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The Boy and the Beast (light novel)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  181 ratings  ·  35 reviews
Tokyo's a big city-big enough that it's easy for a grieving boy like Ren to slip through the cracks. But Ren slips a little farther than he meant to, tumbling into the beast world of Jutengai! He ends up with a new name--Kyuta--and a new life learning the way of the sword as the apprentice of the bear Kumatetsu. Kumatetsu's got problems of his own, though, and the boy and ...more
Paperback, Loot Crate Exclusive Edition, 192 pages
Published February 2017 by Yen On
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Angela Auten
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Book Rating: 5 stars out of 5.

Story Line: 5 stars out of 5. I saw the movie to this book before I read it. I could visualize everything happening in the book. Ren ran from the head family because he wanted to be with his dad really. He didn't want to be with them. He was angry and that is why darkness entered his heart. When he met Kumatetsu he was alone. Then he found himself in Jutengai...the world of the beasts. The beasts didn't really accept him because of the d
Aly (Fantasy4eva)
Apr 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: movies
I watched the show last night and it left such an impact on me that I just had to share my thoughts in any way possible. When I found out it was the same writer from one of my favourite anime ever (Wolf Children) I just knew I had to give it a go. And boy was it a ride.

It starts off by our protagonist all alone. Relatives that have others agendas in taking him in are not welcomed by him at all. So in a fit of rage he runs off. But when a bear offers to take him on as his apprentice he hesitates.
May 04, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: light-novels
I loved the movie so much that I just had to get the book. And while it wasn't a bad read, at the same time, I'm really glad I only paid $3 for it. It was fun, but the writing wasn't really...good...I guess? It was just so-so. Scenes felt awkwardly described, as though someone was sitting in front of the TV, watching this film, and typing up exactly what they saw. You don't have to describe word-for-word how someone acted or moved. It just comes across as tedious. Still, I enjoyed the book stric ...more
Jun 12, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 日本人著者
Cute story which has enough darkness to make it meaningful, but also enough fantasy, trope and whimsy to fuel a more light-hearted investment, although sometimes to a fault.

For those not familiar with contemporary Japanese teen/children novels, there's an extreme focus on action, with lots of battles which stretch up to a dozen pages where people flick swords, throw kicks, and scream long guttural noises before every punch. If you're into these action-passages, then you won't be let down. But i
Srdjan Solkotovic
What a lovely adventure, filled with joy, sadness, passion and so much of everything. Indeed a great mix of everything is what defines this book, yet the message(at least for me) is clear as day and I said it many times when someone asked me what's this book or the movie about:
"No matter what you look like, no matter what you feel, you are only as strong as you are kind."

In the end kindness is a greater strength then everything else, and the strongest people are also the kindest ones. Don't beli
Lara Vehar
I loved this story but I also had some issues with it.

The writing was okay, it did sound like someone was watching the movie and writing down what they saw happening on screen but it was still okay, could be worse. What annoyed me was the constant jumping between narrators, and that I didn't know who was speaking until the middle of their narration. It got really annoying really fast- I wish that the only narrator was either Kyuta either one of the other two, or if it was both of them but more
Apr 23, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Just to make this clear, I'm talking about the book, not the movie. I haven't seen the movie yet, but if it is coming from Mamoru Hosoda (who also did Summer Wars and Wolf Children), then I'm sure it is worth watching. When I saw there was a novel for the movie, I bought it immediately without even glancing past the first page.


Hosoda may have a talent for directing and story telling when it comes to the movies, that talent does not extend to the written word. Frankly, it is a really clunk
The Boy and the Beast light novel by Mamoru Hosoda was highly entertaining! Ren's mother has just passed away. Facing a future living with relatives he hates, Ren runs away and lives on the streets. While there he runs into a strange man who wants him as his apprentice. Only, man is subjective. Kamatetsu is from the land of the beasts and he's an unruly, angry, wild bear man who can't teach to save his life. Renamed Kyuta, Ren must navigate this new world and his growing relationship with his ma ...more
C.J. Milbrandt
A runaway follows two hooded figures through the back alleys of Shibuya (Japan) and finds himself in an alternate world of beasts. There, a gruff and unpopular fellow with bear-like features claims him as his apprentice. Cue the training montage, a journey of discovery, a bitter rival, a (jarring) time skip, the sudden need to reconnect with human kin, and a finale that will probably baffle a Western audience. Fact: In the same way that the book is always better than the movie, the manga is alwa ...more
Mar 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think I can give this a 4.3/5 stars. (Also, my tiny copy of this book had 188 pgs, instead of 190+)
I did not get the chance to see the movie, but I think this book helped sum it up in a great way. The settings were wonderful, and the characters were great. In the short amount of time we spent with each character, all of them played their part and felt in-depth enough to love something individually about them. I wish that, out of everything, that the background behind the beasts and the humans'
Dec 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
at the begging of this book it starts like normal normal book for young adult but as i read the.Kyuta(main character) who is a young boy that is orphan that is living on the streets of shibuya, stumbles into the fantastic beast world after this happen to kyuta one of the beast man takes him as student ,who is bear man that have bet hash personality but a really good heart as the story line continue , Kumatetsu becomes more father to kyruta and their bond as master and disciple becomes stronger a ...more
Michael Sigler
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So, admittedly, I didn't even know what a "light novel" was before randomly buying this book during LootCrate's holiday sale last month. I didn't even know what "The Boy & the Beast" was either... an anime series, an OVA, a manga? I didn't know, but the cover was interesting, so why not give it a try?
Well, I'm glad I did. Half way through the book today, I watched the movie for a second time in as many days, and even downloaded the fantastic soundtrack to read to. Mamoru Hosoda has painted an am
Abdirisaq Abdisalam
I like this book, because is kind anime and it's interesting. I took me to read this book like one month and half. I used to read anytime, like a day to read more than four pages. The main character of this book is Kyuta. There are two famous beast are, Lozan and kumatetsu. There is also the grand master which rules the beast world is called Masahiko Tsugawa. Grand master order to get the two beast to get pretense from human world, and that's where they get two human's from human world, and they ...more
Jan 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The over all story line and plot of the book is enjoyable however I found I confusing to read because of how the author wrote the narrators parts. But I didn’t stop me from enjoying the book so I would recommend to those who enjoy love/hate relationships between the two characters, action, and heartwarming books.
Apr 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: light-novel
A forward-leaning 3.5 stars for the light novel that inspired such a sweet movie that I actually went out and looked for it. I do confess to enjoying the movie a bit more, but the story is so dynamic that it begs for the movement of animation.
It's a solid story about a boy growing up among beasts and finding himself. Very Japanese in sensibility, but universal in its message.
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: japanese-fiction
I liked it like I liked the movie and the manga 😽
May 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have seen the movie to this book more times than I care to talk about. The light novel is faithful to the movie and the whole thing just breaks my heart and is incredibly moving. Loved it!
Desirae Brown
Oct 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this book sat on my shelf for a while before I got around to reading it. I now deeply regret not picking this book up sooner!

