Bakemono no Ko

The Boy and the Beast

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Alternative Titles

English: The Boy and the Beast
Synonyms: Child of a Beast
Japanese: バケモノの子


Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 11, 2015
Licensors: Funimation
Studios: Studio Chizu
Source: Original
Genres: AdventureAdventure, SupernaturalSupernatural
Duration: 1 hr. 59 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 8.291 (scored by 188500188,500 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #2392
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #477
Members: 351,231
Favorites: 2,740

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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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Yakusho, Kouji


Miyazaki, Aoi


Hirose, Suzu


Morohoshi, Sumire


Miyano, Mamoru


Oizumi, Yo


Franky, Lily


Yamaji, Kazuhiro


Tsugawa, Masahiko

Kyuuta's Father

Nagatsuka, Keishi


Inoue, Shinichiro
Hosoda, Mamoru
Director, Script, Original Creator


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Jul 15, 2015
nineup (All reviews)
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 read more
Oct 18, 2015
Jax (All reviews)
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 read more
Mar 13, 2016
Flawfinder (All reviews)
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 read more
Mar 7, 2016
SpikeykoaLa (All reviews)
Hosoda continues to make films that are incredibly enjoyable to watch. Bakemono no Ko (The Boy and the Beast), his first film produced under the banner of Studio Chizu, is another great addition to his directorial repertoire. I was lucky to catch this film in theaters and my impression is better for it.

Story: 7
The story in Bakemono no Ko is relatively standard, but with some creative decisions that boost its impact. There is a world of anthropomorphic beasts living parallel to the human world. The laws of the beast world vary from that of the human world to create a read more

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