Seirei no Moribito

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  • 2007
  • 1 Season
  • 7.0  (255)

Seirei no Moribito, translated as Guardian of the Sacred Spirit, is a Japanese anime television series that aired from April 2016 to June 2018 on NHK. The series is based on the first novel in the Moribito series by Nahoko Uehashi and is set in a fantasy world inspired by ancient East Asia.

The story follows Balsa, a skilled warrior and a bodyguard, who is tasked with protecting Prince Chagum, the second son of the emperor, from people who seek to harm him. However, she soon discovers that Prince Chagum holds a secret that could change the fate of the Empire, and she becomes determined to help him.

The show is directed by Kenji Kamiyama, who is known for his work on Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex and Eden of the East. The cast includes Mabuki Ando as Balsa, Naoto Adachi as Prince Chagum, and Koji Tsujitani as Tanda, Balsa's childhood friend.

The animation quality of Seirei no Moribito is of a high standard, with detailed and fluid movements that enhance the fight scenes and portray the characters' emotions effectively. The backgrounds are also beautifully designed, with a focus on nature and landscapes that reflect the show's underlying themes of spirituality and balance.

One of the highlights of Seirei no Moribito is the character development of Balsa, who is portrayed as a strong and independent woman with a tragic past. Her relationship with Prince Chagum is also a key aspect of the story, as the two characters grow to trust and rely on each other as the series progresses.

The supporting characters are also well-developed, with each having their own motivations and personality quirks. Tanda, in particular, is a highlight of the show, with his gentle and caring nature balancing out Balsa's rough exterior.

The show's soundtrack, composed by Kenji Kawai, is hauntingly beautiful and sets the tone for each scene perfectly. The opening theme, "Shine," by L'Arc-en-Ciel, is an uplifting and catchy song that contrasts with the more serious tone of the show.

Overall, Seirei no Moribito is a well-crafted and engaging anime series that explores themes of fate, morality, and the relationship between humans and nature. Its strong characters, stunning animation, and memorable soundtrack make it a must-watch for fans of the genre.

Seirei no Moribito is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (26 episodes). The series first aired on April 7, 2007.

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Going on a Journey
26. Going on a Journey
September 29, 2007
Chagum takes up his throne as the Crown Prince of the New Yogo Empire, and Balsa must say good-bye to him forever.
25. Celebration
September 22, 2007
An army of La-Lunga surround Chagum as the Hunters and Balsa fight with the last of their strength to protect him.
Last Hope
24. Last Hope
September 15, 2007
Chagum has vanished, leaving Shuga, Balsa and the Hunters to find him before the La-Lunga appears to tear him apart.
Shigu sarua o otte
23. Shigu sarua o otte
September 8, 2007
Spring has come, and Balsa and Chagum set out to confront the powerful La-Lunga and hatch the Egg of the Water Spirit.
Season of Awakening
22. Season of Awakening
September 1, 2007
The cold winter rages on as