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Wolf's Rain
ウルフズ・レイン
(Urufuzu Rein)
Demographic Seinen
Genre Fantasy, Adventure, Science Fiction, Drama
TV anime
Director Tensai Okamura
Studio BONES
Network Flag of Japan Animax, Fuji TV
Original run January 6, 2003July 29, 2003
Episodes 26
OVA
Director Tensai Okamura
Studio BONES
Episodes 4
Released 2004
Manga
Author Toshitsugu Iida
Publisher Flag of Japan Kodansha
Serialized in Flag of Japan Magazine Z
Original run April, 2003
Volumes 2

Wolf's Rain (ウルフズ・レイン Urufuzu Rein?) is a Japanese anime and manga series, created by Keiko Nobumoto and BONES and directed by Tensai Okamura. Originally broadcast across Japan on Fuji TV and the anime CS television network, Animax, between January 6, 2003 and July 29, 2003, it ran for a full season of 26 episodes, with four more OVA episodes being released on DVD in Japan, in January and February 2004, completing the story. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Seinen not to be confused with adult )) is a subset of manga that is generally targeted at an 18–30 year old male audience, but the audience can be much older with some comics aimed at businessmen well into their 40s. ... For other uses, see Fantasy (disambiguation). ... Look up adventure in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... 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The story was originally created by Keiko Nobumoto, a writer and story editor (well known for her work on the popular anime series Cowboy Bebop), who also simultaneously published a manga version of the story. The series is available on DVD in the United States, having been licensed for US distribution by Bandai Entertainment. Keiko Nobumoto (信本敬子 Nobumoto Keiko), born in Hokkaido on March 19, 1964, is a Japanese screenplay writer, who is well known as the creator of Wolfs Rain and is also responsible for the screenplay for the internationally known Cowboy Bebop. ... “Animé” redirects here. ... Original run April 3, 1998 – April 23, 1999 Episodes 26 Movie: Knockin on Heavens Door (天国の扉) Director Shinichiro Watanabe Writer Keiko Nobumoto Studio Sunrise BONES Bandai Visual[2] Released {{{released}}} Runtime 115 min. ... Tin plate toy car by Bandai Bandai is a Japanese toy making company. ...


The complete was broadcast across Japan by the anime television network, Animax, who have also aired the series across its respective networks worldwide, including East Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, Latin America, and other regions. The series was also aired across the United States as part of Cartoon Network's Adult Swim lineup in 2004, and has been broadcast across Northern Europe by Rapture TV. Adult Swim's airing additionally included the four OVA episodes, although it omitted the four clip show episodes in the main series. Wolf's Rain features a soundtrack composed by Yoko Kanno. Animax ) is a Japanese anime satellite television network, established and owned by Sony Corporation, and dedicated to broadcasting anime programming. ... East Asia Geographic East Asia. ... Location of Southeast Asia Southeast Asia is a subregion of Asia. ... Map of South Asia (see note on Kashmir). ... Latin America consists of the countries of South America and some of North America (including Central America and some the islands of the Caribbean) whose inhabitants mostly speak Romance languages, although Native American languages are also spoken. ... For Cartoon Network outside of the United States, see Cartoon Network around the world. ... Adult Swim is the name for an adult-oriented television programming network. ... Rapture TV is/was a dance music satellite television station operated from the United Kingdom, founded by the United Business Media group. ... In television, a clip show is an episode of a series that consists primarily of excerpts from previous episodes, generally depicted as a sequence of flashbacks given plausibility by a frame tale. ... Yoko Kanno , born March 19, 1964 in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan) is a composer, arranger and musician best known for her work on the soundtracks for many games, seminal anime films, TV series, live-action movies, and advertisements. ...


