs. After Legosi and Haru return to the school dorms after being AWOL the whole night following their Rescue Arc, several of his male classmates think they ran off to be lovey-dovey alone. So when Legosi goes to a carnivore meet-up some time later, one of the first questions they collectively ask him is "Can large carnivores have sex with bunnies". He is not amused.
  • All Part of the Show: During the second performance of Adler Legosi savagely attacks Bill and the audience is unsure whether or not it is part of the show until Louis appears to convince them that it was.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Due to difference in strength between carnivores and herbivores, it's not uncommon to hear stories about former dismembering the latter by accident, and all hospitals are required to have a transplant ward for such situations. And we learn of this when Tao the puma accidentaly rips Kibi the anteater's arm off while simply goofing off with him. Neither of them takes it well.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: Haru introduced a variant when she told Legosi she loves him back in chapter 83; in her own estimation she messed up the confession before she even finished that breath. All because with Legosi being her Living Emotional Crutch, she revealed her other emotions consuming her at the time to him at once and admitted her increasing concern for her ex-lover Louis, which in her own words was directly linked with her growing love for Legosi and her re-surfacing inferity complex. All things considered, Legosi took it much better than she thought and, instead of making a fuss about Louis, promised to do everything he can to keep her happy.
  • Apathetic Citizens: Completely averted in this setting. If you're doing something unusal, someone will always notice and all you really have to do is raise your voice to turn at least a few heads your way.
  • Arc Symbol: Hands. Specifically Legosi's hands with the big claws, which are a constant reminder of his carnivore status.
  • The Artifact: The Drama Club has become much less important over the course of the series. The first arc was about a play the club was putting on and the tension between Legosi and Bill. But since then there hasn't been that much focus on it at all as Legosi has gained other concerns and Louis left the club (and school in general). It is still a regular fixture in the story, but usually just as just a place for other plot things to occur.
  • Alpha Bitch: Mizuchi, the jilted girl bully who torments Haru.
  • Animal Stereotypes: Characters fit into some stereotypes while avoiding others. The wolf is a loner, but he's not normally fierce or violent. The rabbit does love sex, but she's no timid pushover.
  • Aren't You Going to Ravish Me?: Haru is pretty much used to guys coming to her only for sex, so she is completely baffled when it turns out that Legosi, visiting her garden on his club's errand, not only doesn't want to sleep with her as his reward for helping her a bit, but is also absolutely terrified of the idea and runs away as soon as he figures out her intentions. This was such a big change of routine for her that she actually thanked him later for being realistic about the whole incident.
  • Bears Are Bad News: It turns out the killer was the rather quiet bear in Legosi's drama club.
  • Art Evolution: As the manga progresses, readers will notice how Paru Itagaki's art develops over time. Originally she commonly used clean simple drawings in slow sections at the start of the manga, building up to highly detailed drawings in action and dramatic scenes; which soon developed into her using more detailed drawings consistently in the slow paces and creating even more vivid drawings in her action and dramatic scenes
  • Artistic License – Biology: All over the place, but a lot of it is just exaggerations of real life. Not quite so with one particular plotpoint. There is a plotpoint that Legosi seems to dislike his grandfather due to the fact he isn't a wolf, and Legosi and his mother are halfbreed wolves (quarter in Legosi's case rather.) It turns out his grandfather is a komodo dragon. Ignoring the impossibility of a mammal and a reptile having children, Legosi apparently has inherited zero reptilian traits from his grandfather, appearing to be 100% wolf despite technically being a quarter reptile.
    • Actually, it turns out he did inherit some reptilian traits, primarily an immunity to his grandfather's poison.
    • As revealed in Chapter 124, Legosi isn't the only halfbreed in the series with the introduction of Meron. A serial killing Leopard-Gazelle hybrid, who is forced to hide his heritage.
  • Beneath the Mask:
    • Louis may be a charismatic leader figure on the outside, but his inner thoughts and behaviour behind closed doors often starkly contrast with what he exhibits in public, with his motivational speech before the first performance of the drama club's "Adler" play being a prime, harsh example, but part of it starts to leak through his shell later on. It doesn't help that he ferociously guards his tragic past even from people close to him, making it very hard for anyone to properly relate to his personality and situation.
    • Haru has a seemingly sunny, can't-take-me-down disposition on the outside, but whenever she's left to her own devices, she becomes a very sad, self-loathing bunny. Without true friends, with sleazy reputation and very bleak prospects of improving her quality of life, she often calls her existence pathetic and can be even self-destructive at times, desperately looking for something positive to reignite her passion for life.
  • Better as Friends / I Just Want My Beloved to Be Happy : Legosi and Haru both think to themselves at different times that they better create emotional distance between each other as to not ruin the other's chance at happiness with a more suitable partner, and that they don't have the right to keep the other only to themselves.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: So far all of the major body damage seen within the story is allocated to male characters. The worst wound we've seen on a named girl is claw mark Haru received from a predator-frenzied Legosi, but that heals away completely by the second time they meet and people continue to remark how perfect her body is afterwards.
  • Beast and Beauty: How most characters view the growing relationship between Haru and Legosi.
  • Beware the Quiet Ones: Legosi is gentle as can be, but he's still a wolf. When pushed over the edge he is very intimidating.
    • Turns out this goes for the killer. He is the bear in the drama club, and he had few if any lines before the chapter where he is revealed to be the killer.
  • The Big Bad Wolf: Legosi is meant to evoke this archetype much to his consternation.
