Break the Cutie: Twice. Poor, poor Mei, while he and Gabu are crossing the treacherous mountain, they both run into a nasty blizzard. Mei and Gabu find shelter in a cave and Mei solemnly tells Gabu that he won't make it and Gabu should eat him for survival. Seeing Mei become so serious and somber after being cheerful throughout the movie just hits hard. Later, he breaks again, in the cave that Gabu drags him into after Gabu lost his memory, Mei desperately tries to convince Gabu to remember him. Mei tearing up when Gabu yells at him and tells Mei that he will eat him no matter what is heartbreaking.
Disappeared Dad: Mei's dad is never seen nor mentioned throughout the entire film.
Messy Hair: And it's adorable, just look at the picture!
Morality Pet: To Gabu, if it wasn't for him, Gabu would have still been hunting goats. And after Mei meets him, Gabu refuses to eat any goats throughout the entire film, even when Mei himself tells Gabu to eat him. However, the scene where Gabu has lost his memory made Mei seem like a Morality Chain. Because it seemed like Gabu thought that Mei died on the mountain, and reverted to his old goat-hunting ways since Mei is the one who kept him from eating goats.
Nice Guy: The cutest and sweetest goat you can meet!
Not So Different: From Gabu, turns out that both their mothers died when they were young and gave them similar advice.
The Woobie: Poor, poor Mei and Gabu, they just never get a break. The movie even starts off with a Tear Jerker. Mei and his mother were attacked by Giro. Mei's mother fights the wolves off, managing to rip off Giro's ear and slash his left eye. Sadly, she was killed by the wolves since she was outnumbered. Mei, without looking back, continues to run, knowing his mother won't be coming back soon. He gets rejected by his society when they find out that he is friends with Gabu. They both run away from home and decide to climb a huge mountain. When they cross the mountain, a huge blizzard incapacitates Mei and Gabu brings him into a cave. Mei is dying and he knows it too, because in order to save him from his suffering he tells Gabu to eat him so that he can survive the mountain for both of them. Such a cheerful, upbeat character, suddenly gives up hope and wants his best friend to end his misery? Even though, they both survive the mountain, Mei finds that Gabu got amnesia after getting caught in an avalanche and he only sees Mei as a delicious goat. The one true friend you finally made and had a great adventure with, suddenly wants to kill you, simply because he lost his memories of the times you've spent together that you said would last forever? Yup, Mei just hit major Woobie status. The look on his face too, was absolute shock and terror, and desperately crying and begging for Gabu to remember him didn't help matters either. It makes you want to give Mei a huge hug and tell him that you're proud that he earned his Happy Ending with Gabu!Thank God that Gabu's amnesia was only temporary. Or else...
An overweight goat who acts as an elder brother figure to Mei.
Bullying a Dragon: Accidentally. While Gabu was in the bushes right in front of him, Mei, and Mii, Tap began to insult wolves. After Gabu howled, Tap boasted about how he could take on any wolf and then accidentally kicked Gabu in the head. Then, Gabu leaped out of the bushes and scared off him and Mii.
Reasonable Authority Figure: 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.
Voiced By Etsuko Ichihara
She raised Mei after his mother was killed, and is later shocked when Mei befriends Gabu. She does not appear in the book series.
Break the Cutie: Twice. Just like Mei; poor, poor Gabu. After he survives the waterfall, he desperately calls out for Mei. Assuming he's dead, Gabu blames himself and breaks down crying. Later, he breaks again, in the snow cave, when him and Mei were starving to death. Mei wanted to offer himself as a sacrifice to Gabu, so that he could make it through the treacherous mountain. Gabu breaks down hard, overwhelmed by tears, he curses his life and wishes he was never born a wolf.
Growling Gut: Played for Drama, Gabu desperately fights his hunger while Mei offers himself as a meal to Gabu. Gabu breaks down crying from being overwhelmed by starvation and can't stand the thought of eating his own best friend.
The Woobie: Him and Mei are both a couple of Woobies, but Gabu is definitely the biggest one. When he was just a pup, his mother died, and his pack mates would tease him for his cowardice.note It's never told whether that flashback took place before or after Gabu's mother died. If that flashback happened after her death, that would explain Gabu's fearfulness since he was just a pup and without a mother, he probably felt lonely and unloved. Which makes that scene a lot moredepressing.It gets worse, when the pack finds out that he's been hanging out with a goat, they punish him by making him sleep in a hole for the night. Then, after Gabu and Mei run away from home, his own Jerkass pack mates, who bullied him as a pup, are now trying to kill him. Even worse, when he and Mei are crossing the mountain, they get caught in a blizzard and take refuge in a cave Gabu dug up. They are both starving to the point where Mei looks like he won't make it. The only true friend Gabu has ever made and protected for so long, suddenly gives up hope, and offers himself as a simple meal to Gabu so he can survive. Gabu does NOT take it well, at all. After all that he's been through, it makes you want to give him a big hug and tell him that you're proud that he earned his Happy Ending.
Took a Level in Badass: After runnning away from the wolves to the point where both him and Mei are starving to death, he decides that he's had enough. He finally gets over his fear of jumping off of cliffs and jumps down hundreds of feet, ready to kick some ass. Doubles as a Crowning Moment Of Awesome.
Took a Level in Jerkass: Temporarily, after Gabu's fight with the wolves, the avalanche gave him amnesia and he didn't know who Mei or even who he was. He only saw Mei as a delicious treat and abused him until Mei tells him that they met "One Stormy Night."
Actor Allusion: Beach and Zack are a bumbling, comedic duo of wolves in this film. In Real Life, the voice actors, Tetsuya Yanagihara and Yoshiyuki Hirai, are a comedic duo in Japan known as America Zarigani, formed in 1994.
Punch Clock Villains: They look nice enough, they are never seen angry or serious when they are sent to find Gabu so that he can be executed. They are just doing it likely because they will possibly be killed if they don't succeed in finding Gabu.
Red Oni, Blue Oni: Zack is red and Beach is blue, because Zack is quirky and energetic, while Beach is calm and collected.
Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Zack is the Sensitive Guy, because he is innocent, cheerful and has a childlike voice. Beach is the Manly Man because he is bigger, tougher and has a deeper voice. When Zack and Beach were searching for Gabu, Zack pointed out a beautiful flower and showed his sensitive side by saying how pretty it was and promised not to step on it when Beach told him to.