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Wolf Children: Ame & Yuki Hardcover – March 25, 2014
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When college student Hana begins to notice a handsome, older guy in one of her classes, she’s drawn to him. He’s a loner, and as they grow closer, he reveals that he is actually half wolf, the last of a line of legendary Japanese wolves long thought to be extinct. After they become lovers, Hana has a daughter named Yuki and a son named Ame—both part wolf like their father. Hana, Yuki, and Ame must all learn to live in secret with Yuki and Ame’s wolfish nature. Will any of them ever find peace to be who they really are? How do they balance having more than one identity? This beautifully drawn manga, based on Hosoda’s 2012 film Wolf Children, does a lovely job of capturing the joy and heartache of the film and is a thoughtful exploration of what it means to be from multiple cultures. Hand this to fans of cute but melancholy manga series, such as Natsuki Takaya’s Fruits Basket (2004) or Summer Wars (2013), also adapted from a Hosoda film. Grades 9-12. --Candice Mack
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Mamoru Hosoda is an internationally acclaimed animator and director who has previously helmed such award-winning movies as The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Summer Wars, Wolf Children, and The Boy and the Beast.
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At first, it seems a sort of fantasy story. A young woman falls in love with a wolf-man. That's been seen enough nowadays to seem like the beginning of a romance. But it's not just that, and is, in fact, only slightly a romance. The real focus of this story is the titular children, Ame and Yuki, the the son and daughter of a normal human woman and a wolf man.
It's a perfect mother's tale, spanning her relationship with the father, and then on to her never-ending efforts to raise her unique children. Hana, the mother, is determined to raise her children so that they can choose to be whatever they want, and not simply in the traditional way of having their dream job; she wants Ame and Yuki to choose whether they are humans, wolves, or both. In order to do so, they move into the near-wilds of a struggling farming community, joining in with her neighbors on growing enough to survive. The children thrive in the wilderness, and also in the local school, their two worlds available for the final choice on how they will live their lives.
If you've seen the movie, this is a must-have. There's a few extra pages at the end that will make you cry all over again. ;)
Words cannot express my joy when I received this gorgeous omnibus edition of the adapted Wolf Children manga series. All of the original volumes are contained in a single hardcover, including some nice notes from the artist. The illustrations are simply stunning. In true manga style, the book is designed to be read from back to front and right to left. It begins and ends with bonus color pages too (giving it a lovely cohesive feel), while the rest is in traditional black and white.
The film has been translated beautifully to the page. I am so excited to experience Hosoda's story again in this format--as manga fans know, the medium is captivating in its own right. Throw the incredible tale of Wolf Children into the mix, and it's magic!
This is a real must-have for anyone who longs to relive the journey of this truly unique and wonderful family.
If you've seen the movie and want to know how the transition to manga went you'll be happy to know it went marvelous. The length, pacing, story, and art all remain intact and as good as the source. If you've never seen the movie I would recommend that first, but this adaption is done so well it isn't necessary.
For appearances the outside of the manga is a nice sturdy hard cover with the beautiful water colored and slightly textured sleeve shown in the description.
The book is 550 pages long with beautiful illustrations and bonus color pages interspersed throughout. It recounts the story of Hana's encounter with a 'werewolf' and her life with her children (Ame and Yuki). Conpared to the movie, the book rushes through the time spent between Hana and the man she falls in love with-which is unfortunate. However, there are scenes in this book which do not occur in the movie--this adds to the depth in the bonds between Ame and Yuki and between Hana and her children. Whether you're a parent or not, by the end of the story, you'll end up in tears knowing how Hana gives it her all for her children. The story conveys the challenges and emotions of a parent as they watch their children learn, mature, and leave. It's about life: all the the love, pain, joy, sadness, hard work, and obstacles associated with life.
Whether or not you've seen the movie, this is a must-have hardcover omnibus edition of Wolf Children Ame & Yuki!!!
Note: The book arrives in a box with not much protection at all. Luckily mine arrived with only a little damage to the hard cover.
I saw this advertised on a site, and having really enjoyed the movie and seeing a glimpse at what the pages and art looked like, I had the urge to buy it and read through. I wasn't necessarily going in blind, but I didn't know the artists other works or their style of conveyance, however the tid bits I saw was enough to convince me to get it. I'm so glad I did!
It's actually a pretty darn big book, but it's easy to get past it once you start into it. The art style is charming and closely related to how the movie was. As far as a mange novel this goes, it's fantastic. I love it to bits. Would highly recommend for a fan of Wolf Children or anyone interested in the story!