In a dying world, there exists an ancient legend: when the world ends, the gateway to paradise will be opened. This utopia is the sole salvation for the remnants of life in this barren land, but the legend also dictates that only wolves can find their way to this mythical realm. Though long thought to be extinct, wolves still exist and live amongst humans, disguising themselves through elaborate illusions. A lone wolf named Kiba finds himself drawn by an intoxicating scent to Freeze City, an impoverished town under the rule of the callous Lord Orkham. Here, Kiba discovers that wolves Hige, Tsume, and Toboe have been drawn in by the same aroma. By following the fragrance of “Lunar Flowers,” said to be the key to opening the door to their ideal world, the wolves set off on a journey across desolate landscapes and crumbling cities to find their legendary promised land. However, they are not the only ones seeking paradise, and those with more sinister intentions will do anything in their power to reach it first. – My Anime List
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It is so uniquely conceived that once finished, you’ll be left in the fetal position on the ground grasping for anything that could fill the gaping hollow Wolf’s Rain left. Don’t worry though, even though it’s quite difficult to compensate for, I’ll try to fill that hollow in my next articles because I don’t lack masterpieces to write about, stay tuned.
Wolf’s Rain is a peerless story, with character development miles above the usual anime stereotypes. This is smart, thoughtful writing, excellent voice acting, and it looks effortless. It comes together in a way that just draws you in, and ties you emotionally to the characters. It’s a deft blending of light and dark, of hope and despair that is far more moving and affecting than something that would be relentlessly bleak. With that as the solid foundation, there is the astounding animation, of almost theatrical quality throughout, with gorgeous character designs, and lush and detailed settings. It almost makes a world teetering on the edge of oblivion an attractive prospect. Of course there is Yoko Kanno’s music, which as so often is the case, is an extra character in the show, perfectly reflecting the mood and emotion of the story, the gravity of the highs and lows, and downright delicious in its own right. Soundtrack CDs are available. The only disappointments are the extras, which other than a couple of promising featurettes on the first two volumes, peter out into title sequences and trailers. There ought to have been much more. But even still, Wolf’s Rain is a show that you will watch again and again, and a reminder that talking animals doesn’t always mean Disney.
If you have not watched this amazing, heartstring-pulling anime, you MUST. Go now. Google it or anything, but just find it. Thank you.
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Overflowing with beauty and conviction yet challenging and biting to a fault, Wolf’s Rain remains extremely difficult to interpret but almost childishly simple to understand, just like a fairytale. It’s a paradoxical experience that wears your heart out and breaks it repeatedly, but it is never contradictory in its quest for meaning. Its passionate creators remained unwavering in their commitment to imagine the most hopeless world possible, a story that opens on its protagonist dying in the snow whispering “There is no such place as Paradise,” and still make us believe that he can’t give up yet. Whether you believe that Paradise is real, that Paradise is just the pursuit itself, or that Paradise is the people who are willing to travel through Hell with you, Wolf’s Rain simply asks the audience to believe in something. Warts and all, it’s anime at the peak of artistic ambition, an endlessly rewarding treasure trove of ideas for dreamers to dig through again and again.
Overall, Wolf’s Rain is truly a classic and deservedly so. I recommend you watch it if you want to see something unique, quality, and deep. In those categories, this series is most assuredly not lacking.
Wolf’s Rain is an instant classic. The background is fascinating, the story is engaging, the characters are very likable, the artwork is stunning, and all around the atmosphere of this show is its own entity. There simply hasn’t been a show like Wolf’s Rain before and because of that it stands out in so many ways. Sure it could be boiled down to the basics as a quest for the Promised Land with some traveling buddies, but it’s so, so much more than that. This is a series that should be on everyone’s play list and even though this is the third time the collection has been release, this Perfect Collection comes highly recommended.
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Wolf’s Rain is a very mature show… And I mean that in terms of actual maturity, not ‘M-Rated’ maturity… And as such, it demands a very mature audience. You have to show it some degree of patience, and a willingness to understand the material, so it may not resonate with everybody. People who are looking for bombastic action, a clear definition of good and evil, easy answers and a happy-sappy ending that ties everything up in a nice big bow… For example, the “Brotherhood is better” crowd… Will still be able to enjoy it on some level, but it may take multiple viewings to pick up on the deeper themes and symbolism that make the otherwise confusing ending work as well as it does. It feels kind of wrong to criticize a show for being too smart, but in this particular case, it creates an issue of accessibility… And when you combine that with the few other minor flaws, I can’t really bring myaself to sign off on a perfect score. It’s a deep, profound series that’s extremely well executed, but it could have stood to go a little easier on the audience.
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Wolf’s Rain is an impressive, almost brilliant show that is just out of the first tier of shows I can recommend. I wish I liked it more, even if it meant admiring it less than I do. But just like Paradise, this show’s reach just exceeds its grasp. It’s good anime, just not great.
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Too slow a pace for me, but pretty touching. I’ll admit Toboe’s death was really painful- so much so the writers decided that the following deaths would be quick, swift, and pointless. The rest of them died in such stupid and non-touching ways. Maybe if they lingered on a little longer I would have felt something… Nah… Then they were reborn once again… Oh that’s just cheating now….
