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The general idea of the story goes by quickly: a childhood memory sparks the protagonist's dreams of becoming a witch, but she's rather clumsy and is falling behind. The characters are all very distinct and likeable. The story, while progressing quickly, draws you in; every scene is significant, and that's what they did right. At the climax of the story I almost teared up because the buildup was done so well, it's exciting, action-packed and funny.
Knowing that it was a 'young animators' project I paid a lot of attention to the animation, and I was extremely satisfied. I would say the animation was very active; the characters are very expressive and the movement is very clean. The colours are great too, especially when they cast spells. I didn't catch any of those 'animation smears', if you know what I mean. The animation was probably perfect.
Overall, if you watch it without knowing anything about it you wouldn't know that they were done by 'young animators', I'd say they pretty much reach quality anime levels (or even higher, compared to certain ones)
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Upon seeing the title (Wolf Children) I was afraid there was going to be violence. But since the word 'children' is in it, I guess it makes it okay? It's like a fairy tale, nothing scary. But it gets serious, so I wouldn't call it a kid's story.
(Bits of spoilers ahead wee-woo-wee-woo)
I didn't like the protagonist in the beginning. She just seemed like your average, naive girl. I didn't think she could get around in the world because she seemed too innocent; when she approached the wolf man I thought she was also a busybody (come to think of it,I totally forgot his name. I just finished this thing a few minutes ago). He was also an older man; are women just naturally curious about/attracted to mysterious older men? It worries me.
Her naive, smiley and accepting personality is what makes her one awesome mama. The way she behaved when caring for her children was suspicious in the city and was risky, but she definitely proved that no one takes better care than a mom. For the sake of her kids they moved to the beautiful countryside; from there she did all the usual housewife stuff and the handiwork as well! This woman was always a positive thinker, which was great, it kept her going! You'll cheer for her til the end!
The kids were interesting; Yuki the firstborn, was hyperactive, always exploring and using her wolf genetics to her advantage. Her brother Ame was more timid and cautious. He spent time contemplating society's attitude towards wolves, and wanted to move back to the city. School changed them drastically, and this is what keeps me thinking all the time: when Yuki grew up, she understood that to be accepted among her friends, she would have to be more feminine and lose (or at least hide) that wild side of hers. Eventually she didn't have to hide it anymore, because she controlled it so well. Females have higher expectations in society so her attitude is understandable. Ame on the other hand, became the complete opposite. He was still quiet, but he became energetic in his own way. He dropped out of school shortly after entering because he couldn't adjust as well as his sister, so he spent his days adventuring the wilderness. His fear of being a wolf withered away and he soon found it more interesting than his human life. His mom was accepting of his time in the wild but was concerned for many reasons.
What I did not see coming was Ame's fate. I was already irritated by the fact that he looked like his dad from head to toe, but when he argued with his sister that they were also wolves, I had to wonder: did Ame prefer being a wolf because he felt rejected from society and found refuge in the wild? Of course. But he asked about his dad, so I thought he would feel more connected to his dad this way, or even felt obligated. Supposedly his decision would make sense since males tend to value independence, but I felt that Ame shed his emotions too quickly for someone his age.
The ending gave me mixed feelings; like 'this was bound to happen, it can't be changed, bravo' and 'stop damaging my kokoro' and 'no, nooo, NOOOOOOOOOOO'. The ARTWORK was fabulous; I always have to remind myself that these films are done by the human hand, and that we are so capable that we can nearly imitate reality.
First I was very creeped and confused in the first 1/3rd of the movie; girl, did you just perform intercourse with an animal's body (despite it being your lover/husband [did you even get married?]) Yeah that pretty much stayed in my mind for the entire movie
Second, didn't the father only turn into a wolf under a full moon? The kids turned into a wolf whenever they felt like it so I am confused
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Simply put, a group of friends hang out in a club room at school. They go through puberty together by swapping bodies and engaging in entangling relationships. A spirit that possessed their teacher gave them a little push to help them with that puberty, and it helped them learn to trust each other and discover themselves in the process. Overall, this anime went through a more serious tone.
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The story? At first it seemed slice-of-life which I'm used to watching, but it also had lots of random parts when Haru entered the story, which was refreshing. The way the characters came together and interacted was pretty quick, and I liked that in a small-town setting.The best part is watching the characters warm up to each other and develop by solving their problems together, such as Natsuki with his family. Everything is relatively calm until around the 7th episode, and then I realized 'ok now it's getting serious'. As for Haru's gun-pointing, I understand that it might look 'cool' to some people; it doesn't promote violence because it was just a water gun but I just feel a little off about it. However, whenever Haru used it I imagined him as a spoiled child, but it is his weapon. Scenes where Natsuki taught them how to fish were interesting to learn too. Overall it was short, but I felt that every scene was important, either for plot or for enjoyment. I'm glad there wasn't anything too serious in here, like violence, death or any of that stuff, but you can still take it seriously. Happy endings are yay :)
I instantly fell in like with Yuki. I could relate to his awkwardness so easily that I just wanted to cheer him on even though I laughed at his reactions to his moments. Haru was made a very likeable character because of his alien attitude and I really liked that. Seeing him learn from Keito was interesting too. I especially like how he brought Yuki out, from being a bit of a loner to a guy with a small group of good friends sharing a passion for fishing. The best part is that, although he isn't an alien, they don't make him a complete idiot either. THANK YOU. Natsuki was a little hard to understand; I thought he was a complete nerd but he was actually a serious guy. I understood how he felt with his family's situation and I don't blame him. He's especially..funny when he's with his sister. I sometimes forgot Akira's age when he was hanging out with the others, but he was an ok guy too. His stiffness made him a little more interesting, and his relationship with Tapioca is just...cute. They're all fun characters.
Sound? That means the theme and ending song right? Both are equally awesome and I completely understand when people encourage you not to skip them..so don't! They both fit the mood - the beginning gets you all hyped as you anticipate the episode, and the end song completes it with a soothing finish. The music in the anime was good too~relaxing
The art - bright colours! I love bright colours! I normally find other animes bland because of their pale, pasty colours, but the colour done in here made everything more lifelike. Like Haru, I'm also fond of Yuki's hair, haha. The animation is great, things are always moving around...I can almost feel the effort as I'm watching it. I also have a strange satisfaction when I get to see the sky and the water in the anime..because it's blue! The characters' expressions were great as well (esp Yuki's face of course). And..fish!!! The last episode is the best episode to see fish ;D
The whole thing was amusing to watch. As for reactions, I was was biting my lip, squealing in despair, laughing out loud or just smirking. I didn't need to rely on to the humor or anything in particular to be interested, I was literally...hooked!! But mind you, I didn't pick an anime about fishing to inspire me to go fishing. Now I'm going to re-watch it again consecutively so that I can take it all in ^^
How is a fish supposed to feel when it goes fishing? read more
The art reminds me of a kid's show, which lets viewers know that it's just a short film and isn't too intense.
The sound is effective and helps elaborate the mood. The mameshibas are voiced by kids in a serious and matter-of-fact tone which amuses me every time.
Peoples' reactions to the talking mameshibas are pretty realistic. However, in the beginning everyone had the same reaction in the end, but later on it was different. If they wanted to do that, I wish they'd mix it around in the beginning so that each ending was unpredictable. But I guess they broke this pattern to surprise us.
Since the first few eps had similar endings, I'd crack up every time. The reactions later on were still amusing to watch, but I still liked the repetitive reactions from earlier, it fits in with the childishness of the story.
Overall, it was funny and creepy. I watched it all in one sitting not only because of the length of the episodes, but the hilarity kept me going. read more
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The main characters' personalities match each other perfectly. The older brother may be a little soft and too loving, but it's it's the responsibility and care that he's picked up from being the firstborn. Earlier on, I was concerned about him making friends with such character..I thought he might get bullied! Thankfully, nothing like that ever happened - he's adorable. And aloof. But it's funny. The younger is obviously carefree, but he's also cooperative and understands his big brother. They make a great pair and their good relationship is evident throughout the story.
The toddler attitude is portrayed pretty well, and each have their own personalities. This could be just me, but I find that it comes out a little too strong sometimes. These guys are just 3-4 aren't they? At some points they seem to act more like kids than toddlers (the things they do;;).
ART! Such a story is more likely towards a shoujo audience; everything is appealing. The cute toddlers, diverse students, young parents, even the comedic obaa-chan and butler pair are very well drawn. I am satisfied.
I guess I'll rewrite/add to this once the manga's over. I really like it! But I could just be overreacting. read more
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The voice actors were impressive too! Tamaki's voice is fabulous. Hunny's youthful voice really scares me. Kyoya doesn't act his age but the voice is right. Mori's voice is captured perfectly, and I wish he had more lines. The twins have two different voice actors, but they sound great together too. Haruhi's voice was appropriate as well, but I wonder if she could pass for a guy in real life.
What I'm most impressed with is the animation; the same emotion was captured, and the same jokes were still funny. I'm usually disappointed with anime adaptations because of the more rough, and sometimes uglier artwork, but this company did a good job! It certainly can't be as fancy as the manga, but these guys have really managed to imitate the original artist's artwork. I loved how lively the characters were! Since they frequently let Hatori in on their plans, the anime felt like a good equivalent to the manga. I was very comfortable watching it!
I was debating with myself on the final episode..I wanted to watch it, but if I did, that would mean everything would be over! Noooo! The ending was happy, but not completely satisfying. But that's how I feel when I really enjoy an anime, I'll always want more. That's my first review, I hope it's not bad;