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Ookami kodomo no Ame to Yuki (2012)

After her werewolf lover unexpectedly dies in an accident, a woman must find a way to raise the werewolf son and daughter that she had with him. But their inheritance of their father's traits proved to be a challenge for her.

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Clinging to an unfinished letter written by her recently deceased father, young Momo moves with her mother from bustling Tokyo to the remote Japanese island of Shio. Upon their arrival, she... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
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Hana (voice)
Takao Ohsawa ...
Wolf Man (voice) (as Takao Osawa in English language version)
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Yuki (voice)
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Ame (voice)
Momoka Ôno ...
Young Yuki (voice) (as Momoka Ohno)
Amon Kabe ...
Young Ame (voice)
Takuma Hiraoka ...
Sohei (voice)
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Sohei's Mother (voice)
Tadashi Nakamura ...
Hosokawa (voice)
Tamio Ohki ...
Yamaoka (voice) (as Tamio Ohki in English language version)
Tomie Kataoka ...
Mrs. Nirasaki (voice)
Hajime Inoue ...
Tendo (voice)
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Mr. Tanabe (voice)
Taichi Masu ...
Radio Announcer (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Melinda Wood Allen ...
Auntie Hotta (voice)
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After her werewolf lover unexpectedly dies in an accident, a woman must find a way to raise the werewolf son and daughter that she had with him. But their inheritance of their father's traits proved to be a challenge for her.

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Rated PG for thematic elements, some violence, brief sensuality and language | See all certifications »

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21 July 2012 (Japan)  »

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Wolf Children  »

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Trivia

The moment when the mother asks her children whether they want to be man or wolf, Yuki and Ame react to their future choices when they hear it. See more »

Quotes

Hana: Live your life!
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Soundtracks

Okaa-san no Uta
Music and Arrangement by Masakatsu Takagi
Lyrics by Mamoru Hosoda
Performed by Ann Sally
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One of the greatest Japanese animated films I have ever seen
4 December 2013 | by See all my reviews

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.


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