The popular anime ‘Beastars’ may have only just returned to Netflix, but fans now know what the future holds with season 3!
Beastars is one of the most ingenious, controversial and engrossing anime series of the past few years – at least in the mainstream.
Yet season 2 surpassed every expectation I had for the series and at a basic review, it is brilliant; the story was well-crafted and every episode had me on the edge of my seat.
However, as one door closes another door opens; with fans around the world now desperate to know what the future holds for Legoshi and the cohort at Cherryton Academy.
Has Beastars been renewed for season 3?
- It’s good news for fans of Beastars, Studio Orange has officially renewed the hit anime series for season 3.
Whilst Beastars is labelled as a Netflix original anime series, the platform only purchases the international broadcasting rights – meaning that any renewal decision is made by Studio Orange and the Japanese broadcast partners.
Thankfully, the studio wasted no time in taking advantage of the hype surrounding the series, officially renewing Beastars for season 3 earlier today, July 20, via social media.
Although not many fans will be too surprised by the return to Cherryton Academy, thanks to Beastars’ global popularity and availability of source material.
Netflix does not release the official viewership statistics, but it is obvious how popular the anthropomorphic anime is around the world: scoring 8/10 on MyAnimeList across 80,000 reviews, higher than even the first adventure!
There is also plenty of source material from the manga series left to adapt into more anime seasons, which can often the decisive factor in series renewals.
According to reports, season 2 concluded around chapter 99 in the series, the beginning of volume 12. Thankfully, 196 chapters across 22 volumes have now been published, meaning that there is enough material for at least one, if not two, more seasons.
Beastars season 3 release date…
Unfortunately, a release date for Beastars season 3 was not revealed alongside the renewal announcement.
However, assuming that season 3 would experience a similar production schedule as previous instalments, fans should expect Beastars to return in April 2022.
This correlate to the start of the Spring anime slate; however, it would only apply to Japanese broadcasters, who premiere the series first on TV.
As Netflix has released new Beastars content between three and four months after the domestic finale, HITC predicts that season 3 will not release on Netflix until September 2022.
A quick review of season 2…
Let us get something out of the way first though, certain scenes in season 2 are still uncomfortable to watch.
Granted there will be plenty of people out there who don’t see anything wrong with some of the interspecies portrayal, but I would argue that the majority of fans are still not 100% alright with watching specific parts. However, once you push that aside, it is nothing but praise for Beastars season 2.
The pacing is solid, the fantastic music persists, the animation is still gorgeous and the voice acting remains top-tier. However, the stars of the show, the ones on stage in the bright lights (even the true ‘Beastars’ itself) was in this season…all of the side characters.
The world felt more alive, the characters’ felt more fleshed-out (pardon the puns) and there was now weight to the micro-decisions that characters made in their personal lives.
Season 1 was all about Legoshi, Louis and Haru; and there was nothing wrong with that. However, going into a sequel season, the variety of other characters and their importance within the wider narrative made everything more enjoyable.
From the new villain in Riz, to learning more about Juno, to the other members of the drama club and Ibuki – the side characters are the reason why season 2 is arguably the better season to watch.
Overall, another fantastic addition to Netflix’s already vast library of anime content and a series that is well-on-the-way to becoming a modern classic.
By Tom Llewellyn – [email protected]
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