Ten years after its 2012 premiere in Japan, Mamoru Hosoda’s film Wolf Children will celebrate its 10th anniversary on July 22, 2022.
Studio Chizu used its official Twitter account to post a special commemorative illustration of the remarkable fantasy film’s anniversary. The work is credited to Takaaki Yamashita and Hiroshi Ohno, who are the anime director and art director of the film, respectively.
The award-winning film was Mamoru Hosoda’s second anime feature film directed by him with the production of Studio Chizu and has since garnered a surge of fan love following its release in Japan ten years ago.
Special illustration for the 10th anniversary of the wolf children
The stunning illustration shows a bright, floral scenery with a glowing gaze, similar to the emotions that the film exudes. In addition, the poster features the three main characters of the film, Hana (the wolf man’s wife and mother of the wolf children), Yuki (Ame’s older sister and the daughter of Hana and the wolf man), Ame (the son of the wolf man and Hana and the younger brother by Yuki). Check out the calming poster below:
Anime fans enthusiastically welcomed the new poster release as the film received worldwide acclaim for its excellent storytelling, animation and design by character designer Yoshiyuki Sadamoto (Neon Genesis Evangelion, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, etc.).
Wolf Children Movie synopsis, awards and more
The romance and fantasy story takes a 13-year course centered on Hana (Aoi Miyazaki), a 19-year-old college student who falls in love and moves in with Wolfman (Takao Osawa).
They welcome their first child Yuki and later Ame. Both children are mixed race. As a mixed race family, they live a happy and lonely life in the city while trying to hide their identities.
However, her life changes with the sudden death of the wolf man. Hana, left to protect her children, moves her family to a rural town to avoid embarrassment, where they try to adjust to their new surroundings.
Wolf Children was successful at the box office in Japan, beating Pixar’s Brave in its first week and winning Animation of the Year at the 2013 Japanese Academy Awards and Best Animated Feature at the Mainichi Film Concours. The film also won awards at the 2013 Vancouver International Film Festival, the 2016 Tokyo International Film Festival and recently the 2021 Melbourne International Film Festival. The film can be viewed and streamed on Funimation