Okami kodomo no ame to yuki (The Wolf Children Ame and Yuki)
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Okami kodomo no ame to yuki (The Wolf Children Ame and Yuki)
Hana is a 19-year-old student who falls in a "fairy-tale like" love with a "wolf man". Over the course of the 13-year story Hana gives birth to two children - older sister Yuki, and younger brother Ame, or "Snow and Rain". At first the family quietly lives in the city trying to hide their wolf heritage, but when the "wolf man" suddenly dies Hana makes the decision to move to a rural town, far from their previous city life.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The detailed Ghibli-esque visuals are decent enough, but this is disappointingly bland."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"A stunningly beautiful, unabashedly sentimental, and surprisingly complex story that works as both a coming-of-age film and a study of the trials of being a single mother."
‑ Christopher Runyon, Movie Mezzanine
"Despite rigorously ripping up the conventions of werewolf lore, Mamoru Hosoda's anime fantasy unfolds with an elegance that seems effortless."
‑ Curtis Woloschuk, Total Film
"It's a fairytale in a real-life setting, photorealistically drawn in shifting light that rivals Monet or GTA5."
‑ Chris Michael, Guardian
"On the basis of this elegiac family saga, Studio Ghibli should really think about hiring director Mamoru Hosoda."
‑ Anton Bitel, Little White Lies
"Rather an odd story, told in a one-of-a-kind style that feels equal parts sentimental, somber and strange."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"The film towers over all the Hollywood animated films about ogres, monsters, and archfiends like Mount Everest over an ants' nest. Japanese animation at its pinnacle."
‑ Louis Proyect, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"The film works as the simplest of fairy tales, so scrumptious you'll want to devour it whole."
‑ Charlotte O'Sullivan, This is London
"Love between two species has rarely seemed more intense, more natural, or more ineffably sad."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"This is expert visual storytelling, dwelling on the emotion of particular moments with powerful and occasionally devastating effect."
‑ Paul Gallagher, The List
"Awe-inspiring, tender anime tale has mature themes."
‑ Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media
"An imaginative Japanese animation film about a resilient single mother trying to prepare her two strange children for the world."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"A delightful family drama... For anyone who loves charming, original storytelling, it's a must."
‑ Andrew Osmond, SFX Magazine
"An engaging and visually arresting Japanese anime that carefully tackles an original storyline with confident sophistication."
‑ Jennifer Tate, ViewLondon