Got a copy of Yen Press’ lovely hardcover omnibus edition of Wolf Children: Ame and Yuki today.
I was surprised to discover that it’s not a prose novel version of the story, but a full-length manga adaptation of Mamoru Hosoda’s award-winning anime feature film about a young woman who meets a man who is really a wolf, and what she goes through to raise two children who are both human and wolf.
Yen Press’ edition of Wolf Children: Ami and Yuki is really nicely presented. It’s in a slip-covered hardbound book that’s over 500 pages of comics content (the equivalent of 3 separate volumes as it was presented in the Japanese edition), crisp and airy illustrations by Yu, including several full color splash pages + character sketches, along with some commentary by director Mamoru Hosoda (director of Summer Wars).
I have seen the movie before, and can pretty much say that this is a faithful adaptation of the film. It’s has a sweet, slice-of-life mood mixed with some heart-breaking and heart-warming moments. The art is nicely done, and while not drawn by character designer Yoshiyuki Sadamoto (who also draws the Neon Genesis Evangelion manga published by VIZ Media), it’s close enough to the look and feel of the anime to make it a nice companion or a stand-alone graphic novel that can be enjoyed by readers age 10 and up, and perhaps even readers who normally aren’t hardcore manga/anime fans.
Wolf Children: Ame & Yuki by Mamoru Hosoda and Yu will hit stores on March 25, 2014. It’s got a cover price of $25.99, which is not bad for a book that is as nicely presented as this one is. Do check it out at your local bookshop, comics shop or online bookstore.
You can watch the trailer of the anime at FUNimation’s dedicated site for this film - http://www.wolfchildrenmovie.com/
You can also order the film on DVD or Blu-Ray/DVD combo — it’s really a lovely film that’s worth watching.