CCY has thrown down his Twelve Moments of Anime gauntlet, inviting others to join him everyday until Christmas in recalling their 12 favorite anime-related things of the year. We’re now getting into the stage where order matters more. I have my top two moments already thought out. I struggled with the order of 3 and 4, though. But ultimately I decided to go with… the Horo and Lawrence kiss.
The only knock on this scene is that was poorly animated. It doesn’t look like a kiss of passion. Actually, Lawrence looks like he’s whispering something into a mannequin’s mouth. It’s a shame, because the cardboard-esque animation sort of knocks you out of the moment. But otherwise, the kiss was a perfect crescendo after the challenges these two had experiences over the past two seasons. If you were a fan of this show, if you were a fan of their relationship, this was the moment you were waiting for.
It seems like such a rare occasion in anime that we get a completely satisfying development to a truly meaningful relationship. Relationships in comedies and harems often lack depth. Relationships in action shows often seem like ill-thought-out, last-minute add-ons. And relationships in Key-esque melodramas seem too contrived and forced. But here we got to watch two strangers meet, bicker and banter, become closer as friends, partners, gamble their relationships and be torn apart, only to come back together on their own. Until it eventually got to the point where you said, yeah, the only possible next step for their relationship would be for one of them to confess, and for the two to kiss. The coupling was born from their relationship, not vice versa, if that makes sense. I hope there’s a third season of Spice and Wolf, if only because I want to see an anime that shows what happens after the couple-to-be gets together. No doubt the fun will continue. Furry babies? Lawrence asked, not me! >_<
For more 12 moments/days reading check out the lineup: otou-san, schneider, doctordazza, Gargron, Scamp, zaon47, kevo, rabbitpoets, drmchsr0, Pontifus, ghostlightning, 53RG10, Vii, Seinime, _ETERNAL, FuyuMaiden, Eater-of-All, Shinmaru, calaggie, yumeka, Nazarielle, Cuchlann, Jinx, Janette, stringedsonata, animewriter, Kairu, Nadekoism.