Kyuta, a boy living in Shibuya, and Kumatetsu, a lonesome beast from Jutengai, an imaginary world. One day, Kyuta forays into the imaginary world and, as he's looking for his way back, meets Kumatetsu who becomes his spirit guide. That encounter leads them to many adventures.
An action-packed buddy movie that strategically combines several of Japanese fans favorite ingredients: conflicted teens, supernatural creatures and epic battles.
"The Boy and the Beast" confirms Mamoru Hosoda s reputation as one of the most interesting writer-directors working in Japanese animation.
A raucously entertaining if slightly overlong romp which borrows liberally from existing sources but has more than enough character and brio to stand foursquare on its own two hairy feet.
The Boy and the Beast works with many common anime tropes but doesn t find anything new to say about them.
For teens and tweens in the midst of their own coming-of-age stories, it has the potential to be a wondrous eye-opener.
It is the world of man, not beast, that makes this coming-of-age movie most touching.
Anime enthusiasts will enjoy "The Boy and the Beast," but so will anyone who appreciates a good fantasy yarn.
A mish-mash that seems original.
The characterizations and conflicts here are strictly generic.
A brilliant, funny morality tale that examines the transformative effects of martial-arts training.