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Wolf's Rain

Guest Author - Lesley Aeschliman

Wolf's Rain is an anime series created by Keiko Nobumoto, and was produced by Bones Studio.

In the opening scene of the series, a white wolf is seen laying out in the snow. A voice-over narration explains that according to an old legend, Paradise will appear when the end of the world comes. However, only wolves will be able to find Paradise; they will be led there by a Flower Maiden.

It has been believed that wolves were hunted to extinction nearly 200 years before the start of the series. But, it turns out that wolves still do exist, except they have taken on human forms in order to survive. The main characters are four of these wolves: Kiba, Tsume, Hige, and Toboe. Kiba is lured to Freeze City while following the scent of the Lunar Flower, which is a sign of the Flower Maiden. It is here where he meets the other three wolves.

Kiba is a white wolf who wants to find the Lunar Flower and open the way to Paradise. He acts on his instincts, which causes Kiba to act rashly. Tsume is a gray wolf with a scar across his chest. He is tough and very self-reliant. He doesn’t actually believe in Paradise at first; he only goes along with the group on their journey out of boredom.

Hige is a tan wolf, and he has the strongest sense of smell of the group. He has a carefree attitude, and he's very comfortable living in human societies. Toboe, a brown wolf, is the youngest of the group. He has the strongest sense of hearing of the group, and he was raised by an old woman who found him as a puppy outside of the city.

Wolf's Rain has beautiful animation, an excellent musical score (which is provided by Yoko Kanno), and the viewer is presented with a potentially interesting concept and characters. However, by the end of the first five episodes, not much information is given to explain why the wolves were being hunted to extinction in the first place, and not much information is really given as to why the viewer should care for the characters.

However, if you are interested in watching Wolf's Rain, be aware that there is some blood shown when the wolves attack people. Personally, I would recommend Wolf's Rain to anime viewers who are 14 or 15 years of age and older.


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Wolf's Rain262003Tensai OkamuraBonesBandai Entertainment
Wolf's Rain302004Tensai OkamuraBonesBandai Entertainment
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