Ross founded the UK Anime Network waaay back in 1995 and works in and around the anime world in his spare time.
Distributor Beez Entertainment
Date 29 Nov 2005
Set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, pockets of humanity survive in domed cities where they are ruled over by the Nobles, a group of people who are both mysterious and highly advanced. In this future, all wolves are supposed to have died out 200 years ago, but it appears that some have survived and can take human form. Their goal? To find paradise...
Although the premise sounds a touch cheesy, the execution is anything but. Lone wolf Kiba makes an excellent protagonist, and is ably supported by the three fellow wolves he meets in this volume, who vary from the aggressive loner Tsume, young tear away Hige and the naive Toboe, all of whom add depth of character and contribute to the flow of events in their own unique way. This collective has a different set of values from the humans they hide from, and as such their interactions with us provide much of the series' interest.
Production values are high, and compare favorably to other stylish shows such as Paranoia Agent and Witch Hunter Robin, though it has less complexity than the former and more depth than the latter. The backgrounds are lavishly detailed using a variety of stunning colours, and the animation on the wolves themselves gives a real feeling of realism and frenetic motion.
Set all this against a lush soundtrack, which varies from the Pop/Rock of the title theme (Stray) to subtle piano pieces that work wonders with the stylish animation.
At present this series is highly promising - the story itself is intriguing and well paced, leaving you wanting more at the end of the fourth episode and answering just enough questions to prompt more to be asked, Wolf's Rain has the makings of a classic - lets hope it retains it's pace and intriguing personality.
Much to get excited about here, and if you have digital you can catch it for free on Rapture TV!