New Spice and Wolf Anime In Production

The Spice and Wolf light novel series is getting a new anime. A key visual and a video ending with the anime’s announcement have been released. 

Details on the project are currently light, beyond the anime being described as “completely new.”

The light novel series, which is published under Kadokawa’s Dengeki Bunko label, is written by Isuna Hasekura and illustrated by Juu Ayakura. It began in 2006 and has 23 volumes as of September 2021. Amazon describes it as:

The life of a traveling merchant is a lonely one, a fact with which Kraft Lawrence is well acquainted. Wandering from town to town with just his horse, cart, and whatever wares have come his way, the peddler has pretty well settled into his routine-that is, until the night Lawrence finds a wolf goddess asleep in his cart. Taking the form of a fetching girl with wolf ears and a tail, Holo has wearied of tending to harvests in the countryside and strikes up a bargain with the merchant to lend him the cunning of “Holo the Wisewolf” to increase his profits in exchange for taking her along on his travels. What kind of businessman could turn down such an offer? Lawrence soon learns, though, that having an ancient goddess as a traveling companion can be a bit of a mixed blessing. Will this wolf girl turn out to be too wild to tame?

The Spice and Wolf light novels previously received an anime adaptation in 2008. A second season followed in 2009. Both seasons were directed by Takeo Takahashi (Wasteful Days of High School Girls chief director, Citrus) and written by Naruhisa Arakawa (Let’s Make a Mug Too series composer), with Toshimitsu Kobayashi (Love of Kill sub-character designer) as character designer and IMAGIN as the animation production company. The main cast included Ami Koshimizu as Holo and Jun Fukuyama as Lawrence.

Aside from anime, the light novels have inspired video games and a manga adaptation. A sequel series titled Wolf & Parchment: New Theory Spice & Wolf, which features Holo and Lawrence’s daughter Myuri, began in 2016 and later received its own manga adaptation.

Sources: Dengeki Bunko Channel, @Spicy_Wolf_Prj

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