We first meet Ren in a busy intersection in Tokyo, he has been by himself for a couple of day so he is pretty beaten down mentally and in need of food and a bath. To avoid being dragged away by two policemen he then makes a run for it and ends up in a deserted backstreet, where he then comes face to face with the most precious ball of fluff ever, Chiko.

Flash forward to wh
Sep 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, light-novel, favorites
REN is just an ordinary boy- until his mother dies, his relatives he can't stand try to take him home with them, and he runs away. He ends up following a beast into Jutengai- a city in the realm of beasts. Ren has a new life, and a new name- Kyuta. But now, after eight long years, Kyuta has a choice to make- but, luckily, he isn't alone:
KUMATETSU is the bear-beast who took in the lost human boy and named him Kyuta- but not for totally unselfish motives. Kumatetsu wants to be the next leader of t
Camille Dent
Jul 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction

This is such an enjoyable read for all ages! I would honestly consider reading this to my kids one day, but it's sophisticated enough to keep an adult entertained also! At it's very core, I think that this book is about the importance of having both competitive and supportive relationships for our personal growth. I watched the movie just a couple days after I finished the book, and they are very true to each other (I THINK the movie came first?) and compliment each other very well. There
Jul 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just REALLY like Hosoda's storytelling. "Wolf Children" is still one of my favorite family-centered films/reads, and this one jumped up super high, super fast on the list, too.

I mean, it involves beasts. Which run in a similar vein to demons and the like, and I ALWAYS like me some supernatural-ity of that sort. ;) The characters are very active and unique with moving dialogue and growth.

I'm always leery about going from film to book form, because sometimes visual is just so much better than
This felt like a movie in book form, and I mean that in a bad way. Some parts of it felt like the writer was show a movie and told, "Describe what you see in this movie" and he literally transcribed what was happening. So scenes that I'm sure will be montages in the movie turned out really awkward and stilted in the book. It still gets 3 stars, though, because I liked the story and think it will make a good movie.

tl;dr - I would recommended waiting for the movie, instead of reading this.

Also, th
May 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I debated between giving this book 3 or 4 stars and finally decided on 4. The book had a slow start, a pretty good middle to close to ending, but a mediocre ending. It is the story of a Boy and his Beast (or a Beast and his Boy as the case may be). The Beast raises the boy from about the age of 9-10 until he is 17. They train each other in various ways. There is mild profanity sprinkled throughout the book, so the reader (or parent of the reader) may wish to be aware of that.

I received this book
I began reading this book shortly after seeing the film with the hope that I could learn more about the film's world, and perhaps get some sort of added content to remedy some of its pacing issues and crowded story. Unfortunately, this book follows the film too closely, offering very little new content. Still, the writing for what it was wasn't bad, and did manage to present the story in a lot more detail. This didn't fix any of my big issues, but it did at least give me some better insight and ...more
Krista Jenkins
I felt the shifting of three POVs were too distracting and one of the two was very pointless. If it stuck to Kyuta, it would have been a much more enjoyable read. I had hoped it would add more to the movie, and it did in some places. Still, it is a light novel. Cute. Fun. Colorful.
Sep 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, own
When my friends and I went to con, they were selling a poster of the Boy and the Beast, signed by a ridiculous amount of the cast, at the charity auction and it went for like six- or seven-hundred dollars. It was crazy. Now I know what all the fuss is about and I agree.
Jhassa Anne
Mar 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting story. I would really recommend it to everyone!!
Amanda Hawkes
Mar 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh man I can't wait until the next one is out!
Apr 04, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
It could have been the way it was translated, but this was a very choppy read. The story itself was good, but the way it was written jumpy and hard to follow or get into. But the worst part was that it was told in multiple first person perspectives. I get that someone is "telling" the story, but if that's the case, then please don't have that person "adopt"another persons "voice" it's distracting and I really couldn't get invested enough to pay attention.

The premise and story beats seemed intere
May 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really nice. A bit slow to start and a bit meandering at times, but a great ending.
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Mamoru Hosoda (細田 守 Hosoda Mamoru, born September 19, 1967) is a Japanese film director and animator.


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