I just got ahold of the boy and the beast.
This thing was hard to come by, and it wasn't cheap, finding the english version set me back £26, kind of steep for a blueray, but the reviews of it gave me the insensitive to get it anyway.
I really loved this movie, though it was a couple of issues, but not things that spoil the overall experience. The animation is marvelous, seen how we live in a time of modern day cgi animated movies, it is so refreshing to sit down with a classical hand drawn movie, that only uses a bit of cgi, but not so much that it saturates the movie or animated quality. The characters are fleshed out and enjoyable, and have a real depth to them, with maybe a few exceptions. It does have the trope of generic good looking japanese scrawny kid and girlfriend that a lot of anime movies have, often I'd like to see them change this trope up a bit, but it doesn't detract from the movie.
The voice acting for the English dub was good too, I've yet to watch the original japanese subtitled version, but going off of the english dub its good. The movie does have a fair bit of exposition at the start which felt more like the start of a tv series, and it did feel like they could have shortened that a lot.
But overall, the animation is quality, the characters are fun, the story is kind of here and there, but it flows along, and it did have a few moments that had me on the edge of my seat. Well worth the cost of it in the end, around an 8.5/10