Below the Fur Coat (制服と被毛のそのまた下の, Seifuku to hike no sono mata shita no?) is the seventh episode of the Beastars anime.

Synopsis

The mystery of Legoshi's favorite lunch is solved. Haru recalls her first encounter with a vulnerable Louis, who has a fiancée.

Plot

Legom watches Legoshi eat an egg salad sandwich made with her eggs.

Legom the hen sits next to Legoshi in class due to alphabetical order. She thinks he always looks sad and that while they are not close, she knows one of his secrets. Legoshi tells Jack the egg salad sandwiches are always best on Wednesdays, the day the school uses eggs laid by Legom. Legom explains that she sells her eggs to the school as a part-time job and that she takes such pride in her work that she maintains a rigorous lifestyle. When Legoshi stops eating egg sandwiches one Wednesday and says they don't taste the same, Legom faints. She is heartbroken until the shop owner tells her that they started selling her eggs on Friday because it is their busiest day. The next Friday, Legom coldly denies Legoshi an eraser but thinks to herself that her eggs are even more delicious than ever and Legoshi will love them.

Haru visualizes herself in a beautiful but cold forest where she can't find warmth. She can find no escape as she pushes through the branches, and they melt to water before morphing into Louis's face. She apologizes for getting distracted and kisses Louis. As they make love, she reflects on how he has always seemed sad ever since they met.

In a flashback, Haru works in the garden. After walking around a corner, she is startled by the sight of Louis holding his antlers with a bloody head. He apologizes and makes her swear to keep it a secret. Not knowing who he is, she tells him he's too self-conscious, and she is busy as the only active member of the gardening club. Louis offers to pay her to hide in the club until he can get a fake set of antlers. She says she doesn't need the money but will let him stay if he allows her to tend to his scars.

Haru tries to tend to Louis' wound from shedding his antlers.

Two days later, Louis refuses to let her disinfect his wounds. Haru tells Louis to stop acting cool because she already saw him as helpless as Bambi. She realizes others have always expected Louis to be perfect. Sensing his sadness, Haru kisses him.

Ending the flashback, Haru wonders what happened to their precious memories. Louis asks Haru if she is working at the festival and Haru replies that she is selling flowers to raise money for the gardening club. Louis tells her he can give her funds, but she refuses, responding that she wants his love, not money. As he prepares to leave, he reminds her that has the responsibility to produce offsprings and is engaged in an arranged marriage.

When Louis opens the curtain to leave, Legoshi is standing at the glass door and about to knock on it. Legoshi asks Louis why he is there and Louis returns the question. Legoshi says he needs to talk to the girl in the gardening club, but Louis says Haru isn't there. Louis calms himself before telling Legoshi that the gardening club is participating in the festival, and he was checking on her as a senior. Legoshi says he would have visited her if Louis asked, prompting Louis to ask if he and Haru are friends. Haru anxiously hides and wonders why Legoshi is there. Louis notes that Legoshi keeps hanging out with herbivores and says he will tell Haru whatever business Legoshi has with her. Legoshi admits he just wanted to see her, surprising Louis.

As the two walk back to the dorms together, Louis wonders if there could be something between Legoshi and Haru. He assumes they aren't sleeping together and pities the wolf for being played. As Louis wonders whether Haru is acting out because he doesn't give her enough attention, Legoshi sniffs his body and Louis angrily pushes him away. Legoshi asks about the nature of Louis's relationship with Haru and Louis answers that if Haru didn't say anything, then they're just friends. Louis asks Legoshi if he has a crush on anyone and when Legoshi denies it, Louis suggests he pursue Juno because they're the same species.

Later, while working alone in the drama club, Legoshi notices in the mirror that he's grown again. Legoshi lies on the floor thinking about how he's only drifted farther from Haru since his encounter with the Black Market. He raises his hands and laments how long his claws have grown before noticing another pair of hands next to his. Juno asks if he's performing a good luck ritual, making him jump back in surprise. Remembering Louis's suggestion to talk to her, Legoshi asks if she is enjoying the club. Juno reveals that everyone in the club seems afraid of her, and they decided she would play a carnivorous dinosaur for the festival without asking her opinion. Though she appears disappointed, Juno is still cheerfully determined to do her best. Legoshi admits to himself that she makes gray wolves look beautiful.

Legoshi explains why he thinks Juno feels calm with him.

Juno asks Legoshi to help her dance. She goes starry-eyed when he takes off his jacket and thinks about what a wonderful couple they would make. Juno tells Legoshi that being with him is both exciting and calming, asking if he feels the same way. Legoshi explains that she will learn the phenomena in biology where touching animals of the same species help give a calming effect, offering for her to grab his tail if she ever feels anxious. Sheila walks into the drama club as Juno silently expresses her frustration.

Jack worries he doesn't know his childhood friend as well as he thought.

