Anime Review: Spice and Wolf

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Anime Review: Spice and Wolf

A salesman and a cute wolf-girl goddess get together to ... talk about economics?

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The funny thing is, last night on Escapist IRC, I said something like: "You know what they should review? Spice and Wolf".
Still, a good review.
and her name is Horo, not Holo
Sorry, it just annoys me.
I really enjoyed this anime myself, and I find it much better than the second series.

Greyfox105:
The funny thing is, last night on Escapist IRC, I said something like: "You know what they should review? Spice and Wolf".
Still, a good review.
and her name is Horo, not Holo
Sorry, it just annoys me.
I really enjoyed this anime myself, and I find it much better than the second series.

Same here. I got this as a present at christmas (I had already seen the Japanese version though) and really, really enjoyed it.

The great thing about this series is, although you may call is slow pacing, is the fact is explains. I know some might find it slow and dull at times, but, its all this explanation and itnrigued surrounding the guilds, the church, and the fantasy which combine to create a great series.

I would disagree with the end bit, do buy it. It may not appeal to the thrill seekers in anime, but, to those who like deep stories with a nice addition of fantasy, its a gold nugget.

I've watched this and to tell you the truth i can't understand the almost fanatic cult following this series has. When you say this anime is bad, the immediate defense from the throngs of anime enthusiast will jump down your throat.

I enjoyed it but it really doesn't deserve its status as a 'great' anime. All i got out of it was that this was a lesson in medieval barter economics.

But yes the characters are really flushed out compared to many anime. So what is said i totally agree with.

p.s. If you watch anime then im sure you came across the Phrase "penis butterfly" well this is where it came from. The ending song 'Ringo Biyori' is sung in terrible engrish and in one part it sounds like the artist from Rocky Chack says 'penis butterfly'

Greyfox105:
The funny thing is, last night on Escapist IRC, I said something like: "You know what they should review? Spice and Wolf".
Still, a good review.
and her name is Horo, not Holo
Sorry, it just annoys me.
I really enjoyed this anime myself, and I find it much better than the second series.

I've noticed the discrepencies between the "l" and "r" sounds in Japanese to English translations before, it seems to be a common problem. I haven't seen "Spice and Wolf," so I'm not sure where the error would lie there, but I do know that a similer discrepency occured with "Hellsing". However, the error there seems quite clear to me. The main character's name is quite obviously "Alucard," not "Arucard" (Dracula spelled backwards).

Good review, good anime, watch it if you're into romantic stuff.

I liked. The world building was great. I got the impression there was this whole world out there with different traditions and customs. it was a refreshing change from the generic midevial fantasy story we all know. Besides I love the witty banter between Kraft and Horo

I loved it, it tried something new and made it very entertaining.

darthcendiarygrenade:

Greyfox105:
The funny thing is, last night on Escapist IRC, I said something like: "You know what they should review? Spice and Wolf".
Still, a good review.
and her name is Horo, not Holo
Sorry, it just annoys me.
I really enjoyed this anime myself, and I find it much better than the second series.

I've noticed the discrepencies between the "l" and "r" sounds in Japanese to English translations before, it seems to be a common problem. I haven't seen "Spice and Wolf," so I'm not sure where the error would lie there, but I do know that a similer discrepency occured with "Hellsing". However, the error there seems quite clear to me. The main character's name is quite obviously "Alucard," not "Arucard" (Dracula spelled backwards).

Yeah, the "r" and "l" thing. It's really up to the people translating to figure it out. Most of the time, the "r" should stay an "r," like with Horo, or Ren (not Len) from Shaman King, or Zoro from One Piece. Other times, like Alucard, its an "l" because it's just the Japanese taking a word/name that has sounds they don't have, and their approximation of it.

Anyway, yeah, Spice and Wolf. Wouldn't buy it if you paid me (so, yes, I agree with you, JoshV), but for an anime I watched in anime club... in one night... it was pretty good.

Mstrswrd:
for an anime I watched in anime club... in one night... it was pretty good.

The anime club at my university is a bunch of pansies...can't sit down for more than 3 episodes of anything...dear god if its the same show for all 3 eps. >.>

Good ol' marathoning is the best way to watch any show. You get the whole show in your head to juggle and think about. Leaves a better impression that way.

I'm watching it with the local anime club and quite frankly find it extremely boring, it seemed to get intresting about 8 (I think) episodes in, but then went straight back to economics.

Jaredin:
The great thing about this series is, although you may call is slow pacing, is the fact is explains. I know some might find it slow and dull at times, but, its all this explanation and itnrigued surrounding the guilds, the church, and the fantasy which combine to create a great series.

