[[quoteright:361:[[MaleGaze http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Arashi_no_Yoru_ni.jpg]]]]
[[caption-width-right:361:This movie has slightly more [[UnresolvedSexualTension sexual tension]] than ''Disney/TheFoxAndTheHound''.]]
''Arashi no Yoru ni'', a 1994 Japanese children's book and 2005 Japanese animated film about the deeply [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romantic_friendship romantic friendship]] (or [[StraightGay relationship]], depending on whom you ask) between a goat named Mei and a wolf named Gabu.

A CG-animated TV series began airing on April 4, 2012 subtitled ''Himitsu no Tomodachi'' (Secret Friends). It is noteworthy for {{Gender Flip}}ping Mei.

God help you if you confuse this with ''VisualNovel/HigurashiNoNakuKoroNi'' or ''Manga/HiganbanaNoSakuYoruNi''.

There is [[NoExportForYou no official English title]], but when a translation is needed, fans usually call it ''One Stormy Night''.

Compare ''Disney/TheFoxAndTheHound'' and ''Anime/NightOnTheGalacticRailroad''. Contrast ''Anime/ChirinNoSuzu''.

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!!Provides examples of:
* AmbiguousGender[=/=]AmbiguouslyGay: More like deliberately ambiguous in presentation, but not in conception. Since the children's books didn't establish Mei's gender, everyone at the time assumed it was a boy-meets-girl love story, and the story was well established as a romance for over a decade. But the 2005 film firmly established Mei as male, and the creator [[WordOfGay revealed]] that Mei was always ''intended'' to be male, but that ultimately his gender was not relevant to the story.
* AllCGICartoon: The anime series.
* BeastAndBeauty: Mei is the "beauty", but more in that the bestial Gabu finds him irresistable ''[[CarnivoreConfusion to eat]]''.
* BreakTheCutie: [[spoiler:Mei's perfect faith and devotion to Gabu is never strongly challenged until near the end, when he is reunited with Gabu only to find out that Gabu had a TapOnTheHead and has IdentityAmnesia and cannot remember anything that happened, and that goat meat is and has always been Gabu's absolute favorite food. Mei has his only real loss of composure in his horror that the one he loves has forgotten him and wants to eat him as an indifferent stranger. But Gabu's memory is quickly jogged when Mei cries about the one stormy night together when they first met -- their "[[TitleDrop Arashi no Yoru ni]]".]]
* CarnivoreConfusion: Gabu loves goat meat. Gabu loves Mei. Mei loves Gabu. [[spoiler:Mei is willing to be eaten by Gabu if only one of them can live. Gabu has an emotional meltdown. This trope is used to subvert the UnresolvedSexualTension trope.]]
* ConspicuousCG: Some of the terrain stands out ''juuuuuust'' a bit. [[SceneryPorn Not]] that it's any uglier for it.
* DeathMountain: [[spoiler:The impassable snow-covered mountain Mei and Gabu must pass to find their freedom.]]
* DisneyDeath:
** [[spoiler:Mei appears to die after he and Gabu fall over a waterfall. He lives.]]
** [[spoiler:After the avalanche, Mei thinks that Gabu has been killed. (He was originally intended to have died before the last book came out to Joss it, much in the same way that Franchise/SherlockHolmes was supposed to have died in FINA.) Gabu does turn out to be alive, [[IdentityAmnesia but...]]]]
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: The only brief time we see Mei getting mad is when he wakes up to Gabu sneaking back after having had a few snacks, to which Mei scolds him for doing it "every time when I sleep." [[note]] Sounds like a wife scolding her husband for eating midnight snacks or drinking behind her back.[[/note]]
* DownerBeginning: It starts with Mei and his mother being attacked by wolves, to which Mei runs away while his mother stays behind to fight them, but ends up eaten.
* [[spoiler: EarnYourHappyEnding]]
* FeudingFamilies: Wolves eat goats. Goats flee from wolves. They can never be friends.
* FamilyUnfriendlyViolence: Not in Japan where the film was originally made and marketed. In the United States, it's probable parents might be uncomfortable letting their children see a movie where a goat rips off a wolf's ear with her teeth barely minutes in.