Jack finds Legoshi's erotic magazine and doesn't know how to react to the fact his childhood friend isn't as innocent as he thought. When Legoshi arrives, Jack tries to approach the topic, promising not to be disgusted by Legoshi regardless of his preferences. When Jack mentions rabbits, Legoshi kicks and tackles him to the ground, barring his fangs out of shock. Jack apologies and promises not to tell anyone, begging Legoshi to close his mouth. Afterward, Jack explains he accidentally found it while looking for the manga Legoshi borrowed and reiterates he won't tell anyone.

Legoshi tells Jack that he's been confused ever since he met Haru and wanted to consider his feelings as a wolf toward the rabbit from different perspectives. Jack suggests it might be love, but Legoshi wonders how anyone could call the breathlessness he feels thinking about her to be love. He determines to end it and repress his feelings just like he used to before he met her.

While working on the festival, Kai tells Legoshi to fetch a bucket of water. At the faucet, Haru playfully pushes him from behind and hides before greeting him. Legoshi tries to remain calm, reminding himself they are just friends. Haru says she is very busy as the only member of the gardening club and could use his help if he's available. Legoshi tries to keep his distance, replying that he's busy with the drama club. As Haru leaves, he hopes he has done the right thing.

The face Haru makes while talking to Louis makes Legoshi jealous.

Kai complains about Louis showing up to keep them from slacking. Legoshi sees Louis from afar and asks if the actors have rehearsal today, which Kai denies. While painting the dinosaur sculpture on a scaffolding, Legoshi notices Louis walking towards to Haru to talk to her and pats her head. Legoshi recalls their conversation from before. His heart starts pounding and his body tenses as Legoshi thinks of how he knew Haru's scent was on Louis. Legoshi squeezes the tubes of paint in his hand until they burst as the jealousy of the face Haru is making to Louis makes Legoshi realize he is in love with her.

