BEASTARS, Vol. 2 (2) ペーパーバック – 2019/9/17
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At this high school, instead of jocks and nerds, the students are divided into predators and prey.
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?
Dwarf rabbit Haru’s odd behavior causes wolf Legoshi to flee. He then learns that the Drama Club recruits new students with inner demons. What does their club president, red deer Louis, wrestle with…? Before Legoshi can figure it out, Louis pressures him to face not only his own weaknesses but also his strengths. Legoshi’s character is truly put to the test when his onstage fight choreography with Bengal tiger Bill turns all too real. Has someone broken the school rules? And could the battle between Legoshi and Bill involve…rabbits?
After the thrillingly dramatically drama adventures of BEASTARS Volume Number 1 especially after what happened with those two star-crossed carnivore and herbivore , I decided to continue the philosophical journey with this high school anthropomorphic boarding school. Delving more into Legosi's physical and emotional carnivore reality instincts along with the secrets of the Drama Club before, during and slightly after the Adler performance, BEASTARS Volume Number 2 will keep you on the edge of your seats.
In Beastars vol 2 Legoshi meets the horny rabbit girl and she propositions him!! We learn a little more about the school and curriculum. One particular class is special and Legoshi makes some pretty crazy conclusions while attending it. I’m not sure I like Beastars but while I real it I'm totally fascinated. Legoshi is fighting his nature so hard. Louie so desperately wants the power of a carnivore. And a Bill in this volume wants to be what he is... a carnivore. And I can't blame any of them for wanting what they want, resisting or pursuing it either. The drama with the drama club puts an explosive cap on events for Legoshi!!
Louis is such an intriguing foil for Legoshi in Beastars vol 2! We actually get to hear his thoughts compared to what he tells the company and its madness. Utter madness!! He's such a morally grey character and for some reason Legoshi just bugs the hell out of him. When he's forced to take a break he chooses an understudy who also has issues with Legoshi as they are both predators. This forces Legoshi to makes some decisions and WOW!
Haru, the horny rabbit girl, is such a slap in the face of conventional stereotypes! This isn't a soft, clumsy or innocent female character. Oh no!! She has slept around and feels other rabbits are just jealous that their menfolk want her back. Seeing Legoshi's hilarious reaction to her made me want to read more beyond Beastars vol 2! And I just didn't expect that. He also is forced to take a step into the limelight and the results are grotesque! I was feeling the tension when Louis swept in unexpectedly.
The art in Beastars vol 2 was just as intriguing as in the first volume. I love how sinister and dark the tone of the story is and yet its contrasted with an almost cartoonish art style. This style adds this wonderful layer to the animal predator vs prey political world. Legoshi really does come across as sinister at times and yet I was shocked at what he endues this time... at the hands of one of his own. It's quite a gruesome sight!
Beastars vol 2 takes this unique seinen manga to a whole new level! Events in the drama club find Legoshi taking the limelight and putting Louis in an intriguing position... considering the herbivore doesn't like the wolf that much! Who's going to be the next Beastar?! They'll have to fight it out!!