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Spice and Wolf -- Holo and Lawrence arrive in a village where the citizens are preparing for an annual festival. After Holo pays the price for celebrating a little too enthusiastically, Lawrence heads out to do some business with the locals.


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8 January 2008 (Japan) See more »
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Kraft Lawrence, a 25 year old peddler travelling from town to town selling and buying various things... See more »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 5 of 24)
Jun Fukuyama ... Lawrence (13 episodes, 2008)
Ami Koshimizu ... Holo (13 episodes, 2008)

Brina Palencia ... Holo (13 episodes, 2008)
J. Michael Tatum ... Lawrence (13 episodes, 2008)
Yukitaro Namura ... Shonin / ... (11 episodes, 2008)

Series Directed by
Takeo Takahashi (12 episodes, 2008)
Series Writing credits
Ju Ayakura (13 episodes, 2008)
Isuna Hasekura (13 episodes, 2008)
Naruhisa Arakawa (12 episodes, 2008)

Series Produced by
Colleen Clinkenbeard .... line producer: FUNimation (13 episodes, 2008)
Masanobu Arakawa .... producer (12 episodes, 2008)
Kazuyoshi Fukuba .... executive producer (12 episodes, 2008)
Tatsuya Ishiguro .... producer (12 episodes, 2008)
Naoko Koyama .... executive producer (12 episodes, 2008)
Yuichi Matsunaga .... producer (12 episodes, 2008)
Tomoko Suzuki .... producer (12 episodes, 2008)
Naomi Tokuda .... producer (12 episodes, 2008)
Series Original Music by
Yuji Yoshino (12 episodes, 2008)
Series Cinematography by
Shinya Matsui (12 episodes, 2008)
Series Film Editing by
Naoki Watanabe (12 episodes, 2008)
Series Art Direction by
Toshihiro Kohama (13 episodes, 2008)
Series Art Department
Kazuya Kuroda .... character designer (13 episodes, 2008)
Takeo Takahashi .... storyboard artist (5 episodes, 2008)
Masae Nakayama .... storyboard artist (3 episodes, 2008)
Hiroyuki Shimazu .... storyboard artist (2 episodes, 2008)
Series Sound Department
Justin Nordell .... adr director (13 episodes, 2008)
Hajime Takakuwa .... sound director (12 episodes, 2008)
Nick Parker .... adr engineer (8 episodes, 2008)
Series Visual Effects by
Niki Cooper .... post production assistant (13 episodes, 2008)
Series Animation Department
Yuji Nakatsuka .... animation producer (12 episodes, 2008)
Series Music Department
Yukako Inoue .... music producer (12 episodes, 2008)

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Also Known As:
"Ôkami to kôshinryô" - Japan (original title)
"Spice and Wolf: The Complete First Season" - USA (DVD box title)
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Australia:M | Canada:13+ (Quebec) (VHS/DVD rating) | New Zealand:M | South Korea:15 | USA:TV-14

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Spicy!, 18 September 2014
Author: DoctorNordo from United States

So I wasn't sure how much I'd like this one at first. I saw it classified on Wikipedia as a romance and this is typically not my favorite genre. Thankfully, the romantic story is secondary to the main plot. I was grateful for this, for had it been the other way around I think it may have become tedious. The main stories revolve around the business ventures of Lawrence and Holo as they journey to Holo's ancient homeland hidden somewhere in the distant north.

Now one might think that a story centering on the business dealings of a traveling peddler might be mundane, but they actually succeeded in making it rather exciting. And while so many other non-comedy animes have mortal peril as the main consequence of failure, and while Lawrence and Holo both certainly have brushes with death, it is just as often that the potential cost of failure is Lawrence's financial ruin and bankruptcy. I found this to be refreshing.

One of the coolest things about this anime is that it is actually educational. It provides a (very basic) crash course in basic economics and touches on such subjects as supply and demand, market trends, currency trading and speculation, and others. The downside is that if you're like me and already have a relatively good understanding of these things the explanations in the show can come off as long- winded and a little tiring. However I absolutely appreciate the show's effort at being educational.

As for the romance angle, I felt that it was handled well. It is by far the secondary plot of the show and it rarely overstays its welcome. The only problem that I have in this regard is that Holo is an extremely violent person and often ridicules Lawrence and even goes so far as to shove, slap, and punch him. Sorry, but if domestic violence against women isn't okay then it shouldn't be okay when it's a woman striking a man. This is a common anime trope that has always bothered me and Spice and Wolf is simply the latest specimen.

Oh, and I also have to say that the English dub is incredible, especially the voice of Holo (Brina Palencia). Truly one of the best dubs I've seen recently.

And finally I will leave off with one more complaint. The ending is, in my opinion, not satisfactory at all. If I understand correctly, the anime only covers about 1/4 of the manga so there really isn't any true resolution in this show. But all in all I liked it very much.


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