So, what do you think is going on in that last episode? (Spoilers galore, needless to say.)
Kiba is the reincarnation of Larka, from The Sight.Both of them being white wolves aside, they both have to go on a long journey to try and save their respective worlds from destruction. They also both die in their attempts. Perhaps a white wolf spirit is reincarated over and over again in order to save the world, and Kiba and Larka are not the only lives it has had. Of course, if you view Wolf's Rain as taking place in the distant past, rather then the distant future, than Larka would be the reincarnation of Kiba.
Wolf's Rain is an allegory for certain tenets of Buddhism.See the Wikipedia entry for bhavacakra (the wheel of life) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhavacakra. From there it is easy to figure out the ending, as well as the overall structure of the show.
Alchemy: The power of the gods.Alchemy is a subject that is shown and alluded to, but never outright discussed in Wolf's Rain. However, there are many plot points that are connected to the use of alchemy and its nature in this universe. If one pays attention you can figure out what this pseudo science is doing throughout the show.
The owl is Darcia the First.We see the owl try to trick the wolves into getting devoured by giant bugs. We also see it delighting in the fact that Kiba is trapped in The Garden of Eternity. The owl also has no scent, and is implied to be a ghost. We also see an image of it flash over the image of Darcia the First as he tried to open the false paradise the first time, implying that they are the same being. Adding to that, we see Darcia the First at the beginning of episode 27, lamenting that paradise would come and end the world. He also has the exact same voice actor, and speaking patterns as the owl.
The "extinction" of wolves and collapse of society 200 years before the show begins was caused by a nuclear war or its magitek equivalent.Not exactly a huge stretch, but completely obfuscated in the series.
Kiba, Tsume, Hige and Toboe are all reincarnations of the wolves who originally created the world.Possibly Blue is as well.
The series takes place hundreds of millions of years in the past...except for the opening titles and the very last scene, which take place in the present day.It would explain the bending lasers, the wolves with their human illusions, and the magic in the series. Not to mention that it would reinforce the idea of a new world (Paradise) emerging from the dying old world.
That very last scene...When the reincarnated Kiba finds the lunar flower at the end of episode 30, the corruption we saw caused by Darcia's eye will be healed and the world will become a true Paradise.
Neither Wolves nor Humans were destined to inhabit Paradise.Let's take another look at the last few minutes of the final episode: Kiba is implicitly the last animal alive until the snow geese fly overhead. As he dies, he is surrounded by Lunar Flowers. We cut to a view of the newly-formed Paradise, and who do we see living there? Wolves? Humans? Neither! It is instead almost entirely populated by plants (so Cheza's destiny was to create a world where her kind rules) as well as the occasional bird (which helps explain that damn owl who keeps popping up — OK, not really, but it's something to chew on). The kickers are the final pages of The Book of the Moon, which are revealed to contain a giant two-page spread illustration of Lunar Flowers. Darcia's eye wasn't necessarily a corruption. However, it started the sequence that brought mammals into the world. Hence the humans, rats, cats, wolves(?, see next post) in the flash-forward. And speaking of that flash-forward...
Upon resurrection, in the flash-forward, Kiba and company have become something more akin to traditional werewolves.In that they now actually (and unambiguously) assume human form. Therefore, Tsume can ride a motorcycle and Toboe can pet a kitten without it loosing it's shit (as much). They are still fundamentally wolves however.
The search for Paradise is a cyclical thing that will go on forever until one version of Kiba's pack gets it right.Simply put, this is essentially the "Let's get a human to play the role of the Messianic Archetype and save everyone - but not really" situation that the Architect went on (and on and on and on) about in The Matrix Reloaded. This time could have been the one where they did get it right, if the Nobles hadn't wrecked it for everyone.
The series takes places on Russia or a country that speaks Russian.It is coincidence that the Book of Monn is written in cyrilic alphabet? In all the series we see cyrilic alphabet: In market, in books, in documents, on vodka bottles, on potato sacks Blue fell on and so on. So... is Wolf's Rain a kind of Russian legend or something to do with Russia?
The series is set in the world of Fullmetal Alchemist 200 or more years later.Darcia and Jagara both use what suspiciously looks like transmutation circles. Also, the Moon Crucible is actually the Philosopher's Stone, which helps open Paradise and complete Darcia's transformation into wolf form.
Kiba can't complete his quest to open a true paradise without Myu.Myu's imprisonment in the false paradise was a deliberate attempt to sabotage Kiba by keeping her out of the picture. If she had joined the party and became Kiba's mate, she no doubt would have fought fiercely to protect Kiba from Darcia perhaps more than any of the wolves had, perhaps just enough to stop him from corrupting the reborn Earth, though both Myu and Kiba might still have been destined to die in that battle, no matter the outcome .
Blue DID make it to paradiseAs Hige's wife, she was at home with the kids. This is why we don't see her in the final ending scene. Or, if they all became human the second time around (see above), she was visiting or taking care of Quent, her father figure.
The whole world revolves around Fractal Theory.Ever since I finished Wolf's Rain, it reminded me of Fractal Theory as explained in Jeremiah. The two strange attractors in Wolf's Rain were Kiba and Darcia, and the variable was the lunar flower. If Darcia had won by keeping the flower from making it to the end of the world, the next incarnation would have been a twisted hellscape without the flowers - or at least would have been closer to one by the absence of Cheza's kind. There is no end, only a different phase.
They actually did make it......sort of.When I first watched the series, the ending actually implied to me that those shots of each character's individual paradise was really happening, meaning that the entire time, Paradise was more or less a wolf afterlife.