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: 8.231 (scored by 228386228,386 users)
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Ranked: #3342
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #545
Members: 428,695
Favorites: 3,209

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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


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 ...
Mar 16, 2016
Mixed Feelings
Hosoda is here again with another modern tale, expanding the themes from his last movie about coexisting with another species. At first glance, the movie feels like his 2006 feature The Girl Who Leapt Through Time in terms of atmosphere. They both start with a chill slice of life feeling that gains weight as it progresses. The difference is that TGWLTT is more likeable, whereas The Boy And The Beast takes a good 20 minute for you to get invested with the world and characters here presented.

The beast world is portrayed as a rustic place that still resembles bustling modern day cities, with ...
Nov 26, 2017
I wanted to like this anime so much. I saw everyone's reviews and recommendations and I had high hopes.

What I did like was the relationship between the boy and the beast. I thought this was very cute and it warmed my heart. I also liked the relationship between the boy and his love interest. I also thought that was nice because it didn't feel forced or artificial.

What I didn't like was that the last third of the movie didn't feel like it fit the first two thirds of the movie. If this was a long anime series, and it transitioned this way I ...

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