The Boy and the Beast

The Boy and the Beast

DVD - 2016
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When Kyuta, a young orphan living on the streets of Shibuya, stumbles into a fantastic world of beasts, he's taken in by Kumatetsu, a gruff, rough-around-the-edges warrior beast who's been searching for the perfect apprentice. Despite their constant bickering, Kyuta and Kumatetsu begin training together and slowly form a bond as surrogate father and son. But the unlikely pair will be put to the ultimate test; a final showdown.
Publisher: [Flower Mound, TX] :, Funimation,, [2016]
Branch Call Number: BOYA
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,rda
digital,optical,rda
1 videodisc (119 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.

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humbleworm
May 21, 2017

Plot-wise, this film is not well-polished but there is plenty for analytical study. For example, consider that the beast world may be entirely allegorical, as in Sendak's Where The Wild Things Are. Literary foils play a big part but also look for parallels. The Moby Dick references are less subtle hints that the struggle of man vs. beast is really about man vs. himself. ... On the other hand, if you're just hoping to enjoy an anime movie this isn't bad and the animation is surprisingly good in some scenes.

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Dadjoe1
Mar 13, 2017

Great movie, interesting story, good action and funny scenes.

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Janice21383
Jan 23, 2017

So.There's this world where manlike beasts fight it out via kendo to become the lord, when the job becomes vacant when the current lord, who this time is a rabbit, is about to become a god. Okay. Some knowledge of Japanese religion or culture might be helpful to the viewer here, or at least a reading level of age 12 or above and a willingness to just go with the flow. The story settles down to a rebellious child - cranky mentor film, that reminded me of True Grit crossed with The Jungle Book. But then there's angsty teen romance and a showdown involving the whale from Moby Dick, for reasons that are not entirely clear. If I'm underselling The Boy and the Beast, I apologize, because this is a charming and beautifully made film, but it has an unusual number of WTF? moments.

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Moontea
Nov 18, 2016

A favorite of my whole family! We find ourselves quoting it all the time "Grasp the sword! Inside your soul! Then Woosh and a BANG!" Heart warming story, wonderful animation, and strong characters.

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aznjasonn
Sep 21, 2016

There's not really much to dislike about this film. Strong plot, artwork, and character development.
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I hated the ending though; warning SPOILER ALERT.

There's this Asian cliche theme where an adopted child always prefers their blood parents over their foster parents. During the middle of the film, they refrained from giving into this often arbitrary plot. Towards the end I was quite disappointed because it just so happened that Kuta decided to live with his blood father. To make things worst, his adopted father, Kumatetsu gave his life to save Kuta as any real father would do. Kuta's blood father was practically not present in Kuta's teenage life. In addition Kuta chose to live in the human world. There was no real turning point or significant progression for why he made this decision--aside that he enjoys learning. Why not just live in Jutengai with Kaede and become the heir successor to Kutamatsu?

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Davidf05
Aug 12, 2016

Mamoru Hosoda's first masterpiece. The new generation of Studio Ghibli starts with this Japanese gem.

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Davidf05
Aug 12, 2016

Davidf05 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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