  • Black and Gray Morality: It is often pointed out that this world is far from morally simple or clearly-defined and things such as social norms and philosophies rarely can properly apply to a bigger group of animals, and what is unthinkable for one person may be everyday life to someone else.
  • Black Market: Prey body parts are traded for carnivore consumption. This is highly illegal in-universe, despite the fact that there is a corner of the city called the ghetto that specializes in these contraband.
  • Blood Lust: Carnivores who get a taste of flesh tend to crave it continually afterward.
    • It is later revealed that this trait can also be passed onto herbivore-carnivore hybrids, such as the case with Meron. Who by all accounts looks like a normal herbivore, except for his teeth, but carries homicidal traits that would normally be restricted to carnivores.
  • Brutal Honesty: Haru to Mizuchi, whose boyfriend left her after sleeping with the former.
    "YOU LOST! HOW ROMANCE WORKS IS THAT YOU'RE MORE LIKELY TO LOSE THE MORE DESPERATE YOU ARE."
  • Chastity Couple: Haru and Legosi, who haven't even kissed despite how close they grew. Their case also plays a bit with the trope, as technically, they had two opportunities to sleep together before they mutually acknowledged their feelings: first when they were still strangers and Haru offered Legosi some sexy time in line with her method of dealing with males and feeling appreciated. The second chance appeared when they had to stay in a love hotel for the night following their misadventure with the Shishigumi gang; Haru both wanted to thank Legosi for saving her life and thought this could deepen their developing bond. Nothing came out of either of these situations, though while it is not known how Haru feels about the idea of sleeping with Legosi currently, he definitely admits to himself he's beginning to fantasize about her more and more, though won't act on it until she explicitely tells hims this is something she wants too.
  • Chick Magnet:
    • Louis' charisma makes him really popular among the school ladies and chances are he could date almost any girl there, no matter their diet background, if he just showed some interest. Which he never does.
    • Pina, probably even more than Louis since he actually revels in female attention and reacts to their hailings, often resulting in massive "sqweeee!"s heard from the sidelines.
    • Surprisingly, Legosi as a minor example. Aside Juno's blatant crush and Haru's growing fondness of him, many girls who spend enough time with him to see past his society-assigned stereotypes, show signs of mild attraction to him.
  • The Chosen One: The meaning of the manga's title. Beastars is an elite group of young animals who, through their remarkable deeds and reputation, have the potential to shape and improve the society once they become adults. Beastar is an official title, and those who carry it are chosen by the ruling bodies of society. Traditionally, Beastars are periodically selected from the best-regarded high schools' (Cherryton among them) fresh graduates. Within the setting, Louis and Juno actively compete to earn the title, but unknown to them, many figures working behind the curtains think Legosi is also great Beastar material and subtly push him into taking actions that may bring him closer to being eligible for evaluation.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Not really in full power, but due to the story's character-driven slow pace, many of the main characters often aren't seen for extended periods of time when the focus shifts to someone else.
  • Connected All Along: Tem's killer was also a very good friend, a bear who felt so comfortable and happy around Tem that he stopped taking the medication he uses to suppress and control his strength. In a twisted way, Tem's death was triggered by friendship and happiness.
  • Crapsack World: The Beastars world is brimming with enough speciesism to rival real-world racism, but also in the Beastars universe prey animals can be murdered (and eaten!) any time a predator loses control of their violent urges. It's a rough world for small animals, but the discrimination against predators isn't insignificant either.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Chapter 20 focuses on a chicken who sits next to Legosi in class. Through her we learn about how chickens in the Beastars universe can sell their unfertilized eggs to stores for a profit.
  • Death by Origin Story: The only times we see Tem alive are in flashbacks taking place before he is murdered in the first chapter. Also Legosi's mother, who is first introduced in a flashback through a portrait visible during her own funeral wake.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Legosi when he decided to give Bill a pounding during the second performance of the Adler play, using their characters' feud as a cover up. For one, his actions almost ruined the play (saved by the means of Louis Ex Machina). And second, unlike him Bill has no qualms about using all of his available power and natural weapons, so while Legosi only bruised him a bit, the tiger drove his claws all across the wolf's back in retaliation, leaving him with scars that are visible for the rest of the story.
    • Legosi confronts the murderer of the alpaca from ch. 1. Said murderer is a giant muscular bear who nearly killed Legosi earlier (though he had jumped Legosi then). Cue Oh, Crap! moment from Legosi when what he's done hits him. He is saved by the timely intervention of Pina.
    • Following the previous moment up, Louis makes a hell of a choice to have Legosi eat his right leg so that the latter can have the chance to defeat the aforementioned murderer. It works - but Legosi not only gets "Meat Withdrawal" from tasting real flesh for the first time, he also is arrested for blood around his mouth and the incident causes him to be given a criminal record while being flagged as a "Predatorial Offender", potentially ruining all of his future living prospects and legally shutting down his wish to marry Haru. Louis and Legosi survive, but with their lives permanently changed; though Legosi takes it in stride besides the marriage part.
  • Death Glare: Legosi is scary to herbivores by default, but he gives some serious death glares when provoked.
  • Does Not Know His Own Strength: This is a frequent problem in the Beastars world. Carnivores are overwhelmingly strong so all it takes is a lapse of focus for them to do real harm. It's not uncommon for them to accidentally rip an herbivore's arm off!
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: The act of eating meat and predatory nature are constantly tied with sexuality within the story. There are many instances of characters talking about eating meat that come across as them really talking about sex.
