The story covers 13 years and begins with a 19-year-old college student named Hana who encounters and falls in "fairy tale-like" love with a "wolf man." After marrying the wolf man, Hana gives birth and raises two wolf children—an older sister named Yuki who was born on a snowy day, and a younger brother named Ame who was born on a rainy day. The four quietly lived in a corner of a city to conceal the existence of the "wolf children," but when the wolf man suddenly dies, Hana decides to move to a rural town far removed from the city.
Ookami Kodomo no Ame to Yuki was published in English as Wolf Children: Ame & Yuki by Yen Press in a hardcover omnibus on March 25, 2014 and in Polish as Wilcze dzieci by Waneko from August 6 to December 7, 2015.
The English version was nominated for the 2015 Eisner Award for Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia
I have to admit that at first I was completely uninterested in reading Wolf Children, mainly because like most of the fans on here I’ve watched the movie & was totally satisfied with how the story was shown.
I didn’t need to know any more details, because the movie gave my everything I wanted to see & even figuring out that the manga adaptation was going to be published didn’t make me interested.
However, because of a specific accident I received the manga as a gift, just after its finishing & to be honest I’m really grateful for it, because I decided to give the
series a try.
Now I know how much I could have lost if not doing so.
As its animated origin, written by Hosoda Mamoru manga series presents the same story closed in just three volumes &, what’s more, does it in a perfect way.
Full of charming & more or less sad moments, the manga shows how growing up can look like, which teaches us even without us noticing.
The story itself, though contains a supernatural element (titled, half-wolf & half-human children), is simply a notation of the life of presented 3-member Hana’s family, with all the advantages & disadvantages, & the more it leads us to its reality, the more we want to stay there.
As we begin our adventure with the story, we realize that most of the problems & events shown there are absolutely probable.
By observing decisions of Hana & her two children, we can notice how real the story is & how much of it can actually happen in our own life.
That’s what makes me like & admire the Hana’s family even more.
Talking about art, I need to say that before Wolf Children I’ve known Yū’s art from some small single projects, so I already had an idea of how the series was going to be illustrated.
I expected to see clear & precise drawings, &, once again, everything looked exactly as I wished.
Many manga artists who have a task of illustrating the series which is based on an anime, know very well how hard it actually is to keep in their works the original thought of animated projects, & it happens sometimes that the art from the manga adaptation differs a lot from the anime’s.
However, Yū didn’t seem to have such a problem & did a really good job in creating the art for Wolf Children, what can be seen in both characters & backgrounds’ visualization.
Thanks to Yū’s subtle lines, Hana, Ame & Yuki’s apperance is kept in a warm & delicate style, which reflects exactly the image of them known from the anime origin.
Not to forget the backgroud details, it has to be said that they look great as well. Drawn with leaving a bit of needed empty space, clear & quite simple, make reading very pleasureable.
To sum it up, Wolf Children is a very charming & well created manga, which could be recommended to well, anyone really.
Both the people who watched the movie already & those who’re just going to start their adventure with Wolf Children will surely not be disappointed, because such a not so long & valuable story is definitely woth giving a try to.
| Note: thank you for reading & sorry for my English! |
This manga is just... unbelievable. I have seen the movie before and I didn't cry, though it was moving.
The book though. Oh my god, I sobbed so hard, twice.
The thing is, the book lets you feel what you want to feel. The movie had the mood set already. For example at one point in the movie I felt sad but the music was somewhat uplifting so I didn't feel like crying. As I read the book though I sobbed so hard at that point because there was no music to force me to feel something, it was my own thoughts and emotions about
that part that made me cry. (If you haven't noticed, I seem to measure my tears with how good the book is. Heavy crying, x2, that smudged my eyeliner just before leaving the house = very good).
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS. I borrowed this book at the library today, finished it in about 2 hours and then went and ordered the book and movie on Amazon so I can hold it close to my heart forever.
I LOVE THIS SO MUCH, also I barely ever read manga but this was so good to read so for people like me, I'm sure you'll like it, and also the fact that all three volumes are in just one book is lovely.
Once again, PLEASE READ THIS IT'LL MAKE YOU FEEL SO ASDFGHJKL.
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