Holo is a powerful wolf deity who is celebrated and revered in the small town of Pasloe for blessing the annual harvest. Yet as years go by and the villagers become more self-sufficient, Holo, who stylizes herself as the “Wise Wolf of Yoitsu,” has been reduced to a mere folk tale. When a traveling merchant named Kraft Lawrence stops at Pasloe, Holo offers to become his business partner if he eventually takes her to her northern home of Yoitsu. The savvy trader recognizes Holo’s unusual ability to evaluate a person’s character and accepts her proposition. Now in the possession of both sharp business skills and a charismatic negotiator, Lawrence inches closer to his goal of opening his own shop. However, as Lawrence travels the countryside with Holo in search of economic opportunities, he begins to realize that his aspirations are slowly morphing into something unexpected. Based on the popular light novel of the same name, Ookami to Koushinryou, also known as Spice and Wolf, fuses the two polar genres of economics and romance to create an enthralling story abundant with elaborate schemes, sharp humor, and witty dialogue. Ookami to Koushinryou is more than just a story of bartering; it turns into a journey of searching for a lost identity in an ever-changing world. – My Anime List
Based on 19 review scores:
There is simply nothing not to like about this fiery wolf deity and her human companion.
Unleash The Anime
Overall I loved Spice and Wolf! I think everything was done flawlessly. The story was fantastic and that surprised me because to be honest without looking at the voice cast and other things I didn’t think I would like it. I’m the type to fall asleep during chick flicks and this sounded like a chick flick of anime at first but boy was I wrong. This show is just too good to pass up. You get so interested into the characters that you forget that it’s a romance show. You start to feel like you’re apart of their story and that you have your own role to play in it. Spice and Wolf takes you on a journey that connects the souls of two people bound by fate and their eventual love for each other. Words cannot describe my new found love for Spice and Wolf and I would recommend it to anyone who has an appreciation for stuff other than violent action sequences.
J And J Productions
With its slower than usual pacing and a heavy reliance on character interaction, Spice and Wolf is not for everyone. That being said, those looking for a fun medieval fantasy with lovable characters and a generally unique story, Spice and Wolf might be for you.
I think what I like most about it is that it makes a break from most typical anime made today. While some of the fan art would make this seem like a furry show, it is not (though again, there are a few moments if you are into that sort of thing). Rather than a sexually frustrated high school drama like most shows have devolved into, this is refreshing in that the characters actually have other things that they want in life and it shows how protecting those desires cause them just as much frustration as satisfaction in their lives. Great show, great writing, and with some of the things that go on you will certainly want to watch it a few times to catch everything that happens. I would recommend this to most people.
I still remain convinced that this is the best romance in animated form, in a show that doesn’t pander too much to fan service sensibilities, and certainly doesn’t insult the intelligence. It is after all a show about mediaeval economics, so you certainly need to keep your brain in gear for the plot.
Great music, art direction, plot, dialogue, characterization, and romance. Tied as one of my favorite shows of all time. The economics are just a bonus and I’ve never heard of anyone who has seen this and not liked it.
You can really see that this is a series that’s based on a light novel series, rather than a manga. Just like the first season, the dialogue is deep and meaningful, and you really have to pay attention to keep following it. Horo and Lawrence love teasing each other with smart and witty remarks, and together they develop into quite a memorable couple. There are some great romantic scenes during the quiet parts in this series, that really gets the best out of both of them.
For a series centered around the merchant dealings of a medieval trader, Spice and Wolf confirms that even the most ordinary and plain of story ideas can be transformed into a splendid piece of work. I must admit that when first choosing to watch this title, I wanted to prove to myself that much of the credit given Horo’s character was mere admiration of the fact that she’s a cute wolf girl; once more, however, I’ve confirmed my initial conceptions wrong. Through her coupling with Lawrence, Horo highlights Spice and Wolf as one of the more exemplary titles of the winter season; I easily recommend this to anyone looking for a series that wistfully and brilliantly explores the complexities of the romantic interaction between two individuals – this is definitely not one to be missed.
Spice and Wolf offers an interesting view on the life of a merchant along with a nice developing story.
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Overall this show crams so much information and dialog to the viewers its easy to say that its not for everyone. But this is indeed a very intelligent, beautiful, and intriguing show. Its a show that you will either understand or not. As for me I love shows like this that leaves JUST enough out for the viewer to make them think and analyze about the episode they just saw. And I am a total sucker for beautiful artwork and music, but character chemistry is what drives me (and all my other 10’s on my list) to score this a 10.
Overall, Spice and Wolf is a compelling tale you would not want to miss. It is so well made that it begs to be more recognized by the world for it’s story, characters, animation, and music. It has some good themes to keep it going and the drama really pulls some heartstrings. It is highly recommended that you check this series out and enjoy.
Still, I recommend this. I’d recommend it any day, for anyone who wants a bit of light fantasy heavy on the believability factor. It certainly helps that the show manages to balance the location and the populus quite nicely, spicing it up with a nice helping of familiar history elements and superstitious beliefs. It’s the surprise show of the year.
Spice and Wolf sells itself largely on its characters and its dialogue. Its nicely animated, has a good soundtrack, and is one of the more unique animes to come out in recent years. However, if you don’t like the lead characters, there’s little to entertain.
Beta Is Dead
This is unquestionably a really good show, though it’s first half is much more enjoyable than it’s second. I think the reason behind that is that this is an extremely character based anime and I wasn’t really 100% happy where Holo’s character development ended up. But hey, at least she had character developed at all and it was still very well done. It isn’t my favorite show but it’s still one of the best I’ve reviewed on this blog and I’m really happy that I got to watch. It’s not particularly action packed and if you’re the type of person who really needs their Japanese cartoons to be filled with sword fights, robots, and over the top battles you will think this show is boring as shit, and honestly it certainly has its moments of dullness; it is mostly talking after all. But if you have an open mind I highly recommend this show since it’s a very different type of cartoon than I’ve usually reviewed. Great show, check it out. Looking forward to season 2.
The Nihon Review
If you want an interesting time waster about the travels of a merchant and his cute, female companion, then I must highly recommend Spice and Wolf. It’s not great, but it’s one of the few shows that can put a pleasant smile on my face.
Overall I found Spice and Wolf compelling at first, like a man having to go buy milk with an oddity thrown into the mix. But as the story continued, the journey to get milk began to feel mundane again, causing what I felt would be a grand breather from the norm to be just another case of the Monday blues. Perhaps if Spice and Wolf someday gains a third season the feelings I now have will possibly heal. But until then I feel uncomforted, and find myself wondering if it is in the novels that I must seek the answers I am looking for. Sort of like Holo the Wise Wolf of Yoitz.