    • Due to eating Louis's leg, Legosi is put on a criminal registry that restricts him from marrying herbivores and will cause many schools and jobs who look at his record to turn him away. Sounds a lot like he's a registered sex offender, doesn't it?
  • Drama Club: A number of the main characters are in Cherryton School's drama club.
  • Drama-Preserving Handicap: Soon after Legosi begins his hunt for Tem's murderer he comes down with a cold that keeps him from using his strong sense of smell. This allows the murderer to attack Legosi while staying out of sight to avoid being immediately identified by smell.
  • Driven to Suicide: Apparently Legosi's mother killed herself, but it is not publicly known why, only that she started acting strangely after marrying his father. It is implied the wolf himself has some understanding of the situation, but he keeps it a secret he only shared with Jack, and readers do not know the details yet.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: Dem the swan and Pina the goat. The latter even smells like one, but it turns out he just likes to make out a lot with girls, so their scent rubbs off on him.
  • Dysfunction Junction: Most of the characters are mentally off-kilter in one way or another. This makes sense as they are unstable teenagers with the addition of animalistic urges and capabilities.
  • Endangered Species: Appareantly the harlequin rabbits such as Mizuchi, are in danger of becoming extinct, so she claims each same-species relationship, including hers, is extremely important for the survival of the species, and thus Haru is being truly assholish for trying to break it apart with her actions, stating she is partly responsible for their potential future doom.
  • Enemy Within: Legosi sees his baser wolf instincts as this. In the iconic scene where Legosi catches Haru outside the theater his instincts manifest as a scary hallucination.
  • Entertainingly Wrong: When Louis sees Legosi walking through the black market with a bag full of meat, he naturally assumes that Legosi was planning to eat it, which depresses Louis as even if he didn't really like Legosi, he figured Legosi was a "better" carnivore, not a slave to carnivore urges. In reality, Legosi is using the meat as training to suppress his carnivore urges, spending hours at a time sitting a room with slabs of meat to dull his senses and desire for it. After completing this training, he buries all the meat with headstones that have their names (he took the time to find out the name of every corpse he bought).
  • Everyone Went to School Together: It turns out that Yafya, the first Beastar that we are introduced to, was best friends with Legosi's grandfather when they were both teenagers. They planned to become Beastars together to protect society, but Legosi's grandfather dropped out when he fell in love with Legosi's grandmother (and got her pregnant).
  • Fanservice Cover: The cover page for Chapter #31 has Haru, Juno, and Shiira posing on a bed in lingerie along with the following text:
    "A Sexy gathering of female animals!"
  • Fantastic Racism: Mostly between herbivores and carnivores, but it happens within the groups as well. Herbivores are commonly seen as weak and timid. Carnivores are considered unstable and violent.
  • First Girl Wins: Legosi admits that part of the reason he feels Haru is special is because she was the first girl to treat him as a male rather than simply a wolf or carnivore, and while her actions at the time were misguided, he still liked the sensation.
  • Fully Dressed Cartoon Animal: Applies to majority of the central cast of characters in the series.
  • Funny Background Event: Every single time Haru and Legosi discuss their relationship or show each other affection in public places, every animal that can see or hear them is instantly drawn to them with perked ears, and mouth and eyes wide open, sometimes almost hanging over them to absorb all of the exciting and interesting bits. Legosi begins to notice and is not amused, though this is justified seeing how just about everything about these two interacting is unique and odd against the in-story social norms.
  • Girl Posse: Mizuchi the harlequin rabbit and her two friends. They bully Haru relentlessly.
  • The Greatest Story Never Told: All of Legosi's involvement with Riz gets censored out of the news due to the small fact that he ate his friend's leg in a consensual act. Worried that predators might latch onto the story to justify eating others, the police edit the story that is released to the public so it is simply that Louis was the one who learned Riz was the killer and dropped out of school to investigate it before confronting him on New Years and getting his leg eaten by Riz.
  • Green-Eyed Epiphany: For a long time Legosi is severely on the fence with his feelings for haru. It's not until he sees her getting along with Louis that he decides he is in love with her.
    • Later on, Haru learns to utilise this to get his attention when he tries to ignore her; just mentioning she might meet up with another male in his earshot instantly focuses his entire attention on the rabbit.
  • Hands-On Approach: Haru quickly notices Legosi is desperately trying not to invoke this with her. The only exception is when she explicitely gives him her persmission to do so.
  • Hate Sink: In-universe.
    • Haru, due to her infamous and widely discussed sex life.
    • Louis, depending on whom you ask. While overall he's almost like a school hero, he managed to seriously irritate several characters without even trying.
    • Pina - thanks to him Legosi realises that hating a herbivore's guts is as natural as liking one and he should not refrain himself from feeling different kinds of emotions for them just because his love interest is one. Other carnivores don't have much sympathy for him either. Though Legosi warms up to him later, when his intervention saves the wolf from a very likely death scenario.
    • Yafya - he is revered as the Sublime Beastar, protector of herbivores. And he is despised by almost the majority of all carnivores, with just reason. He himself also despises all carnivores due to his abandonment issues and resentments, towards Gosha for leaving him for a female wolf.
  • Hello, Nurse!: Juno the wolf and Shia the cheetah attract a lot of male attention wherever they go. Haru the rabbit also qualifies whenever her admirers spot her before diving into the Cherryton's gossip mill.
  • Heroic Second Wind: A oddly dark one. During their fight on New Years, Legosi has had the shit beaten out of him by Riz and barely able to stand. During a distraction, Louis is able to help him hobble away. When it is clear that Legosi plans to return to the fight despite the fact he can barely walk, Louis tells Legosi to eat his leg for strength. Legosi returns to the fight fully recovered with his mouth covered in blood.
