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Beastars Season 2 - What We Know So Far

Netflix's original anime collection includes the Japanese series "Beastars," about a world of animal-human hybrids who coexist in separate carnivore-herbivore subcultures at a high school called Cherryton Academy. Out of the blue, an alpaca named Tem is killed, setting off tensions between students, even in the drama club where things have usually been less hostile. In this environment, dominated by the star pupil deer Louis, a kind and quiet gray wolf named Legoshi must suppress his carnivore instincts as he develops a relationship with a bullied dwarf rabbit named Haru. 

If you're a fan of this anime, which had 12 episodes in its first season, you might be wondering about a second season and whether it's coming soon. Fortunately, that subsequent season has been completed — and it won't be too long before American fans will be able to view it in its entirety. Here's some information you should know about a second season of "Beastars."

What is the release date of Beastars Season 2?

The first season of "Beastars" aired in late 2019. The second season of "Beastars" started airing on Japanese network Fuji TV on January 5, 2021 then released on Japanese Netflix a day later. Decider reports that this was a delay from its original August 2020 release date. 

The next season has not made it to American shores yet. A tweet from the @bst_anime site revealed in December 2020 that the show's international release, encompassing 190 countries, would take place in July 2021 via Netflix. However, Netflix hasn't put "Beastars" on its July release schedule yet, as far as we can tell.

Of course, the fact that a second season already exists and has aired overseas is good news, as it means it's really just a matter of time before fans worldwide can enjoy it as well. Hopefully viewers will get a more specific release date later this month. 

Who is in the cast of Beastars Season 2?

The Japanese voice cast of "Beastars" features Chikahiro Kobayashi as the wolf Legoshi, Yuki Ono as Louis the deer, and Sayaka Senbongi as Haru the dwarf rabbit. The cast also includes Atsumi Tanezaki as Juno, Junya Enoki as Jack, Akio Ohtsuka as Gouhin, Takeo Otsuka as Collot, Yoshiyuki Shimozuma as Voss, Fukushi Ochiai as Sanou, Yūma Uchida as Miguno, Naoto Kobayashi as Durham, and Nobuhiko Okamoto as Kai.

The American voice cast members, who are listed on IMDb as only having worked on the first season so far, includes Jonah Scott as Legoshi, Griffin Puatu as Louis, Lara Jill Miller as Haru, Kaiji Tang as Bill, Ben Diskin as Jack, Daman Mills as Kai, Erika Harlacher as Els, and Keith Silverstein as Gouhin. 

Orange Anime, the company behind "Beastars," did announce a new addition to Season 2 that will also necessitate new casting for the American version. Pina the dall sheep joins the tale, and is being played by Yuki Kaji, who has also played Eren on "Attack on Titan."

What is the plot of Beastars Season 2?

As with all anime, the second season is based on the manga, which was written and illustrated by Paru Itagaki and which ran in Weekly Shōnen Champion from 2016-2020 in 22 volumes. The first season of the anime covered about 47 chapters of the manga, according to What's on Netflix, and there are 196 total

The first season left many questions. In fact, the hunt for the killer heats up in Season 2, when the All-Organism Council decides the next Beastar will be the one who solves Tem's murder. Louis' fate, uncertain in the first season, is revealed and he decides to quit school and work for the Shishigumi. And also, the play must go on! The presence of new character Pina also makes plenty of waves. One major event in Season 2 is a duel that requires a major sacrifice from Louis and changes Legoshi's status — complicating his life as well as his romance with Haru.

As of now, Netflix has not made an announcement about "Beastars" Season 3, although there have been some rumors that the show has been canceled. It's more likely that the streaming giant will be looking at the show's international numbers before making a judgment on another season for the anime, so you may wish to put Season 2 on your radar immediately to help boost its ratings if you'd like more of Legoshi, Haru, Louis, and friends.