Wolf Children Ame & Yuki

Wolf Children Ame & Yuki

Book - 2014
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"When Hana falls in love with a young interloper she encounters in her college class, the last thing she expects to learn is that he is part wolf. Instead of rejecting her lover upon learning his secret, she accepts him with open arms. Soon, the couple is expecting their first child, and a cozy picture of family life unfolds. But after what seems like a mere moment of bliss to Hana, the father of her children is tragically taken from her. Life as a single mother is hard in any situation, but when your children walk a fine line between man and beast, the rules of parenting all but go out the window. With no one to turn to, how will Hana survive?"--Amazon.com.
Publisher: New York, NY : Yen Press, Hachette Book Group, 2014.
Edition: First Yen Press edition.
ISBN: 9780316401654
031640165X
Characteristics: 538 pages : chiefly illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Wolf children Ame and Yuki

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Jared_Francis
Apr 01, 2020

Wolf Children: Ame & Yuki is somewhat unusual for a manga in that it is an adaptation of a film (in Japanese media, it’s typically the other way around). The original work was directed by Mamoru Hosoda, who also directed The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Summer Wars, and, most recently, 2018’s excellent Mirai. It follows the story of a young woman named Hana who falls in love with a werewolf and has two children with him, Yuki and Ame. But when he unexpectedly dies, she is left to raise two rambunctious werewolf children all on her own. As the children age (the story covers the time from their birth until Yuki, the elder, is twelve), Hana takes something of a back seat to the lives and experiences of Ame and Yuki. By the end of the story, however, she is still the central character, although it eventually becomes clear that Yuki is the narrator. In his focus on Hana’s experiences, Hosoda tells a story that is fundamentally about the trials and joys of being a single parent and, ultimately, learning to let one’s children go into their own lives. The supernatural element serves as a metaphor for personal identity more than a major plot device in its own right, as both Ame and Yuki grapple in different ways with the lupine natures they inherited from their father.

Overall, Wolf Children: Ame & Yuki was enjoyable, but it somehow failed to be truly absorbing. Some of this may be due to the art; although the artist, Yu, draws Hosoda’s characters with charm and grace, the manga suffered from looking a little too much like a film—in other words, many pages consisted of only two or three frames, reminiscent of film stills, and left out much of the in-between that might have conveyed more of the richness of situations. A denser, more complex format that made use of a larger number of frames might have better conveyed the emotions of the story. Additionally, although Ame and Yuki felt fully-realized as characters, Hana rarely seemed more than one-dimensional. Her emotions are rarely felt with much depth and her thought processes often seem opaque, but this one-dimensionality seemed most evident in the ease with which she is apparently able to let both of her children (but especially Ame) leave home and be independent by the end of the story. All that said, Wolf Children: Ame & Yuki is still worth reading and will likely be enjoyed by anyone interested in a more thoughtful werewolf story than average.

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alstronaut
Aug 31, 2019

Wolf Children was a very enjoyable manga to read. The art is beautiful and inspired me to watch the anime which I loved just as much. This book got me into a manga phase over the summer!

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wintermute_way
Sep 18, 2016

Be ready with a box of tissues! The artwork is beautiful, and the storyline is flawless from beginning to end. I had to go hug my mother afterwords, because it really makes you think about the hardships and sacrifices parents (especially single ones) go through for their children.

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gretchenbrown
Sep 11, 2016

Cute art. Great tribute to motherhood.

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blue_kisa
Jan 23, 2016

This book is SO GOOD!! I loved it so much! They have beautiful illustrations and I loved the story plot as well, this book is definitely something you should read more than once!

Recommend for: manga lovers, lovers of wolves and slightly dramatic stories.

MrDrProfessorPatrick Feb 10, 2015

This graphic novel is so beautifully done and follows the movie scene for scene. Even if you've already watched it, this is worth reading.

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