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Spice and Wolf

Alt titles: Wolf and Spice, Okami to Koshinryo

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Since long ago, the wolf goddess Holo has honored a contract to bless the rural village of Pasloe with fertile harvests; and in return she has been celebrated and worshipped by the villagers. But as mankind advances, the people have begun to take command of nature for themselves and have made their own god to worship. Holo finds that she is paid little more than lip service, if not outright mocked; and considering the contract annulled, she takes human form and enlists the aid of a passing merchant, Kraft Lawrence, to return to her home in the snowy forests to the north. As they journey together, Kraft finds that he has plenty to learn from this capricious god, and she from him as well.

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related anime

Anime Name Type Year Relation More Info
Spice and Wolf II TV 2009 Sequel
Spice and Wolf II OVA OVA 2009 Same Franchise
Spice and Wolf II Specials DVD Special 2009 Same Franchise

related manga

Manga Name Year Relation More Info
Spice & Wolf (Light Novel) 2006 TBD
Spice and Wolf 2007 Original Manga
Name Role
Kazuya KURODA Character Design
Takeo TAKAHASHI Director
Yuuji YOSHINO Music
Isuna HASEKURA Original Manga Creator

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Title Author Score Date
Spice and Wolf Sheex 8.1/10 Apr 3, 2008
Wolf and Spice Sheex 8.1/10 Apr 3, 2008
Okami to Koshinryo Sheex 8.1/10 Apr 3, 2008

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Spice and Wolf YamiRin 8/10 Dec 21, 2013
Okami to Koshinryo YamiRin 8/10 Dec 21, 2013
Wolf and Spice YamiRin 8/10 Dec 21, 2013
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Maoyuu Maou Yuusha

Maoyuu Maou Yuusha

After many trials, the Hero has reached his destination: the throne room of the Demon King, where he hopes to end the war between the Demon and Human realms once and for all. What he finds, however, is not at all what he expected: the 'king' of the Demons is a woman, and a bouncy one at that - what's more, rather than fighting, she wishes to engage him in dialogue! She explains that he was never expected to succeed in his mission, because the war is perpetuated by parties in the human world who profit from it every day. Swayed by her arguments, he makes a pact with her to work toward peace for both their worlds. Together, they will better the lives of their people and create a world where war is no longer needed to ensure prosperity - despite those who would shed blood to keep the status quo.


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Same director, same voice actors, both talk about economics, both MG are not human, The only difference..... 

Maoyuu Maou Yuusha MG has a much more endowed figure than Spice and Wolf


Since both of them have the concept of economics and politics during the medieval period.Both of the main characters in those series are trying to share their ideas to find their way of not just only to survive to themselves, but also to their communities. 


Spice and Wolf and Maoyuu Maou Yuusha are both shows about a human and demon working together for the common goal. Spice and Wolf  and Maoyuu both share a plot about economics/ political gains, friendship with a hint of love, and two really great characters that you can't help but to adore.You will also notice that both series have a main female character wiith red hair, red eyes, and way with words.It is safe to say if you like one you will adore the other.


Except what bunnylovesanime wrote i'd like to add that Ami Koshimizu is seyuu which gives voice to both characters (Demon King and Holo) and Jun Fukuyama plays both protagonist roles (Hero and Lawrence)


if you liked Spice and Wolf, I would recommend Maoyuu Maou Yuusha because they have similar settings, (somewhere in europe during the middle/medieva ages) they both also refer to the church and its power. Both anime are adventurous and talk about the econamy during that time. but Maoyuu is about a war between the humans and deamons, while Spice is about travelling to Holos' homeland. but they are similar too in the fact that a human goes on adventures/joins-up-with an demon/god/spirit.


Both have similar charm and a lot subtle things to keep the story interesting. Maoyuu Maou Yuusha has more fantasy elements and perhaps a bit too much breast-related lollygagging for my taste. I really enjoyed the all characters and the places they visit are far above average in design in my opinion.


Both series are medievalish fantasy ones with romance and semi-educational undertones. What's not to like?

Not enough? Both anime were produced by pretty much the same people (aside from the source material of course), so they're bound to be similar.


Both focus on economics and politics during a medieval period but Maoyuu Maou Yuusha has war is waging as well. Both series have 2 main characters being male and female where the female has a supernatural aspect to her where the male is just a plain human. Check either out if you liked the other.


Both anime seem to be set in the same time period, with a male and female(both with red hair and arent human) lead with a theme of economics and trade. They also share that they have a bit of romance and are great watches, If you like one im sure you will enjoy the other. 


