So I mentioned in a past post that I was going to share some of the movies, internationally and domestically, that I’ve been looking forward to seeing this year. Some of them are Japanese, only one on this list is English.
First up, is Mamoru Hosoda’s The Boy and The Beast. With Studio Ghibli largely shutting down after the retirement of Hiyao Miyazaki and the departure of several other animators, there has been a lot of questions being asked by fans of Studio Ghibli and Japanese animation on who there is to succeed him as a “de facto Master of Animation.” I would place my bets on Hosoda.
Hosoda’s other films include The Wolf Children, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, and Summer Wars (which resembles something along the lines of the first Digimon movie with a let’s save the world altogether now trope). But The Boy and The Beast is actually his first movie in three years.
According to Anime News Network: “The story of the film is set in the human realm (Tokyo’s Shibuya ward) and the bakemono realm (“Jūtengai”). In these two worlds which must not intersect, there lives a lonely boy and a lonely bakemono. One day, the boy gets lost in the bakemono world, becomes the disciple of the bakemono Kumatetsu, and is renamed Kyūta.”