Don't need it really. It did the job of bringing in sales for the books. The anime is 10/10 but it's still the weakest adaptation.
fondling fluffy tail
He's plain but it's actually good as the flavoring is to be added by the cycling supporting cast and their stories, Norah is notable.
If the series would have removed the romance shit and focused more on the adventure side it would have been amazing.
Actually to be more precise I watch it for the character interaction between Lawrence and Horo. And the other to some degree. Horo alone would be boring as hell it's just the two together that make this shit great.