On Wednesday, Studio Orange and Netflix announced that BEASTARS anime will get a new arc. The announcement came from Studio Orange’s official Twitter account. A new website was launched as well. Paru Itagaki, the author, drew two illustrations to celebrate the announcement.
<Project Announcement>— Orange: Anime Studio (@CG_Orange_eng) July 20, 2021
BEASTARS Animated Series,
New Arc is confirmed!
Thanks to everyone who supports our show. Orange will continue to animate the show! Artwork provided to us by @itaparu99 ❤️https://t.co/8GlJ6nzWVO pic.twitter.com/z8GLhfJmtt
Beastars manga series is written and illustrated by Paru Itagaki. It was serialized in Akita Shoten’s Weekly Shōnen Champion from September 2016 to October 2020. The entire series has been compiled into 22 tankōbon volumes.
Beastars manga has won multiple awards:
1. 11th Manga Taishō
2. New Creator Prize at the Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize
3. 42nd Kodansha Manga Award in the shōnen category
4. New Face Award at the Japan Media Arts Festival
Beastars anime Season 1 aired from October to December 2019 and Season 2 aired from January to March 2021. Shinichi Matsumi directed both the series at studio Orange. Shunsuke Hosoi, Hyuntae Kim, Kiyotaka Waki and Yoshinori Takeeda produced the series. Nanami Higuchi wrote the script and Satoru Kōsaki was responsible for the music.
Netflix released both the season outside Japan. Season 1 was released on March 13, 2020 and season 2 was released on July 15, 2021.
VIZ media has licensed Beastars manga in English for North America and they describe the story as:
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? Last night at Cherryton Academy, an herbivore student was killed and eaten. Among the members of the drama club, the herbivores’ suspicions naturally turn to their carnivore classmates… The prime suspect? Legoshi, a large wolf. But he wouldn’t hurt a fly—or would he? And will dwarf rabbit Haru bring out the beast in him? Or are his feelings for her…something else?