The fall 2019 anime series Beastars has wrapped up its run on the first season and the second season was recently scheduled for a January 2021 debut. That’s still firmly in place as the cascade effects of the pandemic and lockdowns subside and some new information has surfaced about the show. Before getting to that, Netflix wants to look back at the first season a a bit as they’ve got a new eight-minute promo out that does one of the things I love best – looking at it through multiple languages. The show, as you can see below, has several options to it and the promo shows the same clip in all the language options they have and you can see how each of them interprets it.
The show saw a Netflix worldwide release previously where it’s available in its original Japanese language as well as English, German, French, and Spanish while subtitle options include Japanese closed-captions, English subtitles, Spanish subtitles, as well as simplified and traditional Chinese subtitles.
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 English dub was directed by Bob and Megan Buchholz at SDI Media. The cast includes Jonah Scott as Legoshi, Lara Jill Miller as Haru, Ben Diskin as Jack, Billy Kametz as Durham, Brian Beacock as Dom, Bryce Papenbrook as Kibi, Cristina Vee as Sheila, Daman Mills as Kai, Erika Harlacher as Els, Griffin Puatu as Louis, Kaiji Tang as Bill, Keith Silverstein as Gouhin, Kyle Hebert as Sanou, Kyle McCarley as Collot, Lauren Landa as Juno, Michael Chapman as Miguno, and Tony Azzolino as Aoba.
The manga comes from Paru Itagaki which began in 2016 in Weekly Shonen Champion and has seventeen 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?