Kyuta, a boy living in Shibuya, and Kumatetsu, a lonesome beast from Jutengai, an imaginary world. One day, Kyuta forays into the imaginary world and, as he's looking for his way back, meets Kumatetsu who becomes his spirit guide. That encounter leads them to many adventures.
|Release Date||:||July 11, 2015|
|Genres||:||Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Animation|
|Production Company||:||Toho Company, Dentsu, Fukuoka Broadcasting System (FBS), Miyagi Television Broadcasting, Kadokawa, D.N. Dream Partners, Studio Chizu, Nippon Television Network (NTV), Video Audio Project (VAP)|
|Casts||:||Kōji Yakusho, Aoi Miyazaki, Shota Sometani, Suzu Hirose, Sumire Morohoshi, Yo Oizumi, Kazuhiro Yamaji, Mamoru Miyano, Haru Kuroki, Kappei Yamaguchi, Momoka Ohno, Kumiko Asou, Keishi Nagatsuka, Masahiko Tsugawa|
|Plot Keywords||:||father son relationship, training, boy, orphan, beast, surrogate father, shadow, father son reunion, human|
Funny how I wanted to watch this movie for months, but I couldn't find any theater in my country where it's released. Then, I found one viewing happening tonight three days ago by complete luck. I didn't hesitate once and bought my ticket with my mother which has been ill these past months (fortunately, she's doing better).
I never went to see a Japanese animated movie before at the exception of Pokemon and Digimon back in the days, though I've watched all of Mamoru Hosada, Hayao Miyazaki, Yoshifumi Kondo and Satoshi Kon. I don't know why, but this movie and its title attracted my soul from the beginning. It has the premise of classic tales, but the execution is unique and flawless in what the director tries to do.
I'm glad I gave this movie its chance and even though it has some moments of exposition, it's one of those movies where it can cheer you up no matter what's happening to you in real life. The Beast has wits. The kid, even more and as a tale of love, friendship, parenthood and peace will it stay in your memory for long enough for you to remember it decades later.
On a side note, the music is beautifully crafted, the art is great and I believe it will become a classic in a few years, if people are willing to accept it. :)