Spice and Wolf’s story revolves around Craft Lawrence, a twenty-five-year-old peddler travelling from town to town selling and buying various things to make a living in a stylized historical setting with European influences.

His main goal in life is to gather enough money to start his own shop, and he already has been travelling for seven years while gaining experience in the trade. One night when stopped at the town of Pasroe, he finds in his wagon a 250-year-old pagan wolf-deity girl named Horo. She appears to be that of a fifteen-year-old girl, except for a wolf’s tail and ears.

She introduces herself as the town’s goddess of harvest who has kept it blessed with good harvests of wheat for many years. Despite having the responsibility to watch over the town, she wants to go back to her homeland in the north called Yoitsu; she believes the people have already forsaken her anyway and that she has kept her promise to maintain the good harvests.

Horo wants also to travel to see the world how the world has changed while she has remained in one place for years. She manages to bargain her way out of the village by making a deal with Lawrence to take her with him. As they travel, her wisdom helps increase his profits, but at the same time, her true nature draws unwanted attention from the church.

Main Characters

Craft Lawrence, who chiefly goes by his surname, is a twenty-five-year-old traveling peddler who goes from town to town buying and selling various things in order to make a living. When he was twelve, he became an apprentice to a merchant relative, and set out on his own at eighteen. His goal in life is to gather enough money to start his own shop, and he has already been traveling for seven years while gaining experience in the trade. He meets Horo one night and eventually agrees to her traveling with him. She helps him by providing her wisdom which helps to increase his profits and get him out of jams.
Horo is a wolf god of harvest originally from a land in the north known as Yoitsu. She made a promise with men from a town called Pasroe where she would ensure the town would have good wheat harvests year after year. However, as time went on, the townspeople slowly started to forsake Horo and did not rely on her as they once did. As such, Horo escapes from town in Lawrence’s wagon and started traveling with him to see how much the world has changed since she has been in Pasroe. Horo has chosen the form of a fifteen-year-old girl, though she still retains her large white-tipped wolf tail, and ears. Her true form is that of a very large wolf which many people revered and feared. She refers to herself as the “Wise Wolf of Yoitsu”. She is typically very haughty and self-sufficient, though due to her isolation for hundreds of years in Pasroe, she came to feel very lonely, and sometimes shows a more fragile side of her. She has a peculiar way of speaking, modeled after that of the oiran high-class courtesans. She is fond of delicious food and alcohol, though especially loves apples. She takes pride in her tail and takes special care of it, constantly combing and maintaining it.

Chloe is an anime-original character. She is a villager of Pasroe and has known Lawrence for a long time. In fact, Lawrence taught her how to be a merchant. Despite still not knowing how she should feel about him, she respects him as her teacher.

Nola Arendt makes her first appearance in volume two of the novels. She is a skilled shepherdess from a church-town named Ryubinhaigen. Her companion in this profession is a well-trained sheep dog named Enekk. She entrusts Lawrence with a task after they meet.

Fermi Amati makes his first appearance in volume three of the novels. He is a young man who works as a fish broker.

Dian Rubens, who first appears in volume three of the novels, is an alchemist. She is in the process of chronicling pagan tales and beliefs so as to print them in books. She carries information about Horo’s birthplace Yoitsu. More at: Wiki

Ookami to Koushinryou (狼と香辛料, aka Spice and Wolf) is a Japanese light novel series written by Isuna Hasekura, with illustrations by Juu Ayakura. The Mainichi Shimbun reported that as of August 2007, over 500,000 copies of the novels have been sold. The series has been called a “unique fantasy” by Mainichi Shimbun due to the plot focusing on economics, trade, and peddling rather than the typical staples of fantasy such as swords and magic.

A manga adaptation illustrated by Keito Koume began serialization in the Japanese seinen magazine Dengeki Maoh on September 27, 2007, published by MediaWorks. The obi strip on the fifth novel announced the anime adaptation which began airing on January 9, 2008 and will contain twelve episodes, plus a single original video animation. A visual novel based on the series for the Nintendo DS will be released in early summer 2008 by MediaWorks.

Editor’s Comments:
Episode 7 is DVD only and will be released on May 30th 2008 after the series concludes. The TV episodes are numbered 1-6, 8-13.

Title: Ookami to Koushinryou (2008)
Kanji: 狼と香辛料 (2008)
Web: http://www.spicy-wolf.com/
Opening Theme: “Tabi no Tochuu” by Natsumi Kiyoura
Ending Theme: “Ringo Hiyori” by Rocky Chack

Ookami to Koushinryou OP ~ “Tabi no Tochuu”

Ookami to Koushinryou ED ~ “Ringo Hiyori”

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  • LittleVexy says:

    By the way, there is a Manga for this series, “Ookami to Koushinryou”, and it is currently been translated up to Vol 1, Chapter 4.

    You can find the translation of Manga here, http://musashi.nyaatorrents.org/

  • ware4me says:

    :3: This seems to be an interesting anime…

    Not an ecchi one, so, don’t be dissappointed if you thought there might be a lot ecchiness. 😀

  • LittleVexy says:

    Also, I think the consensus is that her name is “Horo, a wolf god of harvest“, not “Holo, a wolf god of harvest

    Also, here is the first ecchi pic :3:

    Ecchi Horo Pic (Don’t click if you don’t like ecchi! Nudity Inside)

  • ware4me says:

    😮 Ecchi Vexy!

    If Vexy says it is Horo, then Horo it is. 😛

  • LittleVexy says:

    ware4me;7458 wrote: 😮 Ecchi Vexy!

    There! I’ve put spoiler tags around it. :blackeye:

  • ware4me says:

    LOL, it is ok. :3:

  • Zer0 says:

    Me Likes! ^^d

  • LittleVexy says:

    Updated first post to regarding Episode 7!

  • ware4me says:

    u.u those evil producers.

  • Zer0 says:

    yeah well, its a great show real interesting, and because the 2 main characters voice actors are the same as in code geass (Lawerance = Lelouch & Horo = Kallen) it kinda feels like code geass. At least it make me wanna watch it again.

  • Pearl Milk Tea says:

    After watching this anime, I have gained the adequate knowledge to succeed in the economic world. Seriously they talked so much about the technical stuff like trading and business which I forget 97.5% of it, that could be economic class. I was only interested in the story which was pretty good. Although this anime has some partial nudity, but there is no perversion presented. Probably because they acted casually about it. Unlike in a typical fan service anime where guys get all horny at the sight of female flesh or pantsu.

  • Zer0 says:

    yeah it was a very intelligent show, i’m hoping for a second season to finish the story.

  • ware4me says:

    Oh… economic-finance anime!

    New genre? 😆

  • Zer0 says:

    hey its spice and wolf season 2

  • ware4me says:

    According to Moon Phase, It is possible that the Spice and Wolf second season is already in production from a different animation production company. Like the title says, this is a rumor, not a confirmed information.

    Your source? :p

  • Zer0 says:

    who are you asking?

  • ware4me says:

    Zer0? 😆

    You are the one posting that pic, I haven0t found anything similar so far :drop:

  • Zer0 says:

    i just posted it because it was funny, the voice actor who plays Lawrence in spice and wolf also plays lelouch/zero in code geass, also the voice actress who plays horo plays kallen in code geass also, so if you knew this it would have been a bit funny.

  • ware4me says:

    There’s a new “Spice and Wolf” OAV out that serves as a teaser to the upcoming second season of this fantasy.

    The OAV is essentially an animated radio show consisting of Lawrence, Horo and Nora having conversations some time after the end of the first season. Horo is ticked off that she has to share Lawrence with Nora in a social context and eventually falls ill.

    Then Horo has a number of feverish dreams while Lawrence ministers to her. The implication is that Horo is “in heat”, and that Lawrence doesn’t recognize that. :sless:

  • Zer0 says:

    cant wait till the season starts up its going to be really good

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