Kraft Lawrence and the proud wolf Holo the Wise continue their northward journey to Holo's mountain homeland of Yoitsu. As the two visit new towns and make new friends a growing relationship buds between them, and Kraft begins to realize that there is more to being a traveling merchant than just profits. However, a turn of events leaves Kraft in an unexpected predicament where he may lose something more precious than just his cart of goods...
Three years have passed since the Four Nations Alliance declared war on the Abh Empire. With both sides decimated by the first encounter, the lull in violence has provided enough time to build fleets massive enough to span the entire galaxy. Just before the Abh complete preparations for their conquest, however, the Alliance launches a pre-emptive strike, forcing them to take the defensive. Now in command of her own ship, Lafiel is assigned to the fleet as a destroyer captain, and eagerly awaits the opportunity to prove herself as a true Abriel. But when a new class of enemy ship appears on the front lines, the tides quickly turn for the worse. With her vessel now little more than cannon fodder, her dreams are turned into a desperate race for survival - can she and her crew survive amidst a battlefield of endless death and destruction?
Although set in vastly different times (space battles vs. a sort of pseudo-medieval time) both of these animes share one major central theme, that of the slow development of the relationship between the two main characters. The episodes when Lawrence and Horo aren't merchant-battling it out play out much the same way as the episodes where Jinto and Lafiel aren't space-battling it out. Plus, these series are one of the few series in which a slow-developing romantic storyline doesn't get boring after seeing it contine, as it's soo damn sweet.
PS: I recommend BotS instead of CotS because in terms of chronology, both are the second installment of their respective series. If you have just watched Spice and Wolf 1, the correct collary would be CotS.
Upon trying to save a friend from bullies, Shibuya Yuuri finds his head in the unlikeliest of places -- the toilet. Like a flash, Yuuri is then inadvertently sucked in, transporting him somewhere else! In this unfamiliar world of flying skeletons and magic, he is informed by a group called the Mazoku that he is to be the next Maou -- ruler of the kingdom! With harrowing and embarassing situations ahead, can our hero swallow his pride and lead a war against the common people when he can't even tell the difference between a slap in the face and a marriage proposal?
The anime is occuring in the same era and the art style is very similiar to spice and wolf. It's about a guy who travels to a different time and become royal or something. I did'nt even watch the whole serie, but i guess if you like spice and wolf a lot it may be somehow alike. :P
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.
In the year 2075, humanity has spread to the stars, along with their technology, colonies, and... waste? At such great speeds in orbit, even a tiny bolt can cause a tragic disaster. Enter the team of the half division. Their job? To gather the garbage and debris that circles the Earth, in order to keep space safe. From broken-down satellites to bolts and nails, there's nothing that the underpaid and underappreciated staff can't salvage. Join Hachimaki, Tanabe, Fee, and the rest of the gang as they risk their lives to keep space clean, and keep their wallets... empty.
(Since Spice and Wolf II is a direct sequel to Spice and Wolf this is the same arguement as for the original series and Planetes).
Spice and Wolf and Planetes are both anime that I would highly recommend. Whilst Spice and Wolf does play a bit more to the stereotypical 'fan service' element of anime, in most other respects both series' run with the same themes and ideals.
Spice and Wolf involves a travelling merchant and his unexpected companion Holo and accounts their tales as they travel from city to city trying to make as much profit as possible.
Planetes is about a group of astronauts that clear debris from Earth's atmosphere to make way for mankind's development.
Both series are very driven by the feelings and lives of the individual characters, rather than a massive 'you must save the world' plot. In both fighting is infrequent and only occurs to highlight a specific plot point. If you want fast pace action and super-duper laser/missile/magic battles you'll find both rather lacking!
However, this is what I think gives both anime their charm. You get much more invested in the characters because whilst the events that occur may not be Earth shattering, they most definetely will change the livelyhoods of the characters you grow to know and love.
Since I personally love Fantasy and Sci Fi, I consider Planetes to be the Sci Fi Spice and Wolf (Spice and Wolf the Fantasy Planetes).
Regardless, if you want an anime with complex, deep characters and a story that will keep you wanting more, check these out.
Kiba is a wolf, one of the last of his kind, and his dream is to find Paradise in a world torn asunder by war. Cheza, the legendary Flower Girl, can lead him to Paradise, but there are others who desire her, and help from other wolves at his side may not be enough. Driven by his noble spirit, he will not forsake his quest.
both Spice and Wolf and Wolf's Rain are centered on a main protagonists traveling in search of a land where they can live peacefully, and also both animes feature main protagonists as wolfs. If you liked one of this two shows check the other one as well.