Book Review: Wolf Children – Ame & Yuki by Mamoru Hosoda

Author: Mamoru Hosoda (Art by Yu)

Publisher: Yen Press

Release date: March 25, 2014

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SYNOPSIS

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?

 NO NEED TO WORRY. NO SPOILERS LIE AHEAD. ENJOY!

The story is told through a span of 10 years (it’s not an exact timeline, so don’t sue me ;)) Hana falls in love with a man who later reveals a secret – that he is part wolf. Rather than being afraid, Hana accepts who he is. A little afterwards, Hana is expecting their first child. Ame proves to be a bundle of energy. She is rowdy and head strong. About a year or two after, Yuki is born. Shortly after, Hana’s husband is murdered and she has to carry on with life as a single mother raising half human – half wolf children.

I loved the progression of the story. I liked how the illustrations could elaborate so much more than the words themselves. The artists captured emotion exceptionally and I adored reading this heartfelt story about love, loss, friendship, and coming of age.

You see, Ame and Yuki are polar opposite; night and day. Ame struggles to fit into society where she has to hide a half of herself that she loves, while Yuki wants to just be human and fights what he is. When the years pass, Ame and Yuki’s view change and it is quite extraordinary to see them evolve.

The story itself is very simplistic but beautiful. I don’t read much manga, but what I have read I’ve adored. Wolf Children is definitely on my Top Five Favorite Manga’s Of All Time.

If you’ve never read a manga, give this one a try. It’s cute and heartfelt. You won’t be able to stop yourself from sympathizing with the characters.

P.S. Isn’t the cover absolutely stunning? ❤

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