Moonlight Crucible
Episode 26
Moonlight Crucible
Air date (JP): July 28th, 2003
Air date (US): September 18th, 2004
Written by: Mary McGlynn,
Lia Sargent
Directed by: Tensai Okamura
Episode Guide
False Memories
Where the Soul Goes

月光炉 (Gekkōro, Moonlight Crucible) is the twenty-sixth episode of Wolf's Rain. The episode aired in Japan on July 28th, 2003. Due to episodes 15, 16, 17, and 18 not being aired in the United States, the episode is sometimes considered to be the twenty-second episode by American fans. The episode aired in the United States on September 18th, 2004.


Lady Jaguara hopes that her plan to enter Paradise will succeed now. The disguised Darcia reveals himself. Lady Jaguara tells him she killed her younger sister Hamona, whom he loved. Lights in the city are switched off. Thus, the electronic gates in the prison fail too, and Tsume, Toboe and Hubb can break out. Hige comes and meets them, and they leave together. Blue meets the beaten up Quent and tells him that soldiers, not the wolves, destroyed Kyrios, his home. Kiba manages to break free from his bounds and sees a vision of the false Noble's Paradise that Jaguara attempts to create. Jaguara thinks she has entered the Paradise with Darcia, but Darcia turns into a wolf and attacks her. Her castle breaks apart, and Jaguara, furious, stabs Darcia with a poisoned dagger. Cheza's prison is also broken, and Cher cares for her. Jaguara and Darcia fight, but when Jaguara is about to kill Darcia, Hige attacks her. But when Hige goes to attack her once more, Jaguara impales him in the right shoulder by her sword. Kiba arrives in the scene along with Tsume and Toboe, who remove the sword from Hige. Kiba attacks Jaguara, but Jaguara attempts to use her magic to trap him once more, but Kiba manages to walk through it. While she's distracted, Hige attacks her, but is unsuccessful due to his wound. Then Kiba gives Jaguara a fatal bite to the neck. Wounded, Jaguara turns to see Darcia standing, only for Darcia to impale her through the stomach with her own sword, killing her. Then Darcia states that he has always known that Kiba was the chosen wolf. Kiba asks Darcia what he is, because he is neither a wolf nor a Noble. Darcia then shows him a shiny black circular stone, and states that he was also chosen, and that it is not merely that his people seek Paradise. He then leaves the castle before saying that, "Paradise calls out to us as well."

During the end credits of the episode, Cher and Hubb are reunited and the wolves escape the castle with Cheza and the humans.


  • Tsume: Where's your collar?
    Hige: That stupid thing was just a number.
  • Blue: The wolves didn't do it! You have to believe me! Please pops!
    Quent: Oh my God, Blue!