  • Hidden Depths: Many characters are not what they seem at first due to roles and stereotypes assigned to them by society shrouding the full extent of their personalities.
  • Hide Your Lesbians: While the manga explores the matter of various types of relationships, it never really touched the topic of homosexuality... that is, until the recent chapters that explicitly made it clear that it exists in this setting: when a jackal woman attends a masked underground party, she starts making out with what is apparently a zebra lady and isn't particularly bothered by the idea.
  • Humanoid Female Animal: Averted. In this series the males and females are equally anthropomorphized.
  • If It's You, It's Okay: Food-chain-based variant. Haru's slowly coming to realization that entering a carnivore-herbivore romantic relationship is very dangerous, if not suicidal, for the latter, and as a result for a time thinks of completely severing her ties with Legosi before it's too late. But then she also admits that even with that in mind, he means too much to her to give up on him so easily; and after hearing what he's been through recently, she decides she definitely wants to try romancing him properly. Considering their individual and shared experiences, she believes that if someone could pull such a love off, it's definitely them.
  • Imminent Danger Clue: Legosi is sent by the drama club to arrange some flower decoration with the gardening club as part of preparations for their play. Just as he is about to enter its premises, he senses a familiar scent. And of course, to his horror, the moment he goes inside he sees Haru, the would-be victim of his predatory rampage. He immediately freaks out and tries to flee.
    • This happens again later in the story. When he's resting in the school library with his head between his arms, he picks up her scent right next to him. He considers pretending to be asleep to make her go away, but she, at this point extremely pissed at him for ignoring her for a while, won't have any of it.
  • Incompatible Orientation: Haru and Legosi. Not due to different gender preferences, but rather different species, natural prey-predator dynamics and incompatible instincts sterning from them. She is very afraid that if she attempts a serious relationship with him, these factors will prevent them from being happy together.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Louis shares this dynamic with the lions of Shishigumi gang during his stay in the Backalley Market, but Legosi becomes the poster child of this trope. First, he became good friends with the Backalley Market doctor / predator rehabilitant Gouhin (at least 20 years older), then befriended his new neighbour Sebun (ten years older) in the Hidden Condo, and finally renewed his caring bond with his grandfather, after five years of seperation. Overall, he seems to have natural talent for befriending anyone in the city no matter their age, as long as their life views and goals don't clash too much.
  • Internalized Categorism: This is the crux of much of the character drama in the story. There are herbivores and carnivores that hate what they are and come to believe the other group to be superior. For example, Louis often laments his lack of physical ability and resents carnivores for the great strength they are born with.
  • Interplay of Sex and Violence: The series frequently blurs the line between the violence of predation and sexuality. When Legosi captures Haru outside the theater and clings to her, it would be easy to mistake his predatory musings for sexual excitement.
    • It happens again when Juno pins Louis to the ground to make her 'declaration of war.'
    • For carnivores, the ability to kill is seen as a sort of rite of passage not unlike losing virginity. Legosi tries to understand Tem's killer's perspective, even noting that he "has something he doesn't", by starting small and eating a larvae raw; and afterwards he shows textbook examples of a freshly unvirgin male (he's in pure bliss following the consumption, his fur grows back, he gets more confident).
    • Even strip joints run on this sort of logic. One particular stripper notes that the crowd (which is made of mostly predators) gets more and more frenzied while she (a herbivore) does her thing on stage, and uses that power to her advantage.
    • A lamb named Sebun, who ends up as Legosi's neighbor for various reasons, harbors suicidal urges of being devoured by a carnivore. Legosi, who is suffering "Meat Withdrawal" after eating Louis's leg at the latter's inclination to beat Riz, keeps accidentally creating situations that are this trope incarnate, complete with pinning her down and the two having heavy breaths.
  • Interspecies Romance: It isn't unheard of in the world of Beastars, however the more significant the differences between species involved are the more perverse the relationship is considered. Two canines of similar size could conceivably get together without trouble, but herbivores dating carnivores is nearly unheard of. It's revealed after many chapters that part of Legosi's self esteem issues at least partially stem from the fact that he himself is the product of an interspecies marriage (his mother was a wolf, his father's species is unrevealed -and- he abandoned him after she died, and his biological grandfather is a komodo dragon), something he thus far has only confided in Jack. It also led to him distancing himself from his paternal grandfather for five years, though they recently started steps towards reconciling.
  • Interrupted Declaration of Love:
    • Played with in Legosi's case. When he realises he loves Haru, he tries to confess to her, but she distracts him on purpose due to a hunch he wants to tell her something very emotional, and she just doesn't have the will to hear him out right then seeing how her relationship with Louis is starting to fall apart at the exact same time. He finally is able to let her know at the end of Meteor Festival.
    • It seems Haru tries to confess to Legosi as well during the festival, but is rather rudely stopped mid-sentence by Juno's master plan that utterly destroys their intimate moment. It worked, and she didn't try to do it again since then, even after receiving Legosi's and acknowledging his feelings.
  • Intimidation Demonstration: Riz scratches huge gashes into the ceiling with his claws to intimidate Legosi. It's so effective that Legosi (who went head-to-head with a gang of lions) is frozen in fear.
  • Japanese Ranguage: A shocking amount of official things such as merchandise and the popularity poll have Louis spelled as "Rouis". But even worse than that, they tend to render Haru as "Hal".
