Spice and Wolf Finally Gains Popularity

Spice and Wolf Finally Gains Popularity

Among all the premieres of the Spring-2024 season (April-June), "Spice and Wolf: Merchant Meets the Wise Wolf" definitely stands out not only for a spectacular and consistent quality of animation, but for the fact that the narrative quality is assured as it is the remake of one of the most popular stories of the 2000s.

The 2008 "Spice and Wolf" anime was praised for its wit, animation, and unique storyline. The unexpected remake, rather than a third season, definitely came as a surprise to everyone. The endearing relationship between Holo and Lawrence is once again the protagonist. Their vibrant personalities and nostalgic charm were definitely what captivated audiences more than a decade ago.

"Spice and Wolf" explores the economic intricacies of Lawrence's mercantile life intertwined with Holo's mystical presence. As they overcome challenges, the story delves into love, friendship, and the delicate balance between humans and nature.

And why are we talking about this now? As it turns out, the franchise is finally taking center stage on social media, with a small snippet of the most recent episode going viral. This scene shows Holo doing a little dance by moving her hands and ears, with animation so good that it definitely enchants the eyes:

Spice and Wolf Finally Gains Popularity
Spice and Wolf Finally Gains Popularity
Spice and Wolf Finally Gains Popularity
Spice and Wolf Finally Gains Popularity

Juu Ayakura, who took care of the original designs for the franchise since the light novels, celebrated this addition with a special illustration:

Spice and Wolf Finally Gains Popularity

Dances in anime easily go viral, as has previously happened with other franchises such as "Kaguya-sama: Love is War," "Mikakunin de Shinkoukei (Engaged to the Unidentified)," and "Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai!," to name a few. Definitely, these original details added by the animation team (since there is no way for the novel to describe in detail how the dance should be) are very appreciated by the viewers:

  • "Holo's mysterious dance is being appreciated all over the world."
  • "It really is a cute, lovely scene!"
  • "This is cheating, it's too cute."
  • "This new version really has spectacular animation."
  • "I don't know which version to choose yet, because the animation is obviously better, but it's still unclear what they're going to do with the story."
  • "We can't ignore all the details of this little scene, you really feel the love from the animators."
  • "Her cuteness knows no bounds, I really understand why she was so beloved in the past."
  • "Surely this will go viral on TikTok at some point."
  • "The way he mumbles and the way he moves are very cute."

Source: Otakomu