Viz Media announced their pickup of the BEASTARS manga back in November and we learned in February 2019 that an anime adaptation is in the works from Studio Orange. The series debut on October 8th, 2019 but it’s a Netflix show, so no show for you. TOHO is doing some new promotion for it in Japan with a look at the seventh episode which had a specially animated section to highlight story material. They’ve pulled that into its own video which is definitely appealing and leaves me wanting to see more of the series.
Shinichi Matsumi is directing based on the scripts by Nanami Higuchi. Nao Ootsu is handling the character designs with studio Orange handling the animation production.
The full cast includes Chikahiro Kobayashi as Regoshi, Sayaka Senbongi as Haru, Yuuki Ono as Louis, Atsumi Tanezaki as Juno, Junya Enoki as Jack, Akio Ohtsuka as Gouhin, Takeo Ōtsuka as Collot, Yoshiyuki Shimozuma as Voss, Fukushi Ochiai as Sanou, Yūma Uchida as Miguno, Naoto Kobayashi as Durham, Nobuhiko Okamoto as Kai, Takaaki Torashima as Bill, Sayumi Watabe as Els, Genki Muro as Dom, Yūichi Iguchi as Kibi, Yuko Hara as Shiira, Ikuto Kanemasa as Aoba, Akane Ōchi as Ellen, Hibiku Yamamura as Mizuchi, Sakura Andou as Legom, Mitsuaki Hoshino as Mayor, and Kenyuu Horiuchi as Oguma.
The manga comes from Paru Itagaki which began in 2016 in Weekly Shonen Champion and has twelve volumes out.
The opening song is “Wild Side” by ALI while the ending theme song is “Le zoo” by YURiKA.
Plot Concept: At a high school where the students are literally divided into predators and prey, it’s personal relationships that maintain the fragile peace. Who among them is a Beastar—an academic and social role model destined to become a leader in a society naturally rife with mistrust?