A tidbit about Zootopia from an interview of the author of Beastars

A common misconception of Beastars is that the author, Itagaki Paru, based her manga off of Zootopia when in actuality she came up with the concept (mainly Legosi’s character) around when she was at middle school.

In a recent interview, Paru was asked what her favorite Disney movies are, which then shifted the topic to Zootopia. I found this interesting because Paru doesn’t talk to about Zootopia much at all, despite what one would expect.

Here’s the translation of this particular part of the interview:

What are your favorite Disney movies?

Paru: The Lion King and Dumbo.

By the way, have you seen Zootopia?

Paru: I did, a little after it was released in theaters. Before I did, though, I asked my editor if it was even okay for me to watch it. I was really nervous about watching it because its themes and worldbuilding seemed to really resemble my own work and it was made by an amazing company to boot. It could influence me greatly or even kill my motivation to work. Eventually, I saw it, and despite the similarities, they’re not the same. I was relieved, and I got to enjoy it for what it was.

Here’s a link to the full Japanese interview (this part was at the end of Page 3): http://konomanga.jp/interview/139453-2

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Priority List

Here is my list of priority manga after I’m done releasing my next batch of Beastars chapters (5 chapters):

  • D-Frag (3+ chapters)
  • Oregairu Monologue (3 chapters)
  • Konjiki no Word Master (4+ chapters)
  • Twilight Princess (4 LONG chapters)

Judging by the heat in the Hiatus Over post, I assume a lot of people didn’t understand this list, so I’ll explain it: I work until I complete the first item on this list, and then move on to the next one. After I’m done with D-Frag, I move on to Oregairu Monologue, and so on.

I’d appreciate it if you didn’t ask me when I will complete what because I’ve never been good at estimating deadlines. I planned on releasing five chapters of Beastars last week, but then I was given tasks from my boss at work. In fact, I assumed that I would catch up to Beastars about three weeks ago, but of course, I didn’t. Whenever I was wrong about my estimates, it usually had something to do with work or college. I should also tell you that I’m pretty much the only translator in this group, so I can’t give any of these projects to anyone else. (To anyone who’s curious, Kono Sekai ga Game is being worked on by one of my other translators, although quite slowly.)

I made my list this way because I believe catching up on one series at a time will be most effective. So when one of you asks for updates, just look at this list. Whatever is being worked on will be bold and italicized. And when that’s done, it will be removed from this list, and so on.

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