Spice & Wolf: Complete Series (Blu-ray/DVD Combo)
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Lawrence, a traveling merchant searching for profit, finds a naked girl with the ears and tail of a wolf asleep in his cart. Her name is Holo - a harvest goddess with an untamed beast lurking inside who longs to return to her beloved northern home. Armed with his street smarts and her animal instincts, a simple peddler and a forgotten deity begin a journey through the wild countryside. Along their path, the riches of happiness shall be reaped, even as the bankruptcy which dwells in the human heart is exposed.
In the fantasy-adventure Spice and Wolf (2008), Craft Lawrence, a young peddler in a realm that suggests Renaissance Europe, finds himself in a pagan ritual come true. For ages, the farmers of one region believed the wheat harvest was ensured by a powerful wolf-spirit who periodically appeared in the form of a beautiful woman. As he leaves the area, Lawrence discovers a naked girl with furry ears and a tail sleeping in his wagon. The girl declares she is Holo, the wise and powerful wolf. People no longer believe in her, so she wants to return to her home village of Yoitz in the far north. It's not clear why Lawrence devotes himself to Holo: she insults him, spends his money, and drinks excessively. But he apparently enjoys the role of doormat. Although he's supposed to be a capable trader who buys low and sells high, Lawrence's fortunes take a decided downturn when Holo joins him. The stories are 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 of the first season, and the myth of the "Moonhunting Bear" that destroyed Yoitz could be developed further. The humor runs to drinking and reverse-sexism gags, with Holo repeatedly declaring, "Men are fools!" Her ears and tail give the fan service nudity an unwholesome tone that suggests Spice and Wolf was designed for adolescent furries. (Rated TV 14: nudity, violence, alcohol use, risqué humor, potentially offensive religious imagery) --Charles Solomon
(1. A Wolf and One's Best Clothes, 2. A Wolf and a Distant Past, 3. A Wolf and Business Ability, 4. A Wolf and a Helpless Partner, 5. A Wolf and a Lover's Quarrel, 6. A Wolf and a Silent Farewell, 7. Wolf and a Tail of Happiness, 8. A Wolf and a Proper Scale, 9. A Wolf and a Shepherd's Lamb, 10. A Wolf and a Whirling Conspiracy, 11. A Wolf and the Greatest Secret Plan, 12. A Wolf and a Pack of Youngsters, 13. A Wolf and Setting Off on a New Journey, 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)
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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.
Subplots within the show include: politics and corruption influenced by religion, monarchical interference in commerce, economics, greed, betrayal, and romance to name a few. If it sounds like the author is putting too much on his plate you might be right. However, please be assured that its all very well written and the story is simply wonderful. The economics are explained, even if in the situations they occur are overly simplistic or convenient. You have to remember, this story takes place in a time before the existence of "super economic world power" and a globalized economy. It is easier to understand and much more fascinating. Cause and Effect of the characters is easily understood and the impact of their decisions are more readily available for the viewer to witness and understand.
The series follows a mild "episodic" pace as the characters branch from story to story. I don't want to give the impression that its poorly written or jumpy. This is not the case at all. The story does a nice job of explaining why something has happened and linking back to the motivations or decisions that caused it. For the intelligent viewer, this could be redundant. I personally enjoy the heavy handed explanation. I do not particularly care for subtlety in a story. I want to listen and be told. I do not want to be given a set of details and told to draw my own conclusions. I'd write my own stories if that was my desire!
In general, the story does an excellent job on all fronts. Everything is explained reasonably well and all of the characters are distinguishable and have their own personalities. The main characters are not perfect beings and they are not motivated by embarrassment or subject to each others ridicule. If you're looking for an anime that illustrates a healthy relationship that is crafted carefully over time, this would be of great interest to you. This Blu-ray release contained both season of the anime. If you finish this and wish to see what happens next, you will need to go to Volume 6 of the Light Novel series, which is also available on Amazon. I hope you enjoy.
This Blu-ray/DVD combo pack comes in a large DVD size slipcover which houses a chunky Blu-ray case that contains both series across four Blu-rays and six DVDs.
Though the box itself is very sturdy the slipcover is made of quite flimsy cardboard so you should take care when handling it.
Despite this complaint though I will admit that the slipcase also has very nice artwork and is very good looking when you put it on a shelf.
As with all Funimation releases this is a hybrid set that contains both the original Japanese audio with English subtitles(Though you can turn them off if you want to.) and one of Funimation's excellent English dubbing efforts.(This is probably one of their best dubs too.)
There are no real special features to speak of however it does come with the OVA and Special episodes that were included in the Japanese releases. Note that the short specials from series 2 are not dubbed into English just in case anybody wanted to know.
Overall I think this is a very nice release. You get both series including all the extra episodes on two formats in a nice looking package. The set was very cheap too since it only cost me around $30 at the time of purchase and for the sheer amount of content you get this price is a complete steal.
So overall I think this is a fantastic release and considering the price I am going to let go of the slipcase being a bit weak and award it 5 stars considering you are paying just over a dollar an episode in two different formats.