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.
In the feudal kingdom of Yogo, a dark secret is threatening its proud imperial family, and the Emperor intends to destroy it before it leaks out. Unfortunately this dark secret resides within his son, the young and innocent Second Prince Chagum. Enter Balsa, a wandering warrior who has sworn to save eight lives in penance for those she has taken during her violent career. Upon accepting her role as protector to Chagum, her eighth and final job, the two begin a perilous journey that tests not only their physical endurance and mental resolve, but also the tentative relationship they build along the way. Will Balsa fulfill her penance and protect Chagum as he seeks to understand the nature of his secret? Or will the Emperor's relentless assassins and other powerful enemies get them first?
Spice and Wolf and Seirei no Moribito definitely share a few things in common. Both series feature a strong female lead and a great amount of character development through out the entire story. The plots for both move along at a slow pace and involve the main characters often traveling from village to village. Not to mention the animation is pretty amazing for each series. If you enjoyed one, I most certainly recommend the other.
Thief Tina Lothar came to steal a golden statue, but what she got instead was a princess. Royal Rita was arranged to be married to the prince of a rival kingdom in order to avert a war that would crush the country of Wellber, but after being forced at knifepoint to perform unsavory acts, Rita stabbed her husband-to-be and fled with her newfound-ally Tina. The king of the rival kingdom demanded a public execution of Rita within a time limit or face their cannons of war; so the duo, along with the AI tank Count Gyrano de Borgerac, now set forth to the neutral country of Greedom with a petition that may stop the war. Tina is acting as Rita's bodyguard and has reasons of her own for traveling to Greedom: the man who murdered her parents has been spotted along the way. With a bounty on Rita's head and danger at every turn, the pair must do everything in their power to reach Greedom alive.
Both of these series are set in similar historical settings with a kind of rather mystical feel and also filled with drama. They both contain a type of almost surreal, but beautiful scenery of not only the country side, but in medival towns with its little market places and cobbled streets, much like something out of a classic fairy tale setting. The story lines move fast and are about people making friends and bonding together. All the main characters have wit and compassion. If you like that kind of warmth and playfulness than you would enjoy both of these series.
The year is 2022, and gamers have lined up on launch day for Sword Art Online, a hotly-anticipated MMORPG that lets players connect to an immersive virtual reality world with special helmets called Nerve Gear. Kirito is one such gamer who's eager to jump back into action, having spent a great deal of time as a beta tester, and quickly becomes friends with newbie warrior Klein. But soon, Sword Art Online's 10,000 players discover that not only are they unable to log out, the only way they can return to their physical bodies is by beating the 100-level tower's final boss - that is, if their HP doesn't drop to zero first, for death in the game means death in the real world. Now, with no one else to turn to, Kirito and the other participants must survive the game as best they can – some forming guilds, others ruthlessly leaving their peers behind, and many tragically falling by the wayside or to the merciless monsters populating the lands...
Since he was a child, Kantaro Ichinomiya has had the ability to see demons; but one day, the young Kantaro was told of a goblin so powerful that it could vanquish any foe with ease. Intrigued, his search began. Now, in the present, Kantaro works as an exorcist, banishing demons who have possessed human bodies; yet still he searches – that is, until one day, he touches a mysterious seal and releases the legend itself! His name is Haruka, he's good with the ladies, and he can kick demon butt like no other; but can he help Kantaro raise enough money for his rent?
Spice and Wolf and Tactics feature the relationship between god-like creatures and humans that befriend them. In both cases there is a backdrop of folklore that is established in an historical setting, Medieval Europe in the first place and 19th century Japan in the second. The unique interaction between a human lead and a supernatural creature creates a bond between the two as they must cooperate in order to succeed. Making money also features in both series, being absolutely vital to the plot of Spice and Wolf.
The eccentric Suzumiya Haruhi wants nothing more than to meet aliens, time travelers and espers… but she’ll have to settle for the everyday Kyon instead! Along with the mysterious Itsuki and the vacant Mikuru, the duo forms the SOS Brigade – a club whose mission is to discover the mysteries of the world. Armed with a razor sharp wit and a skill for manipulation, Haruhi will stop at nothing to have fun at all costs, even at the expense of Mikuru’s dignity!
These two series have a similar pair of protagonists: one is a weird, energetic girl with god-like powers and the other is a straight, no-nonsense guy who deems himself mature and experienced. The gradually developing bond between them is a major subplot of both series. The other is the exploration of their respective worlds, which tend to follow some really obscure laws.