The previously announced third and final season of the BEASTARS TV anime revealed character designs and confirmed the release date at today’s Anime Expo 2023 Netflix panel. The anime will premiere in 2024 and Netflix will be exclusively streaming it. The new visual shows Legoshi, Rouis and Haru, as well as a few other characters who are looking away:
Shinichi Matsumi directed the first two seasons of the anime, while Nao Ootsu did the character designs. Both are returning for the BEASTARS finale. Nanami Higuchi worked on the screenplay and Satoru Kousaki composed the music. CGI Studio ORANGE is animating the series.
BEASTARS is based on a manga by Paru Itakagi. It started serialization in 2016 in Weekly Shounen Champion. The manga ended in 2020, after 196 chapters, compiled into 22 volumes. The Beastars universe also has a side-story titled Beast Complex, which focuses on different characters.
Viz Media licensed the BEASTARS manga in English. A total of 22 volumes (the entirety of the series) have been translated and published so far. Viz describes the plot as:
One night at Cherryton Academy, an herbivore student is brutally murdered. Among the members of the Drama Club, the herbivores’ suspicions naturally turn to their carnivore classmates… The prime suspect? Wolf Legoshi. But he wouldn’t hurt a fly. Or would he? Will dwarf rabbit Haru bring out the beast in him? Or are his feelings for her…something else? (Viz Media)
Source: Official Website, Anime Expo 2023
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