We decided to pick the 1280's for our decade of the theme.
Our main goal was to portray this historical period not by showing crusades or any medieval war, but by showing the "everyday life" of people living in this era. We thought Spice and wolf was a decent choice : it really gives a good view of trading and festivities of the medieval times. the 1280's also kind of reflects a bunch of events related in the anime , like said before. There is also the slight "magical" side of the clip. Indeed , we tried to keep Holo's wolf form as few as possible. But we thought it was a nice way to show how this very area, from his culture/stories/legends told from time to time, by adding a little "fantastic" to it. We owe this time and culture much for all the medieval-fantasy we got in the recent years.
Thanks for taking time to read it, and we hope you'll appreciate , at least... a bit .
I always imagined something different to this song (my idea was something along the lines of a circus, with lots of flashing lights) so I can't say for sure I really understood your representation of the song using Spice and Wolf...but Project Org Editor theme-wise, it's definitely there. I like the light touch of fantasy with the gods and stuff since I believe back in that era, they respected and worshipped different gods like that and also the merchant trade sections were pretty nice in showing what the culture was like during that time.
I did feel some of the scenes such as maps with the paths, the running ones with Horo and Lawrence and the buildings burning nearer the end didn't quite work as well as the rest. To me they didn't blend as well with the era-theme like the rest and sorta took away from your concept. Maybe it's just me but I felt the chorus lacked some dynamics to hold up with the fast pacing of the song, though as mentioned before my vision of the song involved a lot of flashing lights so maybe that's why I think it's sorta slow.
That being said I really loved the parchment drawing effect around 1:19, it has a really nice mood to it and the papery-style reminds me of the type of paper they used back in that era. The first section with the black and white scenary also gave the "old-age" style a fine touch which was pretty nice too.