I would disagree with the end bit, do buy it. It may not appeal to the thrill seekers in anime, but, to those who like deep stories with a nice addition of fantasy, its a gold nugget.

I wouldn't really call it slow either. I think it takes more time to explain everything and to develop the characters to be realistic, whereas alot of anime simply use stereotypical character types to avoid having to explain. I'm not saying all anime do this, just that some I have seen sacrifice character development for a fast paced plot.

Even though I would count myself to be more of a fan of shows with alot of action, I think the underlying intelligence of this one really drew me in.

MassuguGo:

Mstrswrd:
for an anime I watched in anime club... in one night... it was pretty good.

The anime club at my university is a bunch of pansies...can't sit down for more than 3 episodes of anything...dear god if its the same show for all 3 eps. >.>

Good ol' marathoning is the best way to watch any show. You get the whole show in your head to juggle and think about. Leaves a better impression that way.

Wow... that is a weak club (no offense intended if you are part of it, as you sound much more awesome than they). Our club meets every Friday at 8:00 PM, in a moderately large classroom, and we watch on a good projector that doesn't mess with the colors too much. It usually lasts 4 hours, if we all have stuff to do, 3 hours, and if we all feel like it, 5 hours. Where does yours meet? I would aks for how long, but you've already answered that.

We watched about half of 3 seperate anime series once, because we didn't have the full series on DVD (the official club is really particular about only watching stuff we can legally watch, while the other anime club, which is unofficial, watches whatever they feel like, including but not limited to stuff they torrented, stuff they own, and hentai, when they feel like it). The 3 series thing I advise never to do, because while it was fun, by the end, we were all combining opening themes in out heads. It was painful, but awesome.

Show them this post. Perhaps it will inspire them to buckle down and actually watch.

Horo is probably one of the best written characters I can think of - despite being a wolf-god with perky animal ears, she seems to be more interesting and more human than any heroine in recent memory. She's an actual character, and not simply a rolling ball of cliches wrapped in needless and irrelevant fanservice. Even on the when the quality of the banter drops below excellent, it still manages to sidestep a fair number of anime tropes, and progresses like an actual conversation between two people might.

Greyfox105:
The funny thing is, last night on Escapist IRC, I said something like: "You know what they should review? Spice and Wolf".
Still, a good review.
and her name is Horo, not Holo
Sorry, it just annoys me.
I really enjoyed this anime myself, and I find it much better than the second series.

Actually, if you don't feel like taking the R/L as interchangeable, "Holo" is closer to the author's intention. He's mentioned as such in interviews.

But, again, it doesn't matter, since both may as well be correct. I go with Horo anyway, out of personal preference, but calling it more correct than Holo would be silly.

I wasn't interested in this anime really but decided to read the review and for some reason the whole economic angle seems like it may be interesting so I may watch it. =)(I'm not even interested in economics just find it cool an anime trying to do something different...)

BTW, you can watch the series for free LEGALLY at http://www4.funimation.com/video/?page=show&b=288

I quite enjoyed this one, I watched both the subbed and dubbed versions and wasn't amazingly happy with Holo's voice actor but I got used to it.

Her name is Holo by the way, the Japanese language doesn't make use of the 'L' as the English language does and as such they are taught out of it as they are learning to speak, hence it may sound different when the Japanese are saying her name. Sorry to leave a bit of psychology stuff in here

Mstrswrd:

MassuguGo:

Mstrswrd:
for an anime I watched in anime club... in one night... it was pretty good.

The anime club at my university is a bunch of pansies...can't sit down for more than 3 episodes of anything...dear god if its the same show for all 3 eps. >.>

Good ol' marathoning is the best way to watch any show. You get the whole show in your head to juggle and think about. Leaves a better impression that way.

Wow... that is a weak club (no offense intended if you are part of it, as you sound much more awesome than they). Our club meets every Friday at 8:00 PM, in a moderately large classroom, and we watch on a good projector that doesn't mess with the colors too much. It usually lasts 4 hours, if we all have stuff to do, 3 hours, and if we all feel like it, 5 hours. Where does yours meet? I would aks for how long, but you've already answered that.

We watched about half of 3 seperate anime series once, because we didn't have the full series on DVD (the official club is really particular about only watching stuff we can legally watch, while the other anime club, which is unofficial, watches whatever they feel like, including but not limited to stuff they torrented, stuff they own, and hentai, when they feel like it). The 3 series thing I advise never to do, because while it was fun, by the end, we were all combining opening themes in out heads. It was painful, but awesome.

