Wolf Children Review

September 22, 2016

Being a single parent is hard. Especially when your two kids can turn into wolves. And that’s precisely what the film’s protagonist, Hana, has to deal with when she marries a wolf man and has to raise their two children, Yuki and Ame, on her own. As you can imagine, it’s not easy.

I first learned of this film from an animation critic I followed, and it took me a while to get my hands on a copy of the film. But it was worth it. To put it simply, this is a beautiful film. Very delightful and engaging. In case you haven’t heard of the film, it’s a foreign animated film directed and written by director and animator Mamoru Hosoda. Most of you who will read this will most likely have never heard of this film, so I’m hoping that this review can encourage more people to see it.

Some parts are better than others, but the writing is very good and the characters very memorable. There is a lot of heart and symbolism in the film too, and the film’s best parts make me feel things that most films rarely do. It’s also nice to see some beautiful hand-drawn animation in today’s mostly CGI world. If you haven’t seen this film yet, which you probably haven’t, then definitely put it on your list. It’s one of those films that leave you wanting more. It’s worth the watch and there is a reason it won the Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year. And yes, before anyone asks, the romance between Hana and the wolf man is a better love story than Twilight.

9/10

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