My GF ends up with a lot of strange manga from the library. Some of it I read, I lot of it I skip.
I am glad I did not skip Beastars.
This one is… woo… Bizarre.
Did any of you watch the special features of Zootopia, where they had an almost-finished grimdark version that was focused on how society basically oppressed the carnivores by forcing them to suppress their predatory urges? And how that movie was almost completely scrapped?
Okay, now, imagine that crossed with Urakata!! [Behind the Scenes], and you get Beastars.
Set in a world of petting zoo people awkwardly integrated in a quasi-human society, Beastars opens with an alpaca being murdered and eaten by a predator.
The story focuses on an awkward wolf, who was the alpaca’s best friend, how he is coping with the tragedy and struggling with his own predatory nature.
So, how I said “crossed with Urakata!!”? The wolf and his friend were in the theater club–the wolf is a tech guy, while the alpaca was an actor–and much of the story revolves around the theater work and personalities of the club, which is putting on a play about death for the Welcome event for students in the new term.
It’s strange, but really compelling. The art is fantastic, and as kind of an awkward and autistic dude who did technical theater in highschool, I can kind of relate to the wolf.
Apparently there will be an anime for it that will start airing next week, too.