I laughed and facepalmed at Lawrence referring to Horo as "cargo." I suppose it was a cute way for him to avoid mentioning his feelings for Horo directly. Otherwise, the lack of Horo continued in this episode – and I think I’m suffering from Horo deficiency – but it was an important episode, because Lawrence finally realizes his answer to a very important question.
For an episode that had basically no Horo (I refuse to go by Holo), and focused mostly on Lawrence’s schemes and deals with Amati and Mark, it flew by. That’s what not having mid-episode eyecatches will do for you.
The range of emotions Horo displays in this episode is incredible. From the flirty, teasing moments in the beginning when she finds out about Amati’s contract, to the playful exuberance during the festival, to her complete emotional breakdown at the end – all of it exudes such an intense and energetic vibe, it’s part of what makes Horo such a great character.
Last week’s drama of whether Lawrence will stick with Horo all the way to Yoitsu has seemingly blown over. And after a bit of the typical Horo-Lawrence flirting/teasing game, we finally jump into the thick of the story, with some background into the mythology of Horo and some Lawrence-jealousy enticing antics.
It’s amazing to me how much nudity the censors allow Horo to get away with just because she has no nipples (or they choose not to draw them). Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining. But apparently even the censors bow down to Horo-sama.
So I said I was going to write about the second season of Spice and Wolf in my summer preview. Unfortunately, this means I need to think of some angles and provide a little more effort than I put in for my occasional Hinagiku picture-dump fanboyism posts. This is tough. A very tough task. Because as much as I fanboy over Hina, I may be an even bigger fanboy for Horo. She’s such an emotive character – the twitch of the ears, the shuffle of a tail – that it’s hard to resist. But I’ll try to, and I’ll try to put together some coherent posts… starting from my next post, because there were too many adorable Horo moments to not capture this week.
My favorite animated female not named Haruhi Suzumiya is back in this one-shot OVA bridging the first and second seasons.