Show them this post. Perhaps it will inspire them to buckle down and actually watch.

I was the Program chair of my old University's Anime club... I don't really know what I was supposed to be doing, but I got inside info like the University wouldn't give us the budget to get a Netflix account. >.>

Though I know in our case the problem was largely our regulars had very different tastes in anime. Our first president loved romantic comedies, while the Vice President loved over the top violence, meanwhile one guy had to leave the room at the sight of blood (the fluid, not the 50 episode series Blood+). The only thing we all agreed on at the time was Escaflowne.

I'm a world building geek, so I'll need to give this a look.

Meh... I do not think that this is my kind of Anime.

so is this the guy the chose for the new anime reviewer with the contest and every thing or what.

maybe if he reviews a good actiony type anime i will watch it. because i always kind of wanted to watch an anime

This is the best anime about nothing. honestly nothing happens in most of the episodes, yet it always remains entertaining

I should probably finish this, started a few episodes then wanted to do something else.

I do like the idea they went with though, so im going to commit myself to finishing it to support them.
As I illegally download the episodes and watch them thats supporting right?

p3t3r:
so is this the guy the chose for the new anime reviewer with the contest and every thing or what.

maybe if he reviews a good actiony type anime i will watch it. because i always kind of wanted to watch an anime

No, Josh was one of the original five reviewers. :)

DTWolfwood:
I've watched this and to tell you the truth i can't understand the almost fanatic cult following this series has. When you say this anime is bad, the immediate defense from the throngs of anime enthusiast will jump down your throat.

I enjoyed it but it really doesn't deserve its status as a 'great' anime. All i got out of it was that this was a lesson in medieval barter economics.

But yes the characters are really flushed out compared to many anime. So what is said i totally agree with.

p.s. If you watch anime then im sure you came across the Phrase "penis butterfly" well this is where it came from. The ending song 'Ringo Biyori' is sung in terrible engrish and in one part it sounds like the artist from Rocky Chack says 'penis butterfly'

I think alot of the reason you see anime veterans loving the series is how different from the usual dross and trope. It's a refreshing series that doesn't play down to the audience, doesn't try to take on too much at a time, and takes time to thoroughly develop the characters.

It can be somewhat slow and definitely isn't for someone looking for a fast passed or brain teasing show.

By the way, it's "peanut butterfly." You'd have to be listening to some terrible sound quality to mishear that.

Heh. I was pleasantly surprised to randomly see this reviewed.

A fairly good review, though I disagreed with the overall assessment. I personally really liked the economics focus on a wandering merchant, because it's well done and so rare among shows. There's also a number of other things which are very interesting about the anime, one that the fantasy elements are not the single focus of it, another being a decently accurate medieval depiction, and focusing less on endless fighting and more on characterization and economic concerns.

I disagree that it isn't groundbreaking, myself. It just isn't what you would expect from most anime. And that the economics focus can still put people to sleep despite being pretty well handled.

It is my favorite anime of the few that I fully watched (and the many I heard about but didn't care to watch.)

The Philistine:

By the way, it's "peanut butterfly." You'd have to be listening to some terrible sound quality to mishear that.

yes but there in lies the joke. you have to listen closely. and the fact it will make you do a double take once some1 has suggested it sounds like 'penis butterfly' is what makes it funny. First time around if u didnt know the lyric u would never hear peanut since she sings with a english lisp XD

watched both seasons.cant wait for the third. enjoyed the extra "workout" videos they made me cqtm

DTWolfwood:

The Philistine:

By the way, it's "peanut butterfly." You'd have to be listening to some terrible sound quality to mishear that.

yes but there in lies the joke. you have to listen closely. and the fact it will make you do a double take once some1 has suggested it sounds like 'penis butterfly' is what makes it funny. First time around if u didnt know the lyric u would never hear peanut since she sings with a english lisp XD

I've always heard it as "peanut" with or without subtitles.

The Philistine:

I've always heard it as "peanut" with or without subtitles.

good for you Buzz Killington ;)

Whats with all the economic talk hate??? Is it any different than, "that guy ordered your brother to kill your whole clan" BS in action animes? You don't even have to understand it, just know what they are trying to do is enough. (rant done)

Good banter, cute, and funny. Surprised I liked it cause I can't stand the mediocre romantic stuff that is aimed at women, So, it must be good right?

Sounds very interesting. Season 1 Ordered.

I don't mind slow pacing or a dimension of academic concepts, and believable character interaction, medieval intrigue, and the evils of organized religion is something I could definitely get into.

