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Mamoru Hosoda's The Boy and the Beast Film Previews Mr. Children Theme in New Trailers

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Summer Wars director's July 11 film about boy trained by supernatural creature

The official website of Mamoru Hosoda's upcoming The Boy and the Beast film began streaming the film's second full trailer and third teaser trailer on Monday. The new videos preview the theme song "Starting Over" performed by the rock band Mr. Children.

Kumatetsu: Let me see your face properly.
Kyūta: I—it's a monster!
Kumatetsu: Why don't you come with me?
Text: From The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Summer Wars, and Wolf Children director Mamoru Hosoda
Narrator: This summer, a boy who is all alone, and a rowdy beast. A slightly different parent and child story.
Text: Kyūta, the boy who is all alone.
Text: Kumatetsu, a rowdy beast.
Text: A boy and bakemono are parent and child!?
Kyūta: If you say that I really can get stronger, then I'm fine with becoming your disciple
Kumatetsu: Alright, Kyūta! Hold it firmly and prepare yourself!
Kumatetsu: Wait, don't go! Kyūta! Kyūta!
Text: Theme Song "Starting Over" by Mr. Children
Kaede: Where did you come from?
Monk Momoaki: Even that one planned to become a parent to Kyūta.
Kyūta: I need to settle a score with someone. I don't know if I can win.
Bakemono: Why must we be involved in a conflict between humans?
Bakemono: Kyūta still hasn't fully grown up yet, and even now he still needs someone to help him.
Kyūta: I'm going. Please look after him.
Kaede: Don't forget. It's not like we have to fight alone.
Narrator: The Boy and the Beast
Text: If I'm with you, I can become stronger.

Kumatetsu: Alright, Kyūta! Hold it firmly and come at me!
Text: The latest work from The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Summer Wars, and Wolf Children director Mamoru Hosoda
Text: A boy and bakemono are parent and child!?
Narrator: This summer, a slightly different parent and child story.
Bakemono: Kyūta still hasn't fully grown up yet, and even now he still needs someone to help him.
Text: Theme Song "Starting Over" by Mr. Children
Kyūta: I need to settle a score with someone.
Bakemono: Why must we be involved in a conflict between humans?
Kaede: It's not like we have to fight alone.
Narrator: The Boy and the Beast
Text: If I'm with you, I can become stronger.

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.

Hosoda (Summer Wars, Wolf Children) created and scripted the movie. 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. Masakatsu Takagi (Wolf Children) is scoring the soundtrack. The film stars:

Kōji Yakusho as Kumatetsu, a bear-like being who acts as a teacher to the human Kyūta
Aoi Miyazaki as child Kyūta
Shōta Sometani as adolescent Kyūta
Suzu Hirose in her debut voice-acting role as Kaede, a high school student Kyūta meets

The film will open on July 11 in Japan. Renji Asai (Sentō Jōsai Masurawo) launched the manga in Kadokawa Shoten's Monthly Shōnen Ace on April 25.

Funimation licensed the American rights to the film, and plans to release the film in select theaters later this year and nationwide in early 2016. Theatrical screenings have also been set for France, and the major French movie studio Gaumont will handle international sales outside Asia. Funimation is working with Gaumont International to release the film.


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