I can’t help but to love Wolf Children. It’s partly a Ghibli-esque story about a young woman overcoming the challenges set on her by a demanding life. But it’s also a very un-Ghibli film about a single mother and the bittersweet experiences she has raising two children alone. The 117-minute run time seemed to cruise by as I got utterly wrapped up in the characters and their daily lives.
While working a summer job as an admin of the online universe Oz, Kenji Koiso gets asked by his senior, Natsuki Shinohara, to go with her as a hired hand to an important family function. While dealing with the rowdiness and drama of Natsuki’s extended family, a malevolent presence in Oz begins to cause real world trouble. Suddenly, Kenji and the Shinohara family find themselves at the focal point of Oz’s problems – and it’s up to them to put a stop to the chaos before anyone gets hurt.
Makoto, Kousuke, and Chiaki are three inseparable friends who are about to get out of school for the summer. On one unlucky day, Makoto trips and falls on a strange walnut-shaped object. On her way home, she finds that the brakes on her bike have failed, sending her right into the path of an oncoming train. But just before the moment of impact, she wakes up to see that it’s suddenly a few seconds before her impending doom. Eventually, Makoto realizes that she has somehow gained the ability to travel through time to the past. This opens up a new world of possibilities and opportunities for her, blissfully unaware of the consequences it has on the people around her.