The dealings with economy, science, unequal balance of friendship and awkward love. Plus the wolf/demon looks and acts very much alike.


Maoyuu is basically Spice and Wolf with less economics and more flirting. Like someone stuck the characters in a different world and gave them a different backstory. I imagine the same audience enjoying both shows.


Same kind of style, and type of characters. Both main characters drawn to each other, but unable to find the words to make it work. Same type of plot too, characters hiding their relationship because of the taboos.


Each of these anime discuss trade and ecomonics and have strong female lead characters. Though Maoyuu Maou Yuusha has somewhat ecchi parts now and then like mentioning boobs, it doesn't over power it and ads some additional comic relief in contrast to the serious topics of war, political power struggles and ecomonics. While Spice and Wolf also has some humorous aspects they are not quite the bouncing boobs of the Demon King.


Both animes are very similar they both have good male and female leads, with witty and intelligent dialogue. As well as a great story to boot.

If you like one you have to give the other a try.


Both series has an intellectual charm that seems lacking in most other anime. They pull you in and teach you something important while keeping you entertained.


after watching maoyuu maou yuusha, i immediately thought of spice and wolf. if you like one you'll like the other.


They both have this smart approach in economy and how to turn things in their favor; they both take place during a medieval time. They both have a an un human element to them. I recommend both. 

Spice & Wolf is more about the adventure, it does have a plot and in every episode they're closer to the plot though, they don't put that much interest in it. It's a great slow-paced anime. 

Maoyuu Maou Yuusha on the other hand is all about the plot, every episode is a vital part of the anime. It's more about how to unite two worlds, the demon world with the human world. It's an awesome anime that'll be sure to hook you.

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Kino's Journey

Kino's Journey

In another world, there exist many countries, each with different cultures, customs, and traditions. From technological marvels to folk legends, each location yields a vast wealth of insight of its people: their hopes and their dreams, their failures and fears. Kino is a traveler whose goal is to visit as many new places as possible, learning about others' ways of life, but also making sure to stay clear of their affairs. Together with the talking motorrad Hermes, Kino sets out to explore the beautiful world and meet its inhabitants, wherever they may be.

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Both series have a very original and refreshing take on the fantasy genre, without the cliché swords and sorcery affairs. They are the kind of "stories" that entertain and ALSO leave you thinking a little after each episode.

And the main characters are somewhat similar too. Both shows have a traveler type character and a companion as the protagonists. In Kino´s Journey it is a pure traveler accompained by a talking motorcycle, and in Spice and Wolf it is a merchant traveler accompained by a fox(y) god.

Each one of them is very original. I think I already said so, but I will say it again. Both shows have that unique fantasy feeling that makes the "fantasy" seem real and organic, not like a mere invention.

Kino´s Journey deals with moral dilemmas, and Spice and Wolf with economical profits and wit (yes, you heard well, an interesting anime about BARTERING, I am still suprised that was possible...)

In the differences department, the only thing that comes to mind is that Spice and Wolf has a pleasurable comedic and romantic side, while Kino no Tabi prefers a well executed dramatic approach.


Both Spice and Wolf and Kino no Tabi carry very subtle, atmospheric feels that play on the intricacies of human interaction. Where Kino no Tabi would be classified as a more philosophical piece, however, Spice and Wolf centers around the faculties of romance and plays down its intellectualistic qualities in favor of more emotional ones. Each, however, tends to be rather serious in nature, and both carry a relatively mature quality about them that might put off younger audiences. Even so, if you've enjoyed one definitely give the other a shot - I can almost guarantee your enjoyment.


Kino's Journey and Spice and Wolf tell stories in which travelling is of the utmost importance, in both there is a rather unlikely duo who must cross many lands during the course of the narrative, encountering all sorts of adventures along the way. With this said, Kino's Journey is very thoughtful and philosophical while Spice and Wolf is more conventional.


Both series have a similar ambience and the overall style of animation has many things in common. Also, the protagonists are traveling throughout the series. So if you like travelling anime series with concluded episodes, go ahead and watch it, you'll love it!


''Spice and Wolf'' and ''Kino's Journey'' are both very atmospheric and soothing anime that use the theme of journeying as a plot-device to trigger storylines and convey messages. So in short, both series have a similar premise.

That being said. There's one major difference between both series:

Kino's Journey is a more event driven series that always builds itself up towards a moral lesson or a message for every episode. Spice and Wolf focuses more on the characters and how they react to situations around them.

