Wolf Children was created by Mamoru Hosada, and is about a woman named Hana who falls in love with a wolfman. Together they have two children, Yuki and Ame, which both is half man and half wolf. Unfortunately the man dies and Hana is left not just as a single mother but a single mother to two children that can shape shift. The family moves to the countryside to better keep their secret safe and Hana now have to learn a farmers life as well being the mother Yuki and Ame needs.
First off the animation is absolutely astonishing, with gorgeous shots of the Japanese countryside. But saying that the animation is beautiful in an anime is like saying that water is wet.
Its an enthralling story
with an opening scene that is equivalent to the opening sequence in Up. It established Hana and wolfmans love and life without any dialogue.
Hana tries to provide for her children and guide them best to her knowledge, and because she hasn’t the faintest idea of how to nurture their wolf side, her struggle feels pure and heartwarming. Hana wants Yuki and Ame to discover their own desires, without risking them being exposed for what they are.
Hosada shown extreme restraints by not relying on unnecessary conflict to futher the plot. He rests in the moments with the knowledge that the story arc is strong enough to keep the viewer invested in the in seeing how the two kids discover their own identities and to find their place in the world.
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