Spice and Wolf 01

Spicy Wolf

Awesome start for Spice and Wolf, I’ll say.

Short summary for those who have no idea what it’s about. Spice and Wolf is set in a fictional medieval world, focusing on one merchant, Craft Lawrence, who makes his living trading around villages. At one of his stops, the village of Pasroe, he inadvertently picks up the local harvest god, a 250-year old wolf named Horo.

Horo has decided to leave the village as the residents slowly forsake her contributions and chose instead to use more modern methods. Her chance comes by following Lawrence, and asks him to bring her back to the North, where she was born. Thus, begins the travels of the two.

Nicely done first episode, with the main characters slowly introduced and the story fleshed out. Ami Koshimizu (Amisuke) is doing a fine job as Horo. While I initially had a some reservations on having her do it, but seeing her in action, really just blows it all away. Not only she’s doing a fine job with Horo’s unique accent, she also manages to bring out Horo’s playful and arrogant side.

Jun Fukuyama’s Lawrence is also nicely done, although I feel that he’s using a lot of different voices for him, so it’s as if he’s still uncertain on Lawrence’s character. Maa~~ Jun Fukuyama’s voice has been in use by different male leads before, so I guess it might be a bias on my own part.

The animation and art are of good quality and most importantly, consistent, so I hope they’ll manage to keep the quality consistent throughout the show’s run.

The OP sounds rather serious and probably foretells a lot of obstacles and trials ahead for the duo, fitting nicely in to the series. The ED, in contrast, ends the show in a rather light hearted manner, with an upbeat tone, Engrish-ly vocals by ROCKY CHACK and SD shots of Lawrence and Horo.

Spicy Wolf

Horo kawaii yo Horo!

Overall, a good start to the series I have been anticipating the most this season. Hope it has a good run :).

15 Comments

  1. Totali Said,

    January 9, 2008 @ 4:40 am

    Code Geass with naked wolves instead of giant mecha.

  2. hashihime Said,

    January 9, 2008 @ 5:10 am

    Yes, a promising start. Ami didn’t sound right in the commercial, but she sounds good in the real thing. I liked your point about Fukuyama Jun feeling around for the right voice. I think he got pretty close to a good combination of young and mature. I’ve heard him as weepy uke and self-important rebel, and this voice is more congenial to me than either of those.

    The only thing that makes this like Code Geass is the names of the voice actors. For me, this is a good thing, since I didn’t get Code Geass’s appeal. Anyway, I’ll take naked wolves over giant mecha any day, lol. I did think the nakedness was tasteful and real.

  3. wildarmsheero Said,

    January 9, 2008 @ 5:42 am

    is it as good as http://easternstandard.pbwiki.com/The+Wolf+and+the+Spices makes it out to be

  4. Fat Cat Lim Said,

    January 9, 2008 @ 9:20 am

    Nice start to the series with both main leads being quite likable characters (Lawrence’s not stupid or wimpy, while Horo is playful and assertive). At least they both provide a nice respite to the character typecasts we’ve seen so far in other anime series.

  5. Lupus Said,

    January 9, 2008 @ 10:37 am

    Yes Horo! This better be good, or as a fan of the novel I’m gonna get PISSED.

  6. Ryan A Said,

    January 9, 2008 @ 11:18 am

    The voices are definitely noticeable. Good pairing though, and great potential. I was entertained at least to see how the first episode went along.

  7. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    January 9, 2008 @ 1:28 pm

    This ain’t gonna be some Code Geass here, oi! While people mostly know Jun Fukuyama and Amisuke from Code Geass, both of them have been really A-class seiyuus for a while around. Them partnering up again is not too surprising.

    @WAH: I wouldn’t put my verdict down so fast, because this is still the first episode. All I can say this episode has left me wanting for more, ASAP.

    Still, I think Amisuke and Jun Fukuyama are going to make this show a good watch.

  8. Runningkid Said,

    January 9, 2008 @ 7:39 pm

    I have to agree, a very nice start although I wonder when will we get to see some trade and economics.

  9. Shin Said,

    January 9, 2008 @ 7:58 pm

    Lolifox-tan finally gets her own anime ^^

  10. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    January 9, 2008 @ 8:03 pm

    Lolifox-tan’s anime is next season. Watch out for Wagaya no Oinari-sama.

  11. Shin Said,

    January 9, 2008 @ 8:27 pm

    Oh yeah, heard of that too. Okami + Miko = Win ^^

  12. kltg Said,

    January 9, 2008 @ 10:32 pm

    i love me some Horo tail.

  13. Subculture Anime Blog » So what are you blogging anyways? Winter ‘08 Said,

    January 10, 2008 @ 5:09 am

    […] Spice and Wolf: I see the potential in this show, but the first episode did not impress me that much. It’s no where close to being a show I would cover, and it’s already getting a lot of hype for it elsewhere. […]

  14. suguru Said,

    January 10, 2008 @ 2:18 pm

    I had no expectations for this at all other than the official website’s URL cracking me up…but this was a great first episode, I’m definitely hooked and a Horo fan. The premise makes it sound like if it was a magazine it’d be a cross between The Economist and Megami, which…I can’t even imagine, but it’d probably be cool.

  15. Syaoran Li Said,

    January 11, 2008 @ 2:20 pm

    I’ll stick around with this series; there is no doubt about it.

    Both seryuu’s are looking god on their roles, is good to see Jun making more roles, and not just the main lead on a yaoi series (so many he has). For Ami, it seems like the industry is taking advantage of her current success in the last year. I still remember my expression when I found out she was the same seryuu that play as Tenma in School Romble (after watching her role as Anemone in Eureka Seven). Anyway, this series is looking good.

    I love the nakedness of Horo, everything is fine meanwhile you don’t show nipples.

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