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* ContemptibleCover: [[http://www.animenation.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/spicewolf_compare-450x330.jpg The redone cover]] for the first American release book got this complaint due to dropping the anime style Japanese cover for a pseudorealistic frontal shot of Holo running while naked (though mostly dark), drawing comparisons to a trashy romance novel cover. This was done in an attempt to reach out a more general audience at the insistence of distributors. For that first volume, they hastily released dust jackets of the original cover for the first volume to the distributors and in their magazine after the outcry. From volume two onward, that initial solution has been inverted; the original art is on the cover and the new art serves as the dust jacket (now depicting essentially the same scene as the Japanese version, but with Holo looking away), satisfying both distributor and fan demands as well as can be expected.

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* ContemptibleCover: [[http://www.animenation.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/spicewolf_compare-450x330.jpg The redone cover]] for the first American release book got this complaint due to dropping the anime style Japanese cover for a pseudorealistic frontal shot of Holo running while naked (though mostly dark), drawing comparisons to a trashy romance novel cover. This was done in an attempt to reach out a more general audience at the insistence of distributors. For that first volume, they hastily released dust jackets of the original cover for the first volume to the distributors and in their magazine after the outcry. From For later printings of that first volume and from volume two onward, that initial solution has been was inverted; the original art is on the cover and the new art serves as the dust jacket (now depicting essentially the same scene as the Japanese version, but with Holo looking away), satisfying both distributor and fan demands as well as can be expected.expected. Eventually they just stopped bothering with the dust jackets at all as even the distributors realised nobody actually liked the new covers, and exclusively used the original cover art.


A sequel to the light novels titled ''LightNovel/WolfAndParchment'' celebrating the series' 10th Anniversary as well as the tenth anniversary of Hasekura's career that began with the release of the first volume runs in Dengeki Bunko Magazine. It follows Col and Myuri. Yen Press released the first volume of ''Wolf and Parchment'' in November 2017. A set of sidestories happening concurrently with Wolf and Parchment called Spring Log which tells the stories of Kraft and Holo as Col and Myuri are on their journey.

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A sequel to the light novels titled ''LightNovel/WolfAndParchment'' ''LightNovel/{{Wolf and Parchment}}'' celebrating the series' 10th Anniversary as well as the tenth anniversary of Hasekura's career that began with the release of the first volume runs in Dengeki Bunko Magazine. It follows Col and Myuri. Yen Press released the first volume of ''Wolf and Parchment'' in November 2017. A set of sidestories happening concurrently with Wolf and Parchment called Spring Log which tells the stories of Kraft and Holo as Col and Myuri are on their journey.

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-->'''Holo:''' ''(to Lawrence, tail completely puffed up)'' How can one man be ''so clueless!?'' Honestly, I have seen clearer thinking from beasts in the forest than I have ''you'' in the last two days!


The main thrust of the anime is centered more on the business of Lawrence than on Holo's supernatural nature. Instead of action or fanservice, ''Spice and Wolf'' is far more likely to focus on an in-depth discussion on the currency exchange market, with no notable attempt to make it more interesting [[MundaneMadeAwesome by going over the top]]. Surprisingly, the show does this rather well using character interaction and business intrigue. The romance between Lawrence and Holo is also a major part of the plot.

The light novels concluded in 2011 with the seventeenth volume. Creator/YenPress translated and released both the novels and manga in the United States. The anime has been licensed in North America by Funimation. Both seasons are streaming on their [[http://www.funimation.com/spice-and-wolf video portal]] and are available as a Blu-Ray/DVD combo pack.

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The main thrust of the anime is centered more on the business of Lawrence than on Holo's supernatural nature. Instead of action or fanservice, {{fanservice}}, ''Spice and Wolf'' is far more likely to focus on an in-depth discussion on the currency exchange market, with no notable attempt to make it more interesting [[MundaneMadeAwesome by going over the top]]. Surprisingly, the show does this rather well using character interaction and business intrigue. The romance between Lawrence and Holo is also a major part of the plot.

The light novels concluded in 2011 with the seventeenth volume. Creator/YenPress translated and released both the novels and manga in the United States. The anime has been licensed in North America by Funimation. Both seasons are streaming on their [[http://www.funimation.com/spice-and-wolf video portal]] and are available as a Blu-Ray/DVD Blu-ray/DVD combo pack.



->''[[GratuitousEnglish "Merchant Meats Spicy Wolf"]]''

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* SpinOffspring: ''Wolf and Parchment.''


A sequel to the light novels titled ''LightNovel/WolfAndParchment'' celebrating the series' 10th Anniversary as well as the tenth anniversary of Hasekura's career that began with the release of the first volume runs in Dengeki Bunko Magazine. It follows Col and the [[spoiler:daughter of Holo and Lawrence, Myuri]]. Yen Press released the first volume of ''Wolf and Parchment'' in November 2017. A set of sidestories happening concurrently with Wolf and Parchment called Spring Log which tells the stories of Kraft and Holo as Col and Myuri are on their journey.

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A sequel to the light novels titled ''LightNovel/WolfAndParchment'' celebrating the series' 10th Anniversary as well as the tenth anniversary of Hasekura's career that began with the release of the first volume runs in Dengeki Bunko Magazine. It follows Col and the [[spoiler:daughter of Holo and Lawrence, Myuri]].Myuri. Yen Press released the first volume of ''Wolf and Parchment'' in November 2017. A set of sidestories happening concurrently with Wolf and Parchment called Spring Log which tells the stories of Kraft and Holo as Col and Myuri are on their journey.


