Hana, a nineteen-year-old college student, falls in love with a man only for him to reveal his secret; he is a Wolf Man. Eventually the couple bear two children together; a son and daughter they name Ame and Yuki who both inherit the ability to transform into wolves from their father. When the man Hana fell in love with suddenly dies, she makes the decision to move to a rural town isolated from society to continue raising the children in protection.
|Release Date||:||July 21, 2012|
|Genres||:||Animation, Drama, Family, Fantasy|
|Production Company||:||Madhouse, Studio Chizu, Eurozoom|
|Writers||:||Mamoru Hosoda, Satoko Okudera|
|Casts||:||Aoi Miyazaki, Takao Ohsawa, Haru Kuroki, Yukito Nishii, Momoka Ohno, Amon Kabe, Takuma Hiraoka, Megumi Hayashibara, Tadashi Nakamura, Tamio Ohki, Tomie Kataoka, Hajime Inoue, Shota Sometani, Taichi Masu, Kumiko Asou|
I saw this at Reel Anime 2012, and I was blown away. The story was really touching and emotional, the animation was beautiful and the music was really pleasing to the ear. The voice cast was excellent with a similar movement done for Pixar movies: Balancing big names and voice actors. That includes big names in Japanese cinema: Aoi Miyazaki, Takao Osawa and Bunta Sugawara. Joining them are voice actors Megumi Hayashibara, Tamio Oki and Tadashi Nakamura. I was really surprised at how much I loved Wolf Children when I left the theatre, and it instantly became the best Japanese animated film I have seen in 2012. I immediately became a fan of Mamoru Hosoda as well. It was also the first animated film made by Studio Chizu (an animation studio established by Mamoru Hosoda) and it succeeds. Excellent job, Studio Chizu and Mr Hosoda and arigatou gozaimashita. I look forward to Studio Chizu's and Mamoru Hosoda's future films. I also think of Mamoru Hosoda as Japan's equivalent to Glen Keane, who also established his own animation studio, not to mention they are both great animators.
Final conclusion: I highly recommend this film to any Japanese animation, Mamoru Hosoda, world cinema and Japanese cinema fan and I guarantee you will have the time of your life. It is an absolute delight from start to finish!
Note: This review is about the original Japanese version with subtitles.