  • Klingon Promotion: Turns out this happened to Louis. After killing the lion boss of the Shishigumi, he became the new head.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: In Chapter 79 Juno wonders if Legosi and Haru are having a shoujo-like manga romance, which is not too far off the mark.
  • Love Confession: Legosi finally manages to profess his love for Haru at the end of Meteor Festival, and while she does not say she outright loves him back, she acknowledges his feelings and promises to wait for him while he's working to become stronger for her.
    • She eventually tells him she reciprocates his feelings during one of later their one-on-one talks.
  • Love Hotels: Legosi and Haru are forced to stay in one of these after they miss the night train back to school.
  • Love Hurts:
    • Juno can't convince her crush Legosi to return her feelings no matter what she tries, and his casual behaviour around her even after she confessed to him keeps causing her grief. Made even worse by the fact that she can't make herself un-like him due to his good nature and looks.
    • Haru, big time. Her first love Louis frankly tells her they can never be an official couple and being friends with benefits is the best they can (covertly) do together. Legosi, who really wants to be with her, unintentionally causes her great emotional turmoil by being loyal and considerate yet also being a completely different, seemingly incompatible type of animal, tearing her apart inside everytime she tries to decide whether to get romantically involved with him or not.
    • Legosi, when he distances himself from Haru after deciding he needs to become stronger to protect his herbivore friends; her especially. Just a single thought of her makes him miserable due to how much he misses her during his training time.
  • Love Triangle: Legosi comes to love Haru, Louis is friends-with-benefits with Haru, and Haru is caught in the middle.
    • And now we have Haru and Juno competing for Legosi.
  • Loving a Shadow / Locked Out of the Loop: Haru's growing attachment to Legosi can be seen as this at some levels. While he never pretends to be someone else around her, he still doesn't tell her about half the things he goes through under her radar; partly because he wants to protect her from harm, partly because he's legally forbidden to speak of some of said events, and partly because he has no idea how to properly explain them to her without potentially sabotaging his future with her; and considering what he's been through, the full disclosure could indeed significantly affect her approach to him.
    • This was partly subverted when he finally told her about the Riz crisis and how it brought him to his current situation, allowing her to better understand his recent behaviour and him as a person in general.
      • However, he STILL hasn't told her directly that due to his current legal ban on marrying herbivores, he can't act on his past proposal to her, should she decide to accept it. And considering she now thinks of him as her official boyfriend, this may be a serious issue in the future.
  • Master Actor: Despite his young age Louis is just that good. Outsiders come to the drama club's performances just to see him.
  • Master of the Mixed Message/ Poor Communication Kills: Legosi and Haru both dabble in this due to how unusual and complicated their relationship is.
    • Legosi has fallen in love with Haru pretty quick, but due to his poor social skills he often has problems with accurately communicating his intentions and motivations to her, up the point where he later emotionally hurts Haru due to being unable to explain why he distanced himself from her in a way she can understand.
    • Haru has a really hard time sorting out her feelings for Legosi because of him gradually becoming both her best / only friend, and Second Love candidate. She can't decide which role she wants more, as long he's simply by her side, which also means she's having difficulties deciding which angle to emphasize when talking to him. It doesn't help that due to how emotionally dependent on him she becomes later on, she can be moody and send him contradicting signals within the same conversation if he deprives her of his presence for too long. And Legosi's own communication problems certainly don't help her in making up her mind either.
  • Mature Animal Story: A series that deeply explores the psychologies of teenagers in a world where predator and prey co-exist. There are mature themes, sexual scenes, and lots of violence.
  • Meaningful Background Event: Legosi is discussing lighting with Dom while some others in the drama club are messing around in the background, and then someone's whole arm (accidentally) gets torn off, socket and all.
  • Motivation on a Stick: played with. Those who want Legosi to join the competition for the Beastar title covertly goad him into solving the mystery behind Tem's murder. Seeing how he already made a name for himself by saving a herbivore from certain death, they think this will be a great milestone for his reputation, and while Legosi isn't interested in pursuing the title at all (and isn't even aware that he's being groomed for it), telling him he can prevent further herbivore deaths is a suitable motivation in itself. Especially since the girl he loves is a rabbit, and thus a potential future target.
  • My Girl Is Not a Slut: Played with. Legosi is fully aware of Haru's rich sexual life thanks to intel passed by his clubmates, but he is far from treating her as worthless and firmly believes she's probably a nice girl with some issues. Turns out he is very right on the matter.
    • Louis is also fully aware of Haru's activities and doesn't mind if he's not her only ongoing sex friend. Until he starts wondering if Legosi is among the others, which spikes up his interest in the matter considerably.
  • My Instincts Are Showing: Very common in this universe. From the benign (tails wagging when happy) to the dangerous (carnivorous urges).
  • My Eyes Are Uphere: Inverted with Legosi. Since he is twice the height of Haru, he often bends over or kneels when talking to her to make sure they have eye contact, sometimes amusing her when it's clear doing so is physically uncomfortable for him.
  • Necessarily Evil / No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: While Legosi did what was right in taking down Riz (and something he was partially goaded to do by external parties, too), the fact that he used a last-ditch power boost made out of Louis' leg to continue fighting landed him in deep trouble that potentially will hinder him for the rest of his life — even if the meat doner actually suggested this tactic, this is still legally a crime, and as a result even people knowing the context of the act have to treat is as a heavy offense and put it into his criminal record. Therefore, Legosi now can face legally justified bias when looking for a job, higher education or living space. Worst of all, he can no longer marry herbivores, which shatters his dream of making Haru his wife. And he can't even tell anyone he was the one who defeated Riz nor how he did it, which is already putting a heavy strain on his relationship with Haru.
