April 11, 2010
The official Funimation page for Spice and Wolf features an ad that is deeply misleading. The commercial seems to utilize EVERY SINGLE SCENE where Holo is nekkid in the entire 13 episode series.
A large percentage of fanboys that decide to buy the show based on this ad alone will be deeply disappointed.
Likely many of those who might enjoy the series will be put off by it.
(In fairness, the Opening Credits are only a little better in this regard)
I thoroughly enjoyed this show (which is based not on a manga, but rather on a series of Japanese light novels.)
A pagan wolf goddess manages to release herself from the village wheat field to which she was long ago bound by taking up up in a bale of wheat (!?) that is in the possession of a roving peddler in the land of PsudomedievalhistoriEurope.
The Goddess, who calls herself 'Holo the Wise Wolf' has long been weary of being bound to the land and is asks the trader, one Craft Lawrence, to take her to her home which is in
the far north.
Art by Juu Ayakura,
The unlikely duo goes from town to town trading pelts for apples and apples for wheat and generally give the audience a lesson in barter level economics.
The show is clever, thoughtful and has a rather dry sense of humor. It is likely rather TOO dry for a lot of people but it really hit home with me.
I suppose this is technically a magical girlfriend show, however, the male lead is neither a cypher nor a nebbish and in a marked departure from most such shows Craft almost immediately takes action to ensure that Holo can leave him at any time. The two compliment each other very nicely. Their relationship is sane and mature, and it did not creep me out.
So maybe this ISN'T a magical girlfriend show after all.
The dialog is intelligent, and this is complemented by a superb English dub, with Brina Palencia absolutely hitting it out of the park as Holo,
The Funimation DVD includes the complete first series.
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