Extra: Wisdom vs World-wise

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.

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Raised on everything from Moby Dick to the Star Wars X-Wing books from a young age, it came as no surprise to anyone who knew me that I’d become a literature graduate and avid writer. But my love of a good story wasn’t restricted to the written word in my early years. Star Trek, Mystery Science Theater 3000, and badly dubbed Godzilla flicks helped shape my love of science fiction on screen as well. I wrote my first story while in the second grade. It was a horrifying tale about murdering a fairy-eating dog via a slice of pizza (in my defense, my only exposure to pizza was in the cafeteria and I swear you could legitimately kill someone with those things). I was a special snowflake. Today I write science fiction, fairy tales, Gothic epistolaries, fantasy and anything else that pops into my bizarre and twisted mind. I write new articles for my blog every Tuesday and Thursday. And if you happen to fancy Japanese animation, I also run an anime review blog, RRAR, which updates every Monday.

4 thoughts on “Extra: Wisdom vs World-wise

  1. I agree with most of this except the comment about the currently streaming shows. I think Log Horizon has been paying attention in this space: it took 5 or 6 episodes for Shiro to get clued in to the new world & decide to do something about it.

    • I wasn’t aware log horizon was still in the running. I thought that was last streaming season? I was talking about the shows that have just started. I’ve seen a few of them and it’s not looking like the most inventive streaming season thus far. Although a few might have potential if they kick it into high gear ep 2 onward.

      • Log Horizon did start last season but is continuing through this season, and is getting steadily better as it goes.

        I agree that most of the new shows I’ve seen aren’t that inspiring, and occasionally revolting.

      • It’s so sad too because a few have good world setups that could really go in some interesting directions. But the characters and plot… egh.

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