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Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 108 reviews

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  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome anime

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    Boy and the Beast is created by Hosoda Mamoru, who also created Summer Wars a while back. This time, the story takes place between two separate world, the human world and the beast world. It centers around a young boy named Ren, who just lost his cherished mother. Not wanting to be taken in by other immediate family, he runs away only to stumble upon the beast world. The movie includes Blu-Ray, DVD, and a digital copy. Having those 3 formats enables flexibility on viewing the movie. It also comes with both English and Japanese vocal audio, making this a good value for those who want to view the movie in its original form (with translated subtitles of course). Translation is about average. The English dub is okay but my preferred audio is Japanese. There are places where the translation in the subtitle is off. While I do not know why that is the case, it is a bit off-putting when the translation doesn't match up to what's really spoken. Overall, this is a great anime movie. My niece and nephew both enjoyed it. Highly recommended.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Good movie

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    The latest feature film from award-winning Japanese director Mamoru Hosoda (Summer Wars, Wolf Children): 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 when a deep darkness threatens to throw the human and beast worlds into chaos, the strong bond between this unlikely family will be put to ultimate test-a final showdown that will only be won if the two can finally work together using all of their combined strength and courage.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Another Excellent Film from Mamoru Hosoda

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    Summer Wars is one of my all time favorite works of anime. The Boy and the Beast has quick found its way to the top of my list. What is so amazing about both films is how they are able to depict Japanese culture in a subtle and natural fashion. Summer Wars showed what it is like to be a part of a Japanese family. The Boy and the Beast is a coming of age story that gives a glimpse into the master-student relationship, if somewhat unorthodox. The fight scenes are superb, and some of the imagery is quite evocative. I purchased this film strictly from the reputation of the director and seeing one trailer, and I have to say that I am extremely satisfied with my decision.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Really Good!!

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    This anime almost slipped past me. I hadn't heard anything about it before, and I just so happened to be in Best Buy looking to buy another movie, when I spotted this one. I read the box and it sounded pretty good. And looking at the pictures on the back, I was sold. If you liked 'Summer Wars', then you should like this. I actually liked this anime better than 'Summer Wars', and thats saying something, because I LOVE 'Summer Wars'. I watched it like six times after I got it that month, but before that, I watched it like four or five times on my DVR (recorded it off Toonami). ...I can't wait to see the next anime movie they release.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Ghibli's next chapter

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    With the retirement of the great Hayao Miyazaki I was worried I would see a predictable dip in studio Ghibli's quality but if this film is any indication of what is to come than I would say that Miyazaki's legacy is in good hands as Mamoru Hosoda writes the next chapter in Ghibli's story. I find this work to be a wonderful coming of age story where the main character literally grows up in front of you. Better than his previous work, "Wolf Children" my hope is that this upward trend in his work continues. Though Wolf Children is no slouch and definitely worth picking up if you lo,Ed this film.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Feel Good Anime for the whole family

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    The Boy and the Beast tells the story of a young boy that has lost his mother and ends up in the hidden land of beast where he discovers the family he so desperately didn't know he needed. The film was directed by Mamoru Hosoda who also directed "Summer Wars" and "Wolf Children" The underlying theme in many of Hosoda's films heavily involve family and who you become because of them. The Boy and the Beast shows the different ways that we deal with the darkness inside of ourselves and the role family could play to help fill that void; either with love or hate.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Movie

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    Owned for 2 weeks when reviewed.

    Great Movie that I had to have on DVD. The box is nice but the 5 stars goes to the actual production and creation of the movie.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Another fantastic film from Mamoru Hosoda!

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    The Boy and the Beast is yet another exceptional and heartfelt film by Japanese director Mamoru Hosoda. The characters are strong and loyal, the story itself is highly enjoyable, and we really enjoyed watching their journeys unfold. I would also recommend The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Wolf Children and Summer Wars. I can't comment on the dub because we watched in Japanese, and the seiyu gave fine performances all around. The video looked excellent on bluray too. Highly recommended!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Entertaining Anime, Maybe Better Served As Series

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    While this doesn't quite meet to the levels of the director's previous films, Summer Wars and Wolf Children, The Boy & The Beast does entertain, and does capture some very well done animated sequences throughout the film. I would argue that this should have been developed over time through an episodic series, rather than a feature film. If not for several, beautifully done, sequences of animation, I would have given this film 3 stars instead of 4. If you don't go in expecting a Miyazaki-esque experience, this will entertain you to the point of leaving it open for a second, future, watch.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Such a beautiful story

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    I purchased this movie when a friend told me it was something worth watching. I hesitated for a bit until one day I decided to pick it up. I should have grabbed that as soon as he told me about it. What a beautiful story about growing together. I've seen it twice since I've bought it and I've managed to cry both times! Worth a buy! It's on the same level as "Spirited Away".

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Another awesome coming-of-age story

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    This was practically a blind purchase, I had just seen the trailer and knew that it was directed by Mamoru Hosoda of Wolf Children, Summer Wars, and The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, and I was not disappointed. Once again there's a lot of story squeezed into a short amount of time, but nothing was missed, it was compelling to watch, and it all built to a very epic climax.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Mamoru Hosoda does it again!

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    If your a fan of Mamoru Hosoda this is the movie for you.The boy and the beast is Mamoru Hosoda forth movie.I love this movie I loved the story the characters are great. I love the bond between Kumatetsu and Kyuta the art style is beautiful love the music if you like Summer wars, the girl who leapt through time, and Wolf Children .You'll love the boy and the beast

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Cool Animation

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    Owned for 1 week when reviewed.

    Cool animation. The kids shared it with me and it kept me viewing. Good family fun.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Family-Friendly Piece

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    The Boy and the Beast is the Jungle Book-inspired story of a boy that ends up training to fight in the hidden world of beasts. It's heartwarming. PG-13 for mild language and some violence (one scene involves a stabbing, which I believe required the -13 rating). After viewing the movie, I had no problem showing this to my 10-year-old.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Can't believe how much I love this

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    After hearing of this movie but not knowing much about it, I brought 'The Boy And The Beast' on a whim. I took it home, played it, and 2 hours later I had tears in my eyes. The animation is beautiful and the story between the main characters is touching. Its a really fun movie that get you in the feels.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Family enjoyment

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    Family enjoyed looking at The boy and the best anime movie. The anime had a excellent storyline and a lot of good action in the movie as well, plus with some humor too. I recommend this movie to any anime lover that enjoy a good movie to see.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great anime film

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    This story is very well done. A young boy runs away and is taken in, raised and trained in martial arts by a beast that lives in a mirror of our World that is filled with the mystical creatures. A great movie to watch and enjoy over and over.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Another Masterpiece!

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    Great story, fantastic animation, fun for the entire family. This studio has a great track record so far. The quality of their anime produced so far compares with that of Studio Ghibli. Can't wait for their next production!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect anime

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    Owned for 1 week when reviewed.

    Really good anime. For all ages. The story and the graphics amazing

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Heartwarming film. Must watch.

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    This film is a must watch. After watching it I let a friend borrow it and the next morning they went and bought their own copy because they loved it so much and wanted to have their own copy!

    I would recommend this to a friend