Wolf’s Rain is one of the anime series that first helped bring Bones into prominence with it’s direction, characterization, soundtrack, and story. The odd placement of recap episodes admittedly hurts the story more than aide it however.
This anime is without doubt one of the greatest animes that I have ever seen. It’s lot better than that Naruto and Bleach cack that people are always talking about. It has a good storyline with a likeable cast of characters as well as beautiful animation. This is a great show and should be watched by any fan of anime. If you don’t like this then you probably have no clue as to what’s good and what’s bad. It’s interesting to note that the show’s creator, Keiko Nobumoto, was formally the screenplay writer of Cowboy Bebop. And that concludes my review of Wolf’s Rain.
This anime is one of my favorites and continues to wreck me every time I watch it. While it’s on the mature side, definitely for a slightly older audience, it’s unique and continues to hold up to my expectations. It’s remains to be a bit clearer whenever I sit down and watch, while still being covered in hidden messages.
Wolf’s Rain is one of the best things I have ever seen. After every episode I found myself searching for a paradise of my own and a purpose as great as the wolves’. It is an addicting series that is beautifully done–the artwork is amazing and the animation has virtually no flaws. It flows and flows, and leaves you stunned at the end. A good stunned though. An inspired stunned. Which leaves me to my last note–if you’re looking for an anime where you can predict the ending, this one ain’t it. If you’re looking for one that will leave you with a changed perspective of everything, take the leap and watch it.
Although I recommend Wolf’s Rain, I do so rather cautiously. I will admit that its hyper-realistic style, mythological allegory, and bleakness will not appeal to everyone, but even with that caveat, it has a bit too much boring filler to entirely work even for those who, like me, were drawn in at the start. It can go from being beautiful, fascinating, and gripping in one episode to being laughably bad in the next, and while my opinion is that it ultimately succeeds, the strongest parts, unfortunately, come after the most continuous sequence of crap. I was ultimately quite happy with the time I spent on this show, and yet I view it very much as one that may be taken or left as desired.
Overall, provided you can get past the fairly slow start, Wolf’s Rain is a fairly solid series. The characterisation is done well, the story is engaging, and it’s filled with emotion. It’s not as good as, say, Cowboy Bebop, but it is definitely worth a watch.
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All in all, I almost pulled this series down a level because of its slightly alienating religious themes and focus on animals instead of humans, but then I thought, how can I punish a show for being both incredibly deep and refreshingly different? It may not be perfect, and I can’t promise you’ll like it, but it is a quality work of art amongst anime and a whole new breed of fantasy.
All in all, this series is definitely worth watching. Although I did not enjoy the anime nearly as much as I had hoped, the excellent soundtrack and the incredibly good final four OVAs still make this anime better than most.
In conclusion, Wolf’s Rain is just such a well written work of fiction that leaves you craving more, and it really does a great job at making you feel the emotions it wants you to feel. It also doesn’t treat its audience like buffoons, and gives the audience a chance to think and interpret what they watched. Leaving it to be not only my favorite anime of all time, but my favorite work of fiction.
Wolf’s Rain is a show that I certainly had some nostalgia for as it came during a particular heyday and release style that made for some compelling viewing. Revisiting it now has me looking at it differently as I’m watching it in a way I wasn’t before and it just didn’t hold me. There are some really neat ideas to work with here and I love the animation for the wolves as well as some of the conceptual ideas for how this particular time and place in the world works, but it felt like it dropped the ball on a lot of things when it came to creating the world and exploring it so that it was compelling, particularly through the characters that never rise above their archetype of projected arc. Funimation’s release is definitely welcome as this is a show that has been out of the market too long and they did a lot right with it that should please fans that will be excited to have it in such excellent form.
For some dull moments, a main character that might be just a little bit ‘larger than life,’ and an ending that may not satisfy some.
Overall, I still enjoyed watching this anime. This really is a good example of an anime which is so bad, that it actually becomes good. If you really like to mock anime, I definitely recommend this anime, as it’s got so many flaws up to the point that it becomes laughable. Still, if you combine this with the good points, the result ends up being quite entertaining.
Wolf’s Rain brings one of the most unique story and fantasy setting in anime. The animation quality speaks volumes to how Studio Bones treats its properties. It is amazing how wolves that can be portrayed as humans obsessed with a girl made from flowers looking for paradise could work. It really is too bad that the dialogue is so hurtful so many times throughout the epic fantasy journey. Those 4 recap episodes followed by the need to watch a 4 episode OVA did not help matters. It makes one wonder why the recap episodes were there to begin with. (Note: the OVA came out 6 months after the completion of Wolf’s Rain)
Wolf’s Rain can be an enjoyable series if you love action, supernatural, and wonderful music. Even though tend not to expect it to be thrilled or contain fan-service.
The Nihon Review
So here I stand, guilty of letting myself blind by Wolf’s Rain‘s technical qualities and neat concept. I put my faith in a series that only managed to fail all the expectations I had in its plot and resolution. Please let your verdict be mild, your honor. Wolf’s Rain had potential galore. I could have never foreseen it wouldn’t use it in the end.