Total # of Volumes: 1
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Languages: English VHS, Japanese w/subtitles VHS, or Multilingual DVD
Video: 4:3 NTSC Standard Aspect Ratio
Audio: Dolby Digital
American Release Status: Unavailable
Creator: Akihito Yoshitomi
Director: Koichi Mashimo
Character Designer: Toshiharu Murata
Animation Director: Hutoshi Higashide
Animation Studio: Studio Deen
American Producers: Bandai Entertainment
Title: After The Rain
Running Time: 48
Number of Episodes On This Volume: 2
1: After The Rain
2: The Gene Window
Episode 1: After The Rain
It's raining and in the outskirts of a grimy city, Bolt Crank stands outside a small nightclub. As he waits, a young woman arrives at the club and invites him in to get out of the rain and watch her dance performance. He ignores her.
Inside, Donna, the dancer, takes the stage. She performs a lively routine accompanied by colored spotlights. Afterwards, the club owner blames the low attendance on Donna's unwillingness to strip bare while dancing and Bart, the light operator, for using colors other than pink and red. Bart apologies to Donna, acting a bit smitten as he delivers it but she tells him not worry about it. He warns Donna to beware of the stranger lurking outside, and Donna is amazed that Bolt Crank is still standing exactly where she left him.
She invites him back to her run-down apartment, and he accepts. They arrive, and Donna nonchalantly strips, showers and dress in front of the stranger. She learns from him that his name is Bolt Crank and that he is a mercenary. He learns that she is a dancer and the daughter of a famous stage dancer, her mother, who has passed away. Donna encourages him to take part of her meager food offerings and is surprised to see Bolt Crank devour her old fashion radio instead of the days old bread.
The next day, Donna brings Bolt to the club and gets him hired as a handyman. The other dancing girls shower him with kisses as they pepper Donna with demands for more details on her handsome boyfriend. Bart, eavesdropping outside the dressing room, is stunned by the news. But, the club manager is unimpressed. He orders Bolt to work, Bart back to the lights (with the admonishment that if does any of that 'weird lighting', he is fired) and for the girls to 'knock the customers cold' with their performances. Everybody agrees that the manager is a jerk, even if he did rescue Donna from living on the street.
As Donna dances on stage again, Bart follows her movements with passion. He mutters angrily about the manager's insensitivity and does not notice Bolt's arrival. Bolt announces that he was instructed to come up and learn how to do the lighting, and Bart comments that his (Bart's) days are numbered.
After the dance, Donna has an argument with the club manager. He slaps her in the face. Donna leaves the club to find Bolt waiting outside. She asks him why he did not go back to the apartment without her and he answers that he will not stay at her place without her being there. They return to the apartment and go to their separate sleeping places.
In the middle of night, Donna rises from bed and goes to her closet. She stares at a mysterious wrapped object and then heads back to bed. It is then that she notices Bolt watching her. She asks if he can not sleep and he answers that the sound of the rain bothers him. Donna confesses that she likes the sound of the rain as it makes her feel surrounded, and then she tells Bolt that her mother died on a rainy day.
The next evening, at the club, Bart is taking out the trash when is surprised by the arrival of the manager of prominent uptown dance troupe. He rushes in to tell Donna. But Donna, who is seated at the stage's edge, is not interested. Bart tries to encourage her to meet with the producer and defy her current manager, but she refuses. Bart turns, intent on confronting the seedy club's manager, but instead collides with Bolt, who had been sent down to tell Bart to go to the control booth.
Up in the control booth, the club's manager confronts Donna. Donna demands to be allowed to leave, but the manager refuses. Donna's pleas become more desperate and defiant, but still the manager refuses. Finally, she reaches into her gym bag, pulls out the mysterious object and lunges at the manager, crying 'Father, let me go!' The covering of the object slips away, revealing a wicked commando-style blade. But, before she can plunge it into her father's belly, Bolt deflects her arm, causing her stab a wall mirror.
Afterwards, time has passed and Donna is in pursuit of her dream to dance and sing like her mother. She returns home, but finds Bolt gone. The wandering mercenary has moved on.
