The boy and the beast review
The Boy and the Beast (light novel) by Mamoru HosodaTokyos a big city--big enough that its easy for a grieving boy like Ren to slip through the cracks. But Ren slips a little farther than he meant to, tumbling into the beast world of Jutengai! He ends up with a new name--Kyuta--and a new life learning the way of the sword as the apprentice of the bear Kumatetsu. Kumatetsus got problems of his own, though, and the boy and the beast may have more to learn from each other than they realize. But the boys arrival in the realm of the beasts has put both their worlds in danger, and theyre going to need more than life lessons to face it!
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The Boy and the Beast Review
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In the summer of , Mamoru Hosoda announced his next project to be a movie titled, The Boy and the Beast. The picture showed us a little boy with a katana over his shoulder and standing in the middle of the busy Shibuya intersection. Standing next to him was a large anthropomorphic bear also with a katana in the same fashion. I was already intrigued and dying to see it. As the months went on I waited on bated breath for any other announcement until the first trailer was released. I was assaulted with the most beautiful animation and music that I had yet to see in a movie like this.
A nine-year-old orphaned boy runs away from his relatives and strays into a parallel world, where he's adopted by talking animals. The Boy and the Beast features a young boy, Ren, and a bear-like character, Kumatetsu, who takes him as apprentice. Another would be to say it's a fabulous-looking fantasy about Japan's ever-present big theme — the tension between tradition and modernisation. Hosoda sets up this idea in the shimmering opening scenes, depicting Shibuya, one of the most iconic and crowded parts of modern Tokyo, in a crisp photo-realist style. Ren, a sullen waif, mills in the crowd, avoiding police as he ponders what to do. His mother has died, his relatives came to get him, so he ran into the crowd. He's a traditional hand-drawn anime character — big eyes, stylised profile, thick wavy locks of unruly but attractive hair.
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