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Wolf's Rain

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
Duration: 23 min. per episode
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
L represents licensing company


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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.

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Episodes  0 / 26
Aired  Jan 7, 2003 to Jul 29, 2003
Status  Finished Airing
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Adaptation: Wolf's Rain
Sequel: Wolf's Rain OVA

Characters & Voice Actors

Miyano, Mamoru
Miyano, Mamoru
Miyake, Kenta
Miyake, Kenta
Suyama, Akio
Suyama, Akio
Shimowada, Hiroki
Shimowada, Hiroki


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

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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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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 13, 2009
Earth's decay has long provided anime with many disquieted plots over the past 30 years, but few have been more genuine than Keiko Nobumoto's "Wolf's Rain". Facing the long and dreary tundra before him, the mysterious canine protagonist, Kiba (meaning "Fang" in Japanese) reluctantly moves forward, being called to something he can only describe as paradise. The world has fallen in on itself, as humans have tarnished the earth and almost wiped out the wolf race. Kiba, along with a handful of his remaining kind have learned to blend to their environment, one day hoping to find salvation in the form of a 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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Both shows begin in a post-apocalyptic world. Both shows' characters are on a journey to a destination which they know nothing about. Both are relatively dark shows, but do not shy away from humor occasionally. Both have action in them, but only when necessary, and the action isn't overdone. Both have fantastic endings that leave you thinking. 
Also made by Studio Bones. Has a similar concept of social outcasts (Contractors/Wolves) of whose existence the general public is unaware, posing as humans and trying to survive any way they can.  
I'd reccomend those who enjoyed the fantasy and animal aspects of Wolf's Rain try on Ginga Densetsu Weed for size. They both use animals as main characters, and they both have one of those scripts that can take you from a laugh, to bawling on the floor and back again in the blink of an eye. Although Ginga is bloody and violent, at times it does seem more oreinted towards a younger audience than Wolf's Rain is, but overall they're very similar. 
Wolf's Rain and Witch Hunter Robin are both excellent series in which the story is presented in a dark setting. Characters are both developed and added slowly as you progress through the series. Each contain extensive action scenes and awesome music to go along with it. 
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Both deal with apocaliptic themes and have tragic stories.  
Similar atmosphere of dying world and hopelessness. They both are dark and sad seinens. 

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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