FUNimation has announced the upcoming release of the anime film The Boy And The Best, by Mamoru Hosoda. The film will open nationwide on March 4th, but advanced ticket sales will be available for the general public starting February 5. The Boy And The Beast will be screened in Japanese with English subtitles, as well as in English for those who may prefer the recent dub (who doesn't love having options?) Gen Fukunga, CEO and founder of FUNimation stated, "We're very proud to showcase our English dub for the U.S. theatrical release of the 'The Boy and the Beast.’ It was a rare opportunity to work so closely with a film’s director on a dub production and doubly so with Mamoru Hosoda – arguably the world’s most prominent anime director.” This will be the third collaboration between FUNimation and Hosoda, after the release of the anime films Wolf Children and the widely popular Summer Wars.
FUNimation describes the animated film as an anime that, "tells the story of Kyuta, a young orphan living on the streets of Shibuya, who stumbles into a fantastic world of beasts. He's taken in by Kumatetsu, a gruff, rough-around-the-edges warrior beast who's been searching for the perfect apprentice. Despite their constant bickering, Kyuta and Kumatetsu begin training together and slowly form a bond as surrogate father and son. But when a deep darkness threatens to throw the human and beast worlds into chaos, the strong bond between this unlikely family will be put to the ultimate test—a final showdown that will only be won if the two can finally work together using all of their combined strength and courage."
This is only additional progress with FUNimation's theatrical releases, previously finding success with the recent Dragon Ball Z films, Ghost In The Shell, and Attack On Titan bringing anime fans utmost excitement to the big screen. Mike DuBoise, EVP and COO of FUNimation added to the announcement by explaining "U.S. audiences will truly be wowed by the rich imagery, characters and storyline of The Boy and The Beast. We have no doubt that this film will bring anime to the forefront of mainstream theatrical audiences, appealing to all fans of animated films, both young and old"
It's always nice to see anime films branching out into theaters around the US, and with every bit of positive reception - anime receives another chance to entice new viewers, and please the existing anime fan base! To find out who you can expect to hear in the English dub of the film, check out the official voice actors cast list below!
Kyuta (Young) - Luci Christian
Kyuta (Teen) - Eric Vale
Kumatetsu - John Swasey
Kaede - Bryn Apprill
Chico - Monica Rial
Hyakushubo - Alex Organ
Tatara - Ian Sinclair
Iozen - Sean Hennigan
Ichirohiko (Young) - Morgan Berry
Ichirohiko (Teen) - Austin Tindle
Jiromaru (Young) - Brittney Karbowski
Jiromaru (Teen) - Josh Grelle
Kyuta’s Mother - Jessica Cavanagh
Kyuta’s Father - Chuck Hüber
Lord - Steve Powell
Are you excited for FUNimation's release of The Boy and The Beast? Make sure to grab your tickets in February while you have the chance!