March 02, 2008

Random Anime Pictures #11

-Spice + Wolf, ep08

"Hey, I've got a great idea for a show."
"Okay, tell me."
"Medieval economics.  We'll follow a guy in a cart around as he goes from town to town trading pepper for apples, and then for wheat.  It'll be great!"
"Whaddya think?"
"Medieval economics?  There's no way people would watch that!"
"B-b-b-but... why not?"
"Not enough girls!"
"Mmm... how about we give him a wolf goddess disguised as a teen girl as a partner?"
"NOW you're talking!"

You wouldn't think there'd be any chance that a show like Spice + Wolf would be interesting, but it is.  Unfortunately, it's interesting because of Horo (the abovementioned wolf goddess), not because of the main premise (medieval trading) or storyline.  Horo's feisty, clever, witty, and her ears and tail are cute (as she'll tell you at any time)... and she's practically the only reason to watch the show.  I'm not sure I've ever seen a series that's so dominated by a character.  There's one episode where she's not on screen until the final thirty seconds, and it's really bad.  I mean, REALLY bad: "two guys sitting in a room, talking" bad.

I can't recommend Spice + Wolf, but there are a lot of worse shows out there... and please note that I'm watching it to the bitter end.  Maybe we'll figure out why Horo the wolf goddess looks more like a fox than a wolf...

Posted by: Wonderduck at 11:19 PM | Comments (6) | Add Comment
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1 Shorter Spice and Wolf.
No, I didn't make it, I just found it.

Posted by: refugee at March 03, 2008 11:12 AM (8hipT)

2 Yeah, that's about right...

Posted by: Wonderduck at March 03, 2008 08:33 PM (UdB9M)


errrr, kinda lost me at 'economics'.

This cart they drag around - does it have AirBags?

Posted by: Simon at March 04, 2008 10:30 AM (rmH/k)

4 What's all this crazy talk?  W&S is the best show currently running.  I even really like the economic aspects of it.

One problem I do see is that as Horo picks thing up and becomes more clever, she's starting to expose Lawrence as somewhat of a dim bulb.  I thought it would have gone the other way.

The fox thing has been bugging me as well.

Posted by: astro at March 04, 2008 12:26 PM (RXNsB)

5 I suspect the decision has a lot to do with not having an indigenous wolf to base her on. If there are any wolves left in the wild in Japan, they're going to be small like a fox. Her coloring is definitely that of a red fox.

Posted by: Will at March 04, 2008 05:01 PM (WnBa/)

6 The wild wolves in the series look more like real wolves. Either her mother lied to her about her dad, or the animators realized that foxes are a lot cuter than wolves.

Posted by: mparker762 at March 06, 2008 06:19 PM (icUaS)

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