Charles Solomon – Los Angeles Times

Although very different in tone and content from his award-winning features "Summer Wars" and "Wolf Children," "The Boy and the Beast" confirms Mamoru Hosoda’s reputation as one of the most interesting writer-directors working in Japanese animation.

After the death of his mother, a sullen boy named Kyuta flees the uptight relatives who assume care of him. As he wanders through Tokyo’s Shibuya shopping district, he stumbles into a series of alleys that lead to the Juntengai, a parallel world inhabited by monsters.

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