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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 28 July 2014
Version I saw: UK DVD release (subtitled)
Actors: 7/10 Plot/script: 7/10
Photography/visual style: 7/10
Music/score: 7/10
Overall: 7/10
Wolf Children is the third film from director Mamoru Hosoda, after The Girl Who Leapt Through Time and Summer Wars. The latter is an
incredibly difficult act to follow, and although Wolf Children does not quite come up to that standard, it gives it a damn good try and comes out with plenty of credit.
It's a mythic story, drawing on Japanese folklore stories of wolves that could take on human appearance. This idea is transposed to modern Japan, where it is played out as a love story between a young university student and a mysterious man who turns out to be a wolf. They have children, and then he is forced away, leaving her to raise the children by herself.
Family is a major theme of what follows, and as in Summer Wars, the family relationships really have the ring of truth about them, to me at least. This is clearly a strength of Hosoda's work, and that of writer Satoko Okudera. Interestingly, their perspective seems to have shifted between the two films, from that of the youths to that of the parents. Everyone grows up, I suppose.
For my full review, see my independent film blog on Blogspot, Cinema Inferno: http://cinemainferno-blog.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/wolf-children-2012.html
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 10 April 2014
Really loved the movie when I watched it. It has such an amazing story and the art is fantastic! I also love that you get some art made by the creator with it. Those looks great too. My favorite character in this, must be Hana. She's a great mom and does great, considering she has two half-human, half-wolf kids and what makes me love her even more, is how great she handles everything when her boyfriend/the dad passes away. It was just so sad when it happened, but she manages to pull through at that what makes the movie so great.

I also loved how the kids made their own decision of what they.... wanted to be, either a wolf or a human. If you're uncertain if you want to watch this movie or not (or to buy it), just do it! You will not regret the choice.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 16 February 2014
This was a winner in the cinema. I noticed the audience joined in with the characters' emotions very readily, laughing, gasping and silence in the moments of tension. The range of emotions as the story progressed got more and more intense, as the characters move from the relative safety of urban life and supermarket convenience, to the stark battles with nature and decay in the countryside. This tension between the two worlds is also in the characters themselves, battling with half-wolf, half-human traits which their mother can only try to understand from her all-human perspective. The drawing is just gorgeous, and the scope of variations of scene, reflections, surfaces, subtle cues to the passing of time, weather changes and vegetation is marvellous. From a beautiful field of different wildflowers in the sunshine, to a torrential gale, the weather seems to reflect the mother's inner struggle to give her children the right to choose whether to be human or wolf, and ultimately being content with their choice. The musical score is beautiful, and perfectly accompanies the animation. There were happy faces going home, from tiny tots to pensioners, and this mum here had a few teary moments too. Just beautiful - I'm going to watch it again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 14 July 2014
This anime film by Mamoru Hosoda is one of the most touching anime films i have watched in a while. It will touch your heart strings as you watch the adventure of a girl called Hana a beautiful young woman who falls in love wth a wolf man straight out of a fairy tale

As their love life continues they give birth to two children who are half human half wolf but how do you raise up children who are half children half wolf? Well if you want to know the answers to this or just want to watch a very touching anime film that will tug the old heart strings then i would definitely recommend and buy this anime film as this will do all that and much more for you.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on 14 September 2013
I haven't seen the dub yet so this is a review of the Japanese original with English subtitles which i first saw at a film festival a year ago.

I'm quite the anime nerd and have seen all of Hayao Miyazaki's works among many other things and i have to say that i rate this as one of my favourite ever anime films and think any fans of Miyazaki's works would enjoy this just as much. It's incredibly heart warming whilst also very funny in places and just all around wholesome (much in the same way that Clannad (tv show) is if you have seen that.

Would recommend for anyone, fans of anime or not and i CANNOT WAIT for this to be released on dvd!

Buy buy buy! ( but leave a copy for me!) :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 24 December 2014
This is an incredibly moving film that i think everyone should watch with an open heart and mind. I achiwaly hadn't even herd of this film until a cupel of days ago, which makes me feel ashamed because now that I have bort it' it is with out a doubt my favourt movie.

