DVD Review: Spice And Wolf Season Two Collection
13 episodes on 2 discs!
The second season of a series is usually better as the characters are already established, as is the general story, so it makes for a lot to look forward to. Spice and Wolf is an anime that unlike many is for both boys and girls to watch as the characters can appeal to all, and there isn’t too much of the cutesy chibi stuff that is associated with many shojo anime.
It does not always happen in anime, but in this series for those who haven’t watched the previous one, or who might not have it fresh in the mind, there is a recap of what happened before with the main characters and how they got to where they are now.
Lawrence is an ambitious man who wants to start up his own business. He thinks he is good enough to give it a try, but he needs help from other people if he wants to make it a success. He sees Holo as a good luck charm that has come along with him on his many business escapades. He likes her sense of fun, and knows she likes to kick back and enjoy the sunshine. In turn, Holo is intrigued by humans, and wants to know more about them even though they had forgotten that she had brought them a plentiful harvest before.
More than anything else, the series depicts what life would have been like in medieval times. Holo would have been considered pagan and possibly a witch, so her presence in villages wouldn’t have been taken lightly. This is possibly why Lawrence is cautious when he rides through a new village as they are devout Christians for the most part.
Lawrence and Holo are two different kinds of people, he travels as it’s his job to make enough money to keep him going through the months, while Holo originally helped her villages people get good harvests every year, and now wants to see how the world have been since she last saw it, yet they get on. When they do come to each village, Holo tries to be good and keep out of trouble, but being a pagan goddess, she attracts too much attention from the people around her. As Lawrence has been used to travelling alone for seven years now, he likes having someone with him, even if he did not own up to being lonely. Holo would hate being lonely, and this is partly why she has wanted to go along with him, loneliness is something she fears more than anything else.
This series makes for a change from the usual cut and thrust of normal anime. There is rarely any action element to this one, it is more of a thinking person’s anime that shows what life in old times was all about, and how prejudice was rife, and if you were different you had to be careful around others or else be ridiculed. Lawrence and Holo are the two characters the story moves around, but other characters are shown through their actions.
Label: Manga Entertainment
Release date: 6th August 2012
Running time: 325 mins
Director: Takeo Takahashi
Sandie has a keen interest in Anime, Manga and all things Japanese. Her interests other than reviewing are Japanese Language, dress and culture, liking Harajuku Girls, Gothic Lolita, folding some neat Origami, drawing her own Manga characters, writing her own Manga stories and everything in between.