  • New Transfer Student: First Juno and then Pina arrive as first years.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Louis' choice to have Legosi eat his leg so the latter can defeat Riz not only gets Legosi a criminal record that puts a severe hamper on his life, but also causes Legosi to start craving fresh meat due to getting his first real taste of it. Though to be fair, they had no chance of winning otherwise.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Played with by what Juno did during the Meteor Festival. When she presented Legosi's heroic deeds to the attending animals, her main objective was to tear away Legosi from Haru for her own romantic benefit, with improving carnivore reputation in the herbivore eyes being only a secondary goal. Still, the public did not know of the former, and what she did successfully gave carnivores a significant approval boost.
  • Nobody Thinks It Will Work: Once it becomes obvious that Legosi has a thing for Haru, several people try to discourage him from pursuing her because they think that it's too unconventional of a pairing to work out, or alternatively, Legosi is misinterpreting his feelings for her.
  • Nonhuman Humanoid Hybrid:Jack recently mentioned that Legosi's unique worldviews and attributes may be a result of him not being a pure-species wolf. It was shown that his mother was a pure gray wolf, but his father's species remains unknown, and it was implied his grandfather was also of different species. The latter was confirmed in the recent chapters where he was revealed to be a komodo dragon that fell in love with a female wolf.
  • The Nose Knows: In a world of anthropomorphic animals, many characters use their sense of scent to help with their everyday tasks, but no one does it on-screen more often than Legosi, whose nose at times becomes a plot device; especially when it comes to Haru, whom he can accurately detect and track just using her scent. And sometimes, he can determine what happened to her recently when he can sense her scent on other animals.
    • However, extensive sniffing in public can be seen in this world as obscene, especially if you're doing it to another animal.
    • Juno also uses her accurate smell sometimes, but mostly to spy on Legosi: she sniffed Haru to determine if she had sex with him when they both went missing.
  • Not So Stoic: Both Louis and Legosi usually are calm and collected, but once something truly irks them, it's better not to be on the receiving end of their emotions.
  • Not What It Looks Like: At one point Legosi and Haru have a rather heated argument while waiting for a train together, and since she's a small rabbit and he's a big wolf, everyone around them quickly assumes he's assaulting her. Thinking fast, Haru orders Legosi to scatter to avoid getting him arrested, and they end up hiding in the station's bathroom until their chasers loose their trail.
    • After Legosi drops out of school and moves into an apartment, Haru is given his address by Jack, but when she goes to see him, she sees him walking into his apartment complex with a female sheep. It's clear she thinks something must be going on between them, but she is really just his next door neighbor.
  • Official Couple: Haru and Legosi as of Chapter 122... at least in her eyes. Legosi, while playing along, still thinks he's unworthy of her even if he loves her very much, and delays their Sacred First Kiss until he becomes the partner (he thinks) she deserves. And probably until he figures out how to deal with his legal ban on marrying herbivores that is still binding at the time.
  • Off the Wagon: Legosi never was one to indulge his carnivore instincts, but he went through a lot of training to completely supress it. However, after he ate Louis's leg, he now craves meat more than he ever did in his life. He essentially is going through withdrawl, which has caused him to distance himself from all the herbivores in his life for fear of giving in and attacking them (which isn't too far fetched, he nearly ate his new neighbor when she came in to check on him.)
  • Once More, with Clarity!: When we first see the moments before Tem is killed, he calls his assailant a monster with what looks like hate in his eyes. Fast forward to the killer's flashbacks: Riz is still told that he's a monster by Tem, but Tem doesn't actually hate him and accepts Riz for what he is before being eaten. Subverted when it turns out the first chapter was accurate and Riz repressed it to make believe that his relationship with Tem ended positively.
  • Older Than They Look: Yafya doesn't look like he should be any older than his 30s. He certainly is in peak physical condition, able to cave in a metal storage tank with a single kick. Yet it turns out that he is a few years older than Legosi's grandfather.
  • One Steve Limit: So far every named character in the setting is the only one with such a name.
  • Only One Name: A norm in the Beastars world judging by Legosi's ID which includes only his given name.
  • Open-Minded Parent: Haru's father, who seems fairly progressive and laid back about interspecies relationships. Also, when he sees Legosi for the first time, he assess him only based on his manners and not his species; and after he figures out the wolf is more than a friend of his daughter (even before Legosi blurts it out in his face), he is cool enough about it to encourage him to visit the household again when he can.
  • Parental Abandonment: It was recently revealed that Legosi's mother died when he was twelve, and his father abandoned him shortly afterwards, so his current legal guardian is his paternal grandfather.
  • Parenting the Husband: Legosi is just a year younger than Haru, but she often feels like she needs to be both his love interest and unofficial mother to (try to) control his random quirks and behaviours.
  • Perspective Flip: Chapter 77 re-visits Tem's murder from the POV of his killer. Though with some significant additions and differences to the way things play out and to the context of Tem calling predators "monsters". If Riz the bear's memory of the event is to be believed, it was a tragic case of misguided good intentions going terribly wrong, not a premeditated murder.
  • Pet the Dog: At the conclusion of the New Year’s Festival arc, the police are more than understanding of Legosi while he carries Louis, whose leg he has consumed. While they are nonetheless obligated to do their job and make no exceptions, they do express some degree of sympathy for Legosi. Most notable afterward in the Police Department, where Legosi is shown to have been treated very well by the cops in light of the horrible circumstances (though the detective questioning him at the time is shown to be a well-meaning but Innocently Insensitive and callous Jerkass). The testimony of Louis, Pina and even Riz helped Legosi’s case more. Even though Legosi is still a predatory offender to the law, he’s still let go easily by the law and the whole crime is treated as a felony misdemeanor, especially since a rather half-hearted cover story is thought up for the press and Legosi isn't connected.