* FanVid: ''Arashi no Yoru ni'' is [[http://www.youtube.com/results?search_type=&search_query=arashi+no+yoru+ni+amv&aq=f very popular]] for making anime music videos, especially of the LGBTFanbase variety. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MulpQxbKttY Here]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=etFHtwF06hY try]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZj5Z1UKrJE some]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTk8-e_xzN8 video]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORrZgNYe2lQ links]].
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsCHDWGvNu0 And we watch the moonrise on the hilltop, you and I~]]
* FearOfThunder: Mei and Gabu both.
* {{Flashback}}: Gabu's memories of his childhood with his mother and the other wolves.
* ForbiddenFriendship / StarcrossedLovers: Depending on your interpretation.
* AFriendInNeed: [[spoiler:Gabu casting aside his own fierce hunger to find food for Mei and protect him from the wolves pursuing them.]]
* GeneralRipper: [[spoiler:Giro.]]
* GenderFlip: The TV show apparently portrays Mei as a girl instead of a boy like in the film. The English dub even changes the spelling of the name to May.
* GhibliHills: The idyllic Pleasant Mountain where Mei and his goat kin live. [[spoiler:Also the Emerald Forest where Mei and Gabu are finally free to be together.]]
* TheGlomp
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: Gabu and his pack [[spoiler:when he decides to fight them.]]
* GoKartingWithBowser: [[spoiler:When Mei and Gabu's kin each learn that the two have been spending so much time together as friends, they are horrified and angered (respectively) at what they see as an ultimate blood betrayal.]]
* GreenHillZone: For the goats, every place away from Pleasant Mountain. It's beautiful, there's lots of food, and goats can be killed in broad daylight.
* [[spoiler: HappilyEverAfter: There are many people who believe that the book series concludes with [[DownerEnding Fubuki no Ashita]], but this trope actually applies not only to the film, but the books as well.]]
* HaveYouTriedNotBeingAMonster: Gabu does, and [[spoiler:it ends up nearly killing him and giving him EasyAmnesia]].
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Averted twice. When Mei and Gabu are on their DeathMountain and slowly starving to death, Mei offers himself to be eaten by Gabu so that Gabu may live. Gabu, rejecting this, goes out to dig for grass to feed Mei, but confronts his wolf pack and decides Mei may be worth dying for, and attacks them. Gabu survives the fight and an avalanche, albeit with amnesia.]]
* HomoeroticSubtext: Lots of it. This is a ''very gay'' film. But it's also for children, so there are no explicit sexual overtones that aren't wrapped heavily in [[FauxSymbolism symbolism]] (such as CarnivoreConfusion).
* [[HugeGuyTinyGirl Huge Guy, Tiny Guy]]: Look at them! Just ''look'' at them!
* [[spoiler:IdentityAmnesia]]: [[spoiler:After Gabu has a TapOnTheHead (well, an avalanche), when he and Mei are next reunited, Gabu doesn't remember who he is or where he came from, except that goats are his absolute favorite food.]]
* IfItsYouItsOkay: [[spoiler:Mei doesn't want to be eaten by a wolf or anyone, unless that wolf is his friend Gabu and there's no other choice.]]
* ImagineSpot: Mei and Gabu finding out where each other lives and imagining what it must be like to be there.
* [[InterspeciesRomance Interspecies Romantic]] [[InterspeciesFriendship Friendship]]: Mei and Gabu. [[spoiler:No one else is happy with it.]]
* ItWasADarkAndStormyNight: Gee... [[TitleDrop you think]]? (Only in this case it's less horrific.)
* KnightInShiningArmor: [[spoiler:Gabu, bravely fighting to protect Mei.]]
* TheLostWoods: [[spoiler:The forest Mei and Gabu wander through while escaping their pursuers.]]
* LoveHurts: Boy, does it.
* MakeUpOrBreakUp: [[spoiler:With all their kin watching from afar, Mei and Gabu must either deceive each other or stay true to each other.]]
* MeaningfulName: "Mei" is the Japanese onomatopoeia for the noise a goat makes and "gabu" is the one for biting.
* MeadowRun: [[spoiler:Mei runs happily across the meadow towards Gabu, but Gabu actually has IdentityAmnesia and is running towards Mei to catch his prey.]]
* MistakenIdentity: When Mei and Gabu first meet in the old barn, they can neither see each other nor smell each other, but they can talk to each other, and they become friends there. Only later does Mei realize that Gabu is a wolf (not another goat) and Gabu realizes that Mei is a goat (not another wolf). By this time, they have decided to be friends and they stay true to it.
