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The latest feature film from award-winning Japanese director Mamoru Hosoda (Summer Wars, Wolf Children): When Kyuta, a young orphan living on the streets of Shibuya, 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 pair 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.

About the Director, Mamoru Hosoda

Mamoru Hosoda

Masterful animator and director Mamoru Hosoda has been called “the preeminent director of theatrical animation in Japan today, the obvious spiritual heir to Hayao Miyazaki.” (Brain Camp, Otaku USA Magazine) This is high praise indeed, but Hosoda’s stellar body of work certainly merits any and all plaudits. Trained as an oil painter at Kanazawa University of Arts and Crafts, Hosoda honed his considerable skills working at famed anime production houses such as Toei and Studio Ghibli. His directorial credits include The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Summer Wars, and Wolf Children, all three of which received the Japan Academy Prize for Best Animated Film.

Animation by Studio Chizu

Studio Chizu

Established during the production of Wolf Children, Studio Chizu (“map” in Japanese) is the world’s smallest animation studio and Director Mamoru Hosoda’s headquarters. Created out of a desire to discover a new continent of movies that nobody has ever seen before, and to “draw a map on that uncharted land,” Studio Chizu is a place that embraces Director Hosoda’s thoughts and philosophies—keeping both in mind as they work to produce films that children and adults can enjoy together.


Kyuta (Young)

Japanese: Aoi Miyazaki

English: Luci Christian

Kyuta (Teen)

Japanese: Shota Sometani

English: Eric Vale


Japanese: Koji Yakusho

English: John Swasey


Japanese: Suzu Hirose

English: Bryn Apprill


Japanese: Sumire Morohoshi

English: Monica Rial


Japanese: Yo Oizumi

English: Ian Sinclair


Japanese: Kazuhiro Yamaji

English: Sean Hennigan

Ichirohiko (Teen)

Japanese: Mamoru Miyano

English: Austin Tindle

Ichirohiko (Young)

Japanese: Haru Kuroki

English: Morgan Berry

Jiromaru (Teen)

Japanese: Kappei Yamaguchi

English: Josh Grelle

Jiromaru (Young)

Japanese: Momoka Ono

English: Brittney Karbowski

Kyuta's Mother

Japanese: Kumiko Asou

English: Jessica Cavanagh

Kyuta's Father

Japanese: Keishi Nagatsuka

English: Chuck Hüber


Japanese: Masahiko Tsugawa

English: Steve Powell


ADR Director

Mike McFarland

ADR Head Script Writer

John Bergmeier

ADR Script Writer

Bonny Clinkenbeard

Lead ADR Engineer

Matt Grounds

Asst ADR Engineer

Zachary Davis