Spice and Wolf II User Reviews

Spice and Wolf II is an anime series in the Spice and Wolf franchise
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More focus on the pairing in this season of Spice and Wolf. Reviewed by Dream on March 12, 2011. Dream has written 157 reviews. His/her last review was for Parasyte -the maxim-. 317 out of 332 users recommend his reviews. 4 out of 4 users found this review helpful.
The first season of Spice and Wolf was one of the few 2008 anime titles that I enjoyed. So seeing the second season to this series was an obvious choice for me this year and just like the previous season, Spice and Wolf II was definitely on my list of the few 2009 anime titles that I enjoyed. Like the first season, Spice and Wolf II continues it focus on the bond between Horo and Lawrence, the medieval economics that Lawrence engages in and the various people Horo and Lawrence come across on their journey. However, this season puts a more romantic light on the relationship between our two main characters where the two arcs within this series place Lawrence in situations that test his bond with Horo and make him wonder what sort of feelings he has for the Wise Wolf of Yoitsu. In both instances, Horo gets caught in the middle of Lawrence's bargaining with the major character of an arc which places Lawrence in a situation where his dreams to settle down with a town business would be a reality. Thus, Lawrence has to decide which is more important: the profits he can gain or Horo? Horo's thoughts on the situations faced are even brought up, especially her fears of the different life spans she and Lawrence have if their relationship became more intimate. Besides Horo and Lawrence, the people they interact with have enough personality and depth where you get a sense of the type of people they are as they are around to support or hinder Lawrence's goals in both arcs of the series.

Even while animated by a different studio, Spice and Wolf II still retains the rich color and lively details for scenery and character designs of the first season. Of the 2009 titles I've come across, it's one of the best-looking ones I've come across on the visual front. The soundtrack's definitely the best I've heard for the year featuring insert songs that do well to complement the different moods present in the tense and light-hearted moments of the series. The OP and ED songs also do a great job at capturing the mood of this series.

With its continued focus on Horo and Lawrence's bond plus the interactions they have with other characters, Spice and Wolf once again delights me for a second season. It's a shame that there weren't too many titles between 2008 and 2009 that could match up to the quality of storytelling and character chemistry that both seasons of Spice and Wolf have been able to convey for me.
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