My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Publication Date: March 25th 2014
Publisher: Yen Press
Point of View: 1st Person
Recommended Age: 11+
Genres & Themes: Manga, Slice of Life, Werewolves, Family, Lost
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?
It’s crazy how this manga has 549 pages, but I’ve managed to read it in less than an hour.
Why did it have to end so soon?
I was enjoying it so much. It’s such a lovely story with extremely endearing characters and, on top of that, the visual art is SPLENDID. It’s a sad story, but also one full of hope. For someone who isn’t fond of werewolves, this felt very different to me and my indifference toward man/wolf creatures had no consequence on my appreciation of this book at all.
I would have read it all over again if I had the time. It’s a pretty precious book to me now. What I like most about it is that we follow Ame and Yuki from when they are babies to when they turn 10 and 12 respectively. Now that I think about it, in the time span of twelve years, Hana, their mother, doesn’t change much, physically speaking. But the wolf children do, both mentally and physically, and it’s interesting to see how they cope with living among human beings.
Undeniably, you as a reader will connect with either Ame or Yuki. They are so different yet so similar. Ame, however, wants to feel connected to nature and learn as much as he can about the natural world and what advantages being a wolf can bring. He wants to feel what it’s like to be free. Yuki, the older of the two, wants nothing more than to mingle with children of her own age, go to school… be normal. Like everybody else. And live a normal life.
Hana is by their side whichever choices they make and helps them find out who they really want to be – wolf or human?
A new favorite of mine.