Mamoru Hosoda, famous for The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Wolf Children and Summer Wars is releasing new trailer and visual key for his latest effort, Bakemono no Ko/バケモノの子 (The Boy and the Beast). The movie is scheduled to be shown in Japan on 11 June 2015. The movie is already earmarked for a French release under studio Gaumont but no word if any English release for the movie outside Japan yet.
The animation directors are Takaaki Yamashita (Digimon: The Movie, Wolf Children) and Tatsuzou Nishida (Summer Wars) whereas art directors are Takashi Omori (Ponyo, From Up on Poppy Hill), Youhei Takamatsu and Youchi Nishikawa. Music scoring handled by Masakatsu Takagi (Wolf Children) and the movie is animated by Studio Chizu ( Wolf Children ). The main cast for the movie are Aoi Miyazaki (Colorful), Shota Sometani (Wolf Children) and Koji Yakusho.
The director discusses the premise of his coming movie in little bit more detail during a conference:
The movie is a training story about a boy who was separated from his parents and becomes a disciple of a bakemono (supernatural creature). It’s going to be a traditional yet novel story. [I think] that there are thrilling things hidden in this town [Shibuya] of adventure. There are surprisingly few animated works set in Shibuya. Even though it’s a famous place, it’ll be novel as a movie setting.
The official synopsis of the movie is as follows:
The story is set in the human realm (Tokyo’s Shibuya ward) and the bakemono realm (“Shibutenmachi”). In these two worlds which must not intersect, there lives a lonely boy and a lonely bakemono. One day, the boy gets lost in the bakemono world, becomes the disciple of the bakemono Kumatetsu, and is renamed Kyūta.
Mamoru Hosoda have a deft touch on his films so we expect not much deviation of his competent skills when comes to helming anime movies. This should be a delightful watch, the only question is will it be as good as his award winning, critically acclaimed Wolf Children or not.
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