4 out of 5 stars

This is a story of Hana, who meets and falls in love with a Wolf Man, who is the only surviving descendant of the Japanese wolf. They have two children, Yuki and Ame, both of whom are wolf children. After an accident that kills the Wolf Man, she moves to the countryside to raise her children.

This movie was directed by Mamoru Hosoda, the mind behind The Girl Who Leapt Through Time and Summer Wars. I watched it because I heard rave reviews about this plus it was shown exclusively at Filmgarde Cinemas – something about exclusivity just draws people in, doesn’t it?

First of all, Yuki and Ame are really cute! One’s more outgoing while the other’s more shy and when they lose their temper, they change into their wolf forms. One thing about these transformations is that they still keep their human speech abilities so that means they still speak Japanese!

But the main theme was whether Yuki and Ame wanted to be wolves or humans. While Yuki showed lots of potential as a wolf – she helped her mother gather a healthy harvest of crops by “marking their territory”, Ame was more introverted and preferred city life. As the movie progresses, you can decide for yourself if they want to be wolf or human. And the inner romantic in me likes the story of Yuki and Shohei!


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