Spice and Wolf: The Sandwich Anachronism (Also, THE END)

I have no idea what a sandwich is doing in this fantasy land set in a time period that equates to a time period in our own world long before the Earl of Sandwich came up with the brilliant idea of taking two slices of bread, putting some roast beef and cheese between said pieces of bread, and then egotistically naming this new food concoction after himself because, after all, what are earls if not huge egomaniacs? Maybe in this fantasy land, Lawrence is actually the inventor of this tasty treat and in 300 years everyone in the world will refer to the bread-and-meat combination as a Lawrence.

I think the best part of this final episode was the initial talk between Lawrence and Horo (before they rush off to Defeat the Evil Merchants), although, really, the entire episode was essentially them bouncing off each other, to my great delight (the previous episode had been sorely lacking in this particular aspect of the series, but replaced it with Nora cuteness, so it was fine by me). The other best part of the episode was the final part, because (for once) Lawrence was effortlessly scoring points off Horo the entire time. That brought great glee to my face, and was certainly a great note to end the series on. There’s still the DVD-only episode 7, to go, too, but I have no idea what’s in that at all.

It’s telling of Horo’s character that she thinks highly enough of Lawrence that, despite his general uselessness and penchant for getting into sticky situations, and despite her general tsundere attitude towards him (I hesitate to use the word “tsundere” there, as she’s more complex than that), she still looks out for him, and even goes out of her way to not fight the rival wolf pack, so she could rescue Lawrence from the backstabbing merchants. We don’t know what her attachment to him is, unfortunately, and we can only begin to guess at it (I’m personally thinking “random whimsy”).

End of series thoughts: Overall, I thought the series was a very well-done work of suspense. It isn’t, say, Monster, but that’s setting the bar ridiculously high, since not everyone can be as Usasawa Naoki as Usasawa Naoki is. The fault for any general ambivalence towards it on my behalf isn’t necessarily the fault of the series itself, but with me. I can’t say that I didn’t enjoy watching it, but neither can I say I’m gung-ho about how awesome the series is, as a whole.  It delivered exactly what it promised, competently, and so, you can’t really fault the series for much of anything. I’m still looking forward to reading the novels to find out exactly how they’re put together. I don’t know if my wish will ever be granted, though…

4 Responses to “Spice and Wolf: The Sandwich Anachronism (Also, THE END)”

  1. 1 Avalanche 28 March 2008 at 3:22 pm

    I agree, the last episode really lacked the Horo vs. Lawrence aspect. Heck, I thought for a sec that the series was dropping in quality due to this. lol.

    Anyways, there is plenty of story waiting to be told. Does anyone know how many of the visual novel swere animated in this series?

  2. 2 OGT 28 March 2008 at 3:45 pm

    They’re light novels, not visual novels, and there’s quite a few more left to tell. The series covered the first two novels, I think.

    I’d like to read them, as I have the sneaking suspicion they’re much better.

  3. 3 Avalanche 28 March 2008 at 5:45 pm

    Oops, sorry about that. I meant light novels only. Querying up wiki, I know that 6 light novels are out. And also that Chloe was an anime exclusive character. That also makes me think than SnW would have covered only two volumes of the novels.

    I predict a 2nd season by October this year. ^_^

  4. 4 testman 12 April 2008 at 11:04 pm

    Now the 8th is out :P
    Nice to see “spice and wolf” fans >___<
    And the novels are far more splendid than the anime series~~~
    Also look forward the 2nd season :D

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