Japanese artist who drew 'Wolf Children: Ame & Yuki' manga passes away | Lifestyle.INQ

OCTOBER 27, 2022

Image: Kadokawa official website
Image: Kadokawa official website

Manga artist Yu reportedly passed away last July 1, although her death was only recently announced by her husband via Twitter.

Yu worked on the manga adaptation of Mamoru Hisoda’s 2012 animated movie “Wolf Children”. The manga was titled “Wolf Children: Ame and Yuki”.

According to a report by Otakomu via Anime News Network, Yu’s husband detailed that her passing was not linked to her chronic illness. He added that the manga artist had been gradually getting better since she fell ill around the end of May.

His following tweets spoke of how Yu loved to draw and had been drawing since she was a child. Her dream of being a manga creator was realized when she was picked to draw the manga adaptation for “Wolf Children”. This manga series had three volumes and was published by Kadokawa. An English version of the manga was distributed by Yen Press starting 2014.

Yu’s widower also expressed how much she enjoyed interacting with fans during events. He then thanked the fans for helping make his late wife’s dream come true.

Yu also worked on “Gojikanme no Sensou” (The Fifth-Period War or Home, Sweet Home!). It was serialized on the Kadokawa Young Ace magazine between 2014 and 2017. The series has been collected into four completed volumes.

Image: Kadokawa official website

“Wolf Children” told the story of Hana who fell in love with a wolf man and give birth to two children. When the wolf man suddenly passed away, Hana was left alone to take care of her children, Ame and Yuki. They moved to a rural town where they settled in an old house to lead quiet lives.

The movie won several awards, including the 2012 Mainichi Film Award for Best Animation Film, 2013 Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year, and Tokyo International Animation Fair 2013 Animation of the Year award. Alfred Bayle/JB


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