One Stormy Night – Secret Friends (Arashi no Yoru ni: Himitsu no Tomodachi)

(52 episodes)

What’s it about ?

The unlikely friendship of a goat and a wolf. Adaptation of a bestselling children’s book.


Mei, a somewhat naive young goat. She’s not entirely clueless, though. (Also, this is proof that Rie Kugimiya can sound charming when the role requests it.) One stormy night, she stumbles into a dark shelter, where she meets…

Gabu, a young wolf. Since it was dark, they got to talk for enough time for him to get fond of his newfound friend. Even when he learns she’s food. He carries most of the episode, with the conflict between his heart and his stomach.

Production Values

This is entirely CG-animated… and it doesn’t look half-bad. Nice scenery porn, decent cartooning for the characters’ body language…

Overall Impression

One the one hand, it’s a perfectly decent start that introduces the premise well and makes the archetypal characters grow on you. This would fit quite well as the 20 first minutes of a decent kids’ movie. (And presumably the 2005 movie was along the same lines.) But… 52 episodes of this ? I was already starting to get a bit tired of Gabu’s inner conflict by the end of the first episodes, so I dread how repetitive it’ll get by the third month of it.

Yeah, I think I’m going to skip this one.

via [In which I review] New anime, Spring 2012 – Page 12.

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