In Spice and Wolf II, Brain Base manages to create a sequel that should easily satisfy fans of the first series.
Fans will be relieved to know that the second season matches up rather well with the first. The interactions between Horo and Lawrence are still the centerpiece of the show and haven't lost anything in the months between the two series. The interactions between the two do go a bit deeper this time around however. The animation hasn't changed much and looks rather good, despite a lack of variety in the environments. Much of the show takes place inside of cities and towns with ample screen time devoted to one area at a time. The market focus also returns true to form, in completely-beyond-me fashion.
My only real complaint with the series stems from the second arc of the show. It's during this point that the show really wavers a bit, the balancing scale tipping too heavily to one side. While still far from bad, the second arc drags the series down a bit and hampers what could have been a nearly ideal sequel.
Spice and Wolf II lives up to expectations and does a competent job of leading the series through what is conceivably its end. Returning with everything that made the first series so enjoyable, there's absolutely no reason for Spice and Wolf fans not to watch the sequel. In the end, Spice and Wolf II is a faithful sequel that doesn't quite live up to its potential, but is enjoyable none-the-less.