Trailer for The Wolf Children Ame and Yuki

Writer/director Mamoru Hosoda is a big name in anime. His work on “The Girl Who Leapt Through Time” and “Summer Wars” has seen him called the next “Hayao Miyazaki” but as much as I liked the former the latter left me cold. Here’s a trailer for his next film which will soon be released.

A story of love between parents and children that takes place over thirteen starts when a university student named Hana falls in love with Ōkami who is a “wolf man”. The two marry and have children named after the weather on the day they were born – Yuki (snow) the older sister and Ame (rain) the younger brother. The four live quietly in a city concealing the true existence of their relationship until Ōkami dies and Hana decides to move to the country.

The Voice Actors involved comes from the world of live action movies. Hana is voiced by the actress Aoi Miyazaki (who does have experience in anime after voicing Tula in Origin: Spirits of the Past). Yuki is voiced by Haru Kuroki, Yukito Nishii, who starred in Confessions, voices Ame while Takao Osawa voices Ōkami.

Aiding Hosoda with scripting duties is Satoko Okudera whose career has involved a lot of The Wolf Children Posterstunning films like “Summer Wars”, “Miyori’s Forest”, “The Girl Who Leapt Through Time”, and “The Princess and the Pilot”. More talent is present in the form of the legendary character designer Yoshiyuki Sadamoto who should be familiar from “Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water”, “FLCL”, and the “Evangelion” series.

The movie will go on theatrical release on the 21st of July.

Staff: Mamoru Hosoda (Original Creator, Director, Screenplay), Okudera Satoko (Screenplay), Yoshiyuki Sadamoto (Character Design)

Voice Actors: Aoi Miyazaki (Hana), Haru Kuroki (Yuki), Yukito Nishii, (Ame), Takao Osawa (Ōkami)

Studio: Madhouse Studios

6 thoughts on “Trailer for The Wolf Children Ame and Yuki

  1. I am with you on loving The Girl Who Leapt through Time, but Summer Wars not so much. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that Ōkami No Kodomo Ame To Yuki will rise to the level of TokiKake (and of course, that it will premiere either at the BFI film festival in early October – like they did Shinkai’s Hoshi o Ou Kodomo last year – or at Scotland Love Anime in late October).

    Now the whole discussion of “the next Miyazaki”… I hate that!

      1. Summer Wars felt like Hosoda was treading on water. Visually beautiful but slight in terms of story and the themes are ones we’ve seen dozens of times. I was amazed that I felt so little at the end but I guess after watching The Girl Who Leapt Through Time my expectations were too high.

  2. kenneth

    What was so wrong with Summer Wars? It was not as good as Tokikake, but certainly up to par with recent Ghibli offerings. And speaking of Ghibli, there will never be another Hayao Miyazaki, though Hosoda will definitely be the next “anime superstar.” I can see him being a household name in both America and Japan, with a complete body of works just as amazing as Hayao. Different, but just as amazing, as his first two films have shown us.

    1. Thanks for the comments everworld and Kenneth.

      Summer Wars left me feeling cold – I just felt it was well executed but overly familiar. In contrast every Ghibli film I have watched has managed to touch me emotionally (even Tales From Earthsea) because there’s always a humanistic element that shines out and feels so truthful and beautifully portrayed.

      And yeah, there will never be another Miyazaki. Hosoda is his own creative and he has plenty of time to prove himself. His two features so far show that he is a league above most directors in any medium.

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