Media: Anime (Movie)
Name: Wolf Children
Wolf Children is narrated by daughter Yuki and i would recommend it to those that like a coming of age story. A person who enjoys simple themes centered on life and the challenges one can face. Wolf Children adds it’s own twist to these themes as we find out Hana (mother) meets Wolf Man (father) in college and as they grow close the truth is told that Wolf Man is a werewolf. An incident immediately after the birth of their second child Hana’s husband is killed leaving her alone to try and raise two half-human, half-wolf babies. Daughter Yuki and son Ame experience their own challenges as they grow older, along with mother Hana as she is forced to adapt to a new life in the mountains to limit the risk of their secret coming out. Before either of them are in school, Yuki shows her likeness to wanting to be a wolf, running around the house and off into the mountains seemingly embracing the wolf within. Ame, however, shows distaste at the thought of being a wolf having read a children’s book, thinking wolves are perceived as “the bad guys” and thus not wanting to be something people hate and fear.
With some pestering from Yuki, Hana allows her to attend school, fitting in at first given her initial wolf behaviors (collecting dead animal bones instead of jewelry) is a hassle, but with a dress made by her mother Yuki is able to adapt and begins to make friends. This all changes after a new transfer student Sohei starts pestering her resulting in the climactic event of her turning partly into her wolf-form and clawing his ear. Yuki takes this incident to heart and vows to never turn into a wolf again.
Ame’s first dislike of being a wolf changes during Yuki’s first year at school. Being a year younger he instead follows his mother to work where he meets a captive wolf and starts to learn about the mountains. Three years pass showing Ame’s difficulties in school. He doesn’t fit in and with his change of character he starts to skip class to instead go explore the mountainside. Here we discover ‘Master’ a fox that teaches Ame all about hunting, tracking, everything needed to become a wolf (or rather a fox). The swap in personalities of Ame and Yuki comes to a climax as the two have a dangerous fight in wolf-form. Ame’s eyes glow red and personally i feared he was being lost to his wolf instincts.
Everything comes to a head with a giant thunderstorm. Yuki is away at school while it happens and parents were called to pick up their children. Hana prepares to leave and calls out to Ame but he is gone, he ran off into the words concerned for Master and presumably any other animals he might come to help. Hana, instead of going to the school begins a desperate search for Ame, scrambling up a weather-torn mountain before falling down a cliff-side into unconsciousness. Yuki, meanwhile is at school awaiting her mother’s arrival. By this point her and Sohei had formed a tentative friendship and with neither of their parents showing up at the school they are left alone after hiding from officials seeking to take them home. A touching scene and Yuki shows her wolf-form to Sohei who takes it extremely well saying that he already knew and planned to keep it a secret.
The movies comes to an end with Ame rescuing his mother from the mountain and bringing her to safety. He gives a final glance before racing up the mountain, clearly choosing his path in life. Yuki goes on to attend middle school, moving into the dorms their, leaving Hana at their mountain home alone. She is seen expressing her love for passed father and husband via the long-kept Identification card present on a headboard, as the scene happens a long-howl is heard (no doubt from Ame). The significance, being a resolute end, proving that both parents dreams of letting their two children grow up to be who they wanted to be whether wolf or human had come true.
Written by Fang.
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