/stumbles back onto tumblr with another beastars hot take/
anyway spoilers for how the series ends & regarding the titular “beastars” and the concept of a beastar
now, i’ll be the first to agree that the last half of the manga, specifically the events following melon’s actual introduction, is an absolute mess and it’s very obvious that paru was writing by the seat of her pants for most of it. i also agree that the ending of the series was rushed, and the endgame for louis with him going through his arranged marriage is understandably unsatisfactory.
however, what i’m concerning myself with are the people whose complaints with the ending revolve around the fact that legosi & louis do not actually becomes recognized beastars. and what i want to say is...
that’s not a valid complaint.
in fact, it completely misses the point of the series. because although beastars the manga falls into a lot of conventions of the shounen genre, it is not a conventional shounen. the reader’s desire for legosi and louis to end the series as beastars on paper and as recognized in society is more about wanting the manga’s ending to fit within convention and expectation, when beastars the canon is all about taking societal conventions and turning them on its head. in fact, the series would have been worse off had legosi and louis been made actual beastars, because the end of the series points to society changing slowly and steadily not because of any particular leadership, but by society at large finally listening to and trying to understand each other beyond what is “socially acceptable”
changing society for the better is not becoming a part of the establishment. the idea of a beastar & the way it's established in the world is that it's a fucked up concept that prioritizes one species over the other as an absolute authority & just slapping two people of different species, herbivore & carnivore, isn't going to change anything.
change comes from society at large and the people on the ground floor, INSPIRED by individuals, sure, but not reliant on individuals who are given elevate status. what legosi and louis did was inspire people to change, and that’s all they needed to do.
they did not need the actual labels or recognition. the better society for carnivores and herbivores is one where no beastar is needed. it’s just a glorified cop. and i feel like that’s the point paru was trying to make, as evidenced by yahya hanging up his status of being a beastar and just being a flat out vigilante (though honestly i feel like a more cohesive point would have been made had yahya died tbh).
while the ending is definitely flawed, rushed, and anything but perfect, to the people who say the ending of the series sucked bc legosi & louis dont actually become beastars on paper...the truth is, you're just gluttons for convention that uphold status quo.
and at its core, beastars is about going beyond the status quo.
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Staring(Beastars x Female Reader)
Going to an all animals school wasn’t the best. Not to mention basically the whole world was full of animals, no pun intended. And maybe that humans, in particular, are going extinct. Could you believe it? I sure don’t want to since I’m one of those few humans still alive. I may be at risk every single day of my life, but it’s nice to know some of my friends are carnivores.
Legosi, for example. He’s a daring Wolf, but not necessarily daring. You’d think that when you first saw him, but he’s really just a stuffed toy on the inside. Super sweet, and gentle. He hates anything fighting related. We became friends pretty quickly after meeting. He was all over the place when I accidently bumped into him, and freaking out that I was a human. Not many animals have seen humans before, mind you. I think he’s adorable, honestly. I just want to pet his soft fur, like a dog. But I end up feeling weird after having that thought. That’s just plain weird.
Bill.....well, Bill is okay.....he’s a tiger. Not really a friendly one, but a nice one at the same time. He has different moods. Kind of scary, if you ask me.... although, I can’t be intimidated by him. This is a world full of animals, after all.
I think the one animal I’m most intimidated by, is Louis. Man did he scare me. He’s so tall, unlike Legosi, and looks down on everyone.
Let’s just say, I made a mistake to hang lights on his antlers while he was sleeping in the office in drama club.
I could feel it. His staring puts holes through my back. We have the same class, which I dread right at this moment. I look to my Llama friend, who is sitting next to me.
“Is he still staring...?” I whisper to her, trying not to disturb the class.
She turns her head slightly. I could see beads of sweat rolling down her furry head. She turns back, nodding just a little. “Yeah....he looks really mad, (Y/N). What did you do this time?” She whispers back.
Yeah....this isn’t the first time I’ve pulled a prank on him....
“Um....well....I might have put lights on his antlers while he was sleeping...” I try not to giggle.
My friend snorts so loud, the whole room turns to our direction. She quickly apologizes, while stifling laughs, and the class goes back to normal.
“S-stop...! Your gonna make me laugh, too...” I cover my mouth, trying to keep my giggles as quiet as possible.
I look back at Louis after calming down a bit. He looked very mad. I give him a quick wink, turning back to the teacher.
“I’m pretty sure I’m gonna die today....death by red deer....” I whisper. We both then burst out into laughter. The teacher scolds us, and sends out to the hall.