At last, I’ve gotten around to the show that launched 10,000 ridiculous AMV’s...
And I certainly understand now why this was such a popular choice for amateur, semi-creative re-editing on YouTube. My jaw’s still hanging over the animation. Hands down, it’s some of the best I’ve ever seen in any show. What’s the deal? Was this the passion project of one of Studio Bones’ higher-ups? This is the sort of the rendering that isn’t even on a “high-end expensive” level anymore - - it’s on a “do this or else you get fired” level.
This being another show that I’ve been peripherally aware of for a while, I’ve carried a lot of funny misconceptions about it. Honestly, the prospect of a show about wolves doesn’t exactly leap up and seize my interest in its jaws. I’d figure it’d be somewhere on the banality scale between an animated WHITE FANG and sketchbook drawings from somebody wearing one of those “Three Wolf Moon” t-shirts without any sense of irony.
Granted, I never talked trash about this show, but if I did, I’d be eating my words, because it’s actually a pretty cool set-up. I don’t know what the business with the girl in the water tank was about, and the notion of a bunch of “secret werewolves” running around is just a whisker or two away from being utterly cheesy - - but the execution and storytelling was surprisingly compelling.
I accrue more and more bits of Japanese culture throughout the course of watching these shows, and I’m really finding some more resonance here, now, knowing that wolves factor so importantly into Shintoism. I’m not going to pat myself on the back for noticing that - - the trite observation that is - - but I do get some enjoyment over realizing how this fits into some greater thematic latticework with the otherwise disparate likes of OBLIVION ISLAND and JIN-ROH.
What do you think, kids? I’m going to have a spot for W&L open soon. Is this a series worth seeing through?
Watch this episode, "Street Corner Of Howls” here and decide for yourself.