Spice and Wolf, season 2, episode 9 – Jealousy is selling your soulmate

The title doesn’t make any sense if you think about it, but I thought it sounded cool. We get another episode with a healthy dose of Horo x Lawrence banter, not much development on the main storyline and then one heckuva cliffhanger at the end. Everyone wants Horo! (With good reason!)

Lawrence pondersJealous Horo?

Horo revels in Lawrence's soulHoro learns to count

The whole jealousy discussion and the color of each other’s souls was quite the sight to see. The first 1/3 of the episode consists merely of Horo and Lawrence going back and forth. Is Horo a jealous, possessive one? Or is that how Lawrence wants Horo to be, as Horo claims. But the again, the episode did start off with Horo racing past Lawrence in a jelous huff. And what color is Lawrence’s soul? Is it died the color of Horo? And what of Horo? What color is her soul? She replies that it’s probably various colors and eggs Lawrence on, pestering him about how many partners she’s had. Lawrence doesn’t bite at first, perhaps disappointing Horo who no doubt seemed to be looking to raise a jealous ire. But eventually, he breaks and asks in a fit of jealousy, perhaps taking Horo back a bit.

The talk between the two was just fascinating to watch. Now, I don’t really care how many partners Horo’s had (that depends on if you’re counting her wolf partners according to the MAL forums – where’s a convenient Horo facepalm pic when I need it?), but I did find it interesting to watch Horo claim she wasn’t the jealous type, and then try to reverse roles by trying to get Lawrence jealous of her partners. Perhaps this is a fair game to play considering that Lawrence has had friendly relations with Chloe, Nora, Dianna and now the latest bishoujo, Fruhl. Horo can’t help but be in a constant state of competition, while Lawrence tends to get somewhat of a free ride, depending on what you thought of Amati. This season seems to be all about building the bond between Horo and Lawrence by stressing it to the max.

Another cute nunRigolo laughs

And just as they wrap up their conversation about jealousy, Horo’s ire is raised by another cute girl, this time a nun. This is all unbeknownst to Lawrence, but it doesn’t stop Horo from comedically stomping his foot in a jealous rage.

I must say, Rigolo looked considerably different from what I expected based on Fruhl’s description. Who knew she was such a jokester. Still, I think it’s telling that Rigolo trusts Lawrence and Horo so much based on Fruhl’s word. We’ll have to keep this in mind for the revelation at the end. While, there’s little revealed about the 50-man meeting, Horo does get to check out some books and legends to take home for bedtime reading.

Smexy HoroLawrence pats Horo

It’s remarkable that these two haven’t kissed yet. Lawrence is either a superman or a eunuch to be able to have resisted Horo’s smexy charm for so long. Even her less smexy moments like when she flops over on the bed aren’t really a turnoff. However, I do wonder if Lawrence was simply playing along when Horo talked about what she was most afraid of, or if he really had no idea. It’s hard to fathom how he couldn’t know what her fears are, considering all that happened in the last arc, but he doesn’t give any sign in this scene or in the next that he’s aware.

Fruhl, Lawrence and the InnkeeperFruhl wants Horo

Which leads us to the final portion of the episode. A benign conversation between Fruhl, Lawrence and the reticent owner of the Inn takes a very interesting turn when Fruhl asks Lawrence if he’s willing to sell Horo. Amati again? Probably not. But I loved how they directed the last scenes with the pan out from Horo onto the town. I don’t know what Fruhl’s got in mind, but I’m willing to give her the benefit of the doubt based on Rigolo’s and the Innkeeper’s faith in her character. But still, her situation with the stone statues and being cut off by the church, would lead me to think that she might be in desperate straits, so we can’t completely rule out more sinister motives.

For anyone that’s been hoping for movement in the plot, things should get very interesting next episode.

5 Replies to “Spice and Wolf, season 2, episode 9 – Jealousy is selling your soulmate”

  1. *sigh* you realise how much you love a show when an episode is over and you thought you were only 5mins in. I could watch hours of this stuff (and i did with season 1). I’m not sure why, the biggest reason is the banter and developing relationship between Horo and Lawrence, another is the sheer maturity and intelligence on show in the writing, banter between characters and storyline. The last 2 episodes were laying the ground for the next arc and now seems to kicking off. Also on show for the last couple of episodes is the bond and closeness between the two main leads, a direct result i would say because of the Amati arc. Lawrence better write him a thank you note 🙂

    1. Yeah, I really like seeing the development between the two. You can look back at their relationship during the first season and then them before the Amati incident and now, and see a marked growth. Pretty cool to see.

  2. Horo and Lawrence’s flirting has become almost too cryptic for me to follow anymore. I guess they’ve found most of each others weak points at this stage and both of them have successfully covered up those weak points that now they are having to become sneakier to get a reaction from the other. Gah, it’s headwrecking. I’m almost relieved the plot has re-appeared (never thought I’d say that about Spice and Wolf)

    It’s not that I didn’t like the episode, it’s just you really have to pay attention otherwise the conversations will fly straight over your head
    .-= Scamp´s last blog ..The greatest anime review I have ever read =-.

    1. Lot of metaphors this week, but I thought the topic about jealousy was pretty straightforward. At the same time, I’m glad to see the plot arise too. There’s nothing like another impending Lawrence disaster to bring out the best in everyone. 😀

  3. We got to see a really cruel side of Horo this episode, didn’t we? The needless taunting, the cheap puppy-dog-eyes escape trick, lying that he doesn’t understand her jealousy.. she’s a wreck. All she’s doing is chasing him away while eating entire roasted pigs at his expense.

    Her flop on the bed was just depressing. Lawrence is obviously taking things too slow for her, despite the fact that they have only known each other for a couple of months. Either that or she’s really just playing with him, and doesn’t really WANT his affections.

    Either way, her actions are plenty stupid. He’s admitted that he’s dumb as a post. If she wants him, she should grab him (he’s not exactly an alpha male). But if his affections are scaring her, then why not tell him? I’m sure he can handle taking things even MORE slowly. It’s almost like she’s really scared of them falling in love, and just wants to bone him or something.

    Despite this contrivance, I did love seeing the terror in Lawrence’s eyes at the end. It’s painfully obvious Lawrence could never “sell” Horo of his own volition, and that there is going to be some contrived reason it will happen anyway.

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