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Mamoru Hosoda's The Boy and The Beast Film Gets Manga

posted on by Egan Loo
Sentō Jōsai Masurawo's Renji Asai draws Shōnen Ace manga of Summer Wars director's latest

The Boy and The Beast (Bakemono no Ko), the upcoming anime film from director Mamoru Hosoda (The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Summer Wars, Wolf Children), is inspiring a manga series before the movie opens. The May issue of Kadokawa Shoten's Monthly Shōnen Ace magazine announced on Thursday that Renji Asai (Sentō Jōsai Masurawo) will launch the manga in the next issue on April 25.

The story of the film is set in the human realm (Tokyo's Shibuya ward) and the bakemono realm ("Jūtengai"). 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.

Narrator: In this world, there is another world separate from the one of humans: The world of beasts.
Text: Summer 2015
Narrator: A rowdy beast and a boy who is all alone.
Text: From The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Summer Wars, and Wolf Children director Mamoru Hosoda
Narrator: Their meeting was the beginning of an unimaginable journey and a story of miracles.
Text: The Boy and The Beast.

Hosoda created and scripted the movie, and plans to complete it next June. It will be Hosoda's first film since 2012, when his relatively new animation movie company Studio Chizu released Wolf Children as its first project.

The film will open in Japan on July 11. Theatrical screenings have already been set for France, and the major French movie studio Gaumont will handle international sales outside Asia.

Source: Comic Natalie

Image © 2015 B.B.F.P

Update: Intro corrected. Thanks, malvarez1

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