  • Petting Zoo People: In contrast to Zootopia's Funny Animals, the animals of Beastars are essentially animal heads and tails on human bodies. Though their physical sizes are roughly adapted from real life. Though ironically, the Beastars animals are much more bestial than Zootopia's animals on the inside. Indeed, the latter was all about how they aren't bound to natural urges, while the former is about the characters dealing with their natural urges.
  • Pixelation: Used to blur out Legosi and Haru kissing in Juno's imagination of what they get up to together.
  • Please Kill Me If It Satisfies You: Part of the reason why Haru doesn't let the discovery that it was Legosi who attacked her at the beginning of the story affect their later relationship is that her life at the time was so miserable that she was actually willing to let him kill her without blaming him if the alternative was to live on without any good reason.
  • Posthumous Character: Tem, who is murdered in the first chapter, appears occasionally via flashbacks.
  • Power of Trust: When Kibi the anteater (the same guy who earlier briefed Legosi on who Haru is) gets seriously injured by a puma in the drama club, he screams at other carnivores to stay away when they offer to carry him to the infirmary. He instead asks Legosi to help him get there.
  • Predators Are Mean: The prevalent stereotypes of Carnivores. We meet a few belligerent carnivores but Legosi, Jack, and many others are proud to avert this expectation.
  • Predator-Prey Friendship: These do happen in the setting but they can be very tense and shaky because both predator and prey have to get past their instincts to consume and to flee respectively.
  • Predation Is Natural: The main argument of carnivores like Bill who give in to their urges to consume prey.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: Early on it's revealed that the Drama Club only recruits students with special circumstances such as body issues or difficult backgrounds, with the standard for membership being an interest in "showing [their] way of life".
  • Reality Ensues: Legosi and Haru's first attempt at intimacy forces them to confront the difficulties of an interspecies relationship. They do want each other but Legosi is more than twice Haru's size so he has to be careful not to hurt her and both of them have instincts that get in the way of their intimacy.
  • Really Gets Around: It might be easier to count the males who haven't slept with Haru.
  • Relationship Reveal: In Ch. 17 we learn that Louis and Haru are seeing each other covertly.
  • Relationship Sabotage:
    • Mizuchi the harlequin rabbit hates Haru's guts because she thinks the white bunny drove a wedgejj between her and her boyfriend on purpose, and it seems many girls at school feel this way about her.
    • Once Juno discovers Haru may reciprocate Legosi's feelings, she is willing to orchestrate schemes designed to seperate them and undermine their bond in the public eye, as shown during the Meteor Festival. Haru even admits that while she thought she was done with being affected by bullies, Juno's tactics really sting her.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Riz, Tao, and Dolph are formally introduced to the reader in Chapter 59 after lingering in the background of the Drama Club up to then. They function as normal, named characters thereafter. Riz in particular becomes rather important.
  • Rescue Arc: Legosi takes it on himself to rescue Haru when she is abducted by The Shishigumi, a gang of lions.
  • Rescue Romance: The fact that Legosi went through a lot of trouble and wounds to save Haru from being eaten alive definitely scored him additional points in her book, to the point where she deemed the evening they spent together afterwards one of the most important memories in her life.
  • Retcon: The opening pages show Tem the Alpaca being hunted by an unseen predator that he seems to have seen as nothing more than a fellow classmate and spends his last moments yelling that predators are lesser creatures, nothing more than monsters. When we finally learn Tem's killer was Riz, the bear in the Drama Club, the flashback to that time shows us that they were good friends. And in his last moments, instead of insulting Riz, Tem says that they are still friends before Riz accidentally kills him. Of course, this is all through the memory of Riz who is clearly unhinged, so it may not actually be what happened. It turns out this is exactly the case.
  • Samaritan Relationship Starter: Legosi convinces some bullies to back off of new girl Juno who is pretty immediately smitten with him.
  • Sacred First Kiss: Haru and Legosi almost finally have one in the Backalley Market, but he holds back, telling her he wants to kiss her only when he truly becomes a person she deserves to be with.
  • Sapient Eat Sapient: This is an illegal but unfortunately common occurrence. Carnivores, willingly or not, do kill and eat sapient herbivores.
  • Shameful Strip: Doubling as fan disservice when the Shishigumi boss forces Haru to strip for him. He claims that the rush of blood will cause her meat to taste superb.
  • Shipper on Deck:
    • The reason Gouhin helps Legosi save Haru from Shishigumi is because he is by then convinced that the wolf's feelings for the rabbit are genuine and he's worth the support.
    • Minor example with Kai the cheetah and Dem the swan, who think Juno and Legosi would be a wonderful couple, and as a result sometimes help her in her attempts to win him over.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Haru refers to Louis as Bambi in chapter 26.
    • The very popular mobile app Beastbook, which acts like a fusion of Facebook and Instagram.
