More than a decade later, Spice and Wolf is returning as a remake adaptation of the 2008 anime series. The history of remakes has been both good and bad, but let’s focus on the good like Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood and Fruits Basket. Both the anime returned with modifications that proved both good and beneficial for the anime titles.
With a promotional video and release schedule of 2024, Spice and Wolf is preparing for its return. The established fans of the anime series are looking forward to snippets of information from the creators. In the meantime let us figure out if the Spice and Wolf remake will be similar to Fruits Basket or not.
Spice and Wolf anime
Spice and Wolf anime 2008 was a pretty good adaptation of the light novel. It pulled in many fans who liked the story for its witty banter and smart characters. The animation and art style were a year or two ahead of its time.
The music was the perfect fit for the setting. Redoing all of it while preserving the strong points of the original while not a tough task, is a requirement.
The remake comes as a surprise, as fans were expecting a season 3. Considering how good the previous seasons are, the need for a remake is also questionable. But the promotional video has fans excited nonetheless for the return of Holo and Lawrence.
Will Spice and Wolf remake be similar to Fruits Basket?
Fruits Basket was adapted twice, once in 2001 and then in 2019. The former introduced many original concepts and barely covered 40 chapters of the manga with an anime original ending. The reboot is more faithful to the manga and given the time difference, visually more fluent. Fruits Basket was received well and it finished the manga’s story up until the end.
The original Fruits Basket also altered some of the characters and the overall theme of the manga. In this respect Spice and Wolf anime is more faithful to its source material.
As for Spice and Wolf, the previous adaptation of Spice and Wolf covered the light novel but not up to the end. It covered volumes 1, 2, 3, and 5 leaving out volume 4. A remake like Fruits Basket would make a lot of sense for Spice and Wolf. Ending the story while committing to the original plot will serve the true purpose of a remake.
Without any official confirmations, there’s still confusion about what the remake will look like. All the possibilities look something like this:
- Either it’ll be a remake like Fruits Basket, with a proper ending.
- Or a remake of the original Anime series, without many changes.
- There are also chances of anime-only concepts getting introduced in the remake, which wouldn’t make much sense given the fact that fans already have a set of expectations with the remake.
To sum up, while all these possibilities are probable the one with a remake like Fruits Basket makes the most sense. While bringing in new fans, the remake of Spice and Wolf also bears the responsibility of satisfying the old fans. All in all, the expectations extend as far as keeping the main characters intact and preserving the waifu-ness of the Wise Wolf Holo.