If nothing else It'll contrast Slayers nicely for when I'm not feeling up for plain dumb wacky destruction.

I can get why people dont like Spice and Wolf...but I loved it. I'm not a huge anime fan, but there's something so different and sincere about this series, if you appreciate an intelligent story, a subtle (usually) romance and a little wit and humour thrown in, then it's brilliant. Not to mention the two main characters are actually surprisingly deep, depending on the way you read things, and take things in, or notice little bits and pieces, overall the portrayal, and characterisations are very human.
There's something about the series that is just deeply charming.
I agree though, watching this in small blocks is probably a better way to appreciate the series than watching them heavily spread apart, as sometimes references and bits and pieces won't be so obvious after a while unless you have a highly photographic memory.

It's not a fast anime, but then it's not trying to be. Personally its my absolute favourite anime for this, and its the first one I've ever bothered buying rather than renting.
The second series is even slower in some ways, but is a more dramatic series for it, it really made for tense viewing at some points.

I can't wait for a 3rd series or the books to be translated, because they left me wanting to know what happened to the characters more than any other anime series I've ever seen, and I actually mean that.

PS. Please dont judge the characters or the interaction of the series on the first few episodes, as they're literally based on the beginning of the first book and this portion of the story deliberately shows more restrained interaction between the two characters, because...well they don't really know or understand each other yet (something that is highlighted in episode 2). From episode 3/4 and beyond, the interaction just gets better and better.

I'd also highly recommend the original Japanese audio tracks over the English ones. The english voice actors have done a decent job of trying to pick up the characters and the translation work actually doesn't seem bad at all, but the original japanese voice work just carries a much greater level and range of emotion or depth to it that the English can't quite keep up with, and Horo/Holo's characterisation especially loses out in this.
That's coming from someone who can't understand any Japanese either!

tyranuus:
I can get why people dont like Spice and Wolf...
...
It's not a fast anime, but then it's not trying to be.

Too many people got into anime via Shonen or other fast-paced, high-action style shows. It has humor, but its subtle (not Sit-com/slapstick) and requires a bit of taste to appreciate.

tyranuus:
I can't wait for ... the books to be translated
...
I'd also highly recommend the original Japanese audio

"spice and wolf vol. 1" on amazon might be a good thing to check out. Try vol. 2 as well ;) And yea, the original Japanese audio is much better.

ok -_- wtf!!! this is an amazing series. It may not be the usual anime style with big swords, big boobs and immature characters, its different. and I love it. It is a subtle blend of the elements they wished to add, each supporting the other element and making sure not to over power.

MassuguGo:

tyranuus:
I can get why people dont like Spice and Wolf...
...
It's not a fast anime, but then it's not trying to be.

Too many people got into anime via Shonen or other fast-paced, high-action style shows. It has humor, but its subtle (not Sit-com/slapstick) and requires a bit of taste to appreciate.

tyranuus:
I can't wait for ... the books to be translated
...
I'd also highly recommend the original Japanese audio

"spice and wolf vol. 1" on amazon might be a good thing to check out. Try vol. 2 as well ;) And yea, the original Japanese audio is much better.

Yep, I actually enjoyed some of the humour, a couple of good bits in the second season too. Again, I get why people wouldnt like the first series, I really do, and its obviously not going to be for everyone, but the characters and dialogue make it very worthwhile, theres a lot of subtlety to be appreciated. In some sense its a bit of a "Marmite" series, it seems to be a case of you either really just don't 'get' it, or you really do like it. I personally fall into the latter crowd, to the point its the only anime I've ever actually bought rather than renting it or borrowing from a friend, I've got a very big soft spot for the series, and Im not a big anime/manga fan.

I've already got the first book (well two copies, one with the special edition slip cover and one without which my brother has now claimed, Im in the UK and you couldnt get the first one here without importing), and have had the 2nd on preorder for a few months now, it's not due til June, however I meant I cannot wait for the ENTIRE series to be translated, the whole story. I know the Japanese series isn't finished yet, but they're released more frequently than the english translation, and from what I hear the series is beginning to come to a close over there, and will probably end in the next few books.

In some ways the second anime series is worse than the first, but in other ways, the second season is even better. Its only available subbed right now until Funimation pick it up for licensing, but its definately worth a watch as well if you enjoy the first season. Its definately an emotional ride :)

Now, that sounds interesting. I'd say I'd have to check this one out just for how interesting it sounds, but I tend to think that whenever I visit an Anime Review thing, and I never actually check any of them out at all, due to either laziness or a lack of time on my hands.

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