Spice and Wolf, or Ōkami to Kōshinryō in Japanese, is a series of 20 light novels written by Isuna Hasekura. The illustrations are done by Jū Ayakura. It has been reported that Japan saw a sale of over 2.2 million copies of the first nine novels and it is no wonder the series has been adapted into an anime television series. Like most anime series, Yen Press has licensed the release of the English versions in America. The first two anime seasons were licensed in English by Kadokawa Pictures USA and Funimation. HaseKura wrote and published the first 17 volumes of the anime series from the year 2006 to 2011, but it took him about 10 years of time to get his first volume to publish. Despite having a huge amount of sources and materials to work with, the series has continued to remain a phantom over the past years. The initial two seasons only adapted the first 5 volumes of the light novels and then left all anime series fan hanging for a while.
Spice and Wolf Plot:
The plot chronicle subjects of economics, trade, and peddling as opposed to the usual genres of fantasy and magic. It revolves around a travelling merchant of 25 years old, named Kraft Lawrence, who indulges in peddling goods of variety from one town to another. He does so to be part of a stylized, fictional world influenced by European history. He aims to start his own shop and for the seven years he has been travelling and peddling, he has gained knowledge and experience in the world of trade.
One mysterious night at a town named Pasloe, he comes face to face with a wolf-deity named Holo who claims to have lived for 600. She transforms herself into a 15-year-old girl but retains the wolf’s tail and its ears. She is introduced as the goddess of the harvest. The townspeople have abandoned her protection in their greed to increase the harvest, leaving Holo to feel isolated. She hopes to return to her home back in Yoitsu and brokers a deal with Lawrence in her zeal to travel and experience the changes in the world. She helps him bolster his profits but draws unnecessary criticism and attention from the crowds.
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Spice and Wolf Characters:
Kraft Lawrence: The 25-year-old peddler who moves from town to town to trade goods and earn a living. Lawrence comes to deeply care for Holo who he meets one night in his wagon. He is a travelling merchant who agrees to allow Holo to travel with him after finding her in his cart one day.
Holo: She is a wolf deity and goddess of harvest originating from a place called Yoitsu. She blesses the town with good wheat harvests year after year based on a promise she has made to the townspeople who late abandon her protection and move to newer methods to increase their harvest. She hides in wheat and leaves after knowing about the new agricultural methods after watching over a town for many hundred years. Then she converts to a new religion and thinks of her as someone who is no longer needed.
Yarei: He works as a farmer in the town of Pasloe and is involved in trade with Lawrence. He is a young man who resides in Pasloe. Later on, he betrays Holo and Lawrence to the Medioh Company and the Church.
Chloe: A resident of Pasloe, she is acquainted with Lawrence and know him since she was a little girl. She is following his footsteps as a merchant and has taught him to be the merchant that he is.
Nora Arendt: Nora is a skilled shepherd from Ruvinheigen. She smuggles gold for Lawrence.
Fermi Amarti: He is a fish broker and has a huge crush on Holo. He even proposes to her.
Spice and Wolf Season 3 Release Date:
Spice and Wolf is an anime series based on a light novel series from Japan by the same name from the writer Isuna Hasekura. Anime fans are waiting for the season 3 ever since the end of the second season. The series has a lot of dialogues regarding trading information, negotiation, bartering, and trade. It is a show which takes a little time to explain events to convince the audience and make them believe the plotline and the situation. The story never becomes too clumsy or too complex as the plot only features two key characters in the series such as Horo and Lawrence. Almost all of the animes can be continued only if the OVA episodes, manga, and the light novels are able to do a convincing job which further motivates the producers and other creators to consider working on an anime sequel.
While there is no news regarding the release of the third season and it is highly unlikely that the series will see the next season, it can be expected that the series may take a jump for a sequel altogether with Spice And Wolf New Theory: Wolf And Parchment. Owing to the uniqueness of its concept and the growing popularity the series has witnessed, there have been several petitions on the internet on various forums to revive the series for another season but the end of the last season somewhat brought Lawrence and Holo’s journey to a close and the manga adaptation of the Ookami to Koushinryou story is also headed towards its end, so it seems unlikely at this point that there will be a third instalment in the exemplary series. Makers have discarded speculations with “no updates or knowledge of a possible third season” or “nothing concrete yet” on interviews.
There may still be good news for Spice and Wolf fans as the producers have been talking about a virtual reality anime series that promises an amazing experience. Voice actors returning for the VR are Ami Koshimizu (Holo) and Jun Fukuyama (Kraft Lawrence) are returning. It has been conceptualized by Yō Shimizu and the logo has been designed by Masatoshi Sekai. Independent development circle Spicy Tails declared that it is working on developing a virtual reality anime based on the Spice & Wolf novels by Isuna Hasekura. Hasekura is working on a new scenario for the anime and it is going to have subtitles in the English language too. The anime is supposed to release on Oculus Rift, HTC VIVE and other platforms in early 2019. It can also be watched on a PC without wearing a VR headset.
Watch out for an air date. This may be the only format we may get since the future of season 3 has been cast in uncertainty. In any case, we will update this article with relevant details whenever news comes out from reliable sources regarding a tentative release schedule, so do keep an eye out for us.
Spice and Wolf English Dubbing:
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