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The Best Anime Like Wolf Children  

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Being a single parent is an incredibly difficult job, but it only gets worse when your children can turn into wolves. Wolf Children follows the story of Hana as she falls in love with a man who can turn into a wolf at will. After his death, she's left alone with her two children who seem to take after their father with his unique abilities. Now she must find a way to raise them properly with their powers while also acknowledging the harsh realities of being a single mother.

There are plenty of beautiful, heartwarming anime series like Wolf Children and we've compiled a list that is sure to take you through a feels trip. Stories like Tokyo Grandfathers show three homeless friends who find an abandoned baby and how these perfect strangers can become unlikely heroes in the face of society. Violet Evergarden is a heartbreaking series about a girl who's known nothing but war her whole life and must now find her place in a peaceful world. While these tales are all respectively different from one another, they do have the same kind of sentimental slice-of-life elements that are sure to make you really feel for the characters, if not outright cry.

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My Neighbor Totoro is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Anime Like Wolf Children
My Neighbor Totoro is a 1988 Japanese animated fantasy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki and produced by Studio Ghibli. The film – which stars the voice actors Noriko Hidaka, Chika ...more
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Your Name is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Anime Like Wolf Children
Your Name is a 2016 Japanese animated drama film directed by Makoto Shinkai. A high school girl in rural Japan and a high school boy in Tokyo experience a strange phenomenon: they occasionally ...more
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The Secret World of Arrietty is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Anime Like Wolf Children
The Secret World of Arrietty
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The Girl Who Leapt Through Tim... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Anime Like Wolf Children
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time is a 2006 Japanese-animated science fiction romance film produced by Madhouse, directed by Mamoru Hosoda and written by Satoko Okudera. Released by Kadokawa ...more
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Hotarubi no Mori e is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Anime Like Wolf Children
Hotarubi no Mori e is an animation drama fantasy film directed by Takahiro Omori.
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Maquia: When the Promised Flow... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Anime Like Wolf Children
Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms
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The Boy and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Anime Like Wolf Children
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Tokyo Godfathers is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Anime Like Wolf Children
Tokyo Godfathers is a 2003 anime film directed by Japanese director Satoshi Kon, and co-directed by Shōgo Furuya. Tokyo Godfathers was the third animated movie directed by Kon and the second ...more
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Grave of the Fireflies is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Anime Like Wolf Children
Grave of the Fireflies is a 1988 Japanese animated drama film written and directed by Isao Takahata and animated by Studio Ghibli. It is based on the 1967 semi-autobiographical novel Grave of ...more
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Violet Evergarden is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Anime Like Wolf Children
Violet Evergarden (Kyoto Animation, 2018) is a Japanese anime series based on the light novel series of the same title. The story revolves around Auto Memory Dolls: people initially employed by ...more
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Yobi, the Five Tailed Fox is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Anime Like Wolf Children
Yobi, the Five Tailed Fox is a 2007 animated Korean film by Lee Sung-gang, the director of My Beautiful Girl, Mari. The film loosely draws upon the Korean folk tales of the kumiho.
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Poco's Udon World is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Anime Like Wolf Children
Poco's Udon World
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Bunny Drop is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Anime Like Wolf Children
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Fruits Basket is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Anime Like Wolf Children
Fruits Basket, sometimes abbreviated Furuba, or Fruba, is a Japanese shōjo manga series written and illustrated by Natsuki Takaya. It was serialized in the semi-monthly Japanese magazine Hana to ...more
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When Marnie Was There is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Anime Like Wolf Children
When Marnie Was There is a 2014 Japanese anime film written and directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi, produced by Studio Ghibli, and based on the novel When Marnie Was There by Joan G. Robinson. It ...more
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The Garden of Words is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Anime Like Wolf Children
The Garden of Words (Kotonoha no Niwa) is a 2013 Japanese anime drama film written, directed and edited by Makoto Shinkai. The film focuses on Takao Akizuki, an aspiring 15-year-old shoemaker, ...more
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Haibane Renmei is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Anime Like Wolf Children
Haibane Renmei is a 13-episode anime series based on the work of Yoshitoshi ABe. It began as an original dōjinshi comic series, The Haibanes of Old Home, but this was quickly superseded by the ...more
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A Letter to Momo is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Anime Like Wolf Children
A Letter to Momo is a 2011 Japanese anime drama film written and directed by Hiroyuki Okiura. It is produced by the animation studio Production I.G. This film follows the 11-year-old Momo, who ...more
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The Tale of Princess Kaguya is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Anime Like Wolf Children
The Tale of Princess Kaguya
The Tale of the Princess Kaguya is a 2013 Japanese animated fantasy drama film produced by Studio Ghibli and directed and co-written by Isao Takahata, based on the folktale The Tale of the ...more
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Only Yesterday is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Anime Like Wolf Children
Only Yesterday
Only Yesterday is a 1991 Japanese animated drama film written and directed by Isao Takahata, based on the manga of the same title by Hotaru Okamoto and Yuko Tone. Toshio Suzuki produced the film ...more
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Spice and Wolf is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Anime Like Wolf Children
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Colorful is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Anime Like Wolf Children
Colorful is a 2010 Japanese animated feature film directed by Keiichi Hara. It is based on the novel of the same name written by Eto Mori, produced by Sunrise and animated by the animation ...more
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Their Standing Points is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Anime Like Wolf Children
Their Standing Points
Their Standing Points is a 1999 animation drama short film written and directed by Makoto Shinkai.
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Jungle Book Shōnen Mowgli is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Anime Like Wolf Children
Jungle Book Shōnen Mowgli
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Clannad After Story is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Anime Like Wolf Children
This is the anime adaptation of the video game Clannad. The story is a continuation of Nagisa's story.The series broadcast in Japan between October 3, 2008 and March 26, 2009.