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.
For Kouta and Yuka, finding the bloody naked young girl on the beach would change their lives forever, for better or for worse. Unable to speak or function as a normal human being, she is named Nyu by the duo, and taken into their home in an effort to save her. But what neither teenager knows is that this innocent young girl is actually a killing machine -- an experiment gone terribly wrong -- and it is only a matter of time before the murderer in her awakens again...
Both of these animes have one major thing in common, a girl that can hold her own against ANYONE she will face. However, Elfen Lied has a lot more gore.
Both these series contain a "hidden from ze world" beautiful supernatural woman (complete with fuzzy ears/"bones" was it? Totally cute ears though) that falls into a selfsufficent man's life and causes trouble. But, the good nature of the protagonists allows them to put up with and help our yet-to-be heroines whom end up finding a place in both of their hearts through a series of challenges they face during their time together. We later get to watch the men develope and eventually become the heroes we knew they were and always wanted them to be. Thus, fufilling our hearts with satisfaction!
Side note. Elfen Lied is super gory and is more science fiction/supernatural.
While Spice and Wolf is more humorous and is about trading and traveling. The most super natural thing is both protagonists' amazing cleverness ;P
Once upon a time, two brothers passed the happy days of their childhood by studying alchemy, which is governed by the equal transfer principle: an eye for an eye -- you can't get more than you give. But these brothers tried to defy that law, and a horrific accident resulted. Now, the older brother, Edward, is called the Full Metal Alchemist because of his metal limbs, and the younger, Alphonse, is a soul without a body, trapped within the confines of an automaton. Together they search for the power to restore themselves, to find the lives they lost so long ago...
It might seem like a strange pairing at first, but Fullmetal Alchemist and Spice and Wolf both include a nostalgic world, someone with powers that others don't understand, and problems with the prejudices of others. While Spice and Wolf isn't as action-packed, it reminded me of Fullmetal Alchemist at a calmer pace, and there's something about the way that Ed and Holo smile that lets you know that things are about to get a little crazy.
Fullmetal Alchemist and Spice and Wolf don't seem all that similar at first glance. After taking a closer look though, you'll find that they actually do share a few qualities. Both series follow two main characters as they set off on a journey to reach some sort of goal. For Edward and Alphonse, it is restoring their bodies back to normal. For Holo and Lawrence, their goal is to reach the village of Yoitsu. Each series is heavily character driven and features a variety of fun situations more or less having to do with the main plot. If you enjoy one, you will most likely come to enjoy the other as well.
One day, Rahzel's father decides that she should go on a journey and see the world, so he does the only reasonable thing – he kicks her out of the house! However, Rahzel is an optimist and decides to find a traveling partner, and within minutes she stumbles upon the beautiful silver haired red-eyed Alzeid. Rahzel tells Alzeid that she will free him from his boring life and take him on a fun and wonderful adventure. Joined by a mysterious yet lecherous muscle head named Baroqueheat, the travelers head out without a destination in mind, seeking enjoyment and fulfillment, and encountering friends and enemies at every turn.
This show is also about comradeship, not to mention that the characters are also travelling together. The ladies are witty and wise, with strong characters. If you like animes with a hint of romance in the air but it's never properly confirmed, this is the anime for you.
At first instance both seem quite different from each other. Spice and Wolf is about a merchant and trade, Hatenkou Yuugi is more action and dark fantasy. However the feeling of both animes are very similar.
Both animes revolve around journeying without any real goal. The main focus of both thus relates to the various events that occur along the way to give light to a larger story. What give both anime's their charm though are the character interaction. Horo and Lawrence are a great duo providing witty dialogue, whilst similarly Rahzel, Alzeid and Baroqueheat provides a similar level of 'intelligent' dialogue; that is the conversations are amusing and funny but never silly.
Further both has the subplot of romance. The relationship grows for the audiece to see on their own without the producers forcing it conspicuously.
Both are short animes that doesnt rush things, but doest dwadle
Kagome is a normal high school girl who falls into a well, transporting her back in time to the feudal era. Upon her arrival to this world, she mercifully unleashes Inuyasha, a half demon. As if this isn't enough, she also discovers that she is the bearer of the Shikon no Tama, a jewel of great spiritual power, a jewel which has just shattered into a million shards. Now, along with Miroku the priest, Sango the demon hunter, and Shippou the mischievious fox-demon, they must set out to find the Shikon shards and defeat the evils of the demon Naraku.
Although vastly different on a larger spectrum, SaW and InuYasha have a familiar feel to them. On the surface, InuYasha has a kind hearted women from another world team up with a wolf half-demon. In SaW, we have a wolf god turned into human form, (sort of from another world) and teams up with a merchant. SaW is focused in a medieval Europe based time, and InuYasha is in a feudal Japan based time. InuYasha can come off as repetitive and bland; an anime for young kids to get hooked on. However, SaW has a more adult feel to it, reaching out into politics, and business decisions on nearly every episode. If you enjoyed InuYasha as a kid, or still do, then try out Spice and Wolf :]
The interactions between Lawrence and Holo in Spice and Wolf and that of InuYasha and Kagome in InuYasha may appear different, but both men are fairly clueless relationally. In the former, Lawrence is often certain that he understands what's going through Holo's mind, though she constantly surprises him. In the latter, InuYasha simply doesn't know what he's done to cause Kagome's wrath most of the time.
In both, there is an odd and ever-shifting balance of power between the man and woman, with humor, fights, and sweet moments along the way. If you enjoyed one, you may like the other as well.
In order to bridge the gap between humans and youkai, The Ministry of Spirit Affairs was formed. Military man Kei Agemaki is assigned to the new unit and seems to be the ideal candidate. He’s charming, polite, and a complete gentleman, but there’s just one problem: he’s absolutely terrified of spirits! When he arrives at the new headquarters, Agemaki is partnered up with a cute, yet brash, youkai named Zakuro. Now the unlikely pair must work together to solve the region’s spirit-related problems to help improve relations between humans and youkai, and maybe help Agemaki overcome his crippling fear while they’re at it.
If you look for some romance and cute girls with pointy ears, look no FURther as these shows both have them. Also, they both feature historical settings, medieval european in Spice & Wolf and Meiji era in Zakuro, and have impressive production values. The main difference is that Spice & Wolf is more mature and interesting storywise while Zakuro is basically moe with youkai girls. If you are ok with that, I don't really see why you won't like both of them.
Otome Youkai Zakuro and Spice and Wolf both feature romance and comedy elements, take place in historical settings and have girls with cat-style animal ears in the main roles. Both also feature take a turn for the darker closer to the series finals, featuring more sadness than you would have expected from either one.