Sunday, March 08, 2015
Daughter, Yuki tells the story of her mother Hana who falls in love with a werewolf and has two half-werewolf children with him. Soon after the boy Ame's birth, their father is killed.
Hana soon finds out that the children Yuki and Ame can switch between their human and wolf forms, and Hana has to hide them from the world. Hana moves the family to the countryside.
Soon Yuki is begging her mother to let her go to school like other children. Hana accepts on the condition that Yuki keeps her werewolf nature secret. Ame, on the other hand, Arne is more interested in the forest, and spends most of his time in the forest, learning about survival in the wild.
The film ends as Yuki ends her narration describing Ame's choice to remain in the forest, as a wolf while Yuki moves back to the city where Yuki is now a teen entering Jr. high school. And Hana, living alone in the old house in the country, reflects on her life with the wolf children as magical.
I really got lucky getting a chance to view this fine anime movie. It really is magical. The wolf here are very believable much as those in Wolf's Rain say. Director Mamoru Hosoda could have gone for the cheap tear jerker but instead deftly and calmly slides through the high moment as well, leaving the viewer calm but interested in what comes next. All but for the end, when you realize that people that you have come to appreciate in the few short minutes you have been with them, are drawing nie. Because it is ultimately a good feeling ending, one where you wish all, best of luck.
How would I rate Wolf Children? There has to be a 9 out of 10 in the mix, Spirited Away is in the same block, as is The Girl who Leaped Through Time to mane only a few. My suggestion would be to find it and watch it. If you like anime and like a well crafted anime movie, then you really can not go wrong with Wolf Children.