Bakemono no Ko, known here in the states as, The Boy and the Beast, was released here locally this past weekend, March 4th, 2016. To be 100% honest, I had heard of this movie but I had no idea what it was about, I assumed that it was about a boy being taught martial arts by a beast, but it goes deeper than that.
The story of Ren, renamed Kyuta by his beast master, Kumatetsu, starts with the death of his mother
|Kyuta mimics Kumatetsu's moves|
Soon after arriving, Ren was being bullied but is discovered by a Pig Beast Monk who then bumps into Kumatetsu and that's when Kumatetsu claims the child.
|Kumatetsu and Iozen fighting in the market|
But it's not all peaches and cream the main climax of this movie occurs when Kumatetsu and his rival Iozen are competing to become the next Lord of the Beasts, and one of Iozen's sons decides to take matters into his own hands. I won't give away the rest of the story but I highly recommend you watch it.
|Ren protects Kaede|
It was certainly an enjoyable story to watch. Seeing how a heartless beast turns soft from becoming the surrogate father or an orphan, how a child who came from nothing still longs for knowledge, and how friendships can develop through common interests.