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Spice and Wolf – 12

Summary:

On the morning of their journey, Lawrence introduces Nora to a man named Liebert from the Remerio company who will be accompanying them. The group then sets out and has no problems on the first day. The second day of their journey takes them through more dangerous areas, and though Horo guarantees Lawrence’s safety, she’s unwilling to do so for the others. Lawrence is particularly worried about Nora in the case that this smuggling scheme fails, but this just gets Horo jealous. That night, right as Horo is falling asleep on Lawrence’s lap, both she and Nora sense something that causes them to go on alert. Though nothing ends up appearing, Nora nevertheless takes the precautions of adding wood to the fire and blowing on her horn. She tells the others that the wolves around here don’t howl or give any indication of attacking and instead just patiently watch, and Horo finds the howling thing the most strange.

The group arrives at Ramtora the next day, and Liebert goes into the town to get the gold. While he’s gone, Nora asks Horo if she knows a lot about wolves since she had noticed how quickly Horo reacted to the wolves the previous night. Horo attributes it to something similar to intuition, and she claims that she was alert was because men generally aren’t reliable. On this topic, Horo asks how Nora feels about Lawrence, and when Nora whispers her answer into Horo’s ear, she laughs. Nora also reveals that she had wondered if Horo was a shepherd and cites how her dog Enek had been very conscious of Horo. To Nora’s surprise, Horo says that this is because Enek has fallen in love with her because of how the dog needs to play with other people sometimes. Nora nevertheless loves her dog and wants to praise him as much as she can right now because she knows that she won’t be a shepherd for much longer.

Liebert eventually returns with the gold and the group starts on their return journey. It begins raining though, and this trip through the dangerous area, wolves appear. Nora is ready for them and maneuvers Enek and the sheep in a way that keeps the wolves from attacking, but one wolf breaks from the pack and chases after the horse that Lawrence and Horo are on. Horo manages to scare it off with a glare, and though their group tries to press forward, a great roar soon halts them in their tracks. It is at this point that Horo decides that she will have to handle this, and she gets Lawrence to tell Nora and Liebert to go on ahead. She knows that if she stays here, the wolf pack that is filled with young wolves won’t go after the sheep because that’s not their objective. With no other choice, Lawrence tells her that he won’t forgive her if she loses and holds onto her cloak for her as he gallops away from her. Horo soon gets surrounded by wolves and when she speaks with the giant one leading them, she observes how young he is based on how quickly he bares his fangs.

Lawrence meanwhile stops after traveling for a while and starts a fire to dry his clothes. He’s eventually found by three armed men who have been sent by Liebert, and when they hear that his companion isn’t with him, they tie him up. Lawrence thinks that the Remerio company is betraying him, but the three men call it insurance. The Remerio company is in a precarious situation, so they are looking out for their interests by taking out as many risks as they can. When they start talking about what they’re going to do with Nora, Lawrence panics and accidentally gets his face cut on one of their weapon. Pissed off, he tries to attack one of the men, but they punch him to the ground and continue talking about having to take care of Nora. As for Lawrence, they decide to keep him tied up and take his horse, leaving him crying to himself on the forest floor.

 
 
 

This week had the most action the series had shown since episode six, and we’re finally seeing the wolves that are hinted in the OP. I get the vague feeling that they won’t be actually showing a battle between Horo and the big wolf in the finale and will instead just show the aftermath. Hopefully I’m wrong about that, but this series hasn’t really lived up to my expectations in that regard, so I’m not expecting much anymore. Lawrence meanwhile gets betrayed again, reminding me once again that he’s not a particularly smart character and needs to come up with better contingency plans. It’ll be interesting to see if he can save himself this time without relying on Horo to come help him. In any case, there seems to be more than enough material for to wrap up in the final episode next week, and from the looks of the sole preview shot, things will be left open for a sequel where Lawrence and Horo continue their journey.

March 18, 2008 at 3:12 pm
26 comments »
  • March 18, 2008 at 3:17 pmsomeone

    1st!

  • March 18, 2008 at 3:19 pmsomeone

    wow..what a HUGE wolf
    somewhere like horo’s real size

  • March 18, 2008 at 3:28 pmSomeoneV2

    hahaha i wonder if this is really the last episode doesnt look like it has a happy ending

  • March 18, 2008 at 3:28 pmRSS

    They have to make a second season because they can’t cover everything in just one season.

  • March 18, 2008 at 3:34 pmmonopoly

    it can’t be last, it looks like a to be continue

  • March 18, 2008 at 3:46 pmE_I

    According to ANN, there will a 13th episode.

  • March 18, 2008 at 3:57 pmsealouse

    man that doesn’t look good.

  • March 18, 2008 at 4:05 pmSakuraAyanami

    SomeoneV2, if this was the last episode Omni would have written (END) on the title

  • March 18, 2008 at 4:09 pmhoneyblu

    something tells me they got caught

  • March 18, 2008 at 4:42 pmmutio

    Oh my, who is that other wolf?
    I’m definitely in for a second season, there’s plenty story left to cover.

    I wonder, is there a translation project for the Spice and Wolf novel as there’s one for Suzumiya Haruhi?

  • March 18, 2008 at 5:08 pmSilver

    It’s getting real good now.. @-@ I hope for a second season.. And next episode is called Ookami to Arata na Tabidachi.. Which is “A Wolf and Setting Off on a New Journey”.. ^^;;

  • March 18, 2008 at 5:31 pmRyuuroden

    actually its not the last ep. There will be 1 more ep and the special ep. I think the numbering is all screwed up in my opinion. This should be episode 11 and the skipped ep would become 6.5. Thats why everyone is getting confused. its a 12 ep series that took a week off and has a special that supposed to take place between eps 6 and 7.

  • March 18, 2008 at 6:26 pmvexx

    Let the mayhem begin…. though it makes you wonder when Lawrence *won’t* need rescuing.

    Horo and Nora — tactical errors for anyone to disregard them :)

    Aye, the episode count has been explained many many times at this point. Hey, it *could* the hell of Kamichu! numbering (which had several “in between” episodes that were added for the DVDs). This one is simple — the DVD only episode is an “intermission” between the two adventures of the series (probably light-hearted fun unless they’ve chosen a short story from the latest novel volume). I’m certainly hoping this series got enough buzz for at least one more season of traveling adventure for L&H. If not, there’s always the novels or the manga adaptation.

  • March 18, 2008 at 6:55 pmtokko

    Well, Spice and Wolf series is too short in my opinion. Hope this series have second season :D

  • March 18, 2008 at 6:57 pmcekop

    Uh I cant wait for Spice and Wolf episode 07, it is DVD release, right ?

  • March 18, 2008 at 8:03 pmGrimaH

    @mutio:
    Google Baka-tsuki. They’re translating the novels.

  • March 18, 2008 at 8:26 pmFlareKnight

    Well as expected they get into trouble again. Though wouldn’t have thought the forest had that kind of wolf there. Horo should have an interesting time dealing with this. Lawrence bleeding will probably draw in more trouble for her to deal with.

    She sure gave that wolf chasing them a pretty stern look. Don’t mess with Horo that’s for sure.

    Does seem like they will deal with the current situation and leave it open for a second season. Really is an interesting story so you have to hope.

  • March 19, 2008 at 1:04 amTENSAI OTAKU

    WOW!!
    I can see they´ve spent alot with animation in this episode with this amount of WALKING COLONY FLEAS!!
    :D by the way…
    POOL : In that time have they already produced any shampoo dog???

    – yes
    – No
    – Yes and my granma also told me she used that too!!It was cheaper at the time!!

    :D :D
    original jokes released by TENSAI OTAKU THE LORD MASTER OF ALL ANIMES!!
    FROM BBC( BRAZIL BIBLIC CRAP ) CHANNEL ( LOL )

  • March 19, 2008 at 2:57 amgetsu

    Is it another wolf-god or just a really big wolf?

  • March 19, 2008 at 3:08 amTiff

    ..Lawrence honestly needs to be more cautious and not rely on complete trust/contracts when it comes to sneaky companies. Buttttt, he’s just too sweet and soft to be THAT cunning >_>

  • March 19, 2008 at 3:53 amsh@wn

    where’s the lelouch i hear?

  • March 20, 2008 at 12:13 amRyunatta

    Ok with out watching the raws of this episode my guess for episode 13 is:

    The cut on Lawrence’s cheak will turn out to be a blood source for Horo to go full wolf… and we MIGHT get mushy sence.That last part is me hoping though but i know we’ll hear Horo lecturing Lawrence on his being a big softy. A big twist for the episode might be that we’ll see Horo laughing it up with the big wolf who im asuming is a male XD.(after beating the crap out of him of course).

    with this many guesses id be very hurt if im wrong T-T

  • March 20, 2008 at 10:45 amFlareKnight

    Well I’m sure Horo can just use the wheat pouch to go wolf. One reason why its carried on her for a handy transformation. Blood will probably help Horo track Lawrence down. Maybe it will draw some of the wolves and she’ll have to head over to the rescue. Clearly will have some kind of purpose in the next episode.

    This youngster needs to learn some respect. Horo is a much more experienced wolf and that guy should have just let her pass through peacefully. Now she’ll have to put him and the rest of those wolves in their place. Kids these days :).

  • March 20, 2008 at 5:21 pmKenshin

    horo seems to be sure, that she’ll win.
    And Lawrence is a dope… how could he survive without Horo so far…

  • March 21, 2008 at 11:14 amDando008

    After all this..I hope Horo gets her special apples she been wanting since episode 8!

  • March 22, 2008 at 11:17 pmTori

    It’s kind of refreshing to see an anime where the main character isn’t the female always in distress. ^^; I like seeing the reverse where it’s the male that needs rescuing every now and then.