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Arashi no Yoru Ni
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Gabu and Mei of the A Stormy Night (Arashi no Yoru Ni) Movie
あらしのよるに
(Stormy Night)
Genre Drama, Adventure
Novel
Author Yūichi Kimura
Illustrator Hiroshi Abe
Anime film
Director Gisaburō Sugii
Released December 10, 2005 (Japan)
(January 16, 2006 - special premiere), (January 20, 2006 - public premiere) (Taiwan)
Runtime 115 Minutes
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Arashi no Yoru Ni (あらしのよるに Arashi no Yoru Ni?), or One Stormy Night, is the first of a series of picture books authored by Yūichi Kimura and illustrated by Hiroshi Abe, and an animated movie based on the book. It is also a video game for the Nintendo DS released in Japan.

In 1994 when "Arashi no Yoru Ni" was published, Kimura did not expect it to become so popular, and so he originally had no plans to continue the story as a series. However, upon receiving considerable positive encouragement to continue the story, he wrote five other books, ending with "Fubuki no Ashita (After the Snowstorm)." However, after the series had grown even more popular, a series compilation called "Shiroiyami no Hatede" was released and a movie based on the book was put into production. Soon after, Kimura wrote the seventh book, "Mangetsu no Yoru Ni", finally ending the series.

Contents

Story

A goat named Mei wanders into a barn during the night for shelter from a storm. In the barn, the goat finds another refugee. The two can neither see nor smell each other, yet huddled together fending off the cold, they begin to talk and eventually develop a friendship. They decide to meet at a later time using the password "one stormy night". The next day, when the two meet, Mei learns that his companion from the night before was a wolf named Gabu. Despite the fact that the two are naturally supposed to be enemies, they share a bond and begin meeting regularly. However, Mei's flock and Gabu's pack eventually find out about this and forbid their friendship. Mei and Gabu, hoping to preserve their friendship, cross a river during a storm, hoping to find an "emerald forest" free from persecution for their friendship.

However, Giro, the leader of Gabu's old pack, holds a grudge against all goats, and views Gabu as a traitor to his kind. Giro and his pack go on the hunt to track down the two companions. Gabu and Mei, having reached the summit of a mountain and exhausted from fighting their way through a snow storm, stop and rest. Mei, knowing that Gabu has not eaten in days, offers to sacrifice himself as food for Gabu. Gabu agrees, but when wandering outside realizes that no matter how hungry he is, he cannot eat his friend. Gabu hears his pack approaching and faces them, ready to defend his goat friend to the death. As he is about to go face the wolf pack, there is an avalanche. The next morning, Mei digs through the snow blocking the cave and sees the "emerald forest" they had been searching for in the distance. However, Gabu has gone missing. Eventually coming across a cave, Mei finds Gabu who has lost his memory of their friendship and the events that took place prior to the avalanche. Gabu taunts Mei as he plans on eating him while waiting for the moon to come out. Mei, saying that he wouldn't have minded getting eaten by Gabu, accuses Gabu of not being the Gabu he knew. Angrily, Mei shouts that he wished that he had never met Gabu on that stormy night. Hearing the words, Gabu's memory returns and he and Mei happily reunite. In the end, Mei and Gabu both enjoy watching the moon as it rises.

Book series

The picture book series, published by Kodansha, Ltd., has been released in Japanese in seven volumes.

  1. Arashi no Yoru Ni (1994) ISBN 4-06-252852-5
  2. Aru Hareta Hi Ni (1996) ISBN 4-06-252870-3
  3. Kumo no Kirema Ni (1997) ISBN 4-06-252874-6
  4. Kiri no Naka De (1999) ISBN 4-06-252875-4
  5. Doshaburi no Hi Ni (2000) ISBN 4-06-252876-2
  6. Fubuki no Ashita (2002) ISBN 4-06-252877-0
  7. Mangetsu no Yoru Ni (2005) ISBN 4-06-252878-9

Movie edition

The movie "Arashi no Yoru Ni" was released in Japan on December 10, 2005. The movie stayed within the top 10 in the Japanese box office for well over a month, with over 1,200,000 viewers in the first month alone. On January 20, 2006, "Arashi no Yoru Ni" was screened in Taiwan, and screening worldwide in 26 other countries, including England and Korea, is planned for the future.

The Japanese DVD was released on June 23, 2006 as both a special edition and a standard edition.

The movie was broadcasted on a Swedish channel, SVT2, for the first time on September 8, 2007.

There is some blood and violence in the movie. For instance, one of the few violent scenes shows Mei's mother biting an ear off of one of the wolves. There is also some cursing.

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Cast

  • Giro (Wolf Boss) - Riki Takeuchi
  • Barry (Gabu's older brother) - Kōichi Yamadera
  • Beach (Companion of Gabu) - Tetsuya Yanagihara
  • Zack (Companion of Gabu) - Yoshiyuki Hirai
  • Gabu's Mother - Yū Hayami (Friendship Performance)
  • Mei's Grandmother - Etsuko Ichihara (Special Performance)

Staff

  • Original story - Yūichi Kimura
  • Director - Gisaburo Sugii
  • Animation supervisor - Tsuneo Maeda
  • Character Design - Marisuke Eguchi
  • Art director - Yukio Abe
  • Music - Keisuke Shinohara
  • Theme song: "Star" by aiko

References

Much of the content of this article comes from the equivalent Japanese-language Wikipedia article.

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