The Boy and the Beast Anime Film Review

The Boy and the Beast

The Boy and the Beast

I recently saw The Boy and the Beast which is the latest feature film from award winning director, Mamoru Hosoda.

I absolutely loved The Boy and the Beast. Nothing tells you how to handle life like an Anime film. Kyuta, the Boy, is an orphan living on the streets and gets taken in by Kumatetsu, the Beast. Kumatetsu is looking to upgrade his status and by doing so he must take on a pupil and that lucky pupil is Kyuta. This dynamic duo does nothing but argue but there’s always love expressed through every interaction. Kumatetsu is a self taught swordsman which is not the type of teacher Kyuta needs but the one he deserves. Being an orphan on the streets, Kyuta had a lot of darkness in his heart and it’s up to Kumatetsu to help Kyuta resist the darkness. Kyuta is definitely stubborn but he’s determined.

Kumatetsu and Kyuta

Kumatetsu and Kyuta

I am comparing the main character to Naruto… as I do with all Animes that I watch because well, he was my first. The movie combines aesthetics of Naruto and Disney’s The Jungle Book with a lot of really cool references to Moby Dick. Did we mention there is a plot twist that is mind blowing!!!? explosion sounds

The animation is fluid and gorgeous. It is so colorful but you could still take it serious at the same time. The subtitles were on point except for one sentence in the beginning where I’m sure they meant tragic and not traffic. Besides that one mistake, I wasn’t lost. The story is solid and as usual some good life lessons. The main one, ‘Don’t let darkness over take you.’ My favorite line, ‘Grip the sword with your heart.’ I super recommend this movie full of great fight scenes, but they did take their time just not drawn out like Dragon Ball Z.

This is my first film review so let me explain how my rating goes. I don’t do percentages like Rotten Tomatoes and I don’t do 1 out of 10 ratings. I say I like it, Yay or I didn’t like it, Nah.

The Boy and the Beast gets a hardy Yay!

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Junae Benne
Junae grew up in Jamaican household all over the north side of Illinois. She went to Northern Illinois University where she gained a Bachelors of Arts in Broadcast Journalism and Media Studies. Junae loves video games and comic books. Her love for journalism was inspired by various comic book hereoes such as Spiderman and Superman. A few other characters such as Iris Allen, Lois Lane, Kent Brockman from Chanel 6 News on The Simpsons and Kermit The Frog were also inspirations. Her favorite thing to read are Mangas. She loves watching Anime and action movies. Junae's has been playing video games since she could hold her own bottle. She started with the NES then moved on PlayStation One and now is a gaming junky with all the latest systems. Her top 3 gaming genres are: Action, Fighting and Adventure.