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Wolf and Spice 2 is the seasons follow up to Wolf and Spice, directed by Takeo Takahashi and based on the novel written by Isuna Hasekura. It follows the 4th and 5th volumes of the novels collection. It would be unfair of me to state which season is better because it should be viewed as a continuous journey and the title Wolf and Spice 2 is nothing but a way of letting people know that these are a bunch of episodes that were done in 2009 instead of 2008. No real new changes, just the same goal and the same concept. The new season starts with a girl who looks around 15 (Horo) and has the ears and tail of a wolf. She has a feisty personality and is considered a harvest god among the pagans. While sleeping, she contemplates the consequences of chilling out with a mortal (Lawrence) and knows the fun times won’t last. This sets up the ‘theme’ of this season although the idea had been presented before. Season 2 leads a more romantic pace but still has some of the feistiness from the first season as the two main characters come to terms with their feelings for each other. Instead of Lawrence getting more embarrassed out of the two he gains the upper hand from time to time. Horo however has changed from just trying to get a reaction out of Lawrence to trying to probe at what he thinks about

a relationship. She is also coming to terms with what it means to depend on a mortal. Despite the new emphasis on romance Wolf and Spice doesn’t lose its sense of commerce. Lawrence still goes about the challenges of a traveling merchant and this series looks closer at aspects of the share market and dealing with credit as well as the normal mix of trading and how politics effect it. In one instance a boy named Fermi Amati challenges Lawrence in front of a guild, to ownership of Horo. After a series of events, Lawrence discovers he must stop Amati from making 1,000 silver coins by influencing market values, which leads to a battle of wits that has a familiar feel to the death note series. Although you could state that the second season of Wolf and Spice is the more somber of the two, it can only be described as a more familiar part of their journey. Sure, the first series had the new ideas and more playful banters but really there is no ‘Wolf and Spice 1’ and ‘Wolf and Spice 2’, its just ‘Wolf and Spice’ with the journey still in full motion. -Michael Mason


Sponge Magazine #5  
Sponge Magazine #5  

Sponge Magazine Issue 5