Wolf Children Wins 'Best Anime Disc' Award from Magazine
posted on by Andre Pappas
Home Media Magazine announced on Monday that Funimation's release of Mamoru Hosoda's film Wolf Children won the "Best Anime Disc" award in the magazine's annual Home Media Magazine Awards, which honor the best DVDs and Blu-ray Discs of the prior year. The awards were chosen by an online vote from the general public and a panel of judges.
The "Best Anime Disc" category is new to the awards this year, and was not included in the nomination stage. Wolf Children was nominated for "Best KidVid Disc," an award that went to Shout! Factory's release of My Little Pony: Equestria Girls.
Wolf Children's 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 ("snow") who was born on a snowy day, and a younger brother named Ame ("rain") who was born on a rainy day. When the wolf man suddenly dies, Hana decides to move to a rural town far removed from the city.
Funimation released the film on DVD and Blu-ray disc last November. The film is licensed by various companies in 43 countries and territories worldwide. It grossed 4 billion yen (about US$51 million) in its first nine weeks since its opening in Japan in July 2012 and premiered in the United States at the Hawaii International Film Fest in October 2012.
The film won the Animation of the Year award at last year's Tokyo Anime Awards, the animation category in the 26th Annual Japan Academy Prizes, and the Animation Film Award at the 67th Annual Mainichi Film Awards. Additionally, the film won an Audience Award at last year's New York International Children's Film Festival.