Literature / Arashi No Yoru Ni
aka: One Stormy Night

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This movie has slightly more sexual tension than The Fox and the Hound.
Arashi no Yoru ni ("One Stormy Night"), a 1994 Japanese children's book and 2005 Japanese animated film about the deeply romantic friendship (or relationship, depending on whom you ask) between a goat named Mei and a wolf named Gabu. It starts one stormy night when Mei and Gabu, both separated from their companions and terrified of lightning, happen to take shelter in the same barn. There in the dark where they can't see each other's species, they strike up a conversation and learn they have a lot in common. They promise to meet each other again at the same place, and say "one stormy night" as their secret phrase. Imagine their surprise the next day when they discover the truth! Mei and Gabu like each other so much already that they decide to put aside predator and prey in order to be secret friends. However, it's only a matter of time before their respective groups find out they've been fraternizing with the enemy, and brand them as traitors. Will these two be able to find a way to stay together?

A CG-animated TV series, subtitled Himitsu no Tomodachi (Secret Friends), began airing on TV Tokyo on April 4, 2012. It is noteworthy for depicting Mei as a girl, compared to the books in which Mei's gender isn't specified (though the author later said Mei was supposed to be male all along), and the movie in which Mei is depicted as a boy.

God help you if you confuse this with Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni or Higanbana No Saku Yoru Ni.

Compare The Fox and the Hound and Night on the Galactic Railroad. Contrast Ringing Bell, a Darker and Edgier anime also exploring the relationship between a wolf and a sheep.


Provides examples of:

