The journey through the wild countryside continues for the merchant Lawrence and his traveling companion, Holo, the untamed harvest goddess. As their winding path takes them from village to village, Lawrence and Holo reap the bounty of an ever-strengthening bond, depending on his street smarts and her animal instincts to lead them to the feisty deity’s northern home.
The second season of the fantasy-adventure Spice and Wolf
(2009) picks up where the first one left off: with merchant Craft Lawrence and Holo, the ancient wolf-spirit who takes the form of a beautiful young woman, wandering through a world that resembles Renaissance Europe. Their ultimate goal is Holo's home village of Yoitz in the far north, but no one knows exactly where it is or if it still exists. It's not clear why Lawrence is so devoted to Holo: she insults him, fusses at him, spends his money, and gets drunk. But he apparently enjoys being a doormat. Most of the season is devoted to two story lines, one involving a scheme to exploit the inflated price of iron pyrite (fool's gold) in the town of Kumersun; the second centers on an unsavory fur-trading deal. The stories are very, very talky with only minimal action, and the filmmakers cut corners, reusing backgrounds and animation. The ending suggests a third season may be in the works: Lawrence and Holo are only slightly closer to their goal than they were at the beginning, and the myth that the "Moonhunting Bear" destroyed Yoitz could be developed further. There's lots of gratuitous fan-service nudity of Holo, and her furry ears and tail leave the viewer with the unsettling feeling that Spice and Wolf
is aimed at adolescent furries. (Rated TV 14: nudity, violence, alcohol use, risqué humor, potentially offensive religious imagery) --Charles Solomon
(0. Wolf and Amber Melancholy, 1. Wolf and the Inadvertent Rift, 2. Wolf and the Calm Before the Storm, 3. Wolf and the Gap That Cannot Be Filled, 4. Wolf and the End of Shallow Thinking, 5. Wolf, Hope and Despair, 6. Wolf and Trustworthy God, 7. Wolf and Playful Days, 8. Wolf and an Enchanting Traveler, 9. Wolf and Reckless Negotiation, 10. Wolf and Lonely Smile, 11. Wolf and the Decision to Part, 12. Wolf and Endless Tears)