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Spice and Wolf: Season 2 (Blu-ray/DVD Combo)

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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.

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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)


Special Features

“Studying” with Holo

“Stretching” with Holo, Yoitz style

Textless opening song

Textless closing song

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Product Details

  • Actors: Jamie Marchi, Brina Palencia, J. Michael Tatum
  • Directors: Joel McDonald
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Animated, Box set, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Funimation
  • DVD Release Date: August 30, 2011
  • Run Time: 325 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0050UEVJQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,036 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Format: 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.
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Whether its the anime, novel or manga, the Spice and Wolf series is just something so unique and different in its own way. Some may not like it, everyones perspective varies. But if you're a fan of anime, it's absolutely something you should look into and see if it might spark an intrest in you, it sure did in me. Watching the anime on Netflix made me buy it on DvD, and also the books which I am very pleased with(considering I never read haha). I'm very happy to see the second season available now, and hope they keep it going.
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Season Two starts off slow, but picks up speed starting with the third episode. Then it turns out the slow portion was in fact, highly detailed setup and foreshadowing that reaches clear back into the last couple episodes of Season One.

Most of Season Two is taken up with a powerful lesson in how commodities markets work. Whoever wrote this series has worked in the commodities market and understands their flucuations in exquisite detail.

Strong characters, detailed plot with solid real-world foundation, beautiful artwork. "Spice and Wolf" is more than great anime. It is great literature.
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This awesome anime was anticipated for a long time i know since i saw spice and wolf 1 2 years ago and i was waiting xD
when i heard spice and wolf 2 was coming out dubbed after i saw it subbed i couldnt wait and i thought no matter what i am buying it to support the show and be behind it 100%
spice and wolf III is next i hope <3
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Spice and Wolf is a very unique anime. It seems to be set in a sort of european middle ages type of world. Lawrence is a traveling merchant who happens across a wolf diety. They begin to travel as partners after he promises to take Holo, the wolf diety, back to her birthplace in the north. They encounter many trials such as the inquisition and thieves taking them for their money. All these trials strengthen their bond and they eventually fall for each other. I cant think of a single bad thing about this anime. The art is beautiful, the soundtrack is amazing the voice actors are top notch, and the overall atmosphere of the show is great. It's nice to escape to another world with this dynamic duo. Spice and Wolf is a very unique anime. I really love it. You probably will too.

Season 2 is just more of the same Spice and Wolf, but that's why people love it. It's a one of a kind anime. The drama gets a little more intense in this series as Lawrence and Holo become closer. The ending is very open. It may very well end with this season, but then again you never know. Personally I want more. If you like season 1 then you need season 2. One of the better new animes I've seen.
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...But that opinion is based solely on personal preference; looking at it objectively, the whole second season is very well done in every respect, and that's why I think it still deserves five stars. Giving it anything less would be unfair to all the people who put so much work into producing something of such high quality.
If you want to know why I personally don't think it's as good as season one, it's because Horo is not in it as much.
Seriously. There are far too many instances of Lawrence going around and doing his own thing, to the point where by the final episodes, you almost roll your eyes - I think there might be one or two episodes where Horo practically does not even speak a single line, because the story is so focused on Lawrence and his side of their difficulties.
That being said, the anime's quality in itself has not diminished in any sense, and this season does have a couple of very beautiful scenes...it's just that I'm personally not very happy with the things the story was focused on at times. It's like, who even watches Spice and Wolf to see Lawrence? Seriously.
There are also a couple really interesting characters that are introduced in this season, but regrettably, they don't get as much screen time as I would personally have liked, and instead, the story focuses on the more annoying or uninteresting characters and their influence on the story.
Finally, the ending for this specific season feels a bit too abrupt and even anti-climatic.
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