Beastars takes place in a world where predator and prey animals have agreed to live in harmony. This means that eating meat is illegal and predatory animals must suppress their basic instincts. Though all seems to be going well, tensions rise beneath the surface - and some of those tensions come to a head in a high school drama club.
In the world of anime, there's pretty much nothing that's exactly like Beastars - it's an almost totally unique show. As such, this list isn't going to feature series that are a perfect match. Instead, it will focus on shows that contain one or more of the series' key elements.
Some anime like Beastars share the series themes of animals of different species interacting together in a the world of humanity. These include A Centaur's Life, Aggretsuko, Africa Salaryman, and more. Others aren't about animals, but echo some of the show's more heavy emotional themes. Examples of these are A Silent Voice and March Comes In Like A Lion - despite the title, it's not actually about lions.
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Hana is a single mother struggling to raise her 'wolf children' - the products of her relationship with a werewolf who unfortunately passed away. While some of her challenges are typical ones that any parent faces, she also has to deal with judgemental looks from outsiders, difficulties with accessing health care, and her kids' more animalistic instincts. In fact, her son ultimately decides that he doesn't want to live like a human - instead, he wants to live like a wolf.
The tension between the need to behave a certain way to exist in society and the need to be true to ones' nature is a tension that lies at the heart of Beastars.6515A great next watch?
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If you're looking for a series with the same vibe as Beastars, keep scrolling. Tokyo Ghoul isn't on this list because of genre or plot. Rather, it's here because they share one important element. Ghouls and humans are both sentient creatures whose needs dramatically clash with one another because ghouls must eat human flesh to survive. The series' questions whether or not it's actually wrong for ghouls to do this - sure, they're taking lives, but they don't exactly have a ready alternative. Some ghouls, like those who live at Anteiku, try hard to suppress their instincts and feed off of substitutions, while others embrace their nature and commit what appear to be atrocities.
Beastars is basically a world that's been taken over by Anteiku - eating meat is banned, and carnivores have to subsist on substitutions and suppress their instincts in order to coexist peacefully with herbivores. For Legosi, restricting himself like this comes with a high personal cost.5518A great next watch?
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Guilt and shame are powerful emotions, and they're at the core of both Beastars and Kyoto Animation's hit film, A Silent Voice. During elementary school, Shoya Ishida led a bullying campaign against a deaf transfer student named Shoko Nishimiya. Now in high school, he's deeply sorry for what he's done and wants to make up for it. Part of how he does this is through Shoko herself, who he finds himself irrevocably drawn to.
Take out "bullying the deaf transfer student" and swap in "tried to eat the rabbit upperclassman" and you have a very similar situation to the one in Beastars. Legosi's animal instinct leads him to attack a rabbit named Haru. He's disgusted with his own behavior and wants to try and suppress it, but he also finds himself drawn to Haru for reasons that may not be entirely about his animal instinct.4914A great next watch?
A Centaur's LifePhoto: Haoliners Animation League
Just like Beastars, A Centaur's Life takes place in a world where different sentient beings must find a way to live in harmony, but have significant trouble doing so. While Beastars focuses on actual animals, A Centaur's Life is about mythological creatures who are said to have evolved from humans. In both series, multiple laws have been passed in order to prevent discrimination and victimization, and ordinary high school students need to figure out a way to be with each other in spite of their differences.
The biggest difference is probably the fact that in A Centaur's Life, it's mostly socially constructed problems that plague the characters, while in Beastars raw animal instinct plays a major role.5128A great next watch?