Bakemono no Ko Debuts with 667 Million Yen + More Trailers Revealed

Mamoru Hosoda’s (Wolf Children, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time) newest film Bakemono no Ko (The Boy and The Beasthas just released in Japan earlier this week, where the movie opened at ¥667 Million during its opening weekend. In addition, to promote the film more trailers have been revealed.


The film opened in Japan on the weekend of 11th to 457 theatre screens across the country earning ¥667,035,100 (~ $5.4 Million USD) in the first two days. The figure equates to approximately 494,000 tickets. Hosoda’s previous film, Wolf Children, opened at ¥360,372,690 (~ $2.9 Million USD) and eventually finished at ¥4.22 Billion (~ $34 Million USD).

To further tease and entice viewers to watch the film, a series of new trailers have been revealed. Here is the most recent trailer that previews the main theme, Starting Over by Mr. Children :

Here is another teaser that also previews the main theme:

Here is the second trailer with English subtitles by Madman Entertainment:

And here is the first trailer that was earlier revealed, also with subtitles:

The main cast of the film is comprised mostly of distinguished Japanese actors and actresses:

  • Koji Yakusho (Shinzaemon Shimada from the film 13 Assassins ) voices Kumatetsu



  • Aoi Miyazaki (Hana in Wolf Children) will be voicing the child version of Kyuuta

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  • Shota Sometani (Shinichi Izumi in the Live Action Parasyte) as young Kyuuta



  • Suzu Hirose (Shinobu Sahara from Bitter Blood) is voicing as Kaede


The film’s production staff include:

  • Director and Scriptwriter: Mamoru Hosoda (Wolf Children, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time)
  • Animation Directors: Takaaki Yamashita (Digimon: The MovieWolf Children) and Tatsuzou Nishida (Summer Wars, Fullmetal Alchemist: The Movie – Conqueror of Shamballa)
  • Art Directors: Takashi Omori (From Up On Poppy Hill, Ponyo), Youhei Takamatsu (Hoshi wo Katta Hi), Youichi Nishikawa (Debut Role)
  • Music: Masakatsu Takagi (Wolf Children)
  • Animation Studio: Studio Chizu (Wolf Children)

At the conference, Hosoda discusses more about the premise of Bakemono no Ko:

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.


Mamoru Hosoda is a well known anime director who have directed many well known anime films. His first major work was with Toei Animation (Dragon Ball Z, One Piece) for the production of the Digimon series, where he directed the 21st episode of the original anime and the Digimon film: Our War Game. He also directed the 2005 One Piece film Omatsuri Danshaku to Himitsu no Shima. He later left the studio to work with Madhouse (Hunter x Hunter, No Game No Life) where he created and directed his first original film in 2006, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time. He also directed the 2009 film Summer Wars before leaving Madhouse to form his own studio, Studio Chizu. Their first production is Hosoda’s 2012 original film Wolf Children, which won the 2013 Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year, and was followed by 2015’s Bakemono no Ko (The Boy and The Beast).

Here is a synopsis of the film:

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 Kyuuta.


Bakemono no Ko (The Boy and the Beast) is currently out now in Japanese theatres. The film will be released in North America and Australia in the next few months.

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