This will be the third film from Hosoda that Funimation Entertainment has brought to the US. He also directed Samâ Wôzu (Summer Wars) in 2009, both from Studio Chizu. Hosoda also directed Toki O Kakeru Shôjo (The Girl Who Leapt Through Time) in 2006.2012 and
Bakemono No Ko is the story of a lost boy in Tokyo, Kyuta, who slips into an alternate universe where he is raised by a bear-man, Kumatetsu, who fights for a living. Kumatetsu trains Kyuta in the art of fighting over the years, but eventually Kyuta is thrust into a cataclysmic adventure which spans both worlds.
The film release in Japan on July 11, 2015, where it topped the box office on its opening weekend, earning $5.4 million. The film brought in a total of 48 million at the box office in the initial release.
The English voice cast include Eric Vale (Kyuta), John Swasey (Kumatetsu), Luci Christian (Kyuta, young), Bryn Apprill (Kaede), Monica Rial (Chiko), Alex Organ (Hyakushubo), Ian Sinclair (Tatara), Sean Hennigan (Iozen), Austin Tindle (Ichirohiko), Morgan Berry (Ichirohiko, young), Josh Grelle (Jiromaru), Brittney Karbowski (Jiromaru, young), Steve Powell (Soshi), Jessica Cavanagh, Chuck Huber.