Watch Award-Winning BEASTARS Manga Creator Draw Her Characters

posted on by Lynzee Loveridge

Paru Itagaki BEASTARS manga has taken home numerous prizes.The series ranked #2 on the 2018 Kono Manga ga Sugoi! list for male readers in 2017, won the New Creator Prize at last year's annual Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize awards, and was also crowned at the 11th Manga Taisho awards in 2018.

Itagaki flew into Paris for a signing event at Fnac Montparnasse on January 28. The BEASTARS manga is available in French from publisher Ki-oon and the company shared a video of Itagaki drawing the manga's main character Regoshi, a wolf. Based on the video, it looks like Itagaki is left-handed.

The manga creator shared additional pictures and drawings of her time in Paris. In the images she takes on an animal persona of her own, only appearing in a large chicken-head mask.

Itagaki was a bit embarrassed by how Europeans greeted one another, writing that she couldn't look directly at them during the kissing portion.

She had to hold the microphone underneath her mask's chin.

BEASTARS takes place in a world of carnivores and herbivores, where there is a lot of hope, love, and anxiety. Regoshi is a wolf who is a member of Cherryton Academy's drama club, and even though he's a wolf, he's very sensitive. The manga follows the adolescent life of Regoshi and many other animals.

Itagaki launched the BEASTARS manga in Akita Shoten's Weekly Shōnen Champion magazine in September 2016. Viz Media licensed the manga for release in English.

Source: Ki-oon Twitter account

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