Just as good as I thought it would be. I love the whole feel of the series- mystical, mysterious, with a sort of ancient legend vibe, and yet at the same time it's so sci-fi.
First of all, the packaging of the DVD. I like how the menu is set up, with a book and pages and everything. And I kept pausing before I clicked on anything to listen to that wonderful music by Yoko Kanno. The animation in the main menu reminded me of Balto. ^_^
The characters are all great, especially the wolves themselves. I think Hige is my favorite so far. Kiba is just cool- there's no other way to describe him. Toboe is adorable (I want a pet wolf!), and Tsume is alright, but he seriously needs to get his priorites straightened out. I can understand what he's going through, but at this point he's still in denial of pretty much everything, and I'm getting irritated.
I find it interesting that the wolves seemed to have evolved all these weird powers in order to survive. Transforming into humans is one thing, but they can also jump around like Spiderman and get life energy from the full moon. But they're still wild animals, and not cartoonified at all (like Kiba ripping out that guy's throat), which is just awesome. It's rare to see wolves portrayed as anything but demonic monsters in animation (Beauty and the Beast comes to mind), so I really like the approach taken in this show.
But it was kinda freaky seeing them do all these wolfy things, like eating a deer and licking each other's wounds, while still in their human forms. O_o I mean really, I don't like the image of humans tearing up a deer with their bare teeth.
Anyway, the first three episodes were about the characters all meeting up with each other and the wolves finally deciding to leave the city. Then they sort of wander around the barren wasteland searching for Paradise. And the fifth episode ended in a cliffhanger. A lot more stuff happened, and it's more interesting than it sounds, but that's the gist of it. Can't wait to see more!
So now I'm going to send another Kino translation to Justine, watch FMA 36 (FINALLY!), and then probably work on my story. But first..check out these lyrics. That's only one of many beautiful songs, mostly in English, that run(haha) throughout Wolf's Rain, featuring some of the best musical artists in anime history (Yoko Kanno, Steve Conte, Maaya Sakamoto). I definetely need to get the soundtrack.