Wolf’s Rain Review – Time When the Wolves Thought to be Extinct

Wolf's Rain AnimeAlong with the development of Anime in the 2000s, it has brought us several new anime titles. Most of them apparently involve a sad story, a sad main character, and an overall sad atmosphere. Wolf’s Rain could really belong to that category, but you can find unique differences that make this anime more intricate than that.

On the technical aspect, Wolf’s Rain’s animation is dazzling. You can almost always rely on Studio Bones to put out fantastic work, but Wolf’s Rain contains a really skilled pedigree. Fantastical background are in depth, mixed and engrossing, character designs tend to be distinct and really interesting, and the battles and chases are amazing.

So, this review includes:

  • What is Wolf’s Rain Anime?
  • Wolf’s Rain Anime Review
  • Wolf’s Rain Blu-ray Review
  • Wolf’s Rain Manga Review

Wolf’s Rain Anime


Wolf’s Rain is the Japanese adventure, post-apocalyptic, and science fantasy anime TV series produced by Studio Bones and directed by Tensai Okamura. The series was broadcasted on Fuji TV between January and July 2003 and aired 30 episodes in total. The complete thirty episode series is licensed for North American release by Funimation.

Wolf's Rain Review

Two volume manga series based on the anime written by Nobumoto and illustrated by Toshitsugu Iida was serialized in Magazine Z, a monthly seinen magazine with the first chapter premiered in April 2003.

Recently, Funimation that has licensed the series is also released the anime series on blu-ray and DVD combo pack on February 7, 2017.

Wolf's Rain Blu-ray ReviewWolf’s Rain: The Complete Series
(Blu-ray/DVD Combo)
(February 7, 2017)
Wolf’s Rain, Vol. 1 [Paperback] [Nov 05, 2004] Bones and Iida, Toshitsugu

Wolf’s Rain Anime Review


Synopsis: Paradise is only a myth, a legend, and a hopeless dream in world that has become a wasteland. It’s not meant for everyone, just for the wolves thought to be extinct yet still wander the lands. As soon as “Flower Maiden” awakens, the way to the end will open.

Kiba, a lone wolf, wanders into a poverty stricken town on a mission. The scene of Lunar Flowers and the will to locate Paradise is all he has. En route, the runs other outcast wolves- Hige, Tsume and Toboe, who each of them has their own troubles and story. Fate getting them together, they search for the Flower Maiden, Cheza, and their way to Paradise. But, the process isn’t a simple matter. Facing a world that dreads them and a mysterious man with strange abilities, their adventure is overrun with challenges and sacrifices. Along with limited time, they should struggle to protect Cheza against everyone who seeks her and find out the hidden path to their destiny.

Storyline: Generally it follows a fairly dull and drawn out journey to uncover the wolves “Paradise”, with  several twists and turns along the way. As the characters personality almost never evolve through the course of their adventure, the plot gets to be monotonous, and I found myself not caring at all about their journey after a several episodes.

Artwork: One of the good things about Wolf’s Rain is that the really wonderful characters are the wolves themselves.Everything else the artwork shows is very alive, but in a darker and more corroded way. Most of the landscapes tend to be hauntingly dismal, even though the story moves to the more modern settings. The artwork is incredibly real looking in this way.

Characters: I frankly feel that the characters merely followed standard stereotypes, and truly didn’t progress throughout the series. The additional characters were able to garner slightly interest from me, but the main character was boring and drab. A lead character is meant to obtain audience emotionally attached, not lost interest the audience to tears.

Sound: Even though not enjoying the overall plot and the characters, the sound quality of this anime is wonderful. I personally still find myself listening and enjoying the original soundtrack to fill fuel my inspiration, which I’m really thankful for. I also watched the English dubbed version, and the voice acting was done very well.

Overall: 6/10 – 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.

Wolf’s Rain Blu-ray Review


Wolf's Rain Blu-ray ReviewWolf’s Rain: Complete Series Blu-ray
$64.98

Funimation has licensed and released the series on Blu-ray and DVD combo pack on February 7, 2017. The Wolf’s Rain blu-ray itself contains several special features including cast interview, staff interview, pilot film, promo film, 15-second promos, textless OP and ED theme song, and trailers.

The quality of this blu-ray is so perfect. It truly was remastered to 1080p. The 4:3 is a little pain, but it is so really clear that make you forget about it. DVD/Blu-ray disk pattern and design is truly attractive and overall packaging can be on point. Sound with 300w is truly delivering this anime back to life.

Since it is remastered into 1080p which is very perfect, you can actually see many of the little details in the anime and the sounds is wonderful as well. So, no one else will get disappointed since the blu-ray itself can be region locked.

This anime contains the top voice acting you my hope for and is so attractively animated. It can be an emotional excitement ride and really underrated.

Wolf’s Rain Manga Review


Wolf’s Rain Volume 1 Manga
$7.18

The manga adaptation based on the anime series written by Nobumoto and illustrated by Toshitsugu Iida. It was serialized in Magazine Z between July 23, 2003 and February 23, 2004. The first volume was released on July 23, 2003 in Japanese and May 3, 2005 in English. While the second volume was also released in Japanese and English on February 23, 2004 and June 14, 2005 respectively.

Synopsis: In a rotting world, there are a few that know of a place to break free to called “Paradise” where life can be restarted. But it is not the humans that realize of this place. The wolves, once considered to have been extinct for 200 years, are the only ones that discover how to get to it. But they require a guide. The “Flower Maiden”, Cheza, whose is thought to have been born of a Lunar Flower, is that guide.

But she’s currently being held by human scientists in a laboratory in a coma state. In the meantime, wolves lured by her scent have started to gather in the town. They are able to move among the people as they possess an unexplained ability to appear as humans. But the wolves have been hunted by a callous hunter named Quent who has promised to kill every wolf he sees. As soon as Cheza awakens, the long and heartbreaking quest for Paradise will begin.

Storyline: This manga is based on the 30 episode anime of the same name and was made into 2 volume magna, you already know that most of the story will likely be left out of the book. I don’t find any problems and complaints about the manga though I recommend you to watching the anime before to jump into this manga so you definitely won’t be left with any holes in the plot.

Artwork: The art was excellent, probably a little too well done, so that there’s no a number of pacing in the rigid drawings, but the theme makes up for this. It has been so long since I saw the series that I found this manga a delightful reminiscence of a show that was really kept from achievement by its flawed ending.

Almost everything in the first volume of the manga is in the anime. But not the whole thing in the anime is in the manga. Which is typical for adaptations in this way. The artwork can be what fascinated me. It can be in depth and consistent through both volumes, with notes on the pattern in the back of the manga.

Overall: As much as story material proceeds, it is just too emotionally dramatic for my personal taste. I understand that the anime is much like that, too, but the manga appears to take it one step further. But the locations and characters all have the similar personalities as in the anime. Most definitely in this first volume. I’d recommend you to reading it out, especially if you preferred the anime.