Anime/Manga Differences

  • Legom's side-story was moved to before Haru's time with Louis in the anime.
  • In the manga, the koala clerk who uses Legom's eggs is male. In the anime, it's female.
  • In the manga, the teacher giving the lecture that Legom attends is male. In the anime, the teacher giving the lecture in the class is female.
  • The classroom Legoshi and Legom attend together is completely different in the anime.
  • In the manga, the box Legoshi has his egg sandwiches in is a transparent plastic carton. In the anime, the box that holds Legoshi's sandwiches in is white cardboard with a different symbol upon its top.
  • Legom's mental image of her joy is somewhat different in the anime then it is in the manga.
  • In the manga, Legom is seen dressed in a nightgown when she analyses her eggs on the bed. In the anime, Legom has charts and graphs on the wall next to her bed as well as a scale and a clam for weighing and measuring her eggs while sitting on her bed and in her school attire.
  • Legom's current meeting with the shop clerk who give her a raise is absent from the anime.
  • In the manga, Legom passes by two male felines who appear to be friends in her run. In the anime, the two feline students Legom passes by in her run are a male and female who appear to be a couple.
  • In the manga, Legom looks at the clock on her phone when she notices Legoshi eating a rice cake instead of any sandwiches made with her eggs. In the anime, Legom gazes at the clock above the projector screen of the classroom when she notices Legoshi eating a donut instead of the sandwiches with her eggs.
  • In the manga, two students are seen giving each other a high-five near Legoshi and Jack as they converse on who Legoshi is eating something different in addition to two goat students in front of them. They are absent from the anime when Jack and Legoshi talk.
  • In the anime, when Legom falls over her papers fly off her desk.
  • The scene where Legom's fellow hen tries cheering her up in the manga is absent in the anime.
  • In the manga, the sign on the koala clerk's station warning about watching out for small animals is in English. In the anime, the sign is in Japanese except for the "PLEASE" part at the end.
  • In the manga, Legom swears to continue making better eggs each time. In the anime, she believes that her eggs have already become the best ever.
  • In the anime, Haru's internal image starts out with the drawings of flowers until the scene becomes like out of the original Evangelion from the final two episodes.
  • In the anime, Haru's imagination has her walking over and through water with even the trees turning to water when she touches them.
  • In the anime, Louis and Haru have a blanket that covers them to beneath their arms as the two make love in the greenhouse.
  • Haru's line of calling Louis "heavy" is absent in the anime.
  • In the manga, Haru describes Louis's face as looking lonely. In the anime, Haru views Louis's expression as sad.
  • In the manga, Louis' bleeding head is much worse than it is in the anime.
  • The money Louis attempts to bribe Haru with in her flashback are designed and held differently in the anime then they were in the manga.
  • In the manga, Haru states that she is not scared of Louis' predicament that she would accept the bribe. In the anime, Haru states she is not desperate for money that she would let Louis's blood drive her away.
  • Haru's discussion with Louis as she helps him tend to his wound is absent in the anime.
  • In the manga, Louis feels unworthy to pursue a female with his antlers gone.
  • In the anime, Louis is seen having a good amount of muscle when his shirt is missing.
  • In the manga, when Haru says she prefers Louis's love over money he merely pats her on the head while turning his own away from her gaze. In the anime, when Haru admits she prefers love to money Louis affectionately embraces her and rubs her.
  • Louis's lamenting about how society would not accept his and Haru's relation is trimmed in the anime.
  • In the manga, Louis opens the door to find Legoshi on the other side. In the anime, Louis opens the curtain on the door to see Legoshi about to knock.
  • In the manga, Louis greets Legoshi after he is asked why he is there. In the anime, Legoshi asks Louis why he is at the greenhouse before being greeted.
  • In the manga, Louis briefly thinks of Legoshi as a "sad wolf" for possibly being toyed with by Haru. In the anime, Louis thinks of Legoshi as an "unlucky male" who does not understand how Haru operates.
  • Legoshi's internal thoughts of recognizing the scent on Louis is absent in the anime.
  • In the manga, Louis asks Legoshi if there is a particular girl he likes which Legoshi states he does not know. In the anime, when Louis asks Legoshi if he has ever liked a girl before Legoshi states he does not understand concepts of romance.
  • In the manga, it is implied Louis only told Legoshi to go Juno just to get him out of the way, In the anime, it is implied that Louis encourages Legoshi to go with Juno because it could help them both due to their loneliness. In addition, Louis claims Juno's looks have made her popular in the manga whereas he claims they have made others envious of her in the anime.
  • In the manga, Legoshi is tending to the lights on the floor in the drama club. In the anime, Legoshi works on the lights while standing up in the drama club room.
  • In the manga, when Legoshi reflects on Gohin's words he envisions Gohin's face. In the anime, Legoshi envisions a drifting away Haru as he thinks on Gohin's advice.
  • In the manga, Legoshi muses on whether he should adhere to "natural order".
  • In the manga, Juno appears to Legoshi's left. In the anime, she lays at Legoshi's right.
  • In the manga, Legoshi curls into himself in surprise when he notices Juno. In the anime, he backs away slightly in surprise at Juno's surprise appearance.
  • In the manga, Juno states that the female members of the drama club avoid her. In the anime, she states all the other members of the drama club avoid her.
  • In the manga, Juno states her role in the Meteor Festival is that of a female Tyrannosaurus.
  • In the anime, Legoshi turns on the lights to the room before having Juno show off her dance moves.
  • In the anime, Legoshi actually smiles as he teaches Juno how to improve her dance.
  • Legoshi briefly asking Juno if he is being vague with his instruction and Haru's assurance that he is not is absent from the anime.
  • In the manga, Juno internally states that when two members of the same species synchronize their breathing then their "harmony" is like "none other".
  • In the manga, pup Legoshi speaks in Jack's flashback. In the anime, he is silent in Jack's internal thoughts. Additionally, Jack inward blames himself in his panic as he did not mean to find the porn magazine Legoshi got from Gohin which he kept locked up in the manga.
  • In the manga, Legoshi is staring at his phone as Jack tries to talk to him. In the anime, Legoshi is tending to a pet stag beetle while Jack tries to get answers from him.
  • In the anime, there is a drawing of a wolf that resembles Paru Itagaki's sketches drawn over Legoshi's bed with something inscribed next to it. In addition, there is a television in the dorm room in the anime.
  • Jack's tail wags as he tries to talk to Legoshi in the manga where it does not in the anime.
  • In the manga, Legoshi's foot strikes Jack's neck. In the anime, Legoshi's kick hits Jack's chest.
  • In the manga, Legoshi appears aggressive at Jack's discovery. In the anime, Legoshi just appears embarrassed and panicked and even covers his mouth after Jack's panicked pleading.
  • In the manga, Legoshi internally feels he may die of embarrassment.
  • In the anime, Legoshi even refers to his fixation on Haru as causing him nothing but pain. In the manga, Legoshi recalls Gohin's words once more.
  • In the manga, Legoshi feels he is returning to his "predatory nature". In the anime, Legoshi feels he is returning to his "original self".
  • Kai expresses how he needs water different in both the anime and manga as he works with Legoshi.
  • Legoshi's trip to the water faucet is absent in the anime.
  • There are fewer people surrounding Legoshi in his next meeting with Haru in the anime then there are in the manga.
  • The scene of Legoshi delivering water to Kai for the paint is absent in the anime.
  • In the manga, Legoshi is painting the dinosaur at the bottom while on a tarp when noticing Haru and Louis right across from him. In the anime, Legoshi is painting the dinosaur sculpture at the top of a scaffolding and sees Louis and Haru together from above.
  • In the anime, Legoshi internally pleads Haru to stop making such happy faces; that it only causes him more pain than his thoughts on her already cause. This shows in the anime that Legoshi hates his fixation on Haru yet desires it at the same time.
  • In the manga, the scene ends with Legoshi wiping the spilled paint against his face which reveals one of his fangs on a side. In the anime, Legoshi reveals all his fangs without having to push his lip up with his paint covered hand as it brushes his cheek.
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