The time is nearly here! In just under a week you’ll be able to get your hands on the latest addition to what we would call our most premium range of releases; the ones where we have so much material to work that we can go the extra mile that when we could have imagined originally! This coming Monday (28th May 2018) sees the release of our Wolf’s Rain Ultimate Edition Blu-ray set!
There’s a lot of information to cover about this release. So if you didn’t read our post a while back detailing the plans for this release, have no fear as you can catch up below.
MCM London Comic Con attendees: Before getting to tell you about the product itself and whatnot, we’re happy to confirm that the first opportunity to get your hands on this release will be next weekend at the MCM London Comic Con event (25-27th May 2018). We will have copies of this available to purchase (while stock lasts) from our stand, stall #1600 in the South Hall.
From Studio Bones, the studio that brought you Fullmetal Alchemist and Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood, Sword of the Stranger, Blood Blockade Battlefront, and Eureka Seven.
Directed by Tensai Okamura (The Seven Deadly Sins, Darker Than Black, Blue Exorcist).
Synopsis: “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?”
Check out the trailer below for the series –
WHAT’S IN THE ULTIMATE EDITION?
As we’ve developed the concept of our Ultimate Edition releases over the years, we’ve taken lots of feedback on board and combined that with our own thoughts to help mould them into what they are today! Our most recent Ultimate Edition release, Eureka Seven (at time of writing), was a great amalgamation of all that feedback and has helped shaped the future direction of what our Wolf’s Rain release will be ultimately (no pun intended) be and contain.
Contents of the Wolf’s Rain’s Ultimate Edition:
- Much like our Eureka Seven Ultimate Edition release, the entire contents of this will come packed in a bespoke mailing box so the contents can be packaged and stored safely.
- There will be a rigid case that will house a digipak containing four Blu-ray discs and 9 art cards.
- On the four Blu-ray discs themselves you’ll find the complete series of Wolf’s Rain – this being 26 episodes plus the 4 OVA episodes that conclude the story. All the episodes will have both English and Japanese (with English subtitles) audio options. On the fourth disc specifically there will also be some additional content as well. That being –
- Two Japanese cast interviews (featuring comments from (Mamoru Miyano (voice of Kiba), Kenta Miyake (voice of Tsume), Hiroki Shimowada (voice of Toboe), Akio Suyama (voice of Hige), Unshou Ishizuka (voice of Quent Yaiden), Takaya Kuroda (voice of Darcia), Kaho Koda (voice Cher Degré), Mitsuru Miyamoto (voice of Hubb Lebowski), Arisa Ogasawara (voice of Cheza))
- A Japanese staff interview with comments from Masahiko Minami (Producer), Kazuhiro Wakabayashi and (Sound Director)
- Plus Japanese promotional material including the Pilot Film, two Promo Films and television promotional videos.
- There’s even the textless version of the opening song “Stray” and two textless versions of the closing song “Gravity”.
- The 9 art cards will showcase some of the beautiful art created for the series. (You can get a better look at those in another visual below.)
- You’ll also get three – yes, three – A3 posters that will be rolled up in their own tube to ensure safe transit with the other contents. (Again, referring back to our Eureka Seven Ultimate Edition as an example.) The three images themselves that will be present on the poster showcase some of the gorgeous art created for the series. One will be portrait whereas the other two designs will be landscape. (See visual above for a preview of those.)
- If that wasn’t enough you’ll also get a 100 page art book that has been specially curated for our release! If you’ve been following our releases in general, let alone Ultimate Edition releases, you know we try to take advantage of every single piece of art we have at our disposal and this book is no exception! The book itself will be split into four sections total: Characters, Concept Artwork, Settings and The Art of Wolf’s Rain.
HOW MUCH IS IT?
WHERE CAN I BUY THE ULTIMATE EDITION?
As we mentioned, there are 1000 units of this Ultimate Edition being produced. This release is not exclusive to any one retailer.
The suggested retail price for this will be £149.99, but as has been seen in the past with previous Ultimate Edition releases the price that will ultimately (no pun intended) be charged by retailers (including us at alltheanime.com) will be cheaper. For example (at time of writing) Amazon and Zavvi are charging £99.99 for it, whereas Base.com are charing £94.99 for it.
You can pre-order this now from the following retailers –
NOTE: At the bottom of this post there is an FAQ about this release. Be sure to give it a read.
PHOTOS OF THE FINISHED PRODUCT
And now it’s time to show you photos of the finished product. You can click on them to enlarge them too! Also worth noting, POTENTIAL SPOILER WARNING for the images below.
So that’s the how the entire set will come delivered taken care of. Now let’s look at the various elements inside.
We mentioned the rigid case has a spot UV finish to it. It’s difficult to show that off in static images, so hopefully the below will help:
Now we’ve covered the rigid case, let’s find out what’s inside!
But we’re not done yet! Remember there was the big art book when we opened the mailer box? Let’s take a look at it now! It’s a whopping 100 pages!
But wait, there’s more! Remember the tube that inside the mailer box art the start of this unboxing? There were three A3 posters inside! Let’s take a look at each one
And that about wraps up the unboxing of this Wolf’s Rain Ultimate Ed. Blu-ray set! We’re super proud of it it and we hope you’re excited to add it to your collection!
Before we go, we know there’ll likely be some questions, so we’ve got an F.A.Q. below that should help answer some of those
FAQ on Wolf’s Rain Ultimate Edition
–What’s the release date?
28th May 2018
–Is this exclusive to any one retailer?
No, but it’s worth noting that there are only 1000 units total being produced.
–Are you releasing a standard edition Blu-ray or DVD or the series?
We will be releasing the series on standard edition Blu-ray, yes.
As for a DVD release; it’s something we’re looking into but have no announcements to make at this time. Obviously if/when there is news we’ll make it known.
–Are you still going to be releasing a Collector’s edition version Blu-ray, as was previously announced?
We are not, no. This is because when we realised how much material was available for us to utilise and we because we want to make this release the best it can be, we decided to release an Ultimate Edition in place of a Collector’s Edition version.
–What region code are the discs?
All of our release are intended for UK & Ireland only, so the Blu-ray discs are coded for Region B.
–What kind of audio is the English and Japanese language option in?
English 5.1 & Japanese 2.0.
–Given the age of the show, is the footage in widescreen?
No. As the series was made before 16:9 was the norm, all footage of the series itself is in 4:3. Meaning there will be black borders at the side of the screen to retain the original aspect ratio. You can sample what we mean by this in the trailer earlier in this post (above)
–Is this series in Native HD?
Simply put, no. This series was created before television series being animated in HD was the norm. So the series has been upscaled (also known as an “HD Remaster”) to 1080p. For anyone interested we are utilising the disc master created by Funimation.
And that concludes this mammoth post relating to our Wolf’s Rain Ultimate Edition release! We’re super proud of it and we hope you’re looking forward to adding it to your collection!
Here’s a closer look at the rigid case, digipak, discs and art cards for you –