Both are excellent anime. And if you watched one and enjoyed it, you may want to give the other a try because of the similarity in premise and art-direction may prove appealing. While the shows differ from each other enough to make for different types of experiences that are (about) equally excellent.


An odd couple of travelers, alone against a world of other people trying to survive how they can.  Both shows are atmospheric and serene, showing the goodness and evil of the world, as well as the complexity that causes people to behave in wildly different ways.


Kino's Journey and Spice & Wolf are both slow-paced shows about a journey and traveling, driven by an engaging story. Instead of focussing on action and plot twists, these anime are all about the meetings and conversations the main characters encounter. There is something interesting going on every episode, but don't be expecting explosions and robocops in these shows.


Spice and Wolf (both seasons) and Kino's Journey are slow-paced anime about a journey that two characters go on (one of which is human). Each place that they visit has different customs, and most of the entertainment value comes from the differences in places (Kino's comes directly from these differences, while S&W's comes with how the protagonists deal with the differences in order to profit). Both use a muted, earthy palette.


These series mix together a bit of fantasy, a set of travelling compainions, and a large number of different cultures. If you like seeing characters interacting with different cultures, these series work well together.

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Crest of the Stars

Crest of the Stars

In the distant future, mankind has mastered space and spread empires across the galaxy. While many choose to colonize distant planets, others choose to remain amidst the stars, ultimately giving rise to a new brand of humanity known as the Abh. Both genetically and culturally different from their Earth-dwelling peers, the Abh soon find themselves engaged in a bloody war that rages across hundreds of planets and set out to restore peace by means of conquest. Enter Jinto, a nobleman and ambassador of the recently acquired Hyde system whose duty is to represent his peoples' interests and rule on the Abh's behalf. In order to be officially coronated to this position, a cold-but-beautiful Abh princess named Lafiel arrives at Hyde to escort him back to the empire's capital. When they are suddenly attacked by an anti-Abh liberation front, however, the festivities are cut short, and the two must flee for their lives against all odds.

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Crest of the Stars and Spice and Wolf are strangely similar, despite the great difference in genre, plot, and setting.  However, in terms of character interaction and wit therein, they share a common thread.  In terms of rapport between male and female leads in dramatic, story-driven environments, these two series are a cut above almost all others.  Additionally, both series are unusually intelligent without being obtuse.


For some reason, i was perusing the recommendations for Spice and Wolf, and saw the above user have a recommendation for Crest of the Stars, and completely agreed with it.

Both have totally different settings, though with both's settings incredibly detailed and diverse.

The character interactions of the two, however are very similar. Horo and Lawrence are on a journey up north, with Jinto and Lafiel simiarly heading to Lafiel's homeplanet.  Whilst that is the plot, the largest driving force of both series is the strong willed female, and the strong yet 'weaker' male that still manages to hold enough with the female so that they both develop along the way.


Really, it seems there's no relation between theese two series. But wen you look closer, you see one important link: characters. In both films there are interesting characters, and, even more, both series are built around them. Lafiel with Jinto and Horo with Lawrence create unforgettable duets, absolutely self-sufficient.  Even without middle-ages in SaW and futuristic detailed universe in CoS, those guys would make you all the attention. But there is a world around them! And it is interesting too - in each case in own direction, but, anyway, alike.


While both series settings are immensely different the methods of story telling and ways in which the characters interact are inherently similar. If you enjoyed either series don't hesitate to take a chance on the other.


Both series have a strong focus on the relationship between the two leading protagonists and the character development and interactions between them. Despite the vastly different settings, the two series are remarkably similar. If you liked one you will like the other.


The interaction between the 2 main characters, coming closer together while coming from very different worlds make these 2 anime both a joy for the adult viewer


It wasn't till long after watching spice and wolf that I noticed the relationship between these two animes and perhaps why they are both so great.  They both feature great characters and most of the fun of the shows are the character interactions and not the action happening around them.


Both series main point is the interaction between the male and female lead as well as some of the interaction they have with other people in the world.  While set in completely different time eras they both have similar somewhat similar plots and will at times have some action and it usually is nicely done and very interesting.  Each series also has a male and female lead who are completely different from one another in Spice Wolf it's a human and a wolf deity and in Crest of the Stars its a human and and alien.  So if you like one of these series then you'll probably like the other.


