ANN has confirmed that ADV holds the theatrical rights to Kumo no Mukou, Yakusoku no Basho (The Place Promised in Our Early Days). Steve Buck, head of ADV's Theatrical Division, confirmed that The Place Promised, the first theatrical feature from the director of Voices of a Distant Star, will be released in the US sometime in 2005, although no firm date is established yet. The Place Promised opens in Japan next month. Please read this correction.
Wolf Children is honest about the gross reality of raising kids (and pets) while still leaving room for fantasy, which is really the only way a movie about single motherhood can work for a general family audience, as Wolf Children largely does.
Rarely before has an anime series so keenly and uncomfortably struck home about the humorous travails of a social misfit. Its triumph is in creating an anti-moe protagonist who paradoxically winds up being intensely moe, too.