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Worst Editorial Review I have see for anime on Amazon,
This review is from: Spice & Wolf: Complete Series (Blu-ray/DVD Combo) (Blu-ray)
I simply could not let the short sighted, narrow minded, and completely incorrect slander that is the editor description shy people away from this great title. To say this show is for "adolescent furries" is an insult to more people than I have time to write about here. The initial description is spot on until you get the part about the downturn Lawrence has in his business once he meets Holo. It is clear the editor only watched 2 episodes and decided he knew everything there was to know which is like a 3 year old telling you he understands how life works.
Spice and Wolf truly begins to take shape when Lawrence starts to further explore his unusual feels toward Holo as he doesn't believe here to be a Wolf Spirit. Through trial and tribulation the pair learn to trust, respect, and eventually care a great deal for one another while doing their best to reach Lawrence's dream while he is still young enough to enjoy it. There "fly by the seat of their pants" approach to business ends it both big reward, and often big consequences. It is an amazing character piece that relies on its character interaction and audience intelligence to tell a story for adults about life and the pursuit of dreams. This with the capricious Holo and overly focus Lawrence at the center as the learn life lessons from each other.....all with very very minimal fanservice in the beginning.
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Initial post: Jan 28, 2013 7:22:39 PM PST
C. J. Reardon says:
I'll have to agree with you completely on the editorial review, best part was when he used the term "reverse sexism" which makes no sense and is, subsequently, hilarious. Top-notch review as well. This is the show that got me into anime, even though I never imagined that would ever happen. Fingers crossed for season 3.
Posted on Feb 9, 2013 9:24:15 PM PST
I agree with you, the description comes off as very ignorant of the whole relationship between Holo and Lawrence.
Posted on Feb 16, 2013 9:55:56 AM PST
I've seen Charles Solomon described as an "animation historian." Whatever that means, he clearly doesn't care for anime or understand its fans. Unless it's universally acclaimed, like Steins;Gate or something by Satoshi Kon, he will almost always give a negative review.
Posted on Apr 9, 2013 10:07:36 PM PDT
Since we are on the subject of the editorial review.
The editorial review is way off when it was talking about "fan service." When compared to the anime medium in general, Spice & Wolf has far less fan service than the norm.
I think he was expecting an action/adventure with a bit of mystery mixed in. And when he realized that Spice & Wolf is a light story that centers around character development and light humor - with no explosions, grand plots, or epic planet buster secret attacks - he lost interest.
Posted on May 2, 2013 7:56:05 PM PDT
Gitti Janwatanagool says:
To begin, I am shocked and appalled at the editor's review of this series (which includes the anime, manga and novels)... while I believe that people should express their opinions, the pejorative remarks he directed at this anime are undeserved and perhaps ignorant.
People that actually know the story can attest to the fact that the light hearted banter and teasing used by Holo against Lawrence is merely a backdrop to some of the deeper conversations between the two, which can include subjects like economics, logic, and age old wisdom (and admittedly a lot of clever word twists and sarcasm on Holo's part).
I can say that this is one of the only stories I know that forced me to try to predict the upcoming plot twist, so I can be proud if I'm right (trying to be as wise as the wisewolf lol). As for the last couple of sentences of his review, I agree that it's pretty offensive and maybe written for shock value alone, which demonstrates shallow bigotry rather than anything thoughtful and shows that he likely only skimmed the episodes rather than understand the undertones of why Holo says and does what she does.
In general, cheers to you and boo to Charles Soloman. Booooooooooooo.
Posted on May 9, 2013 8:41:31 AM PDT
Robert M. Harryman says:
I would have to agree with you that this editor has done a poor job in his description of the series. This is the second or third editorial of his that I have had the misfortune of reading at the bottom of a good anime series. He seems to bash them all with a general distaste for the genre as a whole. I think that if they are going to have someone write a description for a product they are trying to sell then they might want to hire someone who actually enjoys the product themselves. Spice and Wolf is a great show.
In reply to an earlier post on May 12, 2013 1:56:14 AM PDT
Elric Colvill says:
I agree, this editorial synopsis and review was positively appalling and off the mark. He obviously has a poor grasp on fan service, because frankly the nudity in the anime is never presented as titillating, not until Lawrence starts to see her as a woman at any rate, and such instances are rare. Also, adolescent furries? really? Yes, a story centered around the intricacies of medieval European-style economics and the interpersonal development of a human and a forgotten nature deity just SCREAMS adolescent material. As for furries, having a character with wolf ears and a tail does not qualify as "furry" material. The editor has no clue, and does a disservice to Amazon when the goal here is to sell this DVD set. Which you should - this is one of the sweetest non-traditional love stories in modern media, it goes far beyond trite conventions of the genre and presents a surprisingly realistic relationship in a fantasy setting, with characters who are truly individuals. You might go so far as to call Holo a Tsundere character, but not even that is truly accurate - her psychology is alien. She's not human, and immortal, so her psychology, priorities, ways and means are all going to be odd, but she still shows open emotion and doesn't act like a two dimensional character. This is fine craft, not the trite crap the editor tries to make it sound like. Shame on him, shame on Amazon.
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 4, 2013 6:11:13 AM PDT
David G. Rios says:
Posted on Jul 6, 2013 12:51:47 AM PDT
Blake T. Dunbar says:
Agree 100% with you. This should be changed, it's quite frankly insulting. This would go over any adolescents' head. Shoot, it even goes over my head at times. It took multiple times of going through the entire series for me to understand some of the more subtle approaches Spice and Wolf takes. To say this is for "furries" is also insulting. Not that I have anything against that, just that it's completely false in every way. Holo is a deity of sorts, not some anthropomorphic animal/human. Implying that this has fan service as well is laughable. Especially when you consider just how much of that is ACTUALLY in the anime medium. Fan service is when you put the female's chest or similar areas as the direct focus in a scene. This has NONE of that thankfully. It doesn't rely on cheap sexual scenes to keep interest. Bottom line is, don't listen to Amazon's editor review. It's garbage, they should feel bad for writing that, and I would request it be taken off if I could. They have no idea what they're talking about, and quite frankly I could do their job better than they could after seeing something like this. It's clear they didn't actually watch through even the first season. Give this series a chance, if you stick with it you'll be glad you did! Here's hoping for season 3!
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 25, 2013 11:34:11 PM PDT
Taryn Fox says:
"Reverse sexism" is a contradiction in terms. Sexism is not just discrimination based on gender, it's systemic, societal discrimination. Even if all your woman friends think men are pigs, you probably don't have to worry about getting catcalls or being groped just for walking outside -- or not being taken seriously if you try to tell people about it.
That's sexism -- when it's that all-pervasive and accepted. Just having one person treat you badly because of your gender isn't the same thing. More to the point, in this society men are afraid women will insult or reject them; women are afraid men will kill them.