Four wolves on the run from mankind answer the highest, most dire calling-they seek the legendary Paradise. From the creators of Cowboy Bebop and Escaflowne comes this new manga take on the hit suspense anime Wolf's Rain. Humans thought the wolves died off two centuries ago in this bleak post-apocalyptic wasteland. But some survivors lurk among the humans by mentally cloaking their animal bodies. One white wolf, Kiba, scours the land for the scent of the Lunar Flower that will lead them all to Paradise...
If you are reading this after watching to the anime then prepare to be dissapointed. the core of the sotry remains, btu the manga lacks all the details that hold tha pack together, there is less fighing between Kiba and Tsume but that is only because alot of the journey is taken out and shortened. The magna only covers a small portion of their journey compared to the anime, not devling into any of their backstories, such as why Toboe is so found of humans, that lovely backsotry about Tsume's pack we got at the end of the anime. The manga almost rushes through their escape of the city, and the whole plot actually. There is also a loss of most of the action and fights seen in the anime. Looking at the manga on its own, its decent but is missing alot of explaination. The journey is incredibly short never truly developing the charcters and their motivations in the fourteen chapters. While Cheza's importance to the wolves, as the flower that will lead them to paradise, is shown the manga never takes the moment to develope the bond between Cheza and the wolves, including Blue. Darcia's motivaiton for getting in the wolves way of finding paradise is also left very vague. The manga is simply vague and doesnt do much to develope the characters in the plot, leaving its feel unfinished. Someone who picks this up with no background knowledge of the anime would be able to understand the core of the story but probably be confused on nearly all the finer details of the story.
I haven't seen the anime, but there are some notes at the end of the volumes which suggest that the character designs aren't exactly the same between the two formats and that there are some unique scenes in the manga adaptation which don't appear in the anime (and vice versa). I haven't seen the anime, but I enjoyed this story nonetheless and found the basic fantasy/sci-fi premise of the world (albeit somewhat confusing) to be aesthetically captivating and narratively cool--what with its Akira-like technological dystopia feel, its unexplained wolf and flower magicks, and the simplistic quest of finding paradise that turns world-important by the end. And while I haven't seen the anime, I didn't really care for the way this manga seemed to cut some encounters short and not do certain storylines justice (like with the chapters when Cheza was traveling with the pack), nor did I care for the way that the climax just wrapped things up with some iffy sentimental vaguery without satisfying my curiosity as to the nature of what was going on. My favorite section was probably the initial city section--getting to know the characters was neat, the existence of all those raised walkways above or on the roofs felt cool, and that one scene involving Gel was gripping and hit hard--but, ya know, I haven't seen the anime.
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