Wolf's Rain was adapted into a manga, featuring art by Toshitsugu Iida and an alternate storyline, which was originally serialized in Japan across Kodansha's Magazine Z seinen manga magazine since April 2003 and spanned a total of 2 tankobon volumes. It has been licensed for North American distribution by VIZ, LLC, starting November 3, 2004. The head office of Kodansha Kodansha Limited ) is the largest Japanese publisher of literature and manga, headquartered in (Bunkyo), Tokyo. ... Magazine Z is a Japanese seinen mixed-media magazine published by Kodansha, aimed at teenage males and above, but particularly at hardcore anime and manga fans, featuring articles as well as manga tied into popular franchises. ... Seinen not to be confused with adult )) is a subset of manga that is generally targeted at an 18–30 year old male audience, but the audience can be much older with some comics aimed at businessmen well into their 40s. ... A Tankōbon compilation book is a set of manga issues which have been collected into a volume for a given author. ... North America North America is a continent[1] in the Earths northern hemisphere and (chiefly) western hemisphere. ... Viz Media, LLC, headquartered in San Francisco, California, is a major American anime, manga and Japanese entertainment company formed by the merger of Viz, LLC, and ShoPro Entertainment. ... is the 307th day of the year (308th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Contents

Overview

See also: List of Wolf's Rain episodes

Wolf's Rain takes place in a post-apocalyptic time when much of the world has been ecologically devastated in a form of fimbulwinter and most people live in poverty. The location is not specified, but many pieces of writing, such as road signs, food labels, and computer monitors, use the cyrillic alphabet. A legend is told in the Book of the Moon that wolves are mystical beings who came to the world from a place called Rakuen (楽園? Paradise), at the dawn of time and will one day find a way to return to paradise. They must first seek out the Flower Maiden (花の少女 Hana no Shōjo?) (a being created from the essence of lunar flowers) to guide them to paradise. This legend is nearly forgotten because wolves were thought to have been hunted to extinction nearly two hundred years earlier. Some wolves, however, have found a way to survive by coexisting with humans and blending into society, using illusions (not shapeshifting, as many have mistakenly thought) to appear human themselves. To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Apocalyptic science fiction is a sub-genre of science fiction that is concerned with the end of the world or civilization, through nuclear war, plague, or some other general disaster. ... For the journal, see Ecology (journal). ... The fimbulwinter is an element in Norse pagan eschatology. ... Paradise, Jan Bruegel Paradise is an English word from Persian roots that is generally identified with the Garden of Eden or with Heaven. ...


Characters

Wolves

The story follows a pack of young wolves: Kiba, Tsume, Hige, and Toboe. Each name is the Japanese word for a "part" of a wolf. A pack of canines—most notably wolves, the domestic dog, and some other wild canines—is a group of animals that is organised according to a strict social hierarchy. ...

Kiba (キバ (牙)? lit. "Fang") (pronounced key-buh)
Voiced by: Mamoru Miyano (Japanese), Johnny Yong Bosch (English)
The (more or less) leader of the "pack", Kiba is a wolf who follows his instincts towards Paradise. When he was young, his pack and family were slaughtered when the forest where he lived was burned to the ground by Jagara's troops. He was then raised by a shaman who told him that he had a purpose, explaining why the forest had sheltered him from the flames. The shaman told him that he would have a great journey ahead of him, and that journey was to find Paradise. Kiba begins his quest for Paradise in the hope that there he will finally find peace. It is revealed later in the series that he is in fact the chosen one who is destined to find and open Paradise.

He tends to be distrustful toward humans, and in the early episodes is reluctant to take a human form despite the risk to his life due to his "wolf pride". He also has an attraction to Cheza, though it is unclear whether this romantic attraction or if it's only because she can lead him to Paradise. Mamoru Miyano , born June 8, 1983 in Saitama, Japan) is a male seiyū. He is represented by Gekidan Himawari. ... Johnny Yong Bosch (January 6, 1976) is an American television actor of partial Korean descent. ... Wolf Wolf Man Mount Wolf Wolf Prizes Wolf Spider Wolf 424 Wolf 359 Wolf Point Wolf-herring Frank Wolf Friedrich Wolf Friedrich August Wolf Hugo Wolf Johannes Wolf Julius Wolf Max Franz Joseph Cornelius Wolf Maximilian Wolf Rudolf Wolf Thomas Wolf As Name Wolf Breidenbach Wolf Hirshorn Other The call... For other uses, see Instinct (disambiguation). ...

