For answers, prepare to sit through two hours of complications, though you will probably figure it out before the spectacular ending.
Oliver LytteltonThe Playlist
There are elements of The Boy And The Beast that undoubtedly reinforce the promise that Hosoda holds: it’s a treat to look at, is inventive in spots, and will probably be eaten up by younger viewers. But it ultimately proves both narratively unsatisfying and emotionally lacking.
Sherilyn ConnellyVillage Voice
Mamoru Hosoda's The Boy and the Beast works with many common anime tropes but doesn't find anything new to say about them.