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Bakemono no Ko

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
Duration: 1 hr. 59 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 8.431 (scored by 121,935 users)
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Ranked: #1372
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Popularity: #442
Members: 224,438
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Bakemono no Ko is the tale of a boy and a beast: both lonely, both stubborn, and both strong. For nine-year-old Ren, things could hardly be worse. His mother has passed away in a traffic accident, his father is nowhere to be found, and his extended family is cold and distant. Desperate, Ren runs away to the mean streets of Shibuya to try and survive on his own.

In the beast realm of Shibuten, the fierce warrior Kumatetsu is certainly feared, but not especially liked or respected. When the Lord decides to retire and become a God, Kumatetsu would be a natural candidate to replace him; he and the noble Lord Iouzan are the two strongest in the land. But Kumatetsu is so anti-social he's never even managed to hold on to a disciple. And until he proves he can, he'll never be a serious contender.

When Ren gets lost in a maze of alleyways and finds himself in the strange land of Shibuten, fate brings these two stubborn and fierce-willed souls together, and Kumatestu re-names the boy "Kyuuta." Each of them has much they can teach the other, but where these two are concerned, nothing is going to be easy. As Kyuuta adjusts to his new home he finds himself torn between two worlds—two worlds that are far less separate than either the Boy or the Beast realizes.


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, Koji
Miyazaki, Aoi
Hirose, Suzu
Morohoshi, Sumire
Miyano, Mamoru
Oizumi, Yo
Franky, Lily
Yamaji, Kazuhiro
Tsugawa, Masahiko
Kyuuta's Mother
Aso, Kumiko


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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