At New York Comic-Con, FUNimation revealed their U.S. release plans for the feature Wolf Children Ame and Yuki, the latest feature from Summer Wars creator Mamoru Hosoda theatrically and on home video. Plus, get the scoop on the food-crazy anime Toriko’s U.S. DVD release in June 2013.
First up, in January, FUNimation will be dropping the first volume in their dual-language release of the action foodie comedy Toriko. Based on the manga by Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro, FUNimation has previously streamed the series on Hulu and their own site, but are finally giving it a proper physical release throughout 2013. Here’s the synopsis:
Welcome to the Gourmet Age, a time when the world is full of deliciously deadly ingredients that the wealthiest appetites in existence can’t wait to devour. But only a mighty masticating mercenary like Toriko can track down the rarest animals on the planet and put them on a plate! This gluttonous gourmet hunter is one of the four Legendary Kings, superhuman warriors born to battle the likes of Troll Kongs, Gararagators, and Devil Pythons! Accompanied by his loyal Battle Wolf and the promising young chef Komatsu, Toriko will circle the globe in search of the mouth-wateringly lethal ingredients that will one day make up his Full Course Menu of Life! The more ferocious the beast – the bigger the feast, but never forget the code of a true gourmet hunter: You gotta eat what you defeat!
Next up, out on the horizon we can expect a theatrical release for Wolf Children Ame and Yuki as well as some kind of home video release in 2013. That feature involves a woman who falls for a wolfman and later has to care for their wolf-human hybrid children out in a rural village:
From the visionary, award-winning creator of Summer Wars and The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Mamoru Hosoda, comes a beautiful tale of love and triumph. 19 year old Hana finds herself falling in love with a wolf-man and over the years becomes the mother of two half wolf/ half human children. Ame, born on a rainy day and Yuki, born in the snowy winter must move with their mother to a rural town to hide the secret of their mysterious lineage.
Both Hosoda’s Summer Wars and The Girl Who Leaped Through Time are sentimental favorites with a lot of anime fans (I think the former is really sweet and funny with a nice sci-fi twist, the latter a little cloying), so expect something similarly heartfelt here.