Arashi no Yoru ni (あらしのよるに, lit. One Stormy Night) is the first in a series of children’s books authored by Yūichi Kimura and illustrated by Hiroshi Abe. In 1995, the book won the 26th Kōdansha Literature Culture Award and the 42nd Sankei Children’s Literature Culture Award. When “Arashi no Yoru ni” was published in 1994, Kimura had no plans to continue the story as a series. But due to the popularity of the story and receiving considerable encouragement, he continued the story through five more books, ending with “Fubuki no Ashita (After the Snowstorm).” As the series became more popular, a compilation called “Shiroiyami no Hate de” was released and a movie adaptation was produced. Soon after, Kimura wrote the seventh book, “Mangetsu no Yoru ni”, finally ending the series.
Arashi no Yoru ni was published in Japanese textbooks by Mitsumura Tosho Publishing. In 2005, Gisaburō Sugii directed an animated film adaptation covering all seven books in the series. A CG-animated anime television series by Sparky Animation, Arashi no Yoru ni: Himitsu no Tomodachi (あらしのよるに ひみつのともだち One Stormy Night: Secret Friends), began airing in Japan from April 4, 2012 to September 26, 2012.
“Arashi no Yoru ni: Himitsu no Tomodachi” is another realisation of the story based on the original series of childrens books written over fifteen years ago now. The story is basic enough: A goat and a wolf befriend each other whilst taking shelter from a storm, and due to the dark environment and lack of ability to smell each other, they resort to having a conversation that sees them discover they have a lot in common. They only discover their differences in species when they meet again the following day, but the choose to pursue their friendship rather than let base instinct get the better of them. Where the series differs from the books and the movie is that Mei, who was originally cast as male in the movie and always seen as male by the author of the books, has now become May, a female goat. I find this a disappointing change, as it actually leaves the interpretation of May and Gabu’s relationship as being more a romance than a friendship, particularly in the way some episodes depict interaction between the two.
[sociallocker]Arashi no Yoru ni Original Soundtrack
Arashi no Yoru ni Theme Song: Star – Aiko
Arashi no Yoru ni: Himitsu no Tomodachi Theme Song:
OP Theme: “Friendship Birthday – Arashi no Yoru ni –” by Sea☆A [Single]
ED Theme: “Dear My Friend” by U-KISS [Download]