Mamoru Hosoda’s The Boy and the Beast, the Japan Academy Prize-winning follow-up to the wild success of Wolf Children, is coming to the UK this year as reported by The Fandom Post. The film has been listed on Amazon UK for Blu-ray and DVD release on September 5th, with StudioCanal, who also bring Studio Ghibli to our fair shores, listed as distributors.
After Hosoda’s new creation and scripted work surpassed the total box-office earnings of the 2012 feature Wolf Children, it became Japan’s second-highest grossing film in 2015 next to Yo-kai Watch: Tanjo no Himitsu da Nyan!. Even as Hosoda scooped his fourth Animation of the Year Award from the Japan Academy, producer Yuichiro Saito confirmed that the director was already working on his next film.
FUNimation, who released the film in the States, give the story the following summary:
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.
And IGN posted this subtitled clip from the film: