One of Japan’s biggest theatrical hits of 2015 is headed to American theaters.
Funimation will release Mamoru Hosoda’s coming-of-age action/adventure film, The Boy and the Beast, in the U.S. on March 4, 2016. Advance tickets go on pre-sale February 5 on Funimation’s website.
The anime distributor will offer two versions to American audiences: the original Japanese language with English subtitles and an English dub. The newly-produced English dub was developed with the participation of the film’s director. “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,” said Gen Fukunaga, CEO and founder of Funimation.