Tsume (ツメ (爪)? lit. "Claw") (pronounced soo-may)
Voiced by: Kenta Miyake (Japanese), Crispin Freeman (English)
Tsume is a rough, self-reliant wolf. In the past, he was part of a pack. However, one day his pack was attacked by Jagara's troops and many of his comrades were killed. During the fight, Tsume attempted to flee, leaving all of his dead and dying brethren behind. Because of this, the rest of the pack cast him out, and the leader attacked him, leaving him with a large X-shaped scar across his chest. Filled with shame, Tsume didn't assosciate with other wolves for many years, and became the leader of a group of human thieves. However, he eventually meets Toboe, who at first seems to annoy him. However, Tsume later feels sympathy and compassion for Toboe, who is the one who eventually convinces him to come with the rest of the "pack" to Paradise. Initially, he doesn't believe the stories of Paradise, and claims he only follows the others out of boredom of his original home. He often finds himself in conflict with Kiba, finding his single minded devotion to be irritating. However, he does eventually become a believer and enjoys the company of his pack mates. After Kiba, he is the best fighter among the wolves and is more analytical and observant.
Hige (ヒゲ (髯)? lit. "Whisker") (pronounced hee-gay)
Voiced by: Akio Suyama (Japanese), Joshua Seth (English)
Hige seems to know how to function the best in human society, even wearing a dog collar, although the true meaning behind his collar is revealed later in the series. He tends to use his intuition more than the others, but only when he's not thinking with his stomach instead. Hige is something of a womanizer and is always on the look-out for a female companion. He starts off as a laid back joker, though he matures as the series goes on.
Toboe (トオボエ (遠吠え)? lit. "Howling") (pronounced toe-buh-way)
Voiced by: Hiroki Shimowada (Japanese), Mona Marshall (English)
Toboe is the youngest of the group, often acting more like a puppy than a wolf. Toboe was raised by an elderly woman as a pet, whom he accidentally killed in an unrestrained act of playfulness. The silver bracelets are all he has left of her. Toboe maintains an affection for humans that none of the other wolves can understand (with the exception of Blue). Toboe looks up to Tsume and usually follows him when the group splits up. He also seems to have the best hearing out of all of them. He often is more shy than bold, although when the pack is in dire threat his rage can stand beyond his timid nature and propel him ravenously into battle.
Blue (ブルー Burū?)
Voiced by: Mayumi Asano (Japanese), Jessica Straus (English)
A wolfdog who was pet to the family of Quent Yaiden. After the destruction of her home and family in the village of Kyrios (Curious), she travels with Quent hunting wolves under the belief that they were responsible for the tragedy. She lives her life as a pet dog, unaware of her wolf bloodline. Upon meeting Cheza, the wolf in her is awakened. Unable to continue hunting her own kind, she leaves Quent to travel with the pack to Paradise. She grows especially close to Hige.

