As the world accelerates toward its own destruction, Kiba and Cheza—with the help of Tsume, Hige, Toboe, and Blue—race to reach true paradise before the entire world is rendered uninhabitable. Now reunited, Cher and Hubb decide to accompany the wolves in hopes of seeing the journey through to its end, while a distraught and confused Quent wanders aimlessly into the wasteland with his mind fixated on revenge.
Meanwhile, Lord Darcia the Third has finally put his plot into motion and pursues Cheza, pitting him against the pack. As everything falls apart yet simultaneously falls into place, the wolves struggle to survive in an increasingly dangerous environment. Though the end draws near, paradise seems further away than ever before.
Better known as episodes 27-30, the Wolf's Rain OVAs are like the natural four last episodes of the series. If you've read my review of the 26 episodes of the anime, I had a few gripes. Combined with the OVA, on the other hand?
It becomes STUNNING!
Intense, emotional, and gripping, the OVAs are the climax of Wolf's Rain. This is where Nobumoto really shined... a good shounen series, but with a seinen-class masterpiece of an ending. The story is given proper closure and the action is at its flashiest, but the characters are beyond what I can describe. It brings them alive and pulls you in,
and I found myself near tears for people I hadn't even cared about before.
Make sure you set aside time to really watch this. Prior to watching this, I thought Wolf's Rain was overhyped. That notion has now disappeared.
This OVA honestly doesn't feel like an true OVA. There really is no difference to the animation or sound, and doesn't add much to the show besides more problems for the characters. The soundtrack is the same soundtrack they used in the show and there is no new characters introduced. Just another sub-plot that is cleverly told in a way that doesn't make it seem out of place.
In order to "finish" the series in just four more episodes, the pace is fast and to the point. The constant attention to detail and new developments is enough to make people watch.
Granted, this ending is better than
what people got with episode 26, but it is still open-ended makes you feel that they didn't accomplish much. It gives the sense that Wolf's Rain is a never-ending series, though this is implied.
Anyway, if you love Wolf's Rain, you'll most likely love this OVA as well. There really is nothing to bad here unless you really hate endings that are not as solid as a concrete wall.
I have just finished watching this, and my heart aches. The end of this anime was really emotional and heart wrenching, which had a lot to do with the characters. (I am obviously not allowed to spoil anything for anyone in here, so I will just keep quiet with my feelings.)
In the end, there was a little too much blood, and it felt a little bit rushed to me, compared to the rest of this anime. They could have easily avoided that by just putting a little bit more plot to the other episodes. I really have to say that they did a great job
on the characters though. They all really grew on me, and I don't know one character in this anime that I really dislike. They all have their own unique backstory that made them really likable and relatable, which I personally love.
Overall, I think that I probably liked the last four episodes of the whole anime the best, because of the many things that happen. I would definitely recommend watching the four episodes to anyone who has watched the other 26 episodes before.
I almost gave this a 9 overall, my reason, it seems rather open-ended during these last 4 episodes of Wolf's Rain, but I realize, that was definitely the goal of the producer, Bones, now, I have watched all the way through another of Bones' series, Space Dandy, and the ending of that was also very open-ended, not that these two anime are anything alike, i just thought I would mention it. At first it bugged me, but now that I think about it, I actually really like the ending, This was an exciting, emotional, and unique ending. It was just as outstanding as the first
26 episodes, great action, awesome adventure, everything about it was amazing, it seems rather unique compared to what I have seen, but in a good way (the whole series in general) at first it seemed about the same as a lot of other anime I have watched, but it grew into something different these last 4 episodes, actually is when it changed so much for me, it almost seemed unreal, it grew rather intense, and made me feel how the characters felt, it was awesome, so it will easily make it into my top ten, I can't actually put an official rank on it, but it's up there. Very recommended for those who love emotional series, along with adventure, sadness, action, and maybe even a little bit of comedy put in there, (just a touch), this goes for these 4 episodes, and the first 26, so watch it if you fall in these categories, It's well worth it.