* MayflyDecemberRomance: Lawrence is a normal human with a normal lifespan, while Holo has lived for several hundred years and is implied to have several hundred more years ahead of her. As we see in the OVA, Holo is painfully aware of this.

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* MayflyDecemberRomance: Lawrence is a normal human with a normal lifespan, while Holo has lived for several hundred years and is implied to have several hundred more years ahead of her. As we see in the OVA, Holo is painfully aware of this. Becomes more of an issue in the "Spring Log" volumes, where it becomes harder for the two of them to ignore after [[spoiler:more than ten years of marriage which have seen Lawrence visibly aging while Holo remains forever in the form of a teenage girl]].


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* GiantAnimalWorship: Holo is a gigantic wolf who was worshiped by a village until the Church converted most of the people and she left with a traveling merchant. Of course she might actually be a god what with her shapeshifting into a LittleBitBeastly human form and influence over wheat harvests.


In a middle-age European-esque world, Lawrence, a [[IntrepidMerchant traveling merchant]], accidentally frees the local harvest god, Holo, a centuries-old giant wolf who can take the form of a young woman. She convinces him to let her travel with him and seek out her dimly-remembered homeland.

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In a middle-age European-esque world, Kraft Lawrence, a [[IntrepidMerchant traveling merchant]], accidentally frees the local harvest god, Holo, a centuries-old giant wolf who can take the form of a young woman. She convinces him to let her travel with him and seek out her dimly-remembered homeland.


* PoorCommunicationKills: If Holo and Lawrence had been on speaking terms when Lawrence went to the mat with Amarti on the pyrite market, [[spoiler: Holo could have told him that she was actually plotting to destroy Amarti, not him.]]

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* PoorCommunicationKills: If Holo and Lawrence hadn't so badly misread Holo's apology after their fight, or indeed had been on speaking terms spoken to her at ''any point'' between then and when Lawrence he went to the mat with Amarti on the pyrite market, [[spoiler: Holo could have told him that she was actually plotting to destroy Amarti, not him.]]

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* CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot: Lawrence spends the second half of Volume Three utterly convinced that Holo will leave him for another man, and frantically schemes to keep her with him. The epilogue reveals that [[spoiler:Holo wasn't even considering it, and was actually working to help Lawrence the whole time.]] The fact that A) he didn't realize this until the last minute, and B) never stopped to ''ask'' Holo what she wanted -- something she gave him ''multiple chances to do'' -- ticks her off to no end.


** There was heavy debate centered on whether her name is Horo, as per alleged WordOfGod and fansubs, or Holo, which is used by [[http://www.yenpress.com/2009/09/spice-and-wolf-unveiled/#comment-8088 Yen Press]] for the official romanization and by other official sources as well. Also confusing was Craft vs. Kraft and what his western name order was. To make things more confusing, the English version of ''VideoGame/ZettaiHeroProject'' (where she appears as a cameo) went with [[http://www.hardcoregaming101.net/zhp/chars/snap311.jpg Horo]]. During the first arc of Season 2 of the anime she signs her name as "Holo".

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** There was heavy debate centered on whether her the name of the Wise Wolf is Horo, as per alleged WordOfGod and fansubs, usually settled on by fan translations, or Holo, which is used by [[http://www.yenpress.com/2009/09/spice-and-wolf-unveiled/#comment-8088 Yen Press]] for the official romanization and by other official sources as well. Also confusing was Craft vs. Kraft and what his western name order was. To make things more confusing, the English version of ''VideoGame/ZettaiHeroProject'' (where she appears as a cameo) went with [[http://www.hardcoregaming101.net/zhp/chars/snap311.jpg Horo]]. During the first arc of Season 2 of the anime she signs her name in cursive, misreading of which led to the brief meme that her name was Korbo.
** Also confusing was Craft vs. Kraft and what his western name order was,
as "Holo".Lawrence also used as a first name.



* UngratefulBastard: The inhabitants of Pasloe. For generations, Holo blessed it with one good harvest after another with only the occasional bad one to let the soil rest. The village went from worshiping her out of respect to hating and fearing her for the rare bad year. By the time she leaves, the village had abandoned her for a new religion. One villager and friend of Lawrence (whose gender varies on the media) tries to turn both of them over to the church for burning to advance their own career.

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* UngratefulBastard: The inhabitants of Pasloe. For generations, Holo blessed it with one good harvest after another with only the occasional bad one to let the soil rest. The village went from worshiping her out of respect to hating and fearing her for the rare bad year. By the time she leaves, the village had abandoned her for a new religion. One villager and friend of Lawrence (whose gender varies on the media) tries to turn both of them over to the church for burning to advance their own career.


* CorruptChurch: The church hierarchy in the series is portrayed as greedy and oppressive, reminiscent of the pre-Reformation Catholic Church of the era it is emulating.

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* CorruptChurch: The church hierarchy in the series is portrayed as greedy and oppressive, reminiscent of the pre-Reformation Catholic Church of the era it is emulating. It goes on to become the central focus of ''Wolf and Parchment.''



* CreatorThumbprint: Economics is obviously a passion for Isuna Hasekura. In fact, he took the prize money he won for the first ''Spice and Wolf'' novel to the stock market and is now writing a manga about day trading.

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* CreatorThumbprint: Economics is obviously a passion for Isuna Hasekura. In fact, he took the prize money he won for the first ''Spice and Wolf'' novel to the stock market market, wrote the ''VisualNovel/WorldEndEconomica'' games, and is now writing a manga about day trading.

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