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Wolf's Rain - Chapter 1: In The Company Of Wolves [2004] [DVD]


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  • Directors: Tensai Okamura
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Japanese
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Beez Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 21 Nov 2005
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000B64VRQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 98,192 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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First volume of the Japanese anime series, set in a future where wolves walk the Earth hidden amongst mankind. A group of these wolves, the last of their kind, set out to find a fabled hidden paradise, pursued by a group of humans who are determined to find this paradise for themselves and steal its secrets. Includes the first four episodes: 'The City of Howls'; 'Toboe, Who Doesn't Howl'; 'Bad Fellow' and 'Scars in the Wasteland'.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By firae55 on 17 Dec 2005
Wolf's Rain is the tale of a pack of wolves who meet by chance, but discover they are all drawn to their city by a strange scent.
Kiba, a lone white wolf searching for Paradise, draws the others to him in search of something unknown but desperately sought if they are to survive in a decaying world of humans who either hunt them down or believe that wolves themselves are extinct, and only a myth. Beneath the surface, Wolf's Rain contains underlying themes of pride and questions the importance of living when all you have is nothing.
This is a beautiful series; the characters are well developed and the plot is complex and original. The music, composed by Yoko Kanno with some of the singers people might be familiar with from Cowboy Bebop and the Vision of Escaflowne (Maaya Sakamoto, Steve Conte...) The soundtrack itself is arguably one of Kanno's best yet, and some tracks like Face Off and Leaving On Red Hill are just beautiful.
Even the dubbing is watchable. While I always recommend watching with the original Japanese audio, I found myself wanting to watch Wolf's Rain in English so as not to be distracted by the subtitles. While it is not perfect (I dislike Cheza's voice. But that's later on in the series, anyway...) it's still very, very watchable. Toboe's voice fits him perfectly, I feel.
So overall, I give this DVD five stars. The series is just plain goodness, a perfect culmination of beautiful artwork, characters, story and music.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Viki Atkinson on 25 April 2007
Wolf's Rain is the story about a 'pack' of four wolves, lead by the white wolf Kiba, who searches relentlessly for a place called Paradise. In the post-apocolyptic world, wolves are supposed to be extinct but they have merely been deceiving humans by wearing illusion that makes them appear like men.

If I was to describe Wolf's Rain in one word, it would be beautiful. The world it is set in is hardly attractive, but that's what makes it so astounding. The animation is great, and the setting is like a reminder to us that we're destroying the world we live in. The characters are a bit stereotypical: there's the leader, the badass, the comic relief and the guy who's always getting into trouble, but even so, you hardly ever get excrutiatingly bored with them.

The plot itself is in-depth with many different characters. There's the hunter who despises wolves with his dog, Blue, a policeman, Hubb and his scientist wife, Cher, and the notorious Darcia, who's pretty much the villain of the anime. Even these characters, who are a bit more thab side than anything else have a story behind them, and get involved in the plot.

However, it does move very slowly at the beginning, and you could get bored with all these episodes, but it's worth it to watch it right through to the end. It's an anime that hits you hard.
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By JB on 20 Sep 2012
really cant see what all the fuss is about with this series:

im a massive fan of all things anime but this was dull AS, not that original and the characters are excruciatingly annoying and uninteresting.
music is ok, but the title song is so bad i found myself skipping through it each time.
just about struggled through the 4 episodes but in my opinion it was a waste of money and time.
but thats just MY opinion.

who knows

the others seem to like it. give it a try if you want. just know theres FAR better out there, things that'll make you laugh, smile and cry.

JB
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