You know how when you watch something good you think very highly of it for a few hours before the gushing settles and you can think clearly and critically about it’s highs and lows. Well my brain was fully aware I was experiencing the gushing emotions of story love after I finished Wolf Children Ame and Yuki so I stepped back and waited a whole week thinking a week would be long enough for those feelings to fade but surprisingly they didn’t. This movie is going to stick with me for a long time as one of my favorite anime movies of all time and here’s why. (No spoilers ahead)
It took until now until I could figure out which word best sums up the kind of stories I enjoy most and then it suddenly hit me. My favorite type of story is a bittersweet story, not the kind of bitter sweet story where the love interests are separated by death or travels or the kind of bittersweet where a character we never grew attached to dies or affects the protagonist dramatically and leaves. Those are cheap forms of bittersweet that are often swiftly forgotten. The kind I’m talking about is scenarios where time passes, life moves on often leaving a character behind, characters filled with regrets and “what ifs”. Those kinds of stories have the potential to be truly beautiful and it’s easy to find yourself relating to the characters in these kinds of situations.
Now I’m not say a single one of us can relate to a mother having half wolf children but I’m sure her social situation hits home for a few of us. Due to the fact that she has very unique children which she must keep secret she becomes isolated and isolates herself further by moving to the country to live in isolation. You’d think the story is about the two children and to some point I’d say that’s true but if you look deeper you start to realize that everyone and everything in this world is telling a story, focus your attention on the mother instead of the children and you’ll be treated to a very different story. Focus you attention on the house they move into and the neighborhood surrounding it and you’ll get another experience unique from the main characters. Actually the house is a good point to bring up, it may be a static object which nobody pays much attention to but it has such a rich story of it’s own being as it’s getting on in the years. The kind of story that is told through imagery and not words, It’s animation so this is suppose to be the norm.
I’d highly recommend watching this movie and if you’ve watched it already I’m sure you can agree with me that’s it’s worth watching.