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In the wake of a rebellion that shook Japan twenty years prior, Togame Hida, general director and strategist for the army, seeks to obtain the 12 "deviant blades" created by master swordsmith Shikizaki Kiki to help add stability and security to the Bakufu government. To aid in this endeavor, she looks to enlist the help of Yasuri Mutsune, head of the Kyotou-ryu school and hero of the rebellion. But when she arrives on the island where he lives in exile, she finds him dead, succeeded by his skilled yet slightly daft son Shichika. Undeterred, the two set off from the island in search of the swords armed only with Togami's sharp strategic mind and Shichika's powerful, swordless Kyotou-ryu.

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There are only few similarities but significant enough to recommend Katanagatari if you liked Spice'n'wolf and vice versa:

1. the main characters - trust me on this (saying more would be a spoiler)

2. a deep sense of an epic journey, though different in ways, they both have it at the highest quality level

note 1: there's close to zero fighting in Spice'n'Wolf

note 2: there's nothing about trading/economy in Katanagatari


Both of the series follow to two odd characters whom have come to together under strange circumstances and have a lot of fun dialogue between the two of them and the story follows their journey; though their Journeys are different if you enjoyed one, I'd reccommend the other.


Easily the biggest similarity between the two is that both stories are almost completely driven by conversations between the male lead and the female lead with other characters also contributing greatly to the conversations as well.  In addition to this both series follow a man and woman as they journey together both in search of something.  Also both will have brief periods of action though this is more common in Katanagatari than in Spice and Wolf.


Both series are about a man and a woman on a journey together, and mostly about the interactions between them(They're talking mostly, don't get the wrong idea). Katanagatari has more action involved in it, while spice and wolf has the edge on character development(IMO).

If you liked one, check out the other.


Katanagatari is a good follow-up to Spice and Wolf if you're looking for another show with a central couple whose dialogue and co-dependence are a central feature of the narrative. Horo and Lawrence have a steady, teasing relationship that's highly appealing, and Togame and Shichika will deliver more of that with a stronger comedic bent.


These series both focus on the relationship between the two main characters as they go on a quest. As the series progresses, you realize that they have an odd relationship, but grow to appreciate it. If you like the journey and the relationship between the two leads in one series, the other is worth checking out.


The relationship between the leads, playful banter and whatnot is very similar as both sets of characters embark on an adventure filled with comedy, drama and action.

Haibane Renmei

Haibane Renmei

A young woman quietly falls to the earth, escorted by a solitary crow. This sort of dream, as many other before have dreamed, comes just before being reborn as a Haibane, a charcoal-winged angel. On the outskirts of the walled-in city lies Old Home, a haven for Haibane to study, live, and learn, while waiting for their chance to ascend to the heavens and escape the confines of their new world. Rakka is the newest inhabitant of Old Home who wants nothing more than to remember her past and discover the secrets of her kind. Together with Reki, Kuu and plenty of other new friends, Rakka will laugh, explore, and search for the meaning of their existence in the process.

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There were many similarities between Haibane and Spicy Wolf. Both were calm but also dramatic and fantastical shows with great characters, and both were shows that made me feel like I’d been watching them for a long time and that I wanted to be watching them a long time from now. Unlike HR, I’d be more looking forward to a second season of Spicy Wolf than a rewatching though. Continuing the comparison, we have a rich, vibrant, beautiful world that the characters explore and therefor we learn about without it ever being shoved down our throats. Both are incredibly fun and unique takes on fantasy, a genre ordinarily clogged by cliches.


Like Haibane Renmei, Spice and Wolf centers itself around the emotional interaction of humans with one another. Spice and Wolf's primary difference in its subject matter, though, is that it focuses much more on romance than Haibane, though it still provides a substantial focus on other communal interactions as well. Though this recommendation leans more along the lines of recommending Haibane Renmei viewers to Spice and Wolf, I certainly wouldn't rule out the inverse - if you enjoyed Spice and Wolf, definitely give Haibane Renmei a try to see if you like it.


These share an atmosphere of serenity with touches of darkness, while exploring themes of lonliness and dependancy.  In both shows, the supernatural elements themselves are much less important than the effects they have on the psyche of those involved.


Haibane Renmei and Spice and Wolf are incredibly similar in terms of pacing and atmosphere. They feature more mature plots and subdued characterizations than most anime, and I think they would appeal to the same type of audience.


Each of these series have a similar pacing, being extremely slow and relaxed throughout almost every episode, but having very tense moments at times. Each series is also somewhat dialog heavy (although S&W is definitely moreso).


Haibane Renmei and Spice and Wolf are quite alike in many ways. Both take place fantasy settings, while keeping the focus on the characters who happen to occupy these worlds, rather than on more classical fantasy elements.

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