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Other characters

Cheza (チェザ Cheza?) (pronounced chez-uh)
Voiced by: Arisa Ogasawara (Japanese), Sherry Lynn (English)
The Flower Maiden (花の少女 Hana no Shōjo?), a girl who is artificially created from a lunar flower by the noble Darcia the First using the lost art of alchemy. She was in a state of suspended animation in a scientific research lab, and was awoken by the presence of Kiba. She shares a special bond with the wolves and is the key to finding Paradise. It is said by Darcia the Third that she is blind.
Cher Degré (シェール・ドゥグレ Shēru Dugure?)
Voiced by: Kaho Koda (Japanese), Kari Wahlgren (English)
A scientist involved in studying Cheza. She is fascinated by Cheza and desires to understand her and her purpose. She and Hubb were once married, but divorced after her work with Cheza became more important than her marriage.
Hamona (ハモナ Hamona?) (pronounced hum-in-uh)
Voiced by: Maaya Sakamoto (Japanese), Peggy O'Neal (English)
Younger twin sister of Jaguara. She is the beautiful wife of Darcia until she falls ill with 'Paradise Sickness', part of a curse that is passed down in the Darcia family from the curse that was placed upon Darcia the First. She serves as a reason for Darcia's actions, until she dies during Jaguara's attack on Darcia's keep.
Hubb Lebowski (ハブ・リボウスキー Habu Ribōsukī?)
Voiced by: Mitsuru Miyamoto (Japanese), Bob Buchholz (English)
A police detective and ex-husband of Cher Degré. He is still very much in love with Cher and seeks to protect her, often half-jokingly asking if they still have a chance together. After Quent had shot Kiba, he was detained and questioned by the police, at which point he said that the animal he had shot was no mere dog, but a wolf. After hearing this he began to obsess himself over the matter, and once he was given a copy of the banned "Book of the Moon" by Cher after she leaves to hunt Cheza with a commander of the army employed by Lord Orchum, he became completely and utterly enthralled with them, teaming up with Quent as he continued his search for Cher.
Lady Jaguara (ジャガラ卿 Jagara-kyō?)
Voiced by: Atsuko Tanaka (Japanese), Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (English)
One of the three feuding Nobles who fell in love with Darcia to the point of obsession but was rejected by him for her sister, something which she never forgave Hamona for. She began to set up an ancient spell used by Lord Darcia the First to create a 'Noble's Paradise' to please and lure Darcia to her, adbucting Cheza from Darcia's Keep. In the process, she ordered the attack that destroyed Hamona's lifesupport and soon struck out to eliminate the wolves, who were heading to her domain.
Quent Yaiden (クエント・ヤイデン Kuento Yaiden?)
Voiced by: Unshou Ishizuka (Japanese), Tom Wyner (English)
An ex-sheriff from the town of Kyrios. The destruction of his village and the killing of his family by who he thinks was a pack of wolves have led to his deep and abiding hatred for wolves, which is rivaled only by his perpetual desire for a stiff drink. He lives a life on the go with only Blue to keep him company and aid him in his pursuit of wolves to kill. After Blue discovers her relations to the wolves, Quent soon finds out, and as he still struggles with his hatred for wolves, he decides that she isn't his dog anymore. Darcia, the true murderer of his family, also says that Quent was a wolf-turned-human who forgot his life as a wolf and therefore, cannot turn into his wolf form ever again.
Lord Darcia the Third (ダルシア Darushia?)
Voiced by: Takaya Kuroda (Japanese), Steven Blum (English)
Third generation of the Darcia family of Nobles, who were said to be cursed after Darcia the First disappeared into "Paradise". Due to his grandfather's curse, Darcia is now plagued with an eye that resembles that of a wolf's. He seeks to use Cheza to somehow revive his lover Hamona, who has been stricken with "Paradise sickness", in which her soul is "taken by Paradise", causing her to fall into a coma. But Hamona's death changes that plan, with Darcia mysteriously disappearing after the destruction of his keep until he resurfaces at Jaguara's city. The loss of Hamona and the poison from Jaguara's dagger drive Darcia mad. Eventually after that, he discards his love for Hamona, saying that "she is nowhere now", and assumes the form of a wolf.

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Terminology

Wolf ( Ōkami?)
Wolves are thought to have been hunted to extinction two hundred years prior to the beginning of the series. It is said in the Book of the Moon that they are mystical beings, having descended to Earth from Paradise, and that in the future, they will find it, with the help of the Flower Maiden.
Paradise (楽園 Rakuen?)
The object of the wolves' quest. It is said in the Book of the Moon that the wolves will be guided to Paradise with the help of the Flower Maiden and the scent of the Lunar Flowers. It can be thought of as a heaven-like realm.
Lunar Flower (月の花 Tsuki no Hana?)
Mystical flowers, which bloom and bask in the presence of moonlight. Their aroma and scent will lead the way for the wolves to reach Paradise.