  • Single-Target Sexuality / Chaste Hero: According to her own words, Haru adopts this attitude as of the newer chapters of the story: she starts rebuffing males asking her for sex (a major departure from her long-established modus operandi), claiming that she's done with randomly sleeping around because she has found someone whom she want to give her heart to. Considering that she no longer crushes on Louis, that someone is most likely Legosi, even if their relationship is still fluctuating between close friends and couple state at the time.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Both Haru and Juno (and few other girls not interested in him romantically) admit that while Legosi definitely has his set of quirks, he is nonetheless strong, gentle, caring and reliable. As a result, Juno still crushes on him even after he made it obvious he's pining for Haru, and the rabbit in question can't help slowly, genuinely falling in love with him, no matter how many potential risks of such love pass through her head.
  • Sliding Scale of Cynicism vs. Idealism: A common theme in the manga that is crystallized nicely in the relationship between Legosi and Louis. Legosi is naive, but believes that a positive outlook and hard work can help bring herbivores and carnivores together. Louis comes to believe that herbivores and carnivores are destined to be at odds and all that matters is finding power for oneself.
  • Stacy's Mom: Played with. A 12-year-old Jack thought that Legosi's mother was very pretty, but that that impression was based on her funeral portrait displayed during her wake.
  • Stalker Without a Crush: The school's security guard started following Legosi after becoming intrigued with how...unusual he is. Notably, he actually realizes he's being followed for about a week, and actively asks his stalker to show themself before everyone thinks he's crazy (he had mentioned that he had been hearing weird noises to his roommates, which just creeped them out.)
    • And now that Legosi is an ex-convict who actually committed a crime to stop another criminal, he's also under the watch of the police who are really curious what he will do next.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: Legosi and Haru, though it takes a bit before Haru truly returns Legosi's affections. The idea of a carnivore and an herbivore, especially of such different sizes, getting together is socially pretty looked down on, though not illegal. However, Legosi does get legally banned from marrying any herbivores due to getting arrested for eating Louis's leg.
  • Tempting Fate: At least two herbivores taunted Legosi into biting or eating them on seperate occasions, complete with putting their hands into his mouth, either for their own amusement or to prove their superiority. They were lucky they tried this with Legosi; carnivores such as Bill would most likely accept their invitation.
    • Riz the bear began to feel so comfortable, happy, and at peace with himself while chatting with Tem that he decided to stop taking the medication all bears are required to use to control their vast strength. This would turn out to have disastrous effects for both of them.
  • Tender Tears: Haru is prone to this whenever her emotions pile up. Also, sometimes Legosi and Juno.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Legosi seems to be a magnet for these:
    • Bill does this many times when he gets into an argument with Legosi about how true carnivores should behave or what it means to be a grown-up.
    • Louis dishes out one to him when berating him for shunning his own nature and remaining in life's sidelines rather than embracing the power and possibilities he was born with as a carnivore.
    • The only time Haru is truly mad at him as a person and has an argument with him, she tells him that being a large carnivore, he will never understand how it feels to live in constant fear for your life the way any small herbivore including her does. They reconcile shortly afterwards and even spend a pleasant evening together, but her words stuck with him for a long time, leading him to question his attitude regarding herbivores.
  • Vegetarian Carnivore: The carnivores in the Beastars universe normally eat plant or dairy-based protein. Chickens are paid for their unfertilized eggs and supposedly cows get a deal for their milk to be sold as food.
  • Wacky Marriage Proposal: Wacky in how completely out of nowhere it came for the target. When Legosi's and Haru's bond hits its so-far rock-bottom due to the former purposefully ignoring the latter during his anti-carnivore physical training with Gouhin, she finally managed to force him into a conversation and explaining why he abandoned her. However, her strained emotional state combined with his usual poor communication skills made him feel like she was about to cut their ties for good , so in a desperate move he asked if she would marry him after they both graduate. This seemingly backfired at first as she furiously stormed off moments later, but might also have become a trigger for them to start mending their bond little by little, as after unspecified time Juno spotted them cheerfully talking in the corridors again.
  • Will They or Won't They?: The main drive of the story once Legosi meets Haru, with heavy emphasis on analysing the internal and external factors that contribute to the direction in which their relationship evolves.
  • Wrong Name Outburst: Haru shouts to Louis when Legosi finds her in the dark. Oops.
  • You Are Better Than You Think:
    • Several characters tell this Legosi quite early in the manga after properly interacting with him. In fact, the first one to do so was a herbivore.
    • Most people despise Haru due to her sexual activities, and her past makes her feel worthless at times, but Legosi makes it clear (when he actually gathers enough guts to talk to her straight) that he holds her in high regard and spends time with her because she is important to him.
    • Turns out Haru thinks the same of him. Some time after meeting him, she figures out he's the one who attacked her at the beginning of the story, but she didn't reject him because at that point she already truly appreciated his presence in her life, even when she acknowledged all of his quirks and odditties (and also because she wasn't particularly opposed to the idea of getting eaten at the time).
  • You Are Not Alone:
    • One of Haru's biggest fears is that she will always be friendless and will never experience true, mutual love. Legosi's increasing presence in her life may give her hope of invoking this trope.
    • Legosi is really bummed out that some of his classmates don't mind indulging in their carnivorous instincts once in a while as they think it's only natural and in their minds Legosi is the freak for restraining himself. Then Aoba the bald eagle, with whom Legosi rarely interacts, admits that he shares the wolf's beliefs, as one time he potentially could have a go at eating meat, he thought of all his herbivore friends and refused. Legosi is so moved by the confession that he starts crying on the spot.
  • You Are Too Late: While Pina did a great job by bringing police to the fight between Riz and Legosi once he un-hostaged himself, had he arrived just minutes earlier, chances are Legosi wouldn't have been forced to committ a serious offence to defeat the bear, and doing that caused him a lot of long-term trouble almost instantly.

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