I am 19 year old and even i think this film will fill your heart with joy and brake it and make you cry as it did with me, it is sad that only a relatively small number of people outside of Japan know about this film which I hope will change.

It's the story of hana, a young mother living in Tokeo whose two children can change from Human to Wolf form whenever they like who's father can also change into a Wolf dies leaving the mother heart broken and having to raise her Wolf children by herself. She avenchuly decides to move to the countryside where she can rase her two incredible children away from prying eyes and this is when the story really starts to become even more beautiful and emotional. As Hane shows amazing commitment to her two amazing children and still inside morning the lose of her beloved with a brave positive face, her children must make there own decisions on whether to embrace there Human or Wolf side and her abilite to except them.

I wish I could put my feelings about the movie into better words but they are so profound that I just freeze when I try to rite them down. All I can say is this is a master peace and makes you think about your own life and the world we live in and whether you truly want to be a Human or whether to be a Wolf.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 5 December 2014
Outside Japan it can sometimes feel like we're over-exposed to Studio Ghibli, and it's easy to think that that's where Family Anime starts and ends. But of course, there are other Anime studios, and this film is from Studio Chizu, one of the studios which, based on this and other recent offerings, may well take the crown, just as Pixar shoved aside Disney in Hollywood.

This is a beautifully made film, with a very simple story about a woman who brings up two children who can change at will between human and wolf, having been fathered by a man who could do likewise. The woman, Hana, is entirely human, so when the Wolf Father dies, she struggles to raise these two half wild children in her Tokyo apartment. She therefore takes them to the countryside, where her struggles continue, but are more manageable. The second half of the film then focuses on the children themselves as they mature into adolescence and undertake their own struggles - for them its the struggle to find their places as wolf/human hybrids, and discover themselves. So the second half is very much "coming of age" or "rites of passage".

The main character is Yuki, the girl wolf, the narrator. She's a terribly cute little girl, and just as cute as a wolf cub. Her little brother Ame is just as cute, but features very slightly less in the story. The mother Hana is a perfect and devoted mother. The whole family set-up is very sweet and endearing, but not overly-sentimental because the characters are very three dimensional and very engaging. The struggles that the three of them go through are nothing like the struggles that we ourselves might face, and are each very different, but I was drawn into those struggles completely.

This is definitely a lovely family film to watch with kids, from age 5 and above, but adults can enjoy it on their own too. With Studio Gibli and Hayao Miyazaki we became accustomed to some quite serious themes in films such as Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away and The Wind Rises. This film is not like that at all. It focuses on telling a simple story with engaging characters. It is proper family entertainment.

The animations is a little mixed. Most of the nature animation is breath-takingly beautiful, but the animation of the human and animal characters is just plain, simple anime.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on 13 November 2013
being a fan of their previous work "The Girl who Leapt Through Time" and "Summer Wars" I was looking forward to watching this when I stumbled upon this film on youtube

thought I could only watch it with English subs the emotions of the story still came across and the animation was as stunning as always.

If you're a fan of anime/manga films this one is a must see
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 10 September 2014
The easiest word to describe this movie is 'Wonderful'.
Mamoru Hosada's movie have got better with each release and considering the high standards of 'The Girl Who Leapt Through Time' and 'Summer Wars' that is really saying a lot. I really liked those movies but with this movie has captured perfection.
'Wolf Children' is easily up there amongst any of the Ghibli movies and any other anime as one of the greatest anime movies ever made.
This movie reminds me of 'My Neighbour Totoro' meets Call of the Wild'.
Great characters and a truly fascinating story make this such wonderful movie to watch that I would recommend every one, and not just anime or animation fans but fans of quality movies in general, should watch.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 4 May 2014
I'm a huge anime/manga fan and this is another wonderful movie. It's a decent length (which sometimes you don't get from this genre) and mixes all kinds of emotions with the beauty of nature. You won't be disappointed of you're a fan of the genre and it's a brilliant animated movie in its own right. It's brilliantly dubbed but also can be watched in it's original format. The story is about a woman who loses her husband and is left to look after her two children, who are a type of werewolf, in a way. She moves them to the countryside where they both chose their paths and grow up surrounded by nature. It's lovely!
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