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Spice & Wolf: Season One [Blu-ray] [US Import]

4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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  • Format: Animated, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Funimation Prod
  • DVD Release Date: 30 Aug 2011
  • Run Time: 325 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0050UEVNC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 134,705 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Brilliant, likable, once in a lifetime anime. 10 May 2012
By Matthew
For the record I am a huge fan of this series.

Spice and Wolf is about the relationship between Lawrence and Holo, how they interact, the challenges facing them, the banter between them, their growing fondness of each other, every aspect that makes them a perfect couple.

Upon their chance meeting, they travel together with Holo making a request of him to take him to the north, along the way as Lawrence is a peddler, he travels from town to town selling his goods, meeting new people, getting into situations alongside Holo and generally having fun with his companion.

They both however get involved in a situation that lasts the entirity of this series, and to be honest its very well done, very exciting and very much likable.

I would say this series will appeal to both males and females looking for something different. There is next to no fanservice(After episode 2, the first 2 episodes have some fanservice moments), some scenes of violence, and that's it really.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spice & Wolf Season 1 Review 25 Oct 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
"We will not laugh until we get the money, and we will not cry until we go bankrupt."

This quote above is said in the Anime, which is spoken from Kraft Lawrence to Holo, this represents one of the key features of the anime and which distinguishes it from others; the mixture of both economics theme and slice-of-life. When thinking about this you'd really question how well these elements work together, but taking a deeper look, you will notice that this is what makes this Anime special and unique (and to this day is still my favourite anime).

Spice & Wolf is an anime that from the outside seems very smart and complex, but as they say "Don't judge a book by its cover" -- The anime isn't at all hard to understand, the anime has a serious tone with a lot of dialogue, however, saying this it isn't shy of its comedic moments either.

Whiling checking others sites and seeing the summaries about the anime, they all usually do a good job of summing up the beginning of the story, which doesn't contain any spoilers, and also leaves a mysterious thought in your mind.

"The peddler Kraft Lawrence travels through the world selling all kinds of things. After visiting a village, he discovers a sleeping girl under the pelts in his cart. She has wolf ears and a tail. The wolf girl explains that she has been called a "god", but that her name is Holo and nothing more. Lawrence teases the girl a little, but after hearing more of her story, he is moved and decides to accompany her further north. On their travels the two have many adventures, often getting into trouble, but the bond between them grows stronger."

What I loved about this story is the placement and the whole entire context of it.
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By George
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Before buying this series on amazon, I had previously watched all of the episodes online. My views of it were mixed, but I felt it was a good enough series that I wanted to buy and keep it.
One of the things I like about 'Spice and Wolf' is its setting. Unlike most animes that take part in the present or near/distant future, 'Spice and Wolf' appears to be set around the late 18th, or early 19th Century - or possibly even longer back. Everything from the background scenery, to the money that's used, to the clothes that people wear, really helps to give an olden times feeling that's almost spiritual. Which goes well with Holo being something of a spirt/god herself.
Speaking of Holo, I find her to be the most memorable character in the series. As well as being a "wise wolf" she can also be playful, aggressive, witty and often unpredictable. Every time she's on screen I can't help but feel anticipated over what she'll do or say next. Some of her dialogue is so clever that it makes me want to hear her words over and over again. The accent that Brina Palencia (English Dub) plays her in is just perfect.
If there is one criticism I would give 'Spice and Wolf' it would be its complexity. The series is heavily based around marketing, sales and profit. Unless you're a merchant like Lawrence, or know that sort of thing like the back of your hand, then you have to pay really close attention to what's being said at all times, otherwise you won't understand half of what's going on.
Also, the progression of the series can sometimes feel slow, with numerous episodes focusing around a single plot, and not much happening in between. You could literally cut the two halves of the series into separate stories that have no connection with each other, other than Lawrence and Holo.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars well worth price for both season 2 Feb 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I should start off that the reason I only gave it 4 stars is because spice and wolf is based off a light novel series, the end of season 2 only covers the first 3/4 books and it dosent look like they'll be doing any more of the anime (this was produced in 2008 in japan), luckily yen press is translating and publishing all 17 novels into english (theyre at 7 at the moment) plus there is a manga being released (again at volume 7,).
I would recommend this anime to start with then read the novels as they are more heady and indepth and as such arent suited for light readers or for someone who had a passing like for spice and wolf.

The anime is about Lawrence, a travellig merchant (trader) who aquires a hitchicker, enter Holo, the wise wolf of Yoist, the pagan wolf goddess of wheat (who actually can transform into a giant wolf). Lawrence and Holo enter into an agreement for lawrence to escort Holo back to her home in the north and together they get into a debt which the fix by illegal means (series 1), enter into a love triangle gone wrong and start a rebillion over wolf fur (series 2),all the while slowly getting to know and understand each other better and why they boh act the way they do.

Holo and Lawrence appear to have a love-hate relationship but throughout both this series and the next you can see their relationship grow into something more to the point that your biting your nails for lawrence to just shut up and kiss her already (or more likely for Holo to take the inicitive)!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars BIG SURPRISE!
I'm really picky when it comes to my anime, I saw the DVD cover in a local store but it didn't really appeal. When I finally got round to watching it, well.. Read more
Published 1 month ago by lowri
5.0 out of 5 stars Howl all the way with Holo the wise wolf
I first saw this in the manga book series and then decied to give the DVD a try and I loved it from start to finish. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Lucy Annabelle Beacham
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Anime
Great story line, great background tracks. Characters are well developed and interesting.
Overall , well worth watching . A universal anime suited to everyone.
Published 5 months ago by Alison
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
2 disks, good art, dvd case feels solid.
It has a reversable sleeve (you can turn the cover art-sleeve around: the inside/other side has less/no brandings and is far cleaner)... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Sigmund Sundelin
5.0 out of 5 stars Rare anime
Rare anime mixing slow building romance with economics. It works!
Very faithful rendition of Hasekura's books and of the manga.
Published 7 months ago by James
4.0 out of 5 stars again annima
same view as previous product well worth the value and availability good in the uk. will look for similar products in the future
Published 8 months ago by mrs v swain
5.0 out of 5 stars Almost Perfect
This is truly brilliant anime, and one of my favourites. I won't summarise the plot as other reviews have covered that. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mr. Lawrence Schofield
5.0 out of 5 stars present
this is a christmas present for my brother who loves all the amine films so pleased to get it so thank you
Published 10 months ago by collettecox
5.0 out of 5 stars Spice & Wolf - Season 1 Collection [DVD]
Spice and Wolf a series about the wolf god Holo an Laurence a traveling merchant and their chance meeting.
A promise is made and the two travel together to the north. Read more
Published 15 months ago by D. G. Slade
5.0 out of 5 stars Very happy
Husband was pleased with it. Worked, nicely packaged, would buy it again if that was ever needed.

((Keystrokes, keystroke, keystrokes, keystrokes))
Published 17 months ago by Rei Kinghorn
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