Episode 2: The Gene Window
The story opens with a video of a young girl, in silhouette, running against a bright white background. She is giggling. The video eventually gives way to a scene of a woman running trough the streets of a city under siege. Then the video breaks up, and it is revealed that this is a view screen being watched by Bolt Crank. He crosses the room and gives the malfunctioning screen a thump with his hand. It shuts off. Bolt then notices something outside his apartment and he swiftly retreats.
On the balcony of Bolt's apartment, a woman scrambles over the railing and slips through the curtain, entering the room. Her gun is drawn. As she scans the room, she notices the sounds of something being crunched and looks down to find Bolt eating her gun. She steps back and demands to know why Bolt ate her weapon. Bolt, in turns, demands to know why she entered his room. She answers by introducing herself as Lily Swanson. Bolt's newest customer.
Lily explains that an important item of her father's has been taken, and she wants Bolt's help in recovering it. Bolt responds that Lily and he have the same smell. Lily reacts strongly, denying the assertion and claiming that she is not a mercenary.
Lily leads Bolt to a junkyard; 'the dirtiest place in El Pujunde, the dirtiest city.' There they are discovered by two men who fire upon them. It is Lily that they are after. She is a wanted terrorist for blowing up a 'few things', such as bank and a slum house. She and Bolt escape by diving into an underground tunnel. They are pursued by a swat team and just as it looks like things are at their worst, Bolt saves Lily by materializing a gun in his right hand with his powers and deflecting a shard of metal that was heading for her.
Lily stops the troops by tossing a grenade and causing the tunnel to collapse. The troops are trapped on the opposite side and Bolt and LIly are sealed in on the other. Bolt discovers a small handheld computer with a record of Lily's crimes, and he confronts her with it. She justifies her actions stating that just like a mercenary, killing is sometimes part of the job. She reassures Bolt that the job she is hiring him for is to find something that her father lost, and they both resume the search for a switch that Lily insists is nearby.
They find the location and use explosives to blow their way in. Inside, they discover an abandoned lab. It still has power, so they flick on the lights. Lily finds a door labeled as the laboratory of Dr. Wolfgang Prochnoff. Bolt asks how she will get into the room without destroying what is inside, and she surprises him by placing her eye against the security scanner. The scanner recognizes her as Jessica Prochnoff, daughter of the doctor and the door opens.
Bolt asks if she had deceived him, and she swears she did not - her name is Lily Swanson. They enter the room to find a liquid-filled glass tube with a duplicate of Lily floating inside it - right down to the distinctive, dark pink triangular birthmark on her left cheek. Lily explains that Dr. Wolfgang cloned his daughter after she was tragically killed on the day of her wedding. Lily had been unaware that she was a clone or that other clones existed until she had a chance encounter with one. That set her on the course of action where she sought out and destroyed the clones as she found them.
Lily then fires her gun into the tube until it is empty, killing the last clone. She then produces a powerful bomb and places on the floor. She tells Bolt that the job is complete, and he should leave. Bolt asks if she is planning to kill herself out of guilt, and she answers 'no.'
Aboveground, the trackers have detected Bolt and Lily and start to dig down with a machine. The actions cause a hidden door within the lab to open and the body of Dr. Prochnoff is revealed. A music box that his hand clutches begins to play and Liliy is stunned to realize that she recognizes the tune even though she has never heard it before. Bolt explains that she is experiencing 'gene memory.' He then instructs Lily to remove all of her clothes. Bolt removes his clothes and two stand naked together in the dark. Then the lab explodes.
Three years later, with Liliy Swanson declared dead after a body and clothing matching her had been discovered at the blast site, the opening moment of the young girl, running and giggling reoccurs. This time, though, the girl reaches her mother. The faces of the mother and the girl are never shown, but the voice is that of Lily Swanson. The girl asks about the object the mother is holding, and she replies that it is a music box she received from the girl's 'poppa.' The girl asks what a 'poppa' is and the mother says that she will find out when she is older. This is where the episode and video end.