For generations, Holo was a revered wolf deity that helped the local wheat harvest in exchange for tribute. However, as the villagers become more self-sufficient, they no longer need or even believe in her anymore. During her annual festival, she sneaks into the cart of Kraft, a visiting merchant, hoping he will let her hitch a ride home.
If you are still holding out for a Spice and Wolf season three that probably won’t happen, then maybe these anime recommendations can help.
For Fans of the Journey
Kujou Kazuya is a transfer student to the elite Saint Marguerite Academy in the Southern European country of Sauville. However, because of his Japanese descent, he is shunned by the other students. One day in the library of the school, he ends up following a long blonde hair to a beautiful doll-like girl call Victorque de Blois who can predict the future, including their own currently entwined one. Together, the pair begin to solve the mysteries that are beginning to plague their surroundings.
Although the overall goal is different, both Spice and Wolf and Gosick is about a couple traveling around a non-modern version of Europe. However, while Spice and Wolf is the more mature of the two shows, strangely enough, Gosick is more tragic.
Crest of the Stars
The story follows Jinto, whose world was taken over by the largest empire in the galaxy: the Abh. Jinto’s father, the planet’s prime minister, handed their world over to the Abh in exchange for a standing in the Abh Empire. As a result, Jinto became a prince and was shipped off for an Abh Education. There he meets a princess of the Abh Empire, Lafiel, whom he quickly befriends despite her cold exterior.
While at a glance they seem very different, that is mostly just the setting. Essentially, you are watching a show about two people that travel together and slowly grow to understand each other more. Both feature normal human men, but Spice and Wolf is about a Goddess while Crest of the Stars is about an elf princess. However, both female leads live vastly longer lives and both shows tease romance while never actually getting there.
In this world, there exist Mushi, spirits that often exist with no purpose. However, these Mushi can affect the physical world in countless forms from diseases to more pleasant phenomenon. Why do these Mushi exist? That is the question that Ginko the Mushi-shi, a researcher on the phenomenon, asks himself as he travels the land investigating Mushi-related incidents.
It isn’t much of a stretch to find the similarities between these two shows. Although Spice and Wolf has more of a plot, both shows get philosophical and very whimsical as they travel around their various worlds.
For Fans of Furries
C: The Money of Soul and Possibility Control
In this world, money really is power. In a country whose economy is in shambles, second year economy student Kimimaro Yoga struggles to make ends meet while surrounded by his well-off peers. However, in his late night visits to the Eastern Financial District, he has a chance to turn it all around by gambling his future as collateral in order to win big.
Although the description would never hint at it, the main character does have a supernatural semi-furry companion with him, but it is more of a demon than a wolf goddess like in Spice and Wolf. However, the big thing that you will hear about Spice and Wolf is that it is heavy on medieval economic knowledge, this show is also about economics, but more modern ones.
Demon Girl Zakuro
Taking place in an alternate Meiji Era Japan, this is the story about a world where humans and spirits exist side-by-side. However, as Japan is more influenced by the west with western and eastern religions clashing, it presents for a more contentious time for the co-existence.
Demon Girl Zakuro actually embraces Spice and Wolf’s initial introduction of a world changing away from old spiritual traditions and runs with it. Spice and Wolf focuses on the economic side of this upheaval while Zakuro is more about the spiritual clash of cultures.
Our Home’s Fox Deity
The Mizuchi bloodline has been the constant target for yokai. The current generation of this bloodline, Toru and Noboru Takagami, were left a secret weapon to protect them by their grandmother. The weapon is Tenko Kugen, a fox deity that comes to live in their house with a shrine maiden name Ko.
Although the animals are different in the two shows, the personalities of the two deities are the same. They are both adventurous and energetic and often are the cause of many of the problems for the normal people in both shows.
For Fans of Dialogue-Driven Shows
After being saved from a vampire attack, high school student Koyomi Araragi finds he has several supernatural side effects. While trying to live a normal life, he ends up catching a classmate after falling down the stairs and finds she is near weightless.
You like talking? Endless talking? Both Spice and Wolf and Bakemongatari are all about talking, sometimes too much so. However, if you want compelling and well done dialogue as well as two supernatural shows, they are both excellent options.
Maoyu: Archenemy & Hero
After fifteen years of warfare with the demon world, the Hero is unsatisfied with their advance and rushes forward to the Demon Queens Castle. There he not only finds a beautiful woman that is the queen, but she needs his help. To his surprise, she offers a way to not only help his country, but hers as well. Together, they join forces to make that dream a reality.
Both Maoyu and Spice and Wolf are two anime series that aren’t afraid to do something that most shows won’t: give you actual knowledge. The economics in Spice and Wolf check out, as do the various economic and rulership dialogue in Maoyu. While shined up with a supernatural veneer, they are both actually pretty smart shows.
Ryuu Sasakura is a genius bartender and famous for his incredible cocktails. Seeking his Glass of God, individuals from all walks of life visit his bar to drink his cocktails, bend his ear, and, most of all, get help for their problems.
I know, right? However, if you watch these shows together, you will understand what they have to do with each other. Both are heavy on the talking and often very whimsical with their dialogue. Both shows are about helping others in a way that is often not really actually doing anything other than helping them help themselves.
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