Recently, I finished Wolf Children (aka Ookami no Kodomo: Ame to Yuki) movie. The genres are fantasy & slice of life. I was very impressed by it.
Ookami Kodomo no Ame to Yuki is about a young woman named Hana who falls in love with her mysterious classmate who is actually a wolf man. The couple have two children who also possess their father's lineage; the big sister Yuki, who was born on a snowy day, & the little brother, Ame, who was born on a rainy day. The wolf man suddenly dies one day, leaving Hana to raise the two wolf children herself & struggle to keep their secret. But when the family is threatened by eviction, child services, & neighbors annoyed by Ame's constant crying (& often both the children's howling, which the landlady mistakes for pets), Hana decides to move out to the secluded country side where her kids can roam free.
SPOILERS may exist beyond this point. Even if they are just minor ones, I still have to fairly put the warning up for some people. That is all.
This movie really impressed me with it's detailed & emotional story. Even though the movie is only two hours long, they somehow manage to cover over 10 years in that small timeframe without it feeling too rushed. Although I will admit, the very beginning didn't impress me much. It skimmed over the romance between the future father, Wolfman (unknown name), & future mother, Hana, a bit too much. I don't understand how they fell in love at all. However, after Wolfman died, the story started to pick up & put in a good amount of detail. I could really feel how they struggled. The mood constantly switched between happy, fun, worry, & sad. Like one minute, they're happy & having fun, then the next they're worried. Then we're back to fun, then we're on to sad. It's always pulling you this way & that in terms of emotion without giving you much of a break. If you let down your guard with this movie, they'll put you on an emotional rollercoaster. You'll be completely manipulated by it. So good luck!
I loved watching the children grow up from toddlers til middle school. I watched as they chose their own paths: the world of the humans or the world of the wolves. And how they dealt with it. The ending surprised me a bit & I felt rather sad because of it, but at the same time, it felt real. When the children chose what path they wanted to follow, that was it. They left home for the world they belonged in when only around the ages 10 - 13. So sad. So real. Their fun, almost carefree childhood suddenly became serious & intense as their time to separate aproached. I was on edge.
All-in-all Wolf Children (Ookami no Kodomo: Ame to Yuki) is a fantasy anime movie with a seriously realistic feel to it that will always tug at your emotions from start to end if you allow it. Definitely worth a watch if you like this kind of thing.