Ookami Kodomo no Ame to Yuki Discussion
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However the part where Ookami dies really puzzles me as they did not explained what he did and he even left his wallet in the shopping bag, as if he knew that he was going to die.
I don't know if anyone else explained this to you, but it's supposedly left open into the air. However, it's highly suggested that it was his nature side kicking in. If we had any clues, it would have to come all from Ame. His decision at the end should be the answer to why his father died that day (with the quail/bird feathers lying about).
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Wow, watched this because I was bored of my current "watching' anime. I wasn't planning on watching it at all but thought I would give it a try due to its high score. So glad I did. This was absolutely amazing. All the characters were so great. One of my favs for sure.
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I guess the major obstacle for me in enjoying this film and really getting emotionally invested was Hana. Am I the only one that couldn't invest in her because she was so perfect? Please name one character flaw Hana has, and make me reconsider her character. She has one moment where she kind of falters with Ame and even that wasn't really much. And this is supposed to be our protagonist!
Were we really watching the same movie here? I have certain issues with the film also, which Fronzel touched upon a few posts up, but Hana's character is not one of them. In fact I'll go ahead and make a pretty bold statement right now: Hana is the most flawed character in the film. As it is, I'm shocked you didn't notice this, and am now wondering how many others missed this as well.
Where is Hana's family for one? That is, where are her parents? Maybe they would have wanted to know that they have two grandchildren and that their daughter has dropped out of Tokyo University in order to have a fling with someone she randomly met in a lecture hall. Did Hana have too much pride to go to them for help in raising her family, or maybe she just didn't trust her own parents to keep her children's secret?
She in turn doesn't know how to raise her children. It's comical when she doesn't know whether to take them to a doctor or a vet, but this also means she doesn't know whether to treat them as children or as pets. She constantly tells them that they have to decide whether to live as wolves or as humans, and what ends up happening? One of them decides to be a wolf, the other a human. They were conditioned to choose, rather than attempt to live with both halves.
She lets Ame skip school and miss out on an education because she's so concerned about their secret letting out. Would a perfect mother do this? Her son is clearly depressed, and isolating him like this will not do him any favors. Yet she does not realize this.
She induces stress on her children precisely because she doesn't know what she's doing. She continues to smile despite her hardships; when the potatoes don't grow, Yuki's expression clearly shows she's distraught on her mother's behalf. She realizes how serious the situation is, yet her mother keeps insisting everything is alright.
When Yuki's secret is almost exposed via Souhei, she breaks down and cries fearing she'll be chased out of school and that she won't be able to live with her family anymore. Why does she do this? Because this is a fear Hana instilled in her to again try and prevent their secret from getting out. She doesn't realize the repercussions these actions have on her children.
When Ame persists in not attending school, who is it that tries to set him back on the proper path? It's not Hana because she'd rather have both her kids stay at home to protect the secret, rather it's Yuki that takes the role of mother and insists he comes back to school. Would a perfect mother add this much stress to her daughter's life? Ame similarly, experiences a lot of stress, showing clear signs of depression and being unable to come to terms with being a human. And how can he, when he's always told he's a wolf?
Hana is a very flawed character. Her mistakes aren't blatantly stated, but they clearly exist and are the leading factors that bring about the final outcome of the film. Which is basically that her family has now fallen apart, and the only happiness she can possibly have is knowing that due to her mistakes Yuki is now mature beyond her years, and Ame is "living his life."
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Love the movie, great story and it was very emotional and touching. I've seen a very few movie like these kind. Though I have to say I didn't like the way it ended...The kid Ame just like left his mom in the parking lot and left. I was like...wow great kid. Your mother has done so much for you and now you left and didn't even pay her a visit. Hana ended up all alone after raising her two children through hardships. This movie kinda reminds me of not to be like Ame in the future haha. Though I'd like a bit romance between Yuki and Souhei. The part that got me the most was Hana trying to work so hard on the house and on that field and she made many blisters and pains. Oh talk about the love ='( . Just so much emotion in this movie that I can probably write a whole page about it
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One would have to be a heartless monster not to shed a tear or two when watching this movie.
Brilliant work. 10/10 indeed.
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Took a 6-month long break from anime... this was definitely a good welcome back.
Man, I bawled. I think what got me was the utter selflessness of Hana accepting Ame's calling. It just showcases how much a mother is willing to give up to see her children be happy. I don't know why I'm so deeply effected by this but I can't stop crying. Hana seems to have been left by everyone she's ever loved, but she's still content by the end of the movie. For some reason, that alone just kills me.
brb, gonna cry myself to sleep tonight.
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Just finished this movie, it was truly heartwarming. There are several aspects of the film that I loved and that were very interesting.
For example, I loved the reversal between Ame and Yuki.
In the beginning, Yuki was always the energetic one of the two, always interested in nature and playing with the animals.
Ame was far more dependent on his mother than Yuki was, he always told his mother that he wanted to go back home.
But as the movie went on, Yuki and Ame's attitudes towards humanity and nature completely reversed themselves.
Ame's change was very interesting to me, because even though he hated wolves, he ultimately chose to live as a wolf, interacting with the nature that he once longed to abandon in his youth.
Yuki's change was just as striking, because even though she loved nature and her wolf form, she decided to throw that away live her life as a human and become accepted by her friends and the rest of human society.
Although I found most parts of the movie interesting, there were some parts that seemed pretty weird to me.
For one, why did Sou-chan constantly follow Yuki when she was running away from him? Usually if someone run's away you don't chase them half way across the school, you leave them alone.
I mean, get a hint dude, you're being a creeper. But since it all worked out in the end it's not that big a deal.
And another point of confusion was Ame's behaviour towards the end of the series. I found it odd that he would simply up and leave his family one day without saying anything.
If the mother didn't get that vision from the husband, she might never have come to terms Ame's decision.
Despite these minor gripes it was a fantastic movie and I for one am hoping for some kind of sequel. We can pretty much guess that Yuki will be in a relationship with Sou-chan, but I'm wondering what will happen to Ame?
Will he turn out like his father and fall in love with a human girl? Or will he find a wolf to mate with and continue the family legacy. Also, will he ever meet with his mother again?
I'm probably reading to much into this and there's never really going to be a sequel, but I hope there is one, even if it's only a novel sequel.
How this is rated higher than movies with actual plot is beyond me.
I could tackle this one, but since I've written a lot already I'll leave it to future posters to sort this one out.
But let me just say this: What makes a story amazing is not simply the story itself but rather how it is told.
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