Staff

  • Original Concept: Bones, Keiko Nobumoto
  • Director: Tensai Okamura
  • Character Design: Toshihiro Kawamoto
  • Script: Keiko Nobumoto, Tensai Okamura, Aya Yoshinaga, Dai Satō, Ichirō Ōkouchi, Dōko Machida, Miya Asakawa
  • Art Design: Tomoaki Okada, Shingo Takeba
  • Mechanical Design: Shinji Aramaki
  • Art Director: Atsushi Morikawa
  • Color Design: Nobuko Mizuta
  • Director of Photography: Kōsuke Arakawa
  • Sound Director: Kazuhiro Wakabayashi
  • Music: Yoko Kanno
  • Producers: Masahiko Minami, Minoru Takanashi, Go Haruna
  • Animation Production: Bones
  • Production: Fuji TV, Bones, Bandai Visual

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Music

The music for Wolf's Rain was composed by Yoko Kanno. It features songs performed by Maaya Sakamoto, Ilaria Graziano, Steve Conte, Joyce, and several others. Yoko Kanno , born March 19, 1964 in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan) is a composer, arranger and musician best known for her work on the soundtracks for many games, seminal anime films, TV series, live-action movies, and advertisements. ... Maaya Sakamoto , born March 31, 1980 in Itabashi, Tokyo) is a Japanese seiyū (voice-actor) and singer who made her debut in 1996 as the voice of Hitomi Kanzaki in the hit anime series The Vision of Escaflowne. ... Ilaria Graziano (also known as ILA, born in Naples, Italy) is an Italian singer and vocalist. ... Steve Conte playing with the New York Dolls in Irving Plaza, NYC (2006) Steve Conte is the guitarist & lead singer in the bands The Contes, Crown Jewels and is the current lead guitarist of the New York Dolls. ... Joyce Silveira Palhano de Jesus, commonly known as Joyce, is a Brazilian singer/songwriter, as well as acclaimed guitarist. ...

Theme songs

  • Opening theme: Stray (lyrics: Tim Jensen, composition and arrangement: Yoko Kanno, performance: Steve Conte)
  • Ending theme: Gravity (lyrics: Troy, composition and arrangement: Yoko Kanno, performance: Maaya Sakamoto)
  • Ending theme (featured in episode 26): Tell Me What The Rain Knows (lyrics: Chris Mosdell, composition and arrangement: Yoko Kanno, performance: Maaya Sakamoto)

Soundtrack

The music for Wolf's Rain has been released across two soundtrack albums, although not all of the music from the series is featured. Creator of the lyrics for Ask DNA, a song featured in the Cowboy Bebop movie, Knocking on Heavens Door. ... Steve Conte playing with the New York Dolls in Irving Plaza, NYC (2006) Steve Conte is the guitarist & lead singer in the bands The Contes, Crown Jewels and is the current lead guitarist of the New York Dolls. ... Maaya Sakamoto , born March 31, 1980 in Itabashi, Tokyo) is a Japanese seiyū (voice-actor) and singer who made her debut in 1996 as the voice of Hitomi Kanzaki in the hit anime series The Vision of Escaflowne. ... Maaya Sakamoto , born March 31, 1980 in Itabashi, Tokyo) is a Japanese seiyū (voice-actor) and singer who made her debut in 1996 as the voice of Hitomi Kanzaki in the hit anime series The Vision of Escaflowne. ... Wolfs Rain Original Soundtrack Vol. ... Wolfs Rain Original Soundtrack Vol. ...


Yoko Kanno was nominated for an Annie Award in the "Music in an Animated Television Production" category for her work with Wolf's Rain but lost to Robert J. Kral in Duck Dodgers.[1] The Annie Awards are given to an animation award show created by the International Animated Film Society ASIFA-Hollywood, and are animations highest honor[1]. Originally designed to celebrate lifetime or career contributions to animation in the fields of producing, directing, animation, design, writing, voice acting, sound and sound... Robert J. Kral is a composer who works on TV and film scores. ... Duck Dodgers was an American animated television series based on the classic cartoon short Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century produced by Warner Bros. ...


References

  1. ^ 32nd Annual Annie Award Nominees and Winners. AnnieAwards.com. Retrieved on 2006-07-28.

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External links

  • Bandai Channel Wolf's Rain page (Japanese)

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