* {{Mordor}}: Gabu's home, Chomping Hills. At least if you're a goat. [[spoiler:Or if you're a wolf who befriends goats.]]
* TheMourningAfter: [[spoiler:After Gabu's apparent death, a month passes by. But Mei is dejected to the point of feeling unable to keep on going without Gabu.]]
* NoAccountingForTaste: Mei looks ''very upset'' when he catches Gabu sneaking back after yet another night of catching and eating mice.
* ParentalAbandonment: Mei and Gabu's mothers have both already died. Gabu's father is mentioned once, but otherwise fathers are nowhere to be seen. Averted in the books, where Giro is Gabu's father.
* ParentalSubstitute: Mei was raised by his grandmother after his mother died.
* PartiallyCivilizedAnimal: The goats and wolves.
* PinkGirlBlueBoy: In the series Mei has pink eyes (and fur) while Gabu has blue eyes.
* PoorCommunicationKills: Subverted at Mei and Gabu's first meeting; it's ''because'' the pair aren't specific about what they mean by "food" that they can get along... at first.
* QueerRomance: Please, like it wasn't obvious? One of the best examples of how it is not [[ValuesDissonance inherently]] family-unfriendly. And ''[[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids for kids]]''.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: The goat elder. [[spoiler:And in abstract, his objection to Mei befriending a wolf is reasonable in context -- if the wolf is not absolutely trustworthy to all the goats, it's a grim threat to their survival.]]
* TheReveal: When Mei and Gabu meet for the second time, they see each other for the first time and realize they are different species. Eye-widening BodyLanguage follows.
* RomanticComedy: Especially their first date and picnic.
* RuleOfRomantic.
* SayMyName: Through the course of the movie, Mei and Gabu speak/yell the other's name in times of peril and/or uncertainty.
* SceneryPorn: The ''scenery'', not the characters. [[RuleThirtyFour Not that that doesn't exist]].
* SecretRelationship: Gabu and Mei conceal their association from both their kin.
* SuicidalGotcha: [[spoiler:Twice. First when Mei and Gabu suddenly decide to jump into the river together to be swept far away from the suspicious eyes of their kin. Then again when Mei and Gabu are fleeing their wolf pursuers in the forest and Gabu makes a brave leap he's never been able to make before.]]
* TakeAThirdOption. [[spoiler: Either act as TheMole for your kind, or have Mei be devoured by Gabu? Naaaaaah, just jump in the flash-flooded river!]]
* TakeMyHand: [[spoiler:Gabu acts quickly to save Mei from being swept away by a fast-flowing river.]]
* TenderTears
* TheyHaveTheScent: They always do. Everyone knows what goats smell like and what wolves smell like, unless they come down with the sniffles, that is. The wolves also know Gabu's unique scent.
* TitleDrop: Repeatedly, though understandably. Though at times it almost seems to come close to being their [[BoundAndGagged safe-word]]...
* TookALevelInBadass: Gabu is a pretty friendly and non-threatening wolf throughout most of the movie, however, once he's finally had enough of his pack pestering him and Mei, ''shit goes down.''
* UnresolvedSexualTension: PlayedWith. Whether PlayedStraight or a ShipTease, scenes were [[WordOfGod intentionally]] arranged to appear like this. In particular, the scene where Gabu stares at Mei's rump while they're walking was based on the Creator/MarilynMonroe walk, making it appear that Gabu was having a MaleGaze moment.
* WasItAllALie: [[spoiler:Suspected by Mei and Gabu's kin once their relationship is discovered that the other of the pair was TheMole to gather information about their enemies. Suspected briefly by Mei and Gabu themselves before being dismissed and proven wrong.]]
* YaoiGuys: ''Male'' Mei with Gabu in the film. But as [[AmbiguousGender his gender was previously always intentionally ambiguous]], this only applies when his portrayal was very obviously male. This trope is not in full force in the storybook versions, as it's left for the audience to decide for themselves. And it's most definitely not in force for the CGI version, where Mei was specifically {{Gender Flip}}ped to female.
* YouCantGoHomeAgain: [[spoiler:The price Mei and Gabu pay for loving each other.]]

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