Wolf's Rain

Plot: In this post-apocalyptic world, wolves were long thought to be extinct. But they disguise themselves as humans and live among people in the scattered cities that are left over. A wolf named Kiba comes to one such city searching for the lunar flower, which, according to legend, is the key to opening paradise. There, he meets several disguised wolves -- Hige, Tsume and Toboe. When the young maiden supposedly created from lunar flowers is stolen by a noble, Kiba and his new "pack" leave the city to follow the flower maiden, in hopes that she will lead them to paradise. (Strange but different - A)

Characters: By the end, you get very attached to them. (A)

Art & Animation: A

Music: Yoko Kanno. 'Nuff said. (A+)

Voice Acting: Original Japanese - A- / Dub - An all-star cast in my book: Johnny Yong Bosch, Crispin Freeman, Mona Marshall and Joshua Seth voice the main characters and do an excellent job. (A)

Objectionable Content: Blood (the worst of it is in the first episode and the two endings; while they're traveling together, there's not as much), profanity.

Other: The story progresses slowly and is a bit difficult to follow because of its strangeness. But overall, it's well done. I will forewarn you -- in a way, this anime has two endings; the second one requires kleenex.

There is also a book. It's super-condensed, and the art isn't as good. But it has a lighter ending.

Overall Score: A-

Recommendation: 3/5

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