I had The Wolf Children Ame and Yuki sitting for a while on my list of things to watch. The thing is I’d read part of the synopsis for the story and honestly expected an anime version of Twilight. Boy, was I wrong.
The story begins one day when Hana notices a man sitting alone in her college class. She’s drawn to him, and when he forgets to hand in his attendance slip, she jumps at the excuse to go talk to him. The man, whose name is Ookami, and her soon hit it off. Just as things seem to be getting serious, Ookami fails to appear for their regular coffee date. She sits there and waits for him, late into the night. Long after the coffee shop has closed, he arrives and apologises. He tells her he has something to show her. He takes her out into a woodland area near the outskirts of the city and reveals that he is actually a werewolf, and is the last of his kind. Hana still loves him, and it’s not long before they become a family. After the birth of their second child, Ookami disappears. Tragedy befalls the family and Hana decides to leave the city. She buys an old run down house in a small farming village in the hope that she can raise her daughter and son in peace.
- This is a coming of age tale, not a Twilight-esque romance story
- Great characters
- Complex character driven drama
- Fantastic animation
- Incredibly moving soundtrack
- Deep story with a couple of unexpected twists
- Amazingly subtle and intelligent humor
- Really good voice acting
- Fantastic ending
- The pace is quite slow, but this is a character driven story
Movie Rating: The Wolf Children Ame and Yuki is an incredibly well told tale about an unusual family trying to get by. A mother struggles to raise two unique children, and the children struggle to find their place in the world. This fantastic coming of age tale is backed up by a moving soundtrack and amazing animation. It’s directed by Mamoru Hosada, who has had a fair degree of success with his last two movies, The Girl Who Travelled Through Time and Summer Wars. I felt that both of these movies were strong in some ways, but quite weak in others. This unfortunately brought them just short of being great movies. But as they say, third time’s a charm because this movie is without a doubt his best piece of work so far.