Spice and Wolf anime is based on a Japanese light novel series of the same name by Isuna Hasekura. More than a decade has passed since fans last saw Lawerence and Holo in the anime series Spice and Wolf.
Spice And Wolf or Ookamkami to Koushinryou is a Japanese anime adaptation of the light novel with the same title. It was written by Isuna Hasekua and lasted for four years to finish 17 volumes. The Spice and Wolf Season 3 makes fans excited for the continuation of the epic fantasy series.
Season one of the anime debuted with 13 episodes back in 2008. It consumed the plot of the first two LN volumes. Whereas, the second installment of the series returned in 2009, and covered Volumes 3 and 5 of the light novel. However, the Spice and Wolf light novel series has a whopping total of 22 volumes, as of December 2019. Therefore season 3 still has more than enough source material to adapt.
In 2016, the author announced that he is working on another volume of the novel series, which gave fans hope that Spice and Wolf season 3 is coming too. It’s been five years since the announcement, but we still haven’t seen any significant development in the anime series. Let’s find out what’s currently in store for Spice and Wolf.
Spice and Wolf Storyline
Spice and Wolf follow the adventure of Kraft Lawrence, a merchant who needs to earn money to start his shop. One night, Lawrence found a wolf-deity named Holo in his wagon. Holo is 600 years old but looks like a 15-year-old girl with a wolf tail and ear. Holo asks Lawrence to take her to her home. Along the way, Holo’s wisdom helps Lawrence gain profit in trades.
The show contains a lot of trading jargon and information regarding negotiation and bargaining presented creatively without boring the audience. The show’s plot was blended so beautifully that it managed to make a fantasy world seem realistic, never too complex, nor too clumsy.
Why Is there no Spice and Wolf Season 3?
Unfortunately, despite public demand and countless petitions, the show makers themselves have previously said he’s not interested in creating season 3. Hasekura’s statement was a huge heartbreaker for fans. Nevertheless, they remain hopeful. They continue to talk about the show and are still relentlessly asking for Spice and Wolf Season 3. We hate to burst fan’s bubbles, but there’s a high chance that these dreams will never come to reality.
The manga/novel-based anime world operates in a very different system. The anime series are often created as a sort of marketing tool to drive more sales for the book/manga. the more popular the anime series is, the more books/manga can be sold.
Hasekura has continued to create more novel series for Spice and Wolf. The latest one was released on September 10th, 2021 without any anime television series in place. Since 2016, ASCII Media Works has published three volumes of a spin-off light novel series titled Wolf and Parchment.
It looks like they don’t need another anime series to back up the sales of their novel series anymore. Fans have been doing their best to secure a season 3, and it’s not their fault that they won’t get it. Currently, the only way to get into Spice and Wolf’s world again is through the novel series.
Spice and Wolf Season 3 Announcement
Today, February 25th, 2022, the official Japanese website for the Spice and Wolf franchise confirmed that a new anime adaptation was in the works.
The announcement was made as part of the series’ 15th-anniversary celebrations, with the report titled “No, I’m sorry. The journey will start again, right? “Wolf and Spice” completely new animation production decision!!!”
Now, we know that the upcoming anime project will be canon within the wider Spice and Wolf universe. However, it is unclear whether this new project will be a prequel, sequel, or even an anime movie.
Similarly, the animation studio and production staff have not yet been revealed. The first season was produced by Studio Imagin, with the second broadcast helmed by Brain’s Base and Marvy Jack.
Spice and Wolf Season 3 Release Date
There hasn’t been any official release date about a season 3 since then. The dedicated fan-following lost all hope when the light novels stopped being published in 2011. In 2016, the writer Isuna Hasekura started publishing again.
As of now, neither of the companies related to the production of the anime has spoken about the possibility of a season 3. However, ever since the light novel series resumed, chances for the anime’s return have increased. Yet, even If the green signal comes right away, Spice and Wolf Season 3 or a spin-off might not return anytime earlier than (end) 2023 or (early) 2024.
Spice and Wolf Season 3 Characters & Cast
In their travels across the land, Kraft and Holo meet dozens of characters, Below we’ve given you a brief background on the main ones:-
Spice and Wolf Season 3 Plot
Spice and Wolf follow the adventure of Kraft Lawrence, a merchant who needs to earn money to start his shop. One night, Lawrence found a wolf-deity named Holo in the wagon. Holo is 600 years old but looks like a 15-year-old girl with a wolf tail and ear. Holo asks Lawrence to take her to her home, Along the way, Holo’s wisdom helps Lawrence gain profit in trades.
The show contains a lot of trading jargon and details regarding negotiation and bargaining presented creatively without boring the audience. The show’s plot was blended so beautifully that it managed to make a fantasy world seem realistic, never too complex, nor too clumsy.
Spice and Wolf Season 3 Trailer
Spice and Wolf’s third season does not yet have a trailer. Check out the season 2 trailer for now:
Sales & Merchandise
There has been a sale of more than 15,000 copies. DVD/Blu-Ray discs contribute to around 15-20% of the revenue for an anime series. This may sound un-profitable and also made many animes a failure.
Anime Series can promote a lot of products making it a booming industry. Some of the products which were sold as merchandise were:
Some of the figures are beautiful like this Spice and Wolf Anime Super Soft Throw Blankets, Naruto Men T-Shirt, and the Wolf & Parchment: New Theory Spice & Wolf, Vol. 1 (light novel), Also, check out this Beautiful Girl Holo Humanoid Collection, one since it looks the best.
Where to Watch Online?
If you want to watch the show in English you can find links to dubbed episodes on Funimation, Amazon prime, and Crunchyroll. You can also stream it on Netflix with its original Japanese audio and English subtitles.