Bakemono No Ko
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The Boy and the Beast (Japanese: バケモノの子, Hepburn: Bakemono no Ko, literally "The bakemono's child") is a 2015 Japanese animated action-adventure fantasy film written and directed by Mamoru Hosoda. The film stars the voices of Kōji Yakusho, Aoi Miyazaki, Shōta Sometani, Suzu Hirose, Kazuhiro Yamaji, Mamoru Miyano, Kappei Yamaguchi, Keishi Nagatsuka, Kumiko Asō, Haru Kuroki, Sumire Morohoshi, Momoka Ōno, Masahiko Tsugawa, Lily Franky and Yo Oizumi. It was released on July 11, 2015. It won Animation of the Year at the 37th Japan Academy Prizes and grossed ¥5.85 billion at the Japanese box office.
As is the case with many languages, translating from Japanese to English can create many different translations and interpreting issues. This is seen almost immediately when trying to translate the title Bakemono No Ko, which can be translated in a few ways. The popular translation is The Boy and The Beast which is very different from the literal translation of The Shapeshifters Child. The obvious difference between the two translations is how one is possessive whereas the other is not. But neither really describe what the bakemono are like in this story, other than a general translation. Bakemono are a type of yokai that are usually shapeshifters which is directly seen within the story. Yokai themselves are prevalent in Japanese culture, and can be portrayed in a variety of ways. Oni for example are brutish demons that are usually malevolent in most folklore. However, in this film, they are more like humans, usually even more benevolent than the humans themselves. They live in their own separate world from the humans, which is another distinct way of showing how there are often two worlds in Japanese culture, the human world and the spirit world. A lot of Japanese stories show how fluid the border is between the two worlds, and how easily it is to cross between the two of them.
The two worlds themselves are also very different from one another. The human world is set in what is assumed to be modern day Shibuya, whereas the spirit world called Jutengai (Bitter Heaven Town) is set in feudal Japan. Most of the story is spent in Jutengai, and involves martial arts training or a quest to learn from masters. The time spent in the human world mostly involves the main protagonist interacting with his estranged family, and studying to make up for his time spent growing up in the spirit world. The main protagonist lived solely in the spirit world from age nine to seventeen, and spent his time training and interacting with various bakemono. It is only in the final act in which the two worlds start to overlap, which is reminiscent of how Japanese culture and Buddhist culture overlap throughout most of the film.
There are two realms: the human realm and "Jūtengai", the bakemono realm. In these two worlds which must not intersect, there lives Ren (voiced by Aoi Miyazaki as a child and Shota Sometani as a teen), a lonely boy in Tokyo's Shibuya ward, and Kumatetsu (Koji Yakusho), a lonely bakemono. One fateful evening Ren runs away from home and meets Kumatetsu, who nicknames him "Kyuta" and takes him in as his apprentice. The film follows their relationship throughout their journey.
General InformationTitlesバケモノの子Bakemono no KoRelease DateJuly 11, 2015Duration120 minutesRatingn/aProduction InformationProduction CompanyStudio ChizuThe Boy and the Beast (バケモノの子 Bakemono no Ko, literally "The bakemono's child") is a Japanese animated action-adventure fantasy film written and directed by Mamoru Hosoda.
En el Reino de las bestias (渋天街, jūtengai), el Venerable (Lord en Hispanoamérica) ha decidido que va a retirarse para así poder reencarnarse en un dios y para ello nombra dos sucesores potenciales: Iôzen, muy popular entre los ciudadanos y padre de dos hijos, y Kumatetsu, fuerte pero solitario y triste. El Venerable (バケモノ, bakemono) le sugiere a Kumatetsu que busque y acoja a un aprendiz con la esperanza de sucederle. Mientras merodea por las calles de Tokio con su subordinado, Tatara, Kumatetsu se topa con Ren y le pregunta si quiere ser su aprendiz. Ren se niega rotundamente, pero sigue los pasos de Kumatetsu hacia el Reino de las bestias debido a la curiosidad pero luego no es capaz de regresar al mundo humano. Allí presencia la batalla entre Iôzen y Kumatetsu, y le impresiona la persistencia de Kumatetsu a pesar de que nadie del público está de su lado. Pese a que Ren le da ánimos, ante la incredulidad de los presentes, Kumatetsu es derrotado. Sin embargo, el Venerable declara que la pelea para decidir el sucesor será más adelante. 781b155fdc