Ranked #596

Wolf's Rain

Alternative Titles

English: Wolf's Rain
Synonyms: Wolf Rain, Wolfs Rain
Japanese: ウルフズレイン


Type: TV
Episodes: 26
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 7, 2003 to Jul 29, 2003
Premiered: Winter 2003
Broadcast: Unknown
Source: Original
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
L represents licensing company


Score: 7.951 (scored by 69,342 users)
Ranked: #5962
Popularity: #221
Members: 142,809
Favorites: 3,804
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In some distant future, it's common knowledge that all wolves have been extinct for 200 years. However, it seems this is false as wolves have not disappeared but rather have taken human form. Kiba, a lone wolf, wanders into a city, trying to sniff out the Lunar Flowers that are supposed to lead whoever follows the scent to paradise. The source of the smell is Cheza, a girl who sleeps in what appears to be suspended animation in a lab. She and the wolves are drawn to each other, and Kiba hopes to find paradise once he finds the source of the scent of Lunar Flowers. However, once Kiba finds Cheza, she is kidnapped by a mysterious person called Darcia, and his search begins anew. Before he leaves the city, he meets 3 other wolves, Tsume, Hige and Toboe. All four wolves have very different personalities and ideas, and their friendliness towards each other is a little rough around the edges. However, they soon band together to continue to search for paradise.

(Source: ANN)


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Shimowada, Hiroki
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Minami, Masahiko
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Producer, Executive Producer
Sasaki, Shiro
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Okamura, Tensai
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Director, Episode Director, Storyboard
Wakabayashi, Kazuhiro
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Sound Director

More episodes Episodes(16/26)

# Episode Title Aired
1 City of Howls
Houkou no Machikado (咆哮の街角)
Jan 7, 2003
2 Toboe, Who Doesn't Howl
Nakanai Toboe (哭かない遠吠え)
Jan 14, 2003
3 Bad Fellow
Bad Fellow (Bad Fellow)
Jan 21, 2003
4 Scars in the Wasteland
Kouya no Kizuato (荒野の傷跡)
Jan 28, 2003
5 Fallen Wolves
Ochita Ookami (堕ちた狼)
Feb 4, 2003

Opening Theme

"Stray" by Steve Conte

Ending Theme

#1: "Gravity" by Maaya Sakamoto
#2: "Tell Me What the Rain Knows" by Maaya Sakamoto (ep 26)

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Sep 8, 2015
In this review, the OVAs are included and the recap episodes 15-18 are excluded.

This anime has a very good complex story, where it will raise more questions than answers and is clarified slightly in the last episodes but is more about symbolism and makes you think about it and requires you to pay attention to everything they say so you put the pieces together, i was prepared to see tragedy but if you only see the 26 eps. without the OVA it turns out to be a heart warming story with a little of drama and not that dark, in all the story there are read more
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Sep 25, 2013
Wolf's Rain was, to say the least, and interesting, but not overly involving anime. Although I liked the concept, setting, sound and art direction, I could not find myself getting attatched to the characters or involved in the plot.

When I look back at it, I honestly believe that the characters just followed common stereotypes, and really didn't evolve throughout the plot. The supporting characters were able to garner a little interest from me, but the lead was dull and drab, and the only dialogue I can remember from him is "we have to get to paradise". A lead character is supposed to get a viewer read more
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Oct 17, 2013
::Note:: This review includes the OVA. Those final 4 episodes were supposed to be included with the original TV airing run but had to be delayed because of a SARS outbreak in Japan at the time so they aired a few recaps. Note that this review ignores these recaps because it's fucking 2013 and if you watch recap episodes then it's your own bloody fault


It used to be the case that if you wanted to start a fight in an anime clubroom, all you had to do was stand up and proclaim “Wolf’s Rain is pretentious” and watch the chaos unfold. Fandom has since moved read more
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Jun 24, 2009
On the technical side of things, Wolf’s Rain’s animation is gorgeous. You can almost always count on Studio Bones to put out good work, but Wolf’s Rain has a particularly proficient pedigree. Fantastical backgrounds are detailed, varied and engrossing, character designs are distinct and very attractive, and the fights and chases are breathtaking.

The music was composed by Yoko Kanno, which means I might not have to say anymore, but I will. All her work is magnificent, but this may be some of her best. Insert songs and orchestration are beautiful as standalone but absolutely MAKE the emotional moments too. It’s a wonderful soundtrack to read more
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