BEASTARS Manga Gets Stage Play

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Paru Itagaki's animal academy story inspired currently airing TV anime

The first 2020 issue of Akita Shoten's Weekly Shōnen Champion magazine announced on Thursday that a stage play adaptation of Paru Itagaki's BEASTARS manga has been green-lit. The stage play will run in Tokyo and Osaka in April and May next year.

Viz Media is releasing the manga in English, and it describes the story:

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? Legosi, 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?

Itagaki launched the manga in Weekly Shōnen Champion magazine in September 2016, and Akita Shoten will publish the manga's 16th compiled book volume on Friday. Viz Media published the manga's third volume on November 19.

The manga also inspired a television anime that debuted on Netflix in Japan on October 8, and then premiered on Fuji TV's [+Ultra] programming block and on TV Nishinippon on October 9. The anime will debut in Netflix outside of Japan in early 2020.

Source: Weekly Shōnen Champion issue 1

Update: Added stage play's debut dates. Sources: BEASTARS stage play website, Comic Natalie

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