Ookami to Koushinryou
Spice & Wolf
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Ookami to Koushinryou

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English: Spice & Wolf
Synonyms: Okami to Koshinryo, Spice and Wolf
Japanese: 狼と香辛料


Volumes: Unknown
Chapters: Unknown
Status: Publishing
Published: Feb 10, 2006 to ?
Genres: Adventure Adventure, Drama Drama, Fantasy Fantasy, Romance Romance, Supernatural Supernatural
Theme: Historical Historical
Serialization: None
Authors: Hasekura, Isuna (Story), Ayakura, Juu (Art)


Score: 8.861 (scored by 1334013,340 users)
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Ranked: #212
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #202
Members: 53,599
Favorites: 3,717

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A young traveling merchant, Kraft Lawrence has become accustomed to days of roaming and trading, with few companions. Or so it was until one peculiar day where the trader finds a young, naked, wolf-like girl asleep in his wagon.

The beautiful girl, calling herself Holo, claims to be a local wolf deity worshipped by locals as the God of Good Harvest. Year after year, she ensured they would reap a good harvest, but she has since grown tired of fulfilling the wishes of the ungrateful locals.

Holo ends up striking a deal with Kraft: if he helps her escape the villagers, she will gladly help him in his merchant endeavors. Together, they roam from town to town in search of business, and Kraft realizes both the ups and downs of traveling with a haughty and shrewd wolf goddess.

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Ookami to Koushinryou placed 1st on the Kono Light Novel ga Sugoi! ranking under Best Light Novel category in 2007.

Ookami to Koushinryou: Spring Log, a short stories sequel to the main series written on the 10th anniversary since Hasekura Isuna's debut is the first part of the "Ookami to Koushinryou & Hasekura Isuna 10th Anniversary" project.

The series was published in English as Spice & Wolf by Yen Press from December 15, 2009 to April 19, 2016. A complete "Anniversary Collector's Edition" omnibus compiling the first 17 volumes was released on October 4, 2016. It has also been published in Russian as Волчица и пряности by Istari Comics since June 2017.

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Apr 25, 2017
SuperCheese88 (All reviews)
Since a 3rd season is as likely as me seeing a human walk on Mars I decided to read the novel. I do not regret this choice but it was a hard series to get through at points.

Now I'll make this clear, I DID NOT read the yen press version. If I did, maybe my enjoyment would have been higher but I sailed the seas for it instead.

The story is what you'd expect having watched the anime. Holo and Kraft travel, make deals, get screwed, get unscrewed and move along. All in the hopes of Kraft starting his own shop and Holo going read more
Oct 26, 2011
electricjelly (All reviews)
Simplicity can sometimes produce the best results, and that is especially true for this light novel.

People who have heard of Spice and Wolf have probably seen the anime and may not even know it was based off a light novel or have not given thought to read the light novel from which the story originated. However, this novel is a very enjoyable read and can easily get people engrossed in the story.

When I first bought this novel I did it because I really wanted to know what happened next after the end of the anime series. I really enjoyed the series and the way read more
Oct 23, 2014
julfjr (All reviews)
If you have watched the anime adaptation and are yearning for more of Holo's simple yet intricate and extremely charming character then i recommend reading this novel.
Although there are slight discrepancies throughout the novel and anime, not too much stands out. The novel exhibits the themes of the loneliness in a much more apparent and clear representation through the emotions that are being disclosed to the readers.
Overall a very good read for either those who are new to the series or have read or watched either manga or anime adaptations and are looking for a wonderfully written work of art which in my read more
Dec 17, 2017
Yojouhan (All reviews)
I could go on and on about what makes this novel so amazing but I'll try to keep it short and sweet, if that's even possible!
This novel is among my favorite pieces of literature and I'm really glad I found it.

Ookami to Koushinryou is basically a novel that is mostly directed at adults, however I'm not saying that younger people can't enjoy it. It's just that the themes it deals with, such as loneliness, trustworthiness, realizing how your life is shaping itself, will appeal a lot more to people approaching Lawrence's age (~25ish), at least in my opinion. Throughout the novel, we watch how gradually read more

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