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5.0 out of 5 stars Still nothing to dislike., May 21, 2011
This review is from: Spice and Wolf: Season 2 (Blu-ray/DVD Combo) (Blu-ray)
It is fantastic that Funimation has decided to release the second season of the brilliantly calm Spice and Wolf. Coupled with their re-issue of the first season on blu-ray, the two sets will look beautiful both next to each other on your shelf and on your television.

The story continues as Holo and Lawrence make their way towards Yoitsu, Holo's homeland. Where the first season focused on the budding, flirty relationship between Holo and Lawrence, this season finally admits it outright. It does not, however, forget the economics and intelligence that made it such a charming series.

The first season had intriguing plots about different currencies and the principles of economics applied on a large scale. This season continues that, to a degree, but the episodic nature of the first season is not maintained. The story of season two is more cohesive throughout. Without spoiling anything, the relationship between Holo and Lawrence takes the forefront, while Holo's continuing education and intuition regarding the laws of economics is also portrayed. Indeed, though Lawrence is the alleged expert in the field, Holo's scheming and discretion is what saves the day on more than one occasion. Imagine the suspense of a battle anime, like Naruto or Bleach or Hajime no Ippo, only the battleground is the world of money, coercion and intrigue.

The dubbing Funimation employed for the first season was very well done, and as always the set will include the original Japanese dub for those who enjoy subtitles. The recent development of anime on Blu-ray will ensure that the series looks as good as it possibly can as you watch, and while this series is not the most beautiful anime around, it is certainly not poorly drawn. Watching it, you will have wonderful characters with whom you can connect, plots that will allow you to think through the deals and economics, and the satisfaction of having watched an anime truly different from others you have seen.

Will there be a third season? There are many who hope so. The light-novels, off of which this anime is based, are being released by Yen Press. So if you cannot wait to continue the adventures of Holo and Lawrence, opportunities will be open to you. If the episodic format of the first season turned you off to the series, this season should draw you back. There are only two main storylines throughout, with a few small side plots. Watch the relationship between two very believable (yet fantastic) characters develop naturally, and with all the charm in the world, as they navigate themselves through an inventive medieval world.
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Initial post: Jun 27, 2011 11:58:26 PM PDT
Michael says:
Hello---question please! I am gonna sell my season one Spice and wolf complete dvd set so I can buy season one on blu ray----Is this box set of season 2 on blu ray---does it come with season one also, or do I need to buy them seperate? Thanks~ I could not tell in the description as it says it is a "combo" but I am not sure if I am getting both seasons or what??

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 29, 2011 11:04:41 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 29, 2011 11:05:38 AM PDT
Moiax says:
This set is a Blu-Ray/DVD combo pack - for the second season. You will have to buy the first season separately if you want it on Blu-Ray. Keep in mind also that the First Season edition only contains BR discs, if you want the dvds on hand then I wouldn't sell the copy you have.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 30, 2011 8:55:49 PM PDT
Michael says:
Ok thanks---I'm wanting blu-ray for each set--so I don't mind parting with the basic dvds to get the blu-ray ones. I checked online and blu-ray first season is $45 with free shipping. Oddly, I see the regular season 1 dvd selling selling around 52 used on ebay. I listed mine already and got a bid, so whatever it sells for I'll put towards buying the blu ray season 1. I just love this story and hope it continues to be sucessful. I like all kinds of anime, but the genres without fighting are hard to find good ones like this. Or maybe I have not came across that many I dunn---but I am a fan of Holicxxx :) Thanks for taking the time to answer me.

Posted on Aug 17, 2011 11:02:59 AM PDT
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Posted on Sep 5, 2011 3:56:06 AM PDT
M. Gaudet says:
There is something to dislike the price 60 dollars in North America, you gotta be kidding me this is not Japan.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 5, 2011 10:40:42 AM PDT
Michael says:
Its odd, when this first became a pre-order, it was around 50-60 dollars, now that it came out, I got it for around mid 20s with free shipping. Talk about a price drop! I'll happily take that, leaves me more money to get other anime :D And blu-ray to-boot!

Posted on Sep 18, 2011 2:22:38 PM PDT
Steven Guy says:
We're lucky in Australia - Madman (www.madman.com.au) has just released both series one and two of Spice & Wolf on blu-ray and regular DVD - both at a reasonable price. I am going to buy both this week.

Posted on Apr 29, 2012 9:14:59 PM PDT
matt says:
Great review. You characterized it perfectly.
Can't believe I watched the same show as the main Amazon reviewer, though. "Talky?" I can very easily say that's why I watch this show--the dialogue. Fanservicey? You're kidding...Holo's nudity never seemed to be played for excessive fanservice to me. And I definitely don't see what makes Lawrence a doormat. She's hundreds of years older than him, and a Wolf spirit, for crying out loud. What's impressive is that he gets better at verbally sparring with her as the series goes on. But seriously, I hate hearing what to me is one of the most intelligent animes out there talked-down like some mindless furry porn.
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