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Wolf Children
The Anime Film Shows Modernistic Love for Minorities
Date:14, Dec, 2013
Investigated and Written by Misaka Youhei
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Wolf Children is a Japanese animated movie which expresses love for minorities in their modernistic way. That produced wonderful fruit inside and outside.

Like Frankenstein and the Wolf Man, we have classical horror stories and find it also describes some sorrows to be unable to exist with majorities. That shows us it is timeless we cannot help fearing and discriminating against heterodoxy.

Can we do nothing but pass it over after saying “Pathetic!” to them? Our answer is no since they released an animated film: Wolf Children. They took advantage of a fact which tells an imaginary arm is anime, and made up a signpost for getting it over in summer of 2012.

Now, mentioned is the plot. Hana is a female student who belongs to one university in Tokyo. She meets an unknown boy there. (His name doesn’t appear in the film.) They get to fall in love together at once. One day, he confesses her that he is a werewolf. But Hana accepts him. After a while, they give birth to two children named Yuki and Ame. Naturally, the children are also werewolves that change into wolves somehow. Hana decide to leave Tokyo, for her family and then…

This movie was directed by Hosoda Mamoru, who came into the spotlight for the animated film in 2009; Summer Wars. The film scenario was written by Okudera Satoko and also him together. Hosoda Mamoru established Studio “Map” in order to create this movie. It is not too much saying his passion and talent fruited rightly, because it was released in summer of 2012 and the box-office revenue got over 4.2 billion yen within 2012, by the way it was 1.65 billion yen on Summer Wars, and got to be released in foreign countries like Taiwan, French, and others.

Strength of family flows underground this story. Although it must be rare viewing the animated film whose main role is mother, it is inevitable on the way to longing for the theme. Hana is mother, Yuki and Ame is her children. Mentioning about Hana’s personal history on the play, it organically works as a good hook.

Within basis of Wolf Children, there must be, needless to mention about the above sorrow, strength and kindness derived from some minorities. They have splendidly described it, without resorting to dandyism, took advantage of animation to the full, on the stage “family”; our minimal community. So Wolf Children is marvelous beyond mistake.


about Wolf Children

・Directed by Hosoda Mamoru
・Produced by Joh Tomoko (Chief)
・Written by Okudera Satoko, Hosoda Mamoru
・Running time: 118 minutes
・Released on July 21, 2012
・Distributed by Toho
・Official Site: Wolf Children (Japanese)







 

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