Before there was Beastars, there was Beast Complex. The debut work from Paru Itagaki, the 2016 manga Beast Complex has been called “the origin of Beastars,” and looking at the art, it’s not hard to see why.
Itagaki recently wrapped up the Beastars manga, but just can’t get enough beasts, apparently: the artist is returning to the Beast Complex universe with a new manga mini-series that kicks off in January.
That’s the word from Shonen Champion, where the mini-series will run.
If you’re interested in checking out this proto-Beastars manga, you’re in luck: Viz has licensed the one-volume manga and will release it in March.
Here’s how Viz describes Beast Complex:
A tiger and a beaver who grew up together defy peer pressure to end their friendship and join forces to fight injustice. A camel journalist who spent his career passing judgment on carnivores spends a life-changing night with a seductive wolf. A saltwater crocodile and a gazelle must find a way to work together as chef and assistant on a cooking show with flagging ratings. A fox and a chameleon wrestle with stereotypes about each other—and themselves. And much more…
Meanwhile, Beastars season 2 is on the way from studio Orange. It’s also set for January 2021.