On 23rd December, MangaUK are set to release the critically acclaimed, Japan Academy Prize winner Wolf Children, the latest film from director Mamoru Hosada (The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Summer Wars) on DVD and Blu-ray. Fetch Publicity, the PR company for MangaUK, have confirmed that the film will receive a cinematic release in “select cities” on 25th October 2013. The official description of the film is as follows:
Part slice-of-life drama about the joys and tribulations of single mother Hana raising her half-wolf kids, part rite-of-passage movie about finding your place in the world, Wolf Children is a funny, moving and accessible film directed by a true anime great.
19-year-old Hana is studying at university when she falls in love with a mysterious classmate with a highly unusual secret – he is the last descendant of Japan’s now-extinct grey wolves, and possesses the ability to transform into a wolf. Not daunted by this, Hana and her wolf man lover start a family, with energetic daughter Yuki (‘Snow’) soon followed by her more timid little brother Ame (‘Rain’).
But when tragedy strikes and her wolf man suddenly dies, Hana is left to cope with the two young children on her own – and both Yuki and Ame have inherited their dad’s power to shift between human and wolf form. Moving to the countryside and the seclusion of an abandoned old house in the mountains, Hana hopes to raise her family away from prying eyes …but life’s not that simple.