Ookami Kodomo no Ame to Yuki Review – The Wolf Children Ame and Yuki

Ookami Kodomo no Ame to Yuki anime
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Ookami Kodomo no Ame to Yuki is one of the most wonderful, beautiful, and tearjerker works of art I’ve ever seen. Whether you are into anime or not, anyone should be able to treasure this wonderful film. This is a story about love, and familial bonds, and how tough those problems can be. Never watch this if you are not ready to cry like a baby.

The film itself can be split into three different arcs. The first tells Hana in love, developing a relationship. The second follows Hana’s struggling to raise her young children alone who have special necessities. The last one sees her settled while her children seek to find their own places in the world and human society. A continuing theme throughout every arc is that there is a reason to always keep smiling.

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This can be a stunning, beautiful film. It is showing the life of a special family, and each shot and circumstances is done with care and heart. I discovered this film far better than the director’s previous work, Summer Wars, and this without massive action sequences or CGI. The two wolf children are really adorable, and watching them become older and overcome their nature is both heartwarming and sad.

Ookami Kodomo no Ame to Yuki Anime

Ookami Kodomo no Ame to Yuki, or also known as The Wolf Children Ame and Yuki is the Japanese anime film directed and co-written by Mamoru Hosoda. The film was released on June 25, 2012 in France and on July 21, 2012 in Japan.

The film’s Blu-ray and DVD release date for Japan has been confirmed for February 20, 2013. The latest blu-ray of the film (Wolf Children Hosoda Collection Collector’s Edition) was released on March 14, 2017.

Ookami Kodomo no Ame to Yuki Anime Review

Ookami Kodomo no Ame to Yuki Blu-ray
Wolf Children: Hosoda Collection Collector’s Edition
Released on March 14, 2017


Hana, a hard-working college student falls in love with a mysterious man who attends one of her classes even though he is not an real student. as it turns out, he’s not certainly human either. On a full moon night, he transforms, showing that he is the last werewolf alive. Despite this, Hana’s love stays strong, and the two ultimately choose start a family.

Hana gives birth to two healthy children, Ame, born during rainfall, and Yuki, born during snowfall which both possessing the ability to transform into wolves, a trait inherited from their father. All too quickly, however, the sudden death of her lover devastates Hana’s life, leaving her to raise a special family completely on her own. The tension of raising her wild-natured children in a densely populated city, all while their identity a secret, culminates in a choice to move to the countryside, where she hopes Ame and Yuki can live a life free from the judgments of society. Wolf Children can be a heartwarming story about the challenges to be a single mother in an unforgiving modern world.


The story is elegant and heartwarming, tearjerker and well created. However, there are still lots of drawbacks in this film. For example, when the Mr.Ookami died. (The synopsis mentioned about Hana becomes single parent, so this is not count as spoiler). The sudden death of the Ookami (Wolf) is really silly that he should die a long time ago, however it actually happens after they decided to make a family? How absurd. Despite this just only one of minor events from the film, but this incident will lead to the main story of the movie. So I hope they make Ookami’s death at least more memorable and dramatic. (Like protecting his family from werewolf hunter, or something else). And you will also find another drawback story line throughout the movie.


The animation for the most part can be fluid, with lovely art painting, a pleasant background, along with the wilderness. From time to time, the film is suffering from badly picked CGI effects, repeated animation and excessive character models, but this doesn’t take away from the film’s overall splendor.

Ookami Kodomo no Ame to Yuki Artwork


Ookami Kodomo’s characters are the huge reason that any watcher becomes easily involved. Hana is one of the most inspirational characters ever to be given life through animation. Her love for her family is obvious. If anything, I am sure some of this film’s viewer will feel a pang of affection for their own mothers.

Apart from the setting, the characters move perfectly and it feels fresh. That said, there are many repeat scenes. This can be used for humor effect, however, I have always viewed as this very lazy in animation. Apart from that, there truly aren’t any problems here.


Ookami Kodomo no Ame to Yuki comes with awesome soundtrack, as well as fantastic sound design. I seemed that subtle crescendo of the rain in the first sad scenes in which Hana looks for a missing loved on e was almost harrowing in its evocation of her rising despair. I am impressed to hear the effective use of exciting metres and rich textures during the film, and thought the music did an awesome job emphasizing and showing the emotive nature of the movie.

Overall (68/100)

Overall, it is a wonderful family movie. Even if you are not into anime or you have family members that are not into this, you can still get this film and enjoy it without any troubles. I recommend it.

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