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Kooskia

Strongly suggest to read Beastars (manga + anime incoming)

I've been long a fan of anime and manga, personally i also found a little pity how the Japanese furry fandom (like the Chinese one) doesn't rise too much in the international community, because their local comic-animation industry produce LOTS of interesting stuff.

Most of these anime and manga have only few secondary characters or minor ones related to the anthro, and i've been positively impressed by "Beastars" that differently from most it's a 100% anthro animal worlds.

It's VERY close for some elements to Zootopia: urban modern-day world (just more Japanese school style with post-school "clubs"), and very strong prey-predator social issues. Also (like Zootopia) there is quite strong size-difference between different species (mouses, rabbits etc.).

Differently from Zootopia is aimed for teen/mature readers: the protagonist Legosi is a young quiet wolf, part of the drama theatre club (as lighting technician), who face his growth with facing his violent predatory instincts.

Regardless the presence of anthros as protagonists, the character development itself it's quite intriguing, and the plot doesn't rush on things so far (there is a murdering, but apparently none of the students is on rush to find the killer with personal investigation).


I should say (for rule34 fans xd), that the manga has sexual hints, with 1-2 characters who have a sexual life and 1 "semi-offscreen" sex scene.


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PS: they are also working on an anime of it!!
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Cubba
2 months ago
*adds to reading list*

You never disappoint!
Kooskia
2 months ago
Oh? I admit that i suggest stuff on journals far less than i could xD
Beastars isn't new, but there is a recent/incoming boost of popularity because of the anime.
I got interested in the manga from some time but started reading it only more recently.
Meowz
2 months ago
I'm going to check that one out. I've been rather desperate for watchable Anime in recent years.

Grew so tired of the same tropes and cliches all the time.

Here's my hate list. Unless it's comedy, these apply: battle of the day, high-school, harem, reverse harem, all girl, all male, teenagers, monster, million episode/endless, bumbling fool boy, stupidly shy boy/girl, tsundere, annoying characters that destroy romantic moments, transformations, butler/maid, endless fights, endless fights where 90% is wasted time, and the "I have to be better at this than everyone else"-syndrome.

What I like? Mixed genders, mixed ages, sexy stuff that isn't entirely for the sake of it, stories, adventure, stories that aren't entirely about boy meets girl or whatever unless it's supposed to be just about that. I enjoy seinen, I enjoy slice of life, and almost all of the animes that I liked throughout time, were the ones from the 90s and early 2000s. Some newer ones as well, but recently I've come to believe that Anime has become 99% crap. It seems to never progress from the same old. And that was old when it was new. ;)

So I am desperate for good stuff there.
Dgtdgt
2 months ago
Could you list the names? Cause just reading your hates, I cannot think of a single anime I have seen in the past 10+ years that doesn't fit at least one of those.
Meowz
2 months ago
These aren't absolute. A very well made anime, I would even watch despite having a few of these tropes. I did enjoy Space Brothers immensely. Despite the light high school themes, I loved "Uninhabited Planet Survival". Despite the constant, stupid, slow fights, I liked the old and new Hunter X Hunter. Despite it being mostly about kids and having some semi-highschool in it, Shinsekai Yori was one of the best I've ever seen in a long time. Food wars is amazing because it's a comedy -- it's fine to have highschool kids trying to be the best at something as if their life depended on it.

There is wiggle room.
Dgtdgt
2 months ago
I think you will enjoy food wars until the show catches up to the current arc in the manga. The stuff being done in the current arc just kinda came out of nowhere and strongly does not belong in the  series if you ask me.
Kooskia
2 months ago
Eh... i must say that indeed these are some classic themes for anime/manga and to fish-out some of them it's not that easy.
We also should remember that they are often aimed for Japanese audience at first (a mangaka at beginning doesn't know if his/her work is going to 1) continue 2) become an anime (a great success) 3) gain popularity outside Japan).

Said that, there are a number of anime/manga that came out of this logic.
I can think at some recent productions (The Promised Neverland, for example, quite enjoyed it for having some unique mistery-solving themes thanks intelligence of protagonists).

Concerning Beastars it has some common anime-manga themes, but i should say that takes its own path or interpretations.
Legosi (the protagonist) for some way follow the style of the shonen-kind of character (becoming stronger etc.) but it's not all that. There is a quite frustrating Japanese school-style "fear of sex" behavior, but funny enough, he's pretty much the ONLY one experience it, and (uncommonly from most of anime/manga) there are other prominent characters of the story that openly engage in sexual intercourse.

But all considered, the story of Beastars it's more fully centered on the prey/predator relationship.
Pretty much as Zootopia, just seriously dark and bloody sometimes.

Meowz
2 months ago
Yeah, I am absolutely going to check out Beastar :). And yes, I know these tropes are common. It's pretty much the reason I tired of it all so quickly. Past a certain point all of the Anime I watched started to blend together. I used to binge watch Anime TV shows and OVA with my buddies for 20 years or so, and I .... I'm just so ... so tired of it all. Anime fatigue. Not even that, it's just that if I see one more boy or girl in a damn high school, I'm going to open a window and barf on one of them ;).

Exaggerating of course, but you get the idea. Sometimes it's like Japanese audiences don't want anything new, but I blame the crowds saw nothing but teenager/kids TV anime in their childhoods and therefore produce only these in todays age. I hope that somewhere, a generation of animators grows up to make anime shows about ... *anything* else.

I could write pages of agony but I'll spare you, and apologise, because clearly you're still not even close to that level of anime fatigue.

Dgtdgt
2 months ago
I know it's a sort of Isekai/vrmmo trope, but I very much enjoyed Log Horizon. Another one I really liked was World Trigger.
Fleetpaw
2 months ago
this is on my watch list of Anime that is coming out
Kooskia
2 months ago
Cool x3 Still suggest also the manga itself. I think they are going to place a storyarch in the anime a bit earlier and maybe skip some chapters of the manga (that are quite extra).
Fleetpaw
2 months ago
you could be right unless they go the way A Certain Magical Index and others that tie into it have gone
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