On July 21st, it was ten years ago that the second animated film from creator Mamoru Hosoda, Wolf Children made its debut in Japan on July 21st, 2012. To celebrate the tenth anniversary, Studio Chizu posted a special illustration on their Official Twitter Account.
It is a newly drawn illustration by the film’s animation director Takaaki Yamashita and art director Hiroshi Ohno. A clear file set featuring the visual is now available on Nihon TV’s official online store at 770 yen (5.57 USD).
Wolf Children earned 4.42 billion yen (32 million USD) to become the sixth top-grossing Japanese film of the year. It has also become the third top-grossing film in Hosoda’s career, behind BELLE (2021/ 6.6 billion yen) and The Boy And The Beast (2015/ 5.85 billion yen). Wolf Children is available now on Amazon and the Crunchyroll Store. The film would also receive two novelizations and a manga written by Hosoda and art by Yū (優). It was released by Kadokawa Shoten. The manga was translated into English by Yen Press and was nominated for the “Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia” category at the 2015 Eisner Awards. As tie-ins to the film, a film picture book, an art book, and a storyboard book were released from Kadokawa, Media Pal, and Pia.
“When Hana worked up the courage to speak to the mysterious loner in her college class, she never expected the encounter would blossom into true love-nor that he was secretly a wolf living in human form. Their relationship was far from ordinary, but she wouldn’t have had it any other way. Her joy only grows with the births of Ame and Yuki, who have inherited their father’s unique ability to transform. But life is full of both joy and hardship, and Hana is left to bring up her little wolves on her own. Raising human children is hard enough…but how will she handle their wild side, too?“
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