  • All-CGI Cartoon: The anime series.
  • Ambiguous Gender: 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 revealed that Mei was always intended to be male, but that ultimately his gender was not relevant to the story.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: While they're searching for Gabu and Mei, one of the wolves in Giro's pack becomes really excited about seeing some pretty flowers.
  • Award Bait Song: Star by Aiko, which plays over the credits.
  • Beast and Beauty: Mei is the "beauty", but more in that the bestial Gabu finds him irresistable to eat.
  • Birds of a Feather: Mei and Gabu bond over their similar personalities and backstory.
  • Book Ends: Gabu eventually ends up fighting an entire wolf pack to protect Mei, just like Mei's mother did in the film's opening. They even fight the same pack leader!
  • Break the Cutie: 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 Tap on the Head and has Identity Amnesia 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 "Arashi no Yoru ni".
  • Carnivore Confusion: Gabu loves goat meat. Gabu loves Mei. Mei loves Gabu. 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 Unresolved Sexual Tension trope.
  • Conspicuous CG: Some of the terrain stands out juuuuuust a bit. Not that it's any uglier for it.
  • Death Mountain: The impassable snow-covered mountain Mei and Gabu must pass to find their freedom.
  • Description Cut: While heading towards the mountain, it starts snowing. Mei and Gabu comments that it'll probably clear up the next day, only for it to cut to them braving their way through a blizzard.
  • Did They or Didn't They?: As they're preparing to leave the secret cave Gabu hides them both in during the wolf attack, the pair's conversation turns to the full moon and how much they simply enjoy being with each other. It gets quite emotional, and the camera pans away as they decide to skip going home and just spend the night in the cave together. They don't get back to their respective homes until late the next day.
  • Disney Death:
    • Mei appears to die after he and Gabu fall over a waterfall. He lives.
    • After the avalanche, Mei thinks that Gabu has been killed. Gabu does turn out to be alive, but...
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: The only brief time we see Mei getting mad is when he wakes up to Gabu sneaking back after having eaten some mice, to which Mei accuses him of doing it "every time when I sleep", and they have a small argument. (Sounds like a wife scolding her husband for eating midnight snacks or drinking behind her back.)
  • Downer Beginning: 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.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: After going through so much together with no likely chance of a happy ending, Mei and Gabu get to stay together forever without having to worry about their kin getting in their way.
  • Feuding Families: Wolves eat goats. Goats flee from wolves. They can never be friends.
  • Family-Unfriendly Violence: 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.
  • Fan Vid: Arashi no Yoru ni is very popular for making anime music videos, especially of the LGBT Fanbase variety. Here, try some video links.
  • Fear of Thunder: Mei and Gabu both.
  • Flashback: Gabu's memories of his childhood with his mother and the other wolves.
  • Forbidden Friendship: Or Star-Crossed Lovers, depending on your interpretation. Mei and Gabu are very, very good friends, but since their species are natural enemies, both their kin won't approve their relationship.
  • Furry Reminder: While the goats are guilty of it as well, the wolves especially have a lot of humanlike behaviour, such as occasionally walking around on two legs, somehow making complex things such as a 'lid' on the hole they throw Gabu in, one wolf is wearing an eyepatch, and they have long and serious discussions. Come the climax of the film, Gabu decides to fight them all to which the following battle turns them all into fully animalistic, vicious wolves, growling, barking and tearing at each other.
  • A Friend in Need: Gabu casting aside his own fierce hunger to find food for Mei and protect him from the wolves pursuing them.
  • Gender Flip: 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.
  • General Ripper: Giro.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: The way Beach's name is spelled in katakana (ビッチ, "bitchi") suggests it's actually meant to be rendered in English as Bitch (as "beach" would be more like "biichi"). Given the target audience, the different spelling in the translation is likely intentional.
  • Ghibli Hills: The idyllic Pleasant Mountain where Mei and his goat kin live. Also the Emerald Forest where Mei and Gabu are finally free to be together.
  • The Glomp
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: Gabu and his pack when he decides to fight them.
  • Go-Karting with Bowser: 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.
  • Green Hill Zone: 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.
  • Happily Ever After: Both Mei and Gabu get through the mountain and once Gabu recovers his memory, they can live a happy life together without having to worry about others getting in the way of their friendship.
  • Have You Tried Not Being a Monster?: Gabu does, and it ends up nearly killing him and giving him Easy Amnesia.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: Mei gets this after Gabu disappears towards the end of the film.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Averted twice. When Mei and Gabu are on their Death Mountain 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.
  • Hide Your Gays: The children's books deliberately hide Mei's gender, making everyone at the time assume it was a boy-meets-girl love story. It wasn't until the movie that it was made clear both Mei and Gabu are male. The film still makes the homosexual romance aspect a bit subtle; Mei and Gabu only say they are "best friends" and they never do anything beyond holding hands and hugging. Their relationship dynamic and dialogue still come off as highly romantic, though.
  • Homoerotic Subtext: 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 symbolism (such as Carnivore Confusion).
  • Identity Amnesia: After Gabu has a Tap on the Head (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.
  • If It's You, It's Okay: 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.
  • Imagine Spot: Mei and Gabu finding out where each other lives and imagining what it must be like to be there.
  • Interspecies Friendship: Mei the goat and Gabu the wolf are best friends. Although their relationship dynamic may lead you to think of them as lovers. No one else is happy with it.
  • It Was a Dark and Stormy Night: Gee... you think? (Only in this case it's less horrific.)
  • Knight in Shining Armor: Gabu, bravely fighting to protect Mei.
  • Little Guy, Big Buddy: Mei the little goat and Gabu the big wolf. Look at them! Just look at them!
  • The Lost Woods: The forest Mei and Gabu wander through while escaping their pursuers.
  • Love Hurts: Boy, does it.
  • Mama Bear: Mei's mother during the Downer Beginning, who fiercely protected him from an entire wolf pack and gave her life in the process.
  • Make Up or Break Up: With all their kin watching from afar, Mei and Gabu must either deceive each other or stay true to each other.
  • Meaningful Name: "Mei" is the Japanese onomatopoeia for the noise a goat makes and "gabu" is the one for biting.
  • Meadow Run: Mei runs happily across the meadow towards Gabu, but Gabu actually has Identity Amnesia and is running towards Mei to catch his prey.
  • Mistaken Identity: 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. Or if you're a wolf who befriends goats.
  • The Mourning After: 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.
  • No Accounting for Taste: Mei looks very upset when he catches Gabu sneaking back after yet another night of catching and eating mice.
  • Odd Friendship: Mei and Gabu.
  • Parental Abandonment: 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.
  • Partially Civilized Animal: The goats and wolves.
  • Pink Girl, Blue Boy: In the series Mei has pink eyes (and fur) while Gabu has blue eyes.
  • Plot-Mandated Friendship Failure: Just when Mei and Gabu get through the mountain, Gabu loses his memory after getting hit by an avalanche. He tries to eat Mei and Mei is heartbroken by apparently having lost his best friend. Until Gabu recovers his memory when he hears Mei say "One stormy night".
  • Poor Communication Kills: Inverted 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.
  • Queer Romance: Please, like it wasn't obvious? One of the best examples of how it is not inherently family-unfriendly. And for kids.
  • Raised by Grandparents: Mei was raised by his grandmother after his mother died.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: The goat elder. 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.
  • The Reveal: 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 Body Language follows.
  • Romantic Comedy: Especially their first date and picnic.
  • Rule of Drama: Yes, Mei and Gabu. Cross the giant mountain ahead of you that spells out nearly certain doom. It's not like you could go around it.
  • Rule of Romantic
  • Say My Name: Through the course of the movie, Mei and Gabu speak/yell the other's name in times of peril and/or uncertainty.
  • Scenery Porn: The scenery, not the characters. Not that that doesn't exist.
  • Secret Relationship: Gabu and Mei conceal their association from both their kin.
  • The Smurfette Principle: There seems to be only one female in Gabu's pack or two counting his deceased mom, in stark contrast with Mei's flock. She also doesn't have single line of dialogue in the whole movie.
  • Suicidal Gotcha: 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.
  • Take a Third Option. Either act as The Mole for your kind, or have Mei be devoured by Gabu? Naaaaaah, just jump in the flash-flooded river!
  • Take My Hand: Gabu acts quickly to save Mei from being swept away by a fast-flowing river.
  • Tender Tears
  • They Have the Scent: 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.
  • Title Drop: Repeatedly, though understandably. Though at times it almost seems to come close to being their safe-word...
  • Took a Level in Badass: Gabu is a pretty friendly and non-threatening wolf throughout most of the film. However, once he's finally had enough of his pack chasing him and Mei, shit goes down.
  • Trrrilling Rrrs: In the Japanese dub, Barry does it quite a lot when he's angry.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: Played With. Whether Played Straight or a Ship Tease, scenes were 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 Marilyn Monroe walk, making it appear that Gabu was having a Male Gaze moment.
  • Was It All a Lie?: Suspected by Mei and Gabu's kin once their relationship is discovered that the other of the pair was The Mole to gather information about their enemies. Suspected briefly by Mei and Gabu themselves before being dismissed and proven wrong.
  • Yakuza: Gabu's pack has several shades of it, both in mannerism (the trilled R's typical of Japanese Delinquents, Giro's behavior) and looks (Giro's scar, Barry's red hair resembling Delinquent Hair). Heck, Giro's original voice actor, Riki Takeuchi, is famous in Japan for his several roles in Yakuza movies!
  • Yaoi Guys: Male Mei with Gabu in the film. But as 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 Flipped to female.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: The price Mei and Gabu pay for loving each other.


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