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Ookami to Koushinryou

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
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company


Score: 8.391 (scored by 118660 users)
Ranked: #1582
Popularity: #59
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Kraft 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.

(Source: Funimation)

Related Anime

Adaptation: Ookami to Koushinryou
Sequel: Ookami to Koushinryou II: Ookami to Kohakuiro no Yuuutsu

Characters & Voice Actors

Koshimizu, Ami
Koshimizu, Ami
Palencia, Brina
Palencia, Brina
Lawrence, Kraft
Lawrence, Kraft
Fukuyama, Jun
Fukuyama, Jun
Tatum, J. Michael
Tatum, J. Michael
Nazuka, Kaori
Nazuka, Kaori
Marchi, Jamie
Marchi, Jamie
Namikawa, Daisuke
Namikawa, Daisuke
Burgmeier, John
Burgmeier, John


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

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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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Dec 2, 2014
In one word, spectacular.

Spice and Wolf is a long journey filled with heaps of dialogue and economics, just keep that in mind when deciding to watch it.

Story: Spice and Wolf is set in the medieval in a land that appears to take inspiration from European countries. Our story begins with the introduction of Kraft Lawrence, a travelling merchant who while on his way from town, is approached by the wolf goddess who goes by the name of Holo the Wise Wolf. Who asks to accompany Lawrence on his travels so she can return to her home in the snowy north. From here on out this read more
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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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Feb 10, 2015
Of Wolf, Spice and Everything Nice
A Commentary on the World of Spice and Wolf, the Series and the First Season

Having become somewhat of a cult hit over the past few years, the 2008 anime entry Spice and Wolf is highly regarded throughout the community and for good reason. It’s different, fresh and entertaining. I know these labels are a little ambiguous and are credited to just about everything, so let us go a little more in depth. Why is Spice and Wolf so popular? Why is the story of a wolf girl and a merchant traveling throughout a medieval landscape so endearing? Most importantly, why read more
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The studio behind Maoyuu have CLEARLY embraced the fact that the source material came to be thanks to S&W making a serialised story of economics and love economically viable. They've also taken advantage of the desperation S&W anime fans feel for a S3 that - probably - won't ever be. Why not employ the same JP voice actors, the same director and other people that worked on S&W? It makes good business sense.

As an enlightened fellow pointed out in passing, Maoyuu started out on 2chan and - more than likely - panders to the wants of its target audience as much as it does because of this. Gone is the witty banter shared between Howo and Lawrence--in their place, you get Demon Queen's tits and 'jokes' about her "useless meat" shoved down your throat 24/7. There's the intelligent dialogue that made S&W a favourite, for sure, but even that is questionable (war = good) and learning about the economical benefits of certain food ain't all its cracked up to be, to tell you the truth.

Maoyuu will probably be one of the better anime going around the block, don't get me wrong. It having S&W staff employed makes me confident of that. But that line of thought is part of the problem: Maoyuu will always - rightly - be in Howo's shadow. Will JRPG cliches/tropes being added to the S&W mix make-up for a lack of the personality/charm that made S&W such a fan favourite?... I doubt it. Very much.
They are both set as a traveling adventure in old Europe. The relationship between the main 'couples' are very similar, especially in the way the female lead treats the male lead. Both have a fair share of comedy and drama, Gosick is more tragic though (unexpectedly, considering Spice and Wolf feels more mature overall).
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They talk a lot and I mean A LOT in both. The chit-chat is funny, sometimes deep, and also very absorbing. Both have fantasy style setup. And of course brilliant couples :)
Both are about a male finding a goddess, only they take place in completely different eras.
They're both about economics and have light furry motifs, though that second part shouldn't put you off.
Even though these appear - superficially - to be totally different (furry love vs. elf love; trading/economics vs. intergalactic warfare), you'd have to blind AND somewhat stupid to watch these two and not link them.

For starters, anyone watching at length will only be in it for the SLOWLY developing romance between a human and his nonhuman, can-live-for-100s-of-years life partner. A HUGE amount of time gets put into complicated subplots, for sure, but that's all decoration. What people want is for the leads to take their relationships forward beyond unsure friendship/lovers territory... which, of course, NEVER SODDING WELL HAPPENS since interest would fade once the deed is done. No sexy-time here!

Both Lafiel (CotS) and Howo (S&W) are characterised by a strong sense of pride and some light tsundere 'won't be totally honest' traits. With Howo her pride over her tail is used more for laughs, where as the only similar scenes in CotS are those relating to Lafiel's fondness of her blue hair. And Lafiel has a more... socially awkward edge to her pride as an Abh, compared with Howo's gained-over-100s-of-years witty banter, but their interactions with their FAR MORE normal male counterparts does still make their similarities readily apparent.

One key divide between the two series is which character is the driving force. In S&W, Howo uses her intellect to assist Lawrence (S&W male lead) with his trading business ventures as they traverse together. In CotS - and even more so in BotS - Lafiel leads the way on her war-filled path to becoming Empress of the Abh empire--Jinto (CotS male lead) openly admitting he just wants to be with Lafiel, having no goal of his own; even getting teased about it by Lafiel. But, regardless: the true shining lights in the series are their heroines. Like the male leads, the viewer can't help but be dazzled by them in the exact same way.

Also: although the C/BotS anime doesn't go into it (though the novels apparently do), the differences between life expectancy of humans/Abh and the problem of having children are sure to link CotS with S&W in some form.

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)

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