Ame and Yuki’s mother marries a wolf. The film showcases her efforts at raising two children who have the ability to transform into wolves.
This is a movie about children, but it’s a movie for adults. It showcases a woman’s challenges as a single mother, raising her children and eventually letting go of them. This becomes even more difficult due to her children’s poorly controlled wolf transformations and her resulting reluctance to rely on other people.
I would be amiss if I didn’t mention that the art is gorgeous. I particularly appreciated the effort they put into drawing people’s faces. It’s beautiful. Likewise, there’s a ton of attention to detail. The movie is a joy to look at.
The movie has its adorable moments, its funny moments, and its heart-breaking moments. It knows how to play with your emotions and runs you through the whole gamut.
One of the major topics of the movie is whether the children will choose to live as humans or to live as wolves. Initially it seems like Ame will clearly want to be a human, and Yuki will clearly want to be a wolf. Over the course of the movie they reverse positions. I appreciated the way that the characters grew in a way that was entirely believable.
My main complaint about the movie is Ame’s story. It didn’t click with me like Yuki’s did. Basically, it seemed like Ame became a wolf because he couldn’t make any friends. It seemed less like a choice to actively become a wolf than his running away from the human world. I still don’t understand why their mother stressed that they had to make a binary choice, and didn’t encourage them to live in both worlds as their father had.
Give this a watch.
- Storytelling – B – Ame’s story was a bit weaker.
- Voice – A – Reminds me a bit of a Ghibli movie.
- Characters – A – Just a few characters, who get the attention they need.
- Attention Grab – A – Not bored at all.
- Production – A – Beautiful.
- Overall – A-
Recommendations – Hotarubi no Mori e, Usagi Drop