Wolf's Rain 'Ultimate' Edition Home Release Details

posted on by Andrew Osmond
Scheduled for May 28, includes series on Blu-ray and hundred-page art book

Anime Limited has posted details of its forthcoming "Ultimate Edition" of Studio Bones' 2003 series Wolf's Rain, which will be released on May 28.

It will contain:

- Four Blu-ray discs carrying the 30 episodes of the series. (There are 26 TV episodes, although four of them are recap episodes. There are also four OVA episodes, which continue the story from the last TV episode and bring it to its conclusion.)

- A hundred-page Art Book, divided into sections on Characters, Concept Artwork, Settings and The Art of Wolf's Rain.

- Nine Art Cards, pictured left, and three A3 posters.

- On-disc extras include two cast interviews; a staff interview; a Pilot film and two promo films; and textless versions of the opening and closing songs.

The Ultimate Edition will be restricted to a thousand copies and has a suggested retail price of £149.99. However, according to Anime Limited, 'the price that will ultimately be charged by retailers (including us at will be cheaper.'

There will also be a release on standard Blu-ray; Anime Limited is 'looking into' a DVD release but is unconfirmed. The audio will be in English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0, and the series is in 4:3 ratio. This edition will upscale the series to 1080p, using the master created by Funimation.

Anime Limited gives the following summary of the series:

“Paradise-a legend, a myth, and a hopeless dream in a world that has become a wasteland. It is not meant for everyone, only the wolves thought to be extinct yet still roam the lands. When the Flower Maiden awakens, the path to the end will open.

Kiba, a lone white wolf, wanders into a poverty stricken city on a quest. The scent of Lunar Flowers and the will to find Paradise is all he has. Along the way, he runs into other outcast wolves: Tsume, Hige, and Toboe, each with their own story and troubles. Fate bringing them together, and together they seek out the Flower Maiden, Cheza, and their way to Paradise. But, doing so is no simple matter.

Up against a world that fears them and a man with mysterious abilities, their journey is overrun with challenges and worse-sacrifices. With limited time, they must fight to protect Cheza against everyone who seeks her and discover the hidden path to their destiny. This group of broken souls will form a pack and take their journey to the doors of Paradise. But is it worth the end of the world?

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