Many people seem to believe that you have to be a furry to enjoy the show/manga Beastars. Today we’ll be looking into why that isn’t true.
The story and worldbuilding: even if the animal aspect were removed, the murder mystery is intriquing. The worldbuilding is smooth and interesting to the viewer and it keeps them wanting to learn without being obnoxious about it.
You don’t have to be attracted to any of the characters to want to learn more about the world they live in.
The amount of thought and creativity that went into writing the world is obvious once you take a look. It goes into interesting directions with its worldbuilding, taking a turn into what it could genuinely be like in a world where instead of humans, there are anthropomorphic animals running a society. Where others sometimes make it all about racial allegory, Beastars is taking what seems to be a genuine attempt into making it as it would be if that were a reality, not to say there aren’t aspects of what could be seen as societal racism in Beastars. It just isn’t entirely an allegory for racism as others seem to sometimes be.
The characters are fun and interesting, sometimes even relatable.
They’re well written and can worm their way into your heart without you even knowing it. The designs are fun and aesthetically pleasing, with actual variety in size and body type unlike many other pieces of media with anthropomorphic characters.
Now, to address the elephant in the room: just because there are sex scenes doesn’t mean you have to enjoy the scene or be a furry to enjoy the rest of the show. (Personally, the scenes made me uncomfortable, but so does nearly every sex scene, so.) if you’re consuming any type of media not directed at kids, chances are you’re going to come across a sex scene. It’s essentially a given at this point.
You don’t have to want to live in their world or be one of them, to enjoy the Beastars. I’ve seen a lot of people shy away from trying out Beastars in fear of being accused of being a furry. If you’re one of those people, open your mind a little. Give it a try. Maybe you’ll find out you are a furry and that it’s nothing to be ashamed of. Who knows, maybe you’ll find out.