Okami kodomo no ame to yuki (The Wolf Children Ame and Yuki) (2012)
Critic Reviews for Okami kodomo no ame to yuki (The Wolf Children Ame and Yuki)
The detailed Ghibli-esque visuals are decent enough, but this is disappointingly bland.
Rather an odd story, told in a one-of-a-kind style that feels equal parts sentimental, somber and strange.
Silence abounds; the wordless sequences are stunning. There are a few schmaltzy, sloppy-sappy moments, but the attention to Romantic-poetry detail is sublime. Rarely has maternity, or maturity, been shown with such poetic force on-screen.
A stunningly beautiful, unabashedly sentimental, and surprisingly complex story that works as both a coming-of-age film and a study of the trials of being a single mother.
Audience Reviews for Okami kodomo no ame to yuki (The Wolf Children Ame and Yuki)
A lonely young woman meets and eventually marries a guy who turns out to be the Wolfman. After his accidental death she struggles with the problem of raising their two children. And that's about it storywise, and not much else. What's lacking here in dramatics though is made up for in lush visuals. If that's your thing, then this is your ride.
From Mamoru Hosoda director of "The Girl Who Leapt Through Time" and "Summers Wars" adds another great animated feature under his name. "The Wolf Children: Ame and Yuki" comes closest to matching the director best work. Wolf Children: Ame and Yuki start with Hana, a 19-year-old student who falls in a "fairy-tale like" love with a "wolf man". Over the course of the 13-year story Hana gives birth to two children-older sister Yuki, and younger brother Ame, or "Snow and Rain". At first the family quietly lives in city trying to hide their wolf heritage, but when the "wolf man" suddenly dies Hana makes the decision to move to a rural town, far from their previous city life. Aside from one implied sex scene between a were-wolf and young woman this is a simple story that you can take serious without it being devoid of fun. The gorgeous hand drawn visuals complement the potent storytelling. The protagonist is a devoted a single mother who's easy to get behind. The protagonist is charming, full of life, and fanatically written to showcase the difficulty of raising children as a single parent. The protagonist kids Ame and Yuki represent two themes that are greatly explored. One dealing with embracing your roots and the other being acceptance for who you are. It works on a emotional level for there's plenty of characterization. We allot of time with the family through both good and bad moments that are relatable. At times when the material is at is best gives us some touching moments. The third act is where things begin to crumble. Some of the material should have been edited shorter or better place to not drag scenes. The final act creates a pacing issues. Unlike the first two act the final 1/3 is fully dramatic. It attempts to show each characters life, but partially fails. We focus on family members certain life changing events either for to long or shortly. The impact the ending should of had is not reached. At times it can be conventional and predictable. It also uses a few montages to show us what happened through the course of time. It does work overall, but is inconsistent with how the rest of story is told. The Wolf Children: Ame and Yuki is a animated drama that is worth pursuing. It's tell a mature story with a beautiful art style to go with it. If you like a good drama animated or otherwise check it out.
Mamoru Hosada could be one anime Director who could rival the international reputation of his former employers; Studio Ghibli. "Wolf Children" is his third feature after the successes of "The Girl Who Leaped Through Time" and "Summer Wars". It follows two young uni students; who eventually fall in love, It then turns out he's one of the last half-man half -olf decendent of his kind, together they start a family with two children. Tragedy strikes when the Father dies, which them leaves Hana on her own to raise these two half wolf children. Like his previous works, this film has fantastic and unique character designs; that aim more to realism and arthouse scene and traditional anime designs. The story is very heartwarming and cute as time goes on, there are some dark parts that become very heartwrenching. Theres some very distinctive Ghibli influence in this piece of work, But I'm glad Hosada takes to his own territory. To some viewers it maybe a little too long almost at 2 hours. But overall its a supurb anime film and highly recomended for a heatwarming jounrney of endurance, love, coming of age and prosperity.
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