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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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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 immutablebox780 9.5/10 Jun 14, 2014
Okami to Koshinryo immutablebox780 9.5/10 Jun 14, 2014
Wolf and Spice immutablebox780 9.5/10 Jun 14, 2014
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It isn't unusual for a person to feel that the world around them is strange and has unexpected secrets lying just beyond their sight. However, for most people this is just an occasional sensation that greets them upon awakening or chases them into sleep. For the mushi researcher Ginko, it isn't a feeling at all; it is a knowledge which guides his travels and motivates his life. Found in the cracks between what is conceivable and what is not, are the varied life forms collectively known as mushi. They surround us and affect us, but their intensely different nature makes them unrecognizable to most. Ginko brings these life forms into perspective for the lives of those most affected and most in need of an explanation.

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Both Spice and Wolf, as well as Mushishi, share a few main similairities. Both are about people inherantly alone in the world, traveling through it. Though it is mostly a gut feeling, i would suggest for anyone who enjoyed one, to watch the other. Their ties to folklore and our interactions with them lead to many intresting stories and memories.


Both Mushi-shi and Spice and Wolf give you the same feeling when watching them. They are both slow passed yet interesting enough to keep you going, they both focus on traveling, and both take place in fantacy worlds (although it is more prevalent in Mushi-shi). Even though Mushi-shi follows one character and Spice and Wolf two, the way the main characters act in some of the situations are similar. Overall, both very good and similar anime that I would both recommend.


Each of these series are very slow paced and conversation heavy. Also, each series lends itself very much to the supernatural. If you liked one of the series you'll definitely like the other.


Both of these slow paced anime are set in societies still heavily invested in trade. Both are full of conversation, so keep a hand on the pause button if subtitles are on. Aside from rich cultural aspects, both of these animes go into depth about how the supernatural is both revered and hated. 


Both series are great for chilling with awsome leading characters. Thats about it. Need more words.


The main characters Ginko and Lawrence are very similar... they are both very methodical/, down-to-earth, they both travel all over the place meeting new people, and they both find ways to solve problems without resorting to violence. Neither of these show contains much action but they find other ways to keep you wanting to see what happens next, and both are very well animated 

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Koyomi Araragi is an aloof boy who holds a strange, supernatural secret which inadvertently leads him to others with similar stories. Gods, spirits and afflictions can be pesky things, taking important memories or causing unusual tendencies – a fact that Koyomi and others are unfortunately aware of. Using the help of an eccentric homeless man, Koyomi is able to help new friends he meets along the way with their own paranormal conundrums…

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these two titles really rely on conversation. Not just your average flair conversation. but the type that is witty, and smart.

Both have a nice pace, that allowes for plenty of discussion between a man and woman (or deity ) 

Bakemonotari is more unique with the random images and art style, and Spice is more reliant on historical era, but either one should be checked out if you liked the other.


Although the descriptions would lead you to think otherwise, both of these series are actually composed of mostly (great) conversations between the 2 main characters. Both have unique and memorable main females with sharp mouthes, whom the indifferent main guy grows to like.

The witty script and interactions between characters are the highlights of both shows. These are endlessly entertaining and you'll simply love watching the main characters go at it. The conversations are both a mixture of arguing and flirting, which makes them even more fun to watch.

Bakemonogatari is a bit darker and more supernatural, although S&W throws some fantasy and intensity out there too on occasion. Still, theres no doubt that the character interactions are what makes these 2 similar, and what makes them great.


Each of these series are extremely dialog driven, being almost completely conversation with a great deal of puns and wit being used between characters. Furthermore, each series revolves around the supernatural.


Really probably the biggest similarity between these two series is that they mostly rely on conversations between the characters as a means to develop the story instead of events or actions and the conversation is actually intelligent and witty.  Furthermore thanks to the wonderful script the viewer never becomes tried of listening to the characters interacting with each other.  So either one should be checked out if you liked the other.


Both of these shows rely heavily on the smart and witty dialogue, as well as the relationship between the two leading male and female characters. Both shows are fun, creative, and feature just the right touch of romance to make either of these sure favorites! If you like one, I'd definitely recommend you check out the other!

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Earl and Fairy

Earl and Fairy

Throughout the ages, fairy doctors served as liaisons between humans and fairies; but in the present time of the 19th century, fairies are nothing more than an old wives' tale. Nineteen-year-old Lydia Carlton is one of the only remaining fairy doctors and enjoys a quiet life in the countryside of England - that is, until the dashing Edgar, for mysterious reasons, whisks her away on a daring adventure. Said to be the descendent of the earl of the fairy nation, Edgar desires the noble sword of the merrow that serves as proof to his lineage. Though his motives and origins are questionable, Lydia now sets forth to help Edgar on his quest.

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Both of these animes are Romances. Both of the animes revolves around spirits or Fairies. The Romance of the animes are more of spicey tang.

As in Spice and Wolf, Horo is the spirit and Lawrence is a helper. Horo needs to get to her homeland in the north thats a snow forest.

As in Earl and Fairy, Lydia the Fairy Doctor only sees the Fairies. Edgar is the man who follows her to get to the place he needs to get to, The sword that he needs.

For both of the animes, I'd Really say that this is a must for either of these animes.


both Hakushaku to Yousei and Spice and Wolf are nice, heartwarming romance series, both shows involve a couple which consists of a normal human and a female protagonist that is non-human (in Hakushaku to Yousei the girl is a fairy doctor while in Spice and Wolf the girl is a ancient wolf god). Also both animes are kinda set in a similar background, a medieval setting (though the setting in Hakushaku to Yousei seems to be abit more modern). If you liked one of this shows then be sure to check the other one as well.


I like to see older characters in anime - I get a little tired of the high school romances. These are both guilty pleasures of romance, characterization, and plot! Spice and Wolf fans will enjoy Ear and Fairy, and visa versa!


If you’re looking for some slightly comedic drama with a whole lot of spirits thrown into the mix, Spice and Wolf and Earl and Fairy might be the two tales (no pun intended) for you. Both heroines have a extraordinary power that the male leads have to rely on throughout their journey together. The Medieval setting of the two is a key backdrop in the adventure the protagonists share.



Mikuriya Jin makes a woodcarving from the remains of a guardian tree, but he gets much more than he bargained for when girl materializes from the statue! Her name is Nagi, the troublesome and at times violent deity of the land; and with nowhere to go, she announces that she will stay with Jin. Now, with Jin’s help and a magical girl wand purchased at the local convenience store, Nagi aims to exorcise the impurities that are infecting the land. Though when the sacred tree is finally uprooted, it is only a matter of time before her powers will diminish; thus, a new object of worship is required, and what better object than Nagi herself! However, obtaining your goal of becoming a popular idol is not so straightforward, especially when you have to compete with your sister, who is unwilling to share her fan base and plans to sabotage you at every step!

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Both Kannagi and Wolf and Spice center around human incarnations of holy dieties and their relationships with the male leads. The romance is light but warm and touching with comedic scenes to lighten the mood.


Both have spunky female leads who are actually gods and both series revolve around supernatural themes.


What can I say?  An unspoken romance between a young and a Goddess?  While Kannagi is more of a comedy based anime, and Spice and Wolf is more drama based, they share much in common with the sitituational timing. So in short, man praises Goddess, man advances technology and forgets Goddess, and the male protagonist is left with a egotistical Harvest God.


The main female characters are similar in many ways. That along with the GodxMortal relationship between the two main characters.

C: The Money of Soul and Possibility Control

C: The Money of Soul and Possibility Control

Kimimaro Yoga could use a break. At nineteen years old, he's not only a student at Heisei College of Economics, he's also a part time employee and flat out broke. So when an eerie man offers the boy a special ATM card and an exorbitant amount of cash, Kimimaro gives in to temptation – but there's a catch. In exchange for his good fortune, Kimimaro's very future is put at stake, held as collateral by the Bank of Midas and tied to the amount of yen in his bank account. In addition, he must participate in a special battle every week in the mysterious 'Financial District' – a battle where losing against one's opponent can mean bankruptcy, a fate that carries an unthinkable cost in the normal world...

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Both these series have that economics feel to them. Though S&W is more of a merchant tale with great drama/comedy, money and business relationships still play a part. C is fairly similar and, though it has a slightly more serious tone at times, it has the same feel to it as S&W in terms of assets and high-stakes decisions. 


Economics for the fantasy world in S&W, and Economics in a more modern world for C. If one dosnt hit you, look to the other one. Or if you just like Economics, watch both.

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