Hello all. It’s been a while. Now that school is out and I have time for anime again, let’s get this rolling once more.
Art: The characters are drawn in fairly standard fare, but the detail in the backgrounds and foregrounds is very well done. There’s more there than most series, but not enough to draw focus to it. One other thing about the art I enjoy is how the characters don’t entirely pop-out like normal. Most series have the leads in easy to spot clothing or give more detail to them to make them stand out. In this series, the background extras aren’t cookie-cutter generic figures. You can still pull the leads out in a crowd, but it’s not because they are the only ones given any detail. It’s because you just recognize them.
Characters: I’ll be focusing on the two leads for this. There are many recurring, supporting characters, but I’ll be here a while if I focus on all of them. Kraft Lawrence is a traveling merchant. Shrewd, personable, and business-centric. He is able to build rapport with others easily, but he constantly is working the business angle in his head. Then there’s Holo. She’s the wolf-god of the harvest incarnate. She’s snarky, a little jaded, and very much an antagonist. She is shrewd, but in her own way. As Lawrence is good with reading money, Holo can read people. The way these two interact is fantastic. I’m not going to say much. You’ll just have to watch it.
Story: This is an economic thriller. Yes, I said that right. It works. Trust me. The series starts with Lawrence meeting Holo and striking a deal. She becomes something of a business partner/traveling companion in exchange for Lawrence taking her to her homeland in the north. Along the way different business ventures crop up and things get very interesting. It’s fantastic!
Overall: A really fun and intense series. It takes some thinking to process through the business dialogue, but it’s intriguing and smart.
Score: 8.5 out of 10.