|Pieces of a Shooting Star|
|Air date (JP):||June 30th, 2003|
|Air date (US):||August 21st, 2004|
|English Scipt Adaption:||Lia Sargent|
|Directed by:||Tensai Okamura|
|English ADR Director:||Mary McGlynn|
Battle's Red Glare
Heartbeat of the Black City
流星の破片 (Ryūsei no Hahen, Meteor Shards) is the twenty-second episode of Wolf's Rain. The episode aired in Japan on June 30th, 2003. Due to episodes 15, 16, 17, and 18 not being aired in the United States, the episode is sometimes considered to be the eighteenth episode by American fans. The episode aired in the United States on August 21st, 2004 as "Pieces of a Shooting Star".
As the wolves make their way across the sea of drift ice, they find a huge graveyard. Toboe is struggling to keep up. The older ones have to stop and wait for him. When he falls on some ice for a moment, a massive walrus breaks through the ice and attacks him, knocking him into the water. It spears Kiba in the leg with its tusk. Hige and Tsume tried to drive it off. Toboe freezes at first, then something inside him snaps and he rushes in, biting the walrus in the eye and refusing to let go. It tries to shake him off by swimming through broken ice and dragging him underwater. It explodes back up out of the water, crashing through a huge ice shelf.
Badly wounded, the giant walrus climbs onto the ice and dies, telling the wolves that he is not a victim, but the one who will save them. Kiba, Hige, and Tsume let Toboe eat first, before all four pick the walrus' body clean and continue on.
Later, Cheza is in another water tank and Jaguara makes her scream by eating wolf's meat and drinking wolf's blood.
- Hige: (To Toboe) What got into you?
Toboe let's out a breath and collapses to the ground.
- Toboe: Something happened. And then, I just... I just... I don't know, it's like something deep inside of me just snapped all of a sudden.
- Giant Walrus: You must joking. Not once have I ever been defeated on this island. I have been here, protecting it since long, long, ago. Even when I was the only one left. In this world it's either kill, or be killed. But understand this: I, will not die a victim. I, am going save you.
- This episode marks Toboe's third kill. The first being Granny, and the second was Lera's pet falcon.