Fans of Mamoru Hosoda will be overjoyed to hear that his latest feature film, Ookami Kodomo no Ame to Yuki, will have it’s first English dub premiere at this year’s Anime convention, Otakon, in Baltimore.
It has been confirmed that the English Dub of Ookami Kodomo No Ame to Yuki (The Wolf Children Ame and Yuki), is to premiere at this year’s Otakon Anime convention in Baltimore, Maryland, between August 9-11.
It’s also been confirmed that Mike McFarland will direct the English dub for the film. His previous works as director of English dubs include Mamoru Hosoda’s other feature film, Summer wars, as will episodes from other anime series such as Fullmetal Alchemist, One Piece, Dragon Ball Z and other films such as the Evangelion 1.0 and 2.0 films. It is said that he will also attend the premiere at Otakon.
The theme of the film is the love between parents and children. The story covers 13 years and begins with a 19-year-old college student named Hana who encounters and falls in “fairy tale-like” love with a “wolf man.” After marrying the wolf man, Hana gives birth and raises two wolf children—an older sister named Yuki who was born on a snowy day, and a younger brother named Ame who was born on a rainy day. The four quietly lived in a corner of a city to conceal the existence of the “wolf children,” but when the wolf man suddenly dies, Hana decides to move to a rural town far removed from the city.
The film won the Animation of the Year award at this year’s Tokyo Anime Awards, won the animation category in the 26th Annual Japan Academy Prizes in March, and won the Animation Film Award at the 67th Annual Mainichi Film Awards in February. Additionally, the film won an Audience Award at this year’s New York International Children’s Film Festival. Hosoda has also been compared to acclaimed director, Hayao Miyasaki, with Mark Shilling from the Japan times claiming ”The Miyazaki influence on Hosoda’s own work seems obvious, from his cute-but-realistic style to his concern with pressing social issues and the messy emotions of actual human beings”. It was Japan’s 5th highest-grossing film of 2012, beating Disney Pixar’s animated film, Brave.