This series rules, as I say every single time I pick up a new volume of Beastars.
I am so thrilled that as this series moves forward, we get more insight into the ‘real life’ aspects of the Beastars world, outside of the high school. High School stuff is great, don’t get me wrong, but that setting absolutely narrows the scope of the story since there’s only so much one can do there. Now that Legoshi is in a wider world, the reader gets to meet so many new characters and real-life situations and I think it helps the character development a lot. Legoshi is such a different person from who he was in the first few volumes, but he still stays true to his personal ethics.
One of the things I love about this series is since it’s introduced us to the idea of the Beastar, it also has introduced us to the darker side. The Beastar has to be morally flawed because they’re a real person, not a superhero no matter their skills. Along with this, we get Melon, our first real villain within the real world. Melon is a fascinating and awful character that I cannot wait to get more of.
Melon and Legoshi’s interactions are really interesting to read and I love their interplay. They both have such extreme moral centers that they are a great foil to one another. At the same time, we get to read more about my number one favorite character in this series, Louis. Louis has been a bit lost in the shuffle as of late, so I am excited to have him in a central role again for this volume.
Legoshi’s mom is a trip. Whoo boy. No spoilers but I gasped!
Title: Beastars (Vol. 15)
Author: Paru Itagaki
Three Descriptors: Captivating, Dark, Dramatic