Paru Itagaki's BEASTARS Get Wild at the Tobu Zoo
posted on by Lynzee Loveridge
Paru Itagaki BEASTARS manga characters are letting loose at the Tobu Zoo from March 23 to May 26. The event's collaboration illustrations feature protagonist Legoshi and a white tiger, one of the zoo's most popular animals.
During the collaboration, life-sized illustration panels will appear throughout the zoo. A total of 10 panels, each of a different animal, will be drawn by Itagaki and include educational information for visitors.
The zoo food cart will sell can badges and clear files of the above illustration to patrons and also serve a version of the egg sandwich that appears in the manga's third volume. Visitors who purchase the sandwich will get a bonus postcard. The pancake house in the amusement park portion of the zoo will have special stickers on Legoshi's birthday on April 9 and Louis the red deer's birthday on March 29 for customers that order the White Tiger Pancake.
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.
BEASTARS takes place in a world of carnivores and herbivores, where there is a lot of hope, love, and anxiety. Legoshi 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 Legoshi 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. CG anime Studio Orange (Land of the Lustrous, Dimension W) will produce an anime adaptation.