Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Spice and Wolf:(Ended) More please...

It is only a 13 episode short journey, but I'm undoubtedly attached to all characters in the series, especially the wise wolf deity, Horo (or Holo, depending on your translation). Come to think of it, there is nothing really stands out, but it's just so mysteriously interesting.

This is one series that I didn't want it to end. The good thing is, the ending is left completely open. It's very easy to be picked back up and make another series out of it. Let's just hope they do.

About the art style, I thought it looked somewhat familiar, so I looked it up. It's done by animation studio IMAGIN, which is the co-production studio of Strawberry Panic!. If you've seen both, you can tell that there are many similarities.

One more word about the art work: the wolf ear is OK, but the wolf tail looks more like a fox tail. I'm not saying I didn't like it that way, it's just how I felt.

Final Scoreboard (of 5):

Drama: 4.75 (Ups and downs, highly contrasted plots)
Comedy: 4.5 (Some wicked humors)
Action: 4 (It's not the focus of this anime)
Art/Animation: 5 (Love the art work)
Sound/Music: 5 (Very good opening/ending theme, and good original score)
Character: 5 (Some of the most interesting characters I've seen)
Plot: 5 (Very creative)
Ending: 4.5 (I normally don't like anime finishes open-ended, but I like to see more of this, so...)

Re-watch value: 4 (This is highly debatable, but I wouldn't mind watching it again)

Overall (not average): 5

Award: Most Unique Anime of 2008 (well, at least among what we have so far)

Recommendation: Many of my friends say that I have weird taste for animes, this may just be one of my "weird tastes". But if you ask me, I'm going to tell you that I highly recommend this series.

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