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Wolf's Rain

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Wolf's Rain is a Japanese anime first broadcast in Japan on January 6, 2003. It ran for a full season of 26 episodes. Four more episodes are planned to be released on DVD in Japan in December 2003. The show has not yet been released in the US, but has been licensed for US distribution by Bandai Entertainment.


Wolf's Rain takes place in a post-apocalyptic future, where much of the world has been ecologically devastated, and most people live in poverty. A legend is told that wolves know the way to Paradise, and will lead everyone to it before the end of the world. This legend is difficult for most to believe, howewer, because wolves are believed to have been extinct for 200 years. However, the truth is that the wolves have just become very adept at hiding themselves in human society, with the ability to show a human form, including the abilities of speech and manual dexterity, while still retaining their lupine senses, agility, and natural weapons. This seems to put the show in the realm of werewolf fantasy, but the wolves' human form is portrayed as more of a mental effect than a physical transformation. Wolf's Rain is also much more sympathetic to the wolves than most werewolf fiction, casting them clearly as the protagonists.


The story follows four young wolves: Kiba, Tsume, Hige, and Toboe, Each name is the japanese word for a "part" of a wolf.