Bakemono no Ko

The Boy and the Beast

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Synonyms: Child of a Beast
Japanese: バケモノの子
English: The Boy and the Beast
German: Der Junge und das Biest
Spanish: El Niño y la Bestia
French: Le Garçon et La Bête
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Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 11, 2015
Licensors: Funimation
Studios: Studio Chizu
Source: Original
Genres: AdventureAdventure, FantasyFantasy
Themes: AnthropomorphicAnthropomorphic, IsekaiIsekai
Duration: 1 hr. 59 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 8.251 (scored by 217232217,232 users)
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Ranked: #2922
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Popularity: #516
Members: 407,200
Favorites: 3,116

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Two souls, living very different lives, wander alone and isolated in their respective worlds. For nine-year-old Ren, the last person who treated him with any form of kindness has been killed, and he is shunned by what is left of his family. With no parents, no real family, and no place to go, Ren escapes into the confusing streets and alleyways of Shibuya. Through the twists and turns of the alleys, Ren stumbles into the intimidating Kumatetsu, who leads him to the beast realm of Shibuten.

For Kumatetsu, the boy represents a chance for him to become a candidate to replace the lord of the realm once he retires. While nearly unmatched in combat, Kumatetsu's chilly persona leaves him with no disciples to teach and no way to prove he is worthy of becoming the lord's successor.

While the two share different goals, they agree to help each other in order to reach them. Kumatetsu searches for recognition; Ren, now known as Kyuuta, searches for the home he never had. As the years pass by, it starts to become apparent that the two are helping each other in more ways than they had originally thought. Perhaps there has always been less of a difference between them, a boy and a beast, than either of the two ever realized.

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With over ¥5.8 billion in total, Bakemono no Ko was Japan's second highest-grossing domestic film of 2015. It won the Japan Academy Prize for Best Animated Feature, and was also nominated for an Annie Award in its independent category.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Yakusho, Kouji


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Yamaji, Kazuhiro


Tsugawa, Masahiko

Kyuuta's Father

Nagatsuka, Keishi



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"Starting Over" by Mr.Children

Jul 15, 2015
So, I have never cried from anime or any movie. I did however, cry when watching Bakemono no Ko (about 4 times). (Update: Idk why I teared up so much tbh, could just be a sign of my maturity)

Story: 8
I really didn't think the story was that great, but it was good enough to be a successful movie. The growth of the characters was probably the best I have seen in an animated movie; you feel happy when the characters are happy. One main thing I didn't like, however, was the fact that when Kyuuta goes to the human realm, the bakemono realm is totally ...
Oct 18, 2015
Saw this at the BFI film festival yesterday. Was quite disappointed actually, for reasons I've already read above. The plot felt rushed, the characters one dimensional and the overall world lacked depth. The main antagonist appeared out of nowhere towards the end for no other reason than the plot needed him to.

It's a shame, as I thought the film was really strong when it was about a boy looking for strength and being trained by the beast while the two of them developed a father / son relationship. Then the film became really messy and unfocused with a sudden shift in direction during the second ...
Mar 13, 2016
Mamoru Hosada is basically to Japanese animation what Disney is to Western animation: one of the better players in the field, but far from the best the medium has to offer. Just like Disney has never been able to produce a movie that my pre-college self would have loved but my post-college self just finds alright, I'm not too keen on rewatching any of Hosada's films these days whether or not I think they're good. Whilst the character animation being distractingly un-detailed compared to the rest of the animation is a bit of a sticking point in his films, my main problem with him are ...

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