As the world accelerates toward its own destruction, Kiba and Cheza—with the help of Tsume, Hige, Toboe, and Blue—race to reach true paradise before the entire world is rendered uninhabitable. Now reunited, Cher and Hubb decide to accompany the wolves in hopes of seeing the journey through to its end, while a distraught and confused Quent wanders aimlessly into the wasteland with his mind fixated on revenge.
Meanwhile, Lord Darcia the Third has finally put his plot into motion and pursues Cheza, pitting him against the pack. As everything falls apart yet simultaneously falls into place, the wolves struggle to survive in an increasingly dangerous environment. Though the end draws near, paradise seems further away than ever before.
The Anime Critic Reviews: Wolf’s Rain OVA
If you’re a fan of exceptional storytelling, compelling characters, and exquisite artwork, then pull up a chair, push pause on your gaming console, and turn off that pesky phone. We have a show for your radar. Today, we’re diving in deep into the much-celebrated but equally under-the-radar world of Wolf’s Rain OVA, a series that will challenge your perception of anime storytelling.
Wolf’s Rain OVA, the original video animation extension of the atmospheric and philosophical anime series Wolf’s Rain, takes us on a hauntingly beautiful journey into a futuristic, post-apocalyptic world. In this frost-covered dystopian landscape, it’s said that wolves are extinct. But, a group of these mystical creatures has survived, blending into human society using illusions. They are drawn towards a release from their existential suffering – a mythic paradise that can only be found by wolves. The narrative revolves around four such wolves, Kiba, Tsume, Hige and Toboe, on their relentless quest to find paradise, racing against time, human hunters, and their own individual traumas.
Storyline and Content
Prepare yourself, folks. Wolf’s Rain OVA takes the narrative depth, emotional impact, and artistic prowess of the original series and dials it up to 11. Despite being only four episodes long, it neatly wraps up loose ends, gives satisfying character development, and ensures every second is filled with hard-hitting, poignant moments.
Art and Animation
Studio Bones, responsible for masterpieces like Fullmetal Alchemist and My Hero Academia pulls no punches here either. Their talent shines through with the aesthetic appeal of the show’s intricate detailing and imaginative settings. The tranquil and picturesque dystopian-esque nature of the wild contrasts starkly against the dark, claustrophobic cityscapes. Each scene, each frame has been crafted to near perfection to create an audio-visual feast.
Sound and Music
The sound design is yet another element that sets Wolf’s Rain OVA apart. The signature score from anime music legend Yoko Kanno carries the narrative, intensifying dramatic scenes and accentuating the melancholic ambiance. The voice acting, in both the subbed and dubbed versions, is nothing short of compelling, enhancing the emotional impact of the series.
In the world of anime, Wolf’s Rain OVA is a hidden gem, a masterclass in storytelling and character development. Its intriguing blend of dystopian fantasy, emotional narrative, and exceptional sound & visual elements will leave you pondering its themes for days. Whether you rent, buy, or stream, this anime is a worthwhile addition to your anime library. So, what are you waiting for? Begin your trek into the wilderness!
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