The anime adaptation of Paru Itagaki's Beastars officially launched its first season on Netflix a few days ago, and fans outside of Japan have finally been able to check it out for themselves. It was popular enough from its run in Japan alone to warrant a second season coming next year, and now more fans are starting to see why it's such a big hit. But at the same time, many of the details of its world are reminding just as many fans of the recent Disney animated hit Zootopia.
From its world filled with talking animals, to its breakdown of society between carnivores and herbivores, there are a few similarities between the two. But there are just as many differences as Beastars tends to go a bit further in many ways. Hilariously enough, it's a more "human" world full of sex, violence, and many of the darker undertones you'd expect from a society driven by "devouring" one another.
Much more so than PG-13, it's kind of Rated R with some sexual content, near nudity, and plenty of blood violence. It's the kind of world Zootopia hinted at, but couldn't explore due to various reasons. Beastars also has a central carnivore and herbivore relationship that's far more complex as the two of them want to follow their animalistic instincts just as much as they want to follow their sexual desires.
It's lead many to declare Beastars as the better of the two very different franchises with two very different audiences as well. Each one has their fans, and since they are so much different there's not one that's inherently better than the other. But what do you think? Do you prefer Beastars or Zootopia?
Do you prefer the darker take on the animal world or the more humorous one? Read on to see what fans are saying about the Beastars and Zootopia, and let us know your thoughts in the comments! You can also talk to me directly about all things anime and other cool things @Valdezology on Twitter!
"I'm Now Officially a Furry"
I love Animal crossing, Beastars and Zootopia.. that’s three strikes..
I’m now officially a furry pic.twitter.com/7DrsrjBojZ— Yamuii 🌸 Artist 🌸 Thresher Shark Enthousiast (@xYamuii) March 15, 2020
Zootopia Shippers Wish it Could be Like Beastars
Legoshi and Haru from #BEASTARS are what #Zootopia shippers wish Judy Hopps and Nick Wilde were. Problem with a lot of shippers now is, they think every single duo or pair is suppose to be a couple by default and not bestfriends. pic.twitter.com/gBR7ajcyK9— Jawbreaker (@PlayfurcinemaJB) March 17, 2020
"Like Zootopia, but Darker"
Beastars is more interesting than I thought. I guess you can say it’s like Zootopia, but darker. pic.twitter.com/5T4Beorpko— CyberFell (@CyberFell_Draws) March 19, 2020
Beastars > Zootopia— SnowpiercerTable - Mauricio (@Browntable_Ent) March 22, 2020
"For One, it's Good"
beastars is NOT just serious zootopia. for one, it is good,— 🍹 luc(k)y (@UVOGlN) March 18, 2020
"Feeling a Sort of Way I Never Expected"
You know... in the past, I would've never thought of being a furry. But Beastars, Zootopia, etc. got me feeling a sort of way I never expected 😅— JeremyNoir Productions (@jeremyboss007) March 23, 2020
Zootopia, But Make it Sexy
Did the creator of Beastars see Zootopia and say... but make it sexy.— A.G. Nonsuch 🦆 at Home (@AG_Nonsuch) March 22, 2020
"It's Literally Horny Zootopia"
Ok i know why yall are obsessed over beastars.
Its literally horny Zootopia. No, you dont have to argue. You know Im right.— Bath N Corkieworks (@BorkCork) March 23, 2020
Mistakes Were Made...
haven’t seen beastars but why the hell do a rabbit and a wolf have sex,, i thought this was like supposed to be zootopia— ⁷ (@kcribaku) March 23, 2020
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