this post won't be very detailed, and won't be cross-posted; I just want to get a few thoughts off my mind, now that I've finished this series.
mild spoilers ahead, but nothing overwhelming (RE: not in-dept)
(I do mention one specific detail from the finale but it's strangely non-important to the plot, and comes with no foreshadowing anyway, so...read on as you like)
so. Hatenkou Yuugi.
It was, indeed, similar to Spice and Wolf. Particularly the character interaction: a sly, witty female protagonist, dragging along [two] capable but reserved male (side? co?) protagonists.
although these three are traveling together, they don't seem to be allies per se. "If I had to chose between saving one of you from drowning, I'd just let you both drown" --it's not dissimilar to Spice and Wolf
but somehow, Hatenkou Yuugi seems to just...not pull it off right --on a larger, story-telling scale.
I can't place my finger quite on why, but it just...doesn't work.
I felt underwhelmed, overall.
BUT THEN THERE'S THIS PROBLEM: in the show, Rahzel is able to use magic. However, this only ever comes up when she needs to use it (i.e., in a fight)
THIS DRIVES ME INSANE
magic is a skill, not a gun. you can't just pick up the ability to shoot death magic at people.
it takes practice and eventually becomes second-hand to the user. this was not the case with Rahzel....until the last few episodes.
and even then, it was disappointing because they were only displaying her [sudden] second-hand nature of magic use to contrast with her promise to [temporarily] stop using magic later in the episode.
overall it's not a bad show, but I wouldn't recommend it. However, I would recommend Spice and Wolf if you enjoyed the "can I trust this clever and skilled person to be my traveling companion" aspect.