Ookami Kodomo no Ame to Yuki Discussion
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There's definitely a lot of debate regarding Ame's choices here. I, too, was highly displeased with his actions towards the end of the movie. I felt disappointed in him, and in many ways it largely looked like he had abandoned the life his mother tried to give him. Yes, she moved into the country for her children, but I think it's safe to say that never in her wildest nightmares had she imagined one them running off into the woodlands to embrace their inner wolf.
The movie was truly heartbreaking for me. I watched it only yesterday and I'm still really thinking about it; I'm sure it'll still be lingering on my mind for the next few days.
Perhaps it comes to that I just disagree with the message of the movie as a whole. Ame and Yuki ended up living out the dual aspects of their father's life, but in the end it really does feel as though Ame had simply run away from the troubles and the depression he clearly felt as a human, and his maintaining of the woodlands seemed more of an excuse for his actions than anything else.
I think the true message I would have liked to have seen from the movie would have been Ame and Yuki accepting to live with both of their halves rather than rejecting the half they didn't think they needed.
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A true beautiful masterpiece. I have no words to say, this was one of those unique animes that makes you feel unique feelings.
And I think I fell in love with Hana.
By the way, I cannot keep myself to think how old was their father when he got Hana pregnant? I would lough so badly if he was 14-15 :)
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Just watched it and OMG it's a 100 out of 10 that I would give this movie!
I really like all the movies in the style of makoto shinkai , studio Ghibli and ofc mamoru. These deep inspirational movies are the best; it's sad though that there aren't many anime like that now....:(
Anyway, about the movie, it was total bliss!! from the amazing art/animation to the unique story, everything! I think it depicts well the trials and problems that young people face, and how people can completely change over time...
As for Ame's case, I don't think he is "bad". He is not being mean to his mother when he goes to the forest, he's just 'grown up' and found his way in life...
I just wished the movie was longer!xD
btw am I the only one who noticed that they didn't give a name to the kids' dad...?
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Really wonderful. It is definitely the best film that I ever watch from Mamoru.
The only issue I had was that the ending left me feeling empty. It seemed as if Ame was never going to see his mother or sister again, and it just made me really sad. I would've liked to know if they ever met again. I felt so sad when Hana was left alone in her house by the mountains.
On another note, I thought that Ame was being a brat for running away during a typhoon. He could've gone off a day where it wasn't raining or maybe compromised with his mom. But I guess it's interpreted in a way that the author wants it to be. I felt especially bad for Hana who went all the way into the forest (where she could've died due to the horrible weather) and in the end he just places her in a parking lot and leaves her. I understand that he has to go his own way but...the way he ran off just made him seem like a rebellious preteen, not a fully matured adult wolf. Eh, there could be ways to speak against this I guess. But I just wish that he still remembers his family and tries to keep contact with them.
Yeah, I feel like that too, the last part of the movie is painful to watch. But I guess the reason he has to go is because he is worried about other animals in the mountain, I mean his job is to take care of them, right?
I guess Ame also can't stand to watch the sight of Hana losing him, that's why he runs so abruptly, he had to resolve himself. But just like Yuki who decides to be human, he decides to be wolf, and it's wondeful for Hana to let their children choose for themselves.
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I was looking forward to watch this film despite its limited opening in Thailand in 2012, yet I missed the opportunity due to other engagements. I finally got a chance to watch it on Blu-Ray yesterday and I have to say that it is definitely one of the best animated feature film I've ever seen. Truly heartwarming and enjoyable, despite a lot questions that lingers my mind.
The general aspects of the film is awesome. The character design, scenery, background music, raindrops and snow effects were top-notch.
I gotta hail on Hana's actions throughout the film. It shows the true unconditional mother's love to their children and how she would go against incredible odds to raise and protect them. Especially since she could not raise them the traditional way due to their lupine heritage. The frantic scene during Yuki's accidental ingestion of silica gel, how the neighbors complained about (wolf) cries, the cover-up from social service personnel, moving out to rural area and growing up crops by her own showed this in an objective manner.
How and why they managed to fall in love and successfully conceive was quite intriguing and mind-blowing, especially since they had an intercourse while the Papa Wolf was in his wolf form. (Bestiality much?)
I found the death of Papa Wolf emotionally catastrophic, considering the fact that I was obsessed with lycanthropes and anthro animals alike. The fact that his death was so sudden and how his body was disposed killed a part of me inside. Furthermore, Hana did not have a chance to retrieve his body for proper burial, or even for a service. Also, it was pretty strange how the personnel did not notice the fact that it was a Japanese wolf (which would have been already extinct for a century), and that they should have send the body for additional forensics analysis.
It was also pretty strange on how Souhei managed to sense Yuki's true nature while the other kids didn't. Also, I wonder if Yuki and Souhei still see each other after they have reconciled. Maybe even have kids together? Also, whether or not Yuki has decided to forsake her wolfish nature. Or whether her puberty or menarche will affect her in a certain way.
The thing that kinda bugged me was Ame's nature and the actual ending of the film. It is perfectly understandable that Ame had found his purpose in life of being a successor to the wise elder fox and becoming a forest guardian despite being 10, and after a violent quarrel with his own sister because of their different perspectives. But his unexpected departure and lack of explanation is really mind-boggling, I still wonder if he comes back to Hana every once in a while, since she'll definitely miss him after all the things that they have been through.
Though I didn't cry during the film, it managed to leave a very strong emotional feeling even after 24 hours. I'm pretty sure I'll be remembering this film for a very long time.
Edit 1 - The scene near the end of the film, where Papa Wolf tells Hana that she has raised their children well, kinda felt like Les Miserables with a reversed gender role.
Edit 2 - Finally lost it and cried after another brief watch and discussion. Approx. 40 hours elapsed after first watch.
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Imo it's easier to make an amazing movie than an amazing series. Lower timeframe, better continuity=better flow.
But that doesn't mean that movies are lesser works or anything, I just think the shorter something is the easier it is to not make mistakes.
The ending was rather abrupt and Ame's decision didn't get enough screentime (yeah I just contradicted myself), so it felt a bit out of the blue (I mean there were signs and all, but... I don't know it hit me when he stopped talking I was expecting some kind of farewell scene with his family).
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