After her werewolf lover unexpectedly dies in an accident while hunting for food for their children, a young woman must find ways to raise the werewolf son and daughter that she had with him while keeping their trait hidden from society.


Mamoru Hosoda


Mamoru Hosoda (story), Mamoru Hosoda (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Aoi Miyazaki ... Hana (voice)
Takao Osawa ... Ôkami otoko (voice) (as Ôsawa Takao)
Haru Kuroki ... Yuki (shôjo-ki) (voice)
Yukito Nishii ... Ame (shônen-ki) (voice)
Momoka Ôno Momoka Ôno ... Yuki (yônen-ki) (voice)
Amon Kabe Amon Kabe ... Ame (yônen-ki) (voice)
Takuma Hiraoka Takuma Hiraoka ... Sôhei (voice)
Megumi Hayashibara ... Sôhei no haha (voice)
Tadashi Nakamura Tadashi Nakamura ... Hosokawa (voice)
Tamio Ôki Tamio Ôki ... Yamaoka (voice)
Tomie Kataoka Tomie Kataoka ... Nirasaki no oba-san (voice)
Takashi Kobayashi Takashi Kobayashi ... Nirasaki no dan'na-san (voice)
Hajime Inoue Hajime Inoue ... Tendô (voice)
Shôta Sometani ... Tanabe-sensei (voice)
Taichi Masu Taichi Masu ... Radio Announcer (voice)


After her werewolf lover unexpectedly dies in an accident while hunting for food for their children, a young woman must find ways to raise the werewolf son and daughter that she had with him while keeping their trait hidden from society.

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Love wildly

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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The yakitori with sauce that appears in the film is oidare yakitori, a local dish from Ueda, Nagano, where Hosoda's wife's parents live. See more »


Yuki: The following year, I left home to live in the school dormitory. My mother said the 12 years she spent raising us, felt like an instant as if it were a fairy tale. She said so happily with eyes fixed on a distant mountain peak. Seeing that smile on her face, makes me very happy.
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Okaa-san no Uta (aka: Mother's Song)
Music and Arrangement by Masakatsu Takagi
Lyrics by Mamoru Hosoda
Performed by Ann Sally
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Fantastic film about growing up and living between two worlds
21 July 2015 | by VartiainenSee all my reviews

Wolf Children tells the tale of two children, who have been born to a normal university female student and to a werewolf man. From their father they inherit the ability to turn into wolves, which manifests almost immediately after their birth. Unfortunately their father dies and it quickly becomes apparent that werewolf children just cannot be brought up in the city. At least not alone. Thus their mother does the sensible, but also risky, thing and moves to the countryside to farm the land and to raise her children in peace.

From that intriguing beginning we get a beautiful film about the problems of growing up while straddling two heritages. Yuki, the older of the two children, is much more outgoing and brave, and she's at first much more comfortable with her wolf blood than her brother Ame, who's more cautious about the wolf within, but also understands it on a level that Yuki can never reach. It's a very fitting allegory and the film takes full advantage of the possibilities offered. Especially near the end the film has some absolutely beautiful and thoughtful moments when the children, now young teenagers, finally have to start making decision about which of the worlds they want to belong to.

I also have to praise the character of the mother, Hana. She's so often clearly way in over her head, but her stubbornness and constant cheerful outlook on life carry her through even the hardest periods. She's very human in how she struggles, but in the best possible way, because it's exactly her humanity that gives her strength.

Studio Madhouse's animation style is still very smooth and fluid, though I do find that their character models are a bit simplistic when you put them against lush nature backgrounds. Not really a problem, but personally I would have preferred a bit more naturalistic approach to the designs.

Wold Children is a fantastic film for all fans of anime and for those that are interested in the dichotomy between the world of beast and the world of man.

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21 July 2012 (Japan) See more »

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