In most shows you have a pretty typical cast set. You have a jester type for comedy relief, a dumb blond type, a pervert, an intense character (also usually brain dead or hopelessly dense) and at least one smart character (who often wears glasses and has dark hair). It’s all rather predictable. And that’s why I was so pleased with the main cast for Spice and Wolf.
Holo is a “wise wolf,” and while I was worried about that being in name only at the start, I am pleased to report that she is indeed very wise. She often has a different perspective and a sharper sense about others than Lawrence does. But this is where things got really interesting: she’s not street smart. At all.
When it comes to the real world, its economics, basic human relations, culture, traditions, ect, Lawrence is the top dog, not Holo. He may not have as much insight as she does, but he knows how to apply what he does know in the best way depending on where he is. He also knows how people tend to work when logic and common sense isn’t factoring in, which is often.
This distinction between them really made the show all the more interesting, not to mention unique. It’s rare for any form of the media to differentiate these concepts. Media would far rather oversimplify things and spoon feed the audience. But the gap between wisdom and world know-how is quite a big one in the real world. Trust me, as one whom others often call “wise,” I’ve been taken for a ride more than once during college. Simply put? It was my first interaction with the real world. I didn’t have the world experience to properly apply the wisdom I had.
Now if only the shows coming out this streaming season could take a few pages from this show and admit that just because someone is “smart” doesn’t mean they never get tricked. And just because someone is “focused” doesn’t mean they’re ignorant of all else. And just because a character is “a dumb blond” doesn’t mean they don’t have moments of amazing acts of both kindness and simple common sense.
After all, just because I’m an anime nerd doesn’t mean I don’t nerd out on anything else. Anyone else a fan of the old British Avengers series? Anyone?
It’s fine. I like playing solitaire. Endless solitaire.