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  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • An extreme personality like Louis' was bound to divide readers. His acting prowess, sweeping ambition, and occasional looking-out for Legosi endear him to some, but his frequent mood swings and irrational actions drive others away.
    • Also readers seem to love or hate Haru. Is she an uninteresting hussy who isn't good enough for Legosi or a bright, mature girl who tries her hardest to survive as a rabbit?
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  • Bizarro Episode: The 'Shishigumi Rescue' arc kicks off suddenly and changes the dramatic and densely thematic romance manga into a clunky shonen fight series for a few chapters. These shonen fight scenes ended up being included in the series as times go on, especially between Legosi & Riz
  • Critical Research Failure: A hyena lives in the canine dorm. Big mistake: hyenas are more closely related to cats, mongooses, and civets than they are to dogs.
    • Averted with hippos, who are often thought of as herbivores but are actually omnivores. In Beastars, hippos are frequently seen in carnivore exclusive groups and in a flashback one is shown in the back alley market, waiting to eat a live child.
  • Fanon: A meta example, where due to sharing the same surname and both of the series are released in the same magazine (Weekly Shonen Champion), same fans joke around the idea that mangaka Paru Itagaki is the daughter of Keisuke Itagaki, mangaka of the Baki the Grappler franchise.
  • Ho Yay: All over the place, but especially between Legosi and Louis, Jack, and Pina. For an example of this, just look at Legosi and Pina's interaction in chapter 63.
    • Riz and Tem's relationship really puts the Interplay of Sex and Violence themes on display, almost looking like a Coming-Out Story gone horribly wrong. And his current interest in Legosi follows the same route.
    • Yafya's contempt for Gosha stems from the fact that Gosha abandoned their dream of becoming Beastars together in favor of settling and having a family (which eventually leads to Legosi, the grandson of Gosha). However, he still burns with loving passion whenever he is contact with Gosha, and has an oddly similar feeling with Legosi.
  • Les Yay: Haru and Juno get a little bit during their garden conversation. The way Juno looks at Haru while she cleans her cheek is nothing sort of a girl on the cusp of sexual awakening.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • Legosi's increasing circle of harem is usually brought up whenever some strong affection of a character is given, even to characters like Yafya.
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  • Narm: The series is pretty over the top at times with things happening that would be completely unrealistic in the real world. But the fact that they do establish that the characters aren't just humans with animal heads helps. And for some, that over-the-topness is a large part of why the series is endearing. An example would be the scene where at the drama club where the panther accidentally rips the ant-eater's arm clean off while helping him stretch. It came completely out of nowhere, and the unlikeliness of it put some people off, but a lot of people enjoyed the scene for how over the top it was.
  • Older Than They Think: The concept of predator-prey relationship of this book seemed to have been taken from Zootopia, but in actuality, it is older - at least its sister series Beast Complex (confirmed to share the same setting) was published earlier than the Disney film, and even Itagaki took notice of the similarity.
  • Popular with Furries: Naturally, given that Beastars is an alternate take on Zootopia. If furries don't enjoy Beastars for the well developed animal characters and setting then they can at least enjoy the copious amounts of fetish fuel.
  • Spiritual Antithesis: To Zootopia. Thematically they are rather different. In Zootopia, talk of animals having savage urges turns out to just be racist mythology, and all the different species are just as civilized. In Beastars, different species really do have different urges, with predators having to either learn to control their predatory urges or otherwise indulge in them on the down low. In Zootopia, Nick has to prove that he is no more savage than any of the other species. In Beastars, Legosi has to prove to himself and the world that he is more than his predator urges.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: The series is shonen (as in tween to teen boys), but Itagaki pushes the age range to its limits. The blood and violence get rather graphic (e.g. lapsed carnivores, consensual cannibalism being a good thing in an arc), and it is full of sexual content that wouldn't be out of place in an older teen drama.
  • You Keep Using That Word: The author and at least one character refer to Haru as a lolita and Legosi as a lolicon for crushing on her due to her small size. But even ignoring the fact that Haru is A) 18 and B) Legosi's senior by a year, the manga has shown frequently that, proportion-wise, Haru looks quite curvaceous for her size.


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