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Ookami kodomo no Ame to Yuki (2012)

After her werewolf lover unexpectedly dies in an accident, a woman must find a way to raise the werewolf son and daughter that she had with him. But their inheritance of their father's traits proved to be a challenge for her.

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Hana (voice)
Takao Ohsawa ...
Wolf Man (voice) (as Takao Osawa in English language version)
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Yuki (voice)
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Ame (voice)
Momoka Ôno ...
Young Yuki (voice) (as Momoka Ohno)
Amon Kabe ...
Young Ame (voice)
Takuma Hiraoka ...
Sohei (voice)
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Sohei's Mother (voice)
Tadashi Nakamura ...
Hosokawa (voice)
Tamio Ôki ...
Yamaoka (voice) (as Tamio Ohki in English language version)
Tomie Kataoka ...
Mrs. Nirasaki (voice)
Hajime Inoue ...
Tendo (voice)
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Mr. Tanabe (voice)
Taichi Masu ...
Radio Announcer (voice)
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Auntie Hotta (voice)
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After her werewolf lover unexpectedly dies in an accident, a woman must find a way to raise the werewolf son and daughter that she had with him. But their inheritance of their father's traits proved to be a challenge for her.

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Rated PG for thematic elements, some violence, brief sensuality and language | See all certifications »

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21 July 2012 (Japan)  »

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In the scene when Child Services comes to Hana's apartment, the knob on her door looks like a Pokéball. See more »

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Yuki: The following year, I left home to live in the school dormitory. My mother said the 12 years she spent raising us, felt like an instant as if it were a fairy tale. She said so happily with eyes fixed on a distant mountain peak. Seeing that smile on her face, makes me very happy.
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Okaa-san no Uta
Music and Arrangement by Masakatsu Takagi
Lyrics by Mamoru Hosoda
Performed by Ann Sally
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Incredibly cute and touching drama of everyday life
16 August 2012 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

In the vein of films like Totoro, and in contrast to Mamoru Hosoda's previous Summer Wars, this film glides along without an epic struggle driving the story. Rather, the greatest moments are the depictions of family life and the picturesque sketches of Tokyo and the Japanese countryside.

The story begins with the start of the eponymous wolf children's parents' love, and progresses through births, deaths, moves, the first day of school, and their growth into adults. The story is almost too ordinary, but in its normality, its moments are universal. One can't help but stare in awe at the beauty of life as it happens, and be reminded of the beauty of one's own mundane yet special lives.

The art is also quite something. Tokyo's bustling life is reduced to warm glows of winter, and the Japanese farms and countryside is rendered beautifully whether it be in rain, sun, or snow.

Watch it. It's not of the same scale as Hosoda's previous Summer Wars or The Girl Who Leapt through Time, but it packs an emotional punch that surpasses either of them. You'll shed a few tears, and marvel at the beauty of the world and our lives.


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