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Characters: Arashi No Yoru Ni
This page is for the characters from the 2005 film adaptation.

Note: For the page about the characters from the CGI series which differs from the manga and feature film counterparts, see this page.

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    The Goats 

Mei

Voiced By Hiroki Narimiya
A goat from the Sawasawa Mountains. While the gender is unmentioned in the original books, Mei is depicted as a male goat in the film.
Mei the Goat.

  • Adorkable
  • Agony of the Feet: When him and Gabu are hiding from the wolves, Beach accidentally steps on Mei's foot, and Gabu quickly puts his paw over Mei's mouth to shush him so they won't be heard.
  • Beast and Beauty: The Beauty to Gabu.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: A rare male example, but throughout the movie, Mei never really suffers any injuries and his fur never got dirty. He was almost a Pollyanna, at least until near the end.
  • 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.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes
  • Interspecies Romantic Friendship: With Gabu.
  • Fear Of Lightning: In fact, it's how he and Gabu first met when they both took refuge in a barn during a thunderstorm.
  • Friendly Enemy
  • Forbidden Friendship
  • Little Guy, Big Buddy: The Little Guy to Gabu, especially since he is pretty clumsy.
  • 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.
  • Odd Friendship
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The Sensitive Guy to Gabu.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes
  • Tender Tears
  • The Cutie
  • The Pollyanna: For most of the movie at least, despite all the hardships him and Gabu went through, he never seemed to lose his cheery, positive attitude. After nearly drowning, realizing his friend was a wolf, being sent away from his grandma and friends with whom he's lived with his whole life, and starving in a blizzard. That was, until he nearly died in the ice cave and when he was abused and about to be eaten up by Gabu himself.
  • 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...
  • You Can't Go Home Again: The fate he and Gabu suffer when their groups find out that they've been hanging out.

Tap

Voiced By Shōzō Hayashiya IX
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.
  • Lovable Coward

Mii

Voiced By Maya Kobayashi
A pink-colored goat and a friend of Mei. She does not appear in the book series.

Elder Goat (Chōro)

Voiced By Eiji Bandō
The leader of the goats of the Sawasawa Mountains.

  • Incurable Cough of Death: Subverted. He was still alive at his last appearance before Mei and Gabu ran away.
  • 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.

Mei's Grandmother

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.

Mei's Mother

Attempted to save Mei from a group of wolves when he was a child, managing to bite off Giro's ear before being eaten. Though she is mentioned, she does not physically appear in the book series.

    The Wolves 

Gabu

Voiced by Shidō Nakamura II
A wolf from the Bakubaku Valley.
Gabu the Wolf.

  • Adorkable
  • Beast and Beauty: The Beast to Mei.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He's a wolf after all, and even a Noble Wolf will rip the throat out of a threat.
  • 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.
  • Cranial Eruption: Gets one on the forehead after being kicked by Tap.
  • Clifftop Caterwauling
  • Disappeared Dad: He was never seen in Gabu's flashbacks. However, Giro said that Gabu's father was his best friend, but it's never stated what happened to him.
  • Interspecies Romantic Friendship: With Mei.
  • Fear Of Lightning: In fact, it's how he and Mei first met when they both took refuge in a barn during a thunderstorm.
  • Forbidden Friendship
  • Friendly Enemy
  • Green Eyes
  • Gentle Giant
  • 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.
  • Howling to the Night
  • Knight in Shining Armor: Never hesitates to help Mei when he is in distress.
  • Little Guy, Big Buddy: The Big Buddy to Mei
  • Lovable Coward: In spades when he was a pup in his flashback!
  • Nice Guy: One of the nicest wolves you could meet. He is the sweetest and kindest of his pack and, surprisingly, for a wolf, managed to refuse to eat Mei because he values friendship more.
  • Noble Wolf: A wolf that places greater importance on friendship than food.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: When he tries to nibble sleeping Mei's ear.
  • Not So Different: From Mei, turns out that both their mothers died when they were young and gave them similar advice.
  • Odd Friendship
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: As a puppy.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The Manly Man to Mei, though not so manly. He is stronger and more arrogant than Mei though.
  • Tender Tears
  • 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 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."
  • You Can't Go Home Again: The fate he and Mei suffer when their groups find out that they've been hanging out.

Giro

Voiced By Riki Takeuchi
The boss of the Bakubaku Valley wolves and a friend of Gabu's father.

Barry

Voiced By Kōichi Yamadera
A red-haired wolf and Giro's right-hand man.

Beach and Zack

Voiced By Tetsuya Yanagihara and Yoshiyuki Hirai
A pair of twin wolves.

  • 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.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Zack gets distracted from the task at hand by pointing out a pretty flower.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: They looked incompetent since they couldn't notice that Gabu and Mei were in the bushes in right front of them. That is until, they actually heard Gabu and saw his ears poking out of the bushes, and called out to all the other wolves. Cue Chase Scene.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Zack, especially since he is always seen smiling with his tongue out.
  • Eyepatch of Power: For Beach
    • Scars Are Forever: Even in Gabu's flashback when they were all pups, Beach still had the exact same eyepatch on.
  • Fat and Skinny: Beach is fat and Zack is skinny.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Zack is foolish, Beach is responsible.
  • Kindhearted Simpleton: Zack could be this, due to his ditzy attitude and love for flowers.
  • Man Child: Zack
  • 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.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang
  • Those Two Guys: They are never seen apart in any scene.

Gabu's Mother

Voiced By Yū Hayami
Only seen briefly in Gabu's flashback.


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