The slow but steady acquisition of Bakemono no Ko, aka The Boy and the Beast, around the world continues. The latest region to grab rights for it is Germany with distributor Universum acquiring the rights to it. The company is planning a July 29th, 2016 release with a limited edition Blu-ray priced at 48 euro and a regular edition Blu-ray and DVD release. Those are priced at 31,56 and 24,78 respectively. While there are no details on what’s included in the limited edition release, it looks like all three versions are being done in the original Japanese language form as well as anew German dub.
Originally in theaters back on July 11th, 2015 in Japan, the film is being localised as The Boy and the Beast. The film is an original work for Hosoda and has been in development for quite some time. Hosoda is joined by Takaaki Yamashita and Tatsuzo Nishida as animation directors.
Fans of Mamoru Hosoda’s works have gotten a good bit of attention overseas in the last few years with his film projects such as The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Summer Wars and more recently Wolf Children back in 2012.
Property Concept: 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 pair will be put to the 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.
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