The Wolf Children Ame and Yuki (2012)

From the visionary, award-winning creator of Summer Wars and The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Mamoru Hosoda, comes a beautiful tale of love and triumph. 19 year old Hana finds herself falling in love with a wolf-man and over the years becomes the mother of two half wolf / half human children. Ame, born on a rainy day and Yuki, born in the snowy winter must move with their mother to a rural town to hide the secret of their mysterious lineage.

I finally stopped bawling long enough for me to be able to share my thoughts on this film. The Wolf Children Ame and Yuki is one of the sweetest films I’ve seen in a long time. After waiting over a year for it, my expectations were exceeded and I’m currently overwhelmed by how excellent Mamoru Hosoda’s new anime feature is.

Although there’s a line of melancholy that runs through the story, the majority of the film is exceptionally cute and charming. The joy I experienced while watching the film was amplified by the GORGEOUS animation and bright, beautiful color palette. It’s not as thematically deep or ambitious as Hosoda’s previous film Summer Wars, but Wolf Children still shines with its simplicity and outdoes any recent Studio Ghibli fare.

After blowing up the Japanese box office last year and screening at several US festivals this year, Wolf Children is finally available to view online and will even be offered locally by Funimation on Blu-ray in the future. With his third incredibly strong film in a row, Mamoru Hosoda has secured his spot as the next Hayao Miyazaki. Wolf Children is a beautiful delight.