The Boy and the Beast

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The Boy and the Beast
Genre: Action
Coming of Age
Photography: Color
Running Time: 120 Minutes
Country: Japan
Release Date: July 11, 2015
Directed by: Mamoru Hosoda
Written by: Mamoru Hosoda
Distributed by: Toho
Starring: Aoi Miyazaki
Kōji Yakusho
Suzu Hirose
Shōta Sometani
Previous film: N/A
Next film: N/A

The Boy and the Beast, known in Japan as Bakemono no Ko, is a 2015 action, adventure, drama, comedy, fantasy, coming of age, family, Japanese anime movie.  It was written and directed by Mamoru Hosoda, musically composed by Takagi Masakatsu, edited by Shigeru Nishiyama, distributed by Toho, produced by Yuichiro Saito, Takuya Ito, Atsushi Chiba, Genki Kawamura, and Studio Chizu, and it starred Koji Yakusho, Aoi Miyazaki, Shota Sometami, and Shizu Hirose.  

Why It Rocks

  1. Amazing animation.  
  2. The growing friendship between the child Kyuta and the aspiring beast lord Kumatetsu is incredibly engaging and heartwarming.  
  3. Great voice acting.  
  4. Both Kyuta and Kumatetsu get tones of character development over the course of the movie.  
  5. Appealing character designs.  
  6. Like other Mamoru Hosoda films the story, despite having complex themes, is told in a very simple way, and this allows for larger age ranges to be able to enjoy it.  
  7. Excellent soundtrack.  
  8. Kumatetsu is depicted as someone who, at first, doesn't appreciate anything that Kyuta does for him as his apprentice.  This is meant to be an allegory for Kyuta himself since he ran away from home at the start of the film.  
  9. Good CGI is implimented.  
  10. Great pacing.  


The Boy and the Beast, known in  Japan as Bakemono no Ko, has a 91% critic rating and a 88% audeince rating on Rotten Tomatoes, a 3.7/5 on Letterboxd, a 7.7/10 on the International Movie Database (IMDB), an 8.49/10 on MyAnimeList, an 83.47% community approval rating on Kitsu, and a 4.5/5 on AnimePlanet.