Netflix Anime Series ‘Beastars’ Promotional Event to Take Place at Tobu Zoo in Saitama

02.October.2019 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

Tobu Zoo is set to collaborate with the upcoming drama anime series Beastars from November 2 to December 29.

Beastars is a manga series written and illustrated by Paru Itagaki. It is serialised in Weekly Shōnen Champion which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

Beastars is set in a world of herbivores and carnivores. The story follows Legoshi, a quiet and gentle grey wolf and student at Cherryton Academy. His world is turned upside down when one of his fellow students is brutally murdered.

 

The collaboration event will see Tobu Zoo decorated with illustrations drawn specifically for the event. There will also be exclusive and original merchandise on sale, as well as themed food and more.

 

Beastars will premiere in Japan on Fuji TV’s +Ultra programming block on October 9. It will also be streamed exclusively on Netflix.

 

©板垣巴留(秋田書店)/BEASTARS制作委員会

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    Hiroshi Kamiya (Kusuo Saiki)

    A new chapter of Kusuo Saiki begins! With this, we’ve covered most of the content serialised in Jump Comic by [Shūichi] Asō! The fact that there is a series that makes me this happy, one that has continued to be adapted, fills me with gratitude. Post-recording has been tough, but I’ll continue working hard!

    Kōsuke Toriumi (Takumi Ichigu)

    This is my first time joining the series. I think everyone already knows by now how fun this series is, and I believe this new season continues to play up to that. Please look forward to it.

    Nao Tōyama (Hii Suzumiya)

    I’ve been given the opportunity to join the series, and I’m completely in love with it! I hope lots of people enjoy the episodes where my new character Hii Suzumiya appears too! And this is off-topic, but since this is Netflix, that means there’ll be dubs too. I wonder if the voice actors in other countries are going full-speed in their voice acting too? I really wanna know [laughs] Be sure to give the show a watch!

     

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    Scottish electro-pop trio CHVRCHES shared a video of them performing their song Graves which is used as the opening theme for the Netflix reality series Terrace House: Tokyo 2019-2020.

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    The song is taken from the band’s 2018 hit album Love Is Dead. The Japanese deluxe edition of the album as well as the band’s Hansa Session EP includes the song Out Of My Head which features Japanese artist Wednesday Campanella.

    CHVRCHES lead singer Lauren commented: “Graves is one of our favourites from Love Is Dead. Thanks to our Japanese fans and Terrace House, we’ve been able to take it further. We’re really happy to have been able to perform a special live version for the show!” (*Translated from Japanese)

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