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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.
If you’re looking for some slightly comedic drama with a whole lot of spirits thrown into the mix, Spice and Wolf and Hakushaky to Yousei 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.
In an ancient and mythological land called Saiunkoku, the people have begun to recover from a period of war and famine; thus, when an official from the imperial court offers the impoverished and beautiful Shuurei more money than she could ever dream of in return for a favor, she jumps at the chance. What she doesn’t count on, however, is being asked to become a concubine to the recluse Emperor and help him transform into a better leader. What’s more, the Emperor shows little intelligence, seems to have no interest in ruling, and is rumored to prefer men. One thing’s for certain: Shuurei has her work cut out for her!
The female protagonists in Saiunkoku Monogatari and Spice and Wolf give off the same type of character feeling in how they approach situations. Even in a time where the female was not look on as being smart these two female leads take every aspect of a situation into account and figure how to correctly deal with the problem