Spice and Wolf! The anime that taught viewers a little something about economics and capitalism, while at the same time, introducing you to one of the cutest anime couples ever! Based off the light novels by Isuna Hasekura, they were later turned into manga and adapted into anime. My friend told me about it and I bought the seasons and watched them.
So, the anime follows traveling peddler, Kraft Lawrence, as he travels across a medieval world, trading with other merchants. When he stops at a pagan village called Pasloe, that is when he hears about the local legend of a wolf that aids them growing their crops. At least the wolf used to. And then, Lawrence actually meets her. Her name is Holo the Wise Wolf. She has a beautiful red tail, pointy ears, and crimson eyes. She escaped in the wheat on Lawrence’s wagon. She wants to get back to her home in the far North. Lawrence promises to get her there and their journey begins.
Almost immediately, Lawrence is protective of Holo, but is mostly because he doesn’t want her to be found out and taken by the Church. However, eventually the protective feeling shifts from that to a different kind. The jealous kind. Lawrence hates it when other men talk to her, especially in a romantic fashion. He doesn’t have the courage to claim her as his own, but he doesn’t want to share her.
As for Holo, she is the Wise Wolf, as she repeatedly tells Lawrence (in between stuffing her face and being drunk). She can sense when somebody is lying, but cannot outright say it for a fact. She has a nose for trade and economics, and helps Lawrence with his deals. Which I suppose helps makeup for the fact that she spends a great deal of his money on apples. Holo also doesn’t like it when he is around other ladies; rather apparent when they run into the shepherdess, Nora. She is defensive of Lawrence, but does not say that he is hers. Once again, one of them is afraid to speak first.
Their journeys together during the anime test Lawrence’s skills as a merchant and Holo’s skills as the Wise Wolf. But together, they are a team, and one that travels its way into our hearts with a smile and an apple.
And on that note, it’s been real!