Bakemono no Ko

The Boy and the Beast

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Alternative Titles

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: 8.241 (scored by 228197228,197 users)
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Ranked: #3242
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #545
Members: 428,313
Favorites: 3,198

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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.

Characters & Voice Actors


Yakusho, Kouji


Miyazaki, Aoi


Hirose, Suzu


Morohoshi, Sumire


Miyano, Mamoru


Franky, Lily


Oizumi, Yo


Yamaji, Kazuhiro


Tsugawa, Masahiko

Kyuuta's Father

Nagatsuka, Keishi



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Ending Theme

"Starting Over" by Mr.Children

Episode Videos


Oct 23, 2023
"Bakemono no Ko" is a captivating film that immerses you in two seemingly disparate worlds, yet finds a surprising connection between them. The plot follows Ren, a nine-year-old boy, and Kumatetsu, an imposing figure from the realm of beasts. Both characters are searching for something missing in their lives, and their destinies intertwine in unexpected ways.

The animation of the film stands out for its uniqueness, reminding me of the "Chihiro" concept but explored from a different perspective. The story grips you from the beginning, immersing you in the intricate streets of Shibuya and then taking you to a fascinating realm of beasts.

What truly makes "Bakemono ...
Aug 30, 2020
Mixed Feelings
Wasted potential. This film attempts to be both a fantastical set-piece and a grounded view on fatherhood and family and in trying to do both in the way that it did - manages to fall short at both. For every fun, exciting moment the film has in the fantasy world, it has another scene that either bores or dulls the prior experience. It's not Impossible to make a fantasy movie with a down-to-earth story. This just happens to fail at making either side very engaging.

I blame the director for choosing to go about this the way that he did. the first quarter of the film ...
Mar 12, 2023
To keep it simple, good for kids/family but for teens and adults it's not worth the time.

Really promising in the beginning, because we get what we came for, the boy trained by the beast, but later we will get other "emotional" plots that don't have enough time to feel relevant and can become boring and predictable

Simple but likeable, they have some personal struggles to make them feel more alive but make illogical decisions sometimes

No motivation, no logic, no buildup

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this movie sucks ass ( 1 2 )
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