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Wolf Children (Mamoru Hosoda, 2012)

December 23, 2013

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Forgot to repost this during the UK theatrical release, so here it is for the home video release. Following a rewatch, I now like the film a lot more. Love, in fact.

Breakthrough success for The Girl Who Leapt Through Time and Summer Wars outside of Japan has seen director Mamoru Hosoda labelled “the next Miyazaki” in certain circles, in regards to being an anime filmmaker of increasing international reach and appeal. Perhaps befittingly, his new film Wolf Children has some similarities in feel with highlights of Studio Ghibli’s output. It combines a high-concept, fantastical premise – like, say, Miyazaki having a literal flying pig as a protagonist in Porco Rosso – with a tender exploration of human growth as found in Ghibli’s more low-key dramas like Only Yesterday and the wonderful Whisper of the Heart

Full review at Sound on Sight

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