Last week I received a pleasant surprise in my inbox, an email from Amazon telling me my order had been shipped. It’d been a long time since I placed an order with Amazon so I couldn’t remember just what it was and as it would turn out, it’s Spice & Wolf (Manga) Volume 2!
Not much has changed between Volume 1 and 2 in terms of quality. The page texture remains the same, the off centered text on text bubbles nearing the edges of the page and of course the size of the book remains the same. One difference I noticed though was the cover, and I don’t mean the picture that much was obvious. On Volume 2 the cover has a more coarse texture, it feels as though I can almost detect the thickness of the ink in places as well. Volume 1 had a very smooth cover without any of this texture. Not sure how this effects quality but I noticed it immediately upon picking the book up.
Another difference is that this volume has no colour pages, which is how the original is but still feels worth a mention. It would be nice to have more coloured Horo but if the artist, Koume Keito (小梅けいと), never did so, it’s kind of hard to blame Yen Press for it.
I enjoy the cover on Volume 2 a lot more than Volume 1, Horo appears more mature and half dressed is nice too. Instead of an apple in her hand she has some form of alcohol and is in the process of getting drunk with Lawrence. Good times.