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Ookami to Koushinryou

Alternative Titles

English: Spice and Wolf
Japanese: 狼と香辛料


Type: TV
Episodes: 13
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 8, 2008 to May 30, 2008
Premiered: Winter 2008
Broadcast: Unknown
Source: Light novel
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company


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Ranked: #1632
Popularity: #60
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Holo is a powerful wolf deity who is celebrated and revered in the small town of Pasloe for blessing the annual harvest. Yet as years go by and the villagers become more self-sufficient, Holo, who stylizes herself as the "Wise Wolf of Yoitsu," has been reduced to a mere folk tale. When a traveling merchant named Kraft Lawrence stops at Pasloe, Holo offers to become his business partner if he eventually takes her to her northern home of Yoitsu. The savvy trader recognizes Holo's unusual ability to evaluate a person's character and accepts her proposition. Now in the possession of both sharp business skills and a charismatic negotiator, Lawrence inches closer to his goal of opening his own shop. However, as Lawrence travels the countryside with Holo in search of economic opportunities, he begins to realize that his aspirations are slowly morphing into something unexpected.

Based on the popular light novel of the same name, Ookami to Koushinryou, also known as Spice and Wolf, fuses the two polar genres of economics and romance to create an enthralling story abundant with elaborate schemes, sharp humor, and witty dialogue. Ookami to Koushinryou is more than just a story of bartering; it turns into a journey of searching for a lost identity in an ever-changing world.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Koshimizu, Ami
Koshimizu, Ami
Lawrence, Kraft
Lawrence, Kraft
Fukuyama, Jun
Fukuyama, Jun
Arendt, Norah
Arendt, Norah
Nakahara, Mai
Nakahara, Mai
Nazuka, Kaori
Nazuka, Kaori


Clinkenbeard, Colleen
Clinkenbeard, Colleen
Takahashi, Takeo
Takahashi, Takeo
Takakuwa, Hajime
Takakuwa, Hajime
Sound Director
Shishido, Jun
Shishido, Jun
Episode Director

More episodes Episodes(13/13)

# Episode Title Aired
1 Wolf and Best Clothes
Ookami to Itchoura (狼と一張羅)
Jan 9, 2008
2 Wolf and Distant Past
Ookami to Toui Kako (狼と遠い過去)
Jan 16, 2008
3 Wolf and Business Talent
Ookami to Shousai (狼と商才)
Jan 23, 2008
4 Wolf and Her Helpless Partner
Ookami to Muryoku na Aibou (狼と無力な相棒)
Jan 30, 2008
5 Wolf and Lovers' Quarrel
Ookami to Chiwagenka (狼と痴話喧嘩)
Feb 6, 2008

Opening Theme

"Tabi no Tochuu (旅の途中)" by Kiyoura Natsumi

Ending Theme

#1: "Ringo Biyori (リンゴ日和 ~The Wolf Whistling Song)" by ROCKY CHACK
#2: "Tabi no Tochuu (旅の途中)" by Kiyoura Natsumi (ep 13)

Write a review | More reviewsReviews

Dec 5, 2014
This is a review of BOTH seasons of Spice and Wolf, but I have gone to great lengths to make it completely spoiler-free.

Personally, I believe Spice and Wolf's central theme to be a rephrasing of the saying 'Never judge the content by the cover'. The story is one of the most unique in anime, despite the presence of a naked wolf girl that would normally slap a bold 'FANSERVICE' stamp right across the middle. Spice and Wolf is inexplicable, to be honest. It's a medieval fantasy, but has nothing to do with swords and spellcraft, but rather trading and economics. If I try to explain read more
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Nov 1, 2015
Spoiler Alert

It is about a merchant, Lawrence, who travels around selling various goods. He comes across a wolf-god, Holo, and they travel together so that Holo can return to her home with a companion. Holo is dependant on Lawrence at first, but she helps with Lawrence's trade now and then, and their mutual relationship pays off. However, Their journey goes not go according to plan all the time.

The main reason why I liked this show is because the tease from Holo is not fun, but it's very heartwarming. She is like the female senpai you always wanted to be with. The emotional connection between the read more
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Nov 5, 2014

Are you tired of action shonen series with a fighting tournament every 2 story arcs? Want to see something different? Anime has many different genres from which to choose: psychological drama, slice of life, echii comedy, sports, etc. How about something REALLY different? An anime centered around trading that mainly teaches the viewer principals of economics like inflation, buying on margin, and short selling stock? Spice and Wolf is a show so uniquely odd that I had a hard time convincing my friends that it actually exists. This is an anime so dialogue heavy and business oriented that it would likely get better ratings on read more
I found this review Helpful
Apr 22, 2008
Wolf and spice can be summed up fairly easily. Be prepared for ALOT of dialog. In essence, its about a story about merchant trading during medieval times. A time when the word of the catholic church was more important than anything else and anyone else was deemed a witch or heretic. Since it is set in such archaic times it would be a perfect fit to have an anime about merchant trading.

Ever since i was in middle school I used to play video games with trading and how prices rise and fall from location to location and how supply and demand and even risk margins read more
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