Mamoru Hosoda’s “The Boy and the Beast” will be adapted into a musical by Shiki Theater Company; it will be performed at the JR East Four Seasons Theater [Autumn] in Tokyo from April 2022. This is the first time that any of Hosoda’s works have been made into a musical.

“The Boy and the Beast” — released in theatres in 2015, was a feature-length animated film by Studio Chizu. Set in a different world where monsters live in Shibuya, Tokyo, “The Boy and the Beast” won the Best Animation Work Award at the 39th Japan Academy Prize.