- Alt. Name
- Ookami Kodomo no Ame to Yuki
- Release Date
- July 2012
- Run TIme
- 1 hr. 57 min.
- Studio Chizu
- G - All Ages
Wolf Children is a 2012 Fantasy Slice of Life anime film by fan-favorite Japanese animation studio, Studio Chizu. While some anime viewers are not too keen on viewing anything within the Slice of Life genre, perhaps the Fantasy genre can potentially lure some new viewers into a genre they are not used to. Can two genres that are unique within their differences of each other be able to create something worthy of the viewers’ time?
Hana, a hard-working college student, falls in love with a mysterious man who attends one of her classes though he is not an actual student. As it turns out, he is not truly human either. He transforms on a full moon night, revealing that he is the last werewolf alive. Hana’s love for him remains strong, and the two ultimately decide to start a family.
Hanna gives birth to two healthy children – Ame, born during rainfall, and Yuki, born during snowfall – both possessing the ability to transform into wolves, a trait inherited from their father. All too soon, however, the sudden death of her lover devastates Hana’s life, leaving her to raise her unique family entirely on her own. The stress of raising her wild-natured children in a densely populated city while keeping their identities a secret culminates in a decision to move to the countryside, where she hopes Ame and Yuki can live a life free from judgment of society.
When viewers decide to watch this film, they will go down two different roads regarding the story. The first is the story’s originality, which is nothing but spectacular storytelling. The events and pacing of this movie are outstanding and remarkable to witness. When it comes to finding a film that shows as much care for how each viewer perceives this story is something truly rare. The second being the most common elements of parenting are rememberable due to the memories we share with them. Wolf Children is not a simple copy-and-paste story that viewers have seen countless times; some parts are generic but few and far between.
The real touching moments are plentiful within Wolf Children are fantastic due to the ability to touch so many hearts within the realm of parenting. Parenting is one of the most thankless jobs one could ever decide to participate in, and even if viewers are not even in that role, Wolf Children will make them feel like they are raising these children alongside Hana. That’s how powerful this storytelling truly is towards the viewers.
If one hopes for the story to be the best part of the film, they are surely mistaken. The artwork within Wolf Children could easily belong in any museum. While the human characters’ designs are very realistic, they are still pleasing. This movie will spoil all viewers’ expectations of future anime movies due to the beauty within each character and even the backgrounds. Viewers will easily keep their attention on the film because the artistic talent within this film is remarkable. Every person who worked on this film with its warm and cold colors deserves recognition for their beautiful creation.
As with many of Mamoru Hosoda’s original creations, they tend not to disappoint within the production side of the project, and this film followed the same formula as the others. The music within Wolf Children was memorable and easily listenable, available on Spotify. The beautiful compositions and the song “Mother’s Song” are indeed a music masterpiece. With the amount of talent in the art and the production side of this film, viewers are potentially witnessing an instant classic.
Suppose one hopes to have a tremendous amount of character depth, then this is the movie! Hana is a very optimistic and upbeat young woman who went through day-to-day hardships people encounter. She is easily identifiable as brave and has a solid determination shown countless times within the film. She takes the role of being a mother very seriously, and even though there is no manual on how to raise children, there is one for animals, so she at least has that going for her. She gets overwhelmed at times, but so does every parent from time to time.
What makes this character so rememberable is not that she is perfect because she is not, but what she is can easily be summed up by three words: Loving, striving, and even courageous. She is relatable because she showcases that raising babies is no easy task no matter what race, nationality, gender, or even species, but parents do what they have to raise their children. She is overprotective towards her children, but viewers can easily understand that she has had to give up so much to protect her children.
Ame is the youngest of the children, and like his father, he can turn into a wolf. As a child, Ame was a very timid boy; he preferred to stay inside and stick close to his mother. He is seen as very lonely at school and does not participate in class, sitting in the back without listening to the teacher or his peers. He often skipped class to stay home or go out into nature with his mom. One reason for this could be that he was being bullied in school, but Ame would never admit to this being the reason.
Ame appears to be a regular-looking boy with a slim build in his human form. As a child, he had dark blue hair, which turned black as he grew older. As a child, he had hazel eyes, which later turned brown. He bears a strong resemblance to his wolf, which worries his mother about his fate. In his wolf form, Ame looks like a typical wolf pup. His fur color was a pale greyish brown, unlike his skin tone. The fur on his head was the same style but lighter in color than his human form. His coat turned to a dark blue, grey, and white as he became older. Like his human form, his adult wolf form bears a striking resemblance to his father’s.
Yuki, on the other hand, is very energetic and happy-go-lucky. She is very venturous; she likes to explore the outside world and run around and chase small prey. The term rambunctious would need a new definition. Though this personality would change as she grew older, her energetic nature dwindled to more calm and mature behavior due to her interests scaring other students away. Going to school gave her many opportunities to develop ways to suppress her animalistic likings and blend in more within the human world. At school, she has a lot of friends, is studious, and is always willing to participate in class, unlike her younger brother.
In her human form, Yuki is a normal-looking girl. She has long brown hair that reaches the middle of her back, and this color changes to black as she gets older. While her brother looks more like their father, Yuki looks more like her mother, especially when she gets older. In her wolf form, Yuki looks like a typical wolf pup. Her fur color is slightly darker than her skin. Her hair turns to a lighter color but remains the same style. However, when she gets older, her hair stays the same hue.
Throughout this entire movie, the viewer will immediately fall in love with this film in so many ways and most likely multiple times throughout the whole viewing. The story is remarkable as there are very few negative aspects of the writing, and if there are, they tend to be nitpicked that need not be stated. The artwork is something that any creator or viewer hopes to have for any form of animation, regardless of genre. The musical masterpiece within Wolf Children is easily listenable again and again without fail. Everything within this film is a treat to the eyes, ears, heart, and soul.
Cody Senpai is the creator of BakaNow, an anime review website that specializes in spoiler-free reviews for everyone. He is an avid anime watcher who has traveled to Japan numerous times to not only experience the culture and history but also to build friendships with people through a common interest. He is an avid animation fanatic from birth and even went on to major in communication to help share the importance of the stories we love to watch and listen to. Cody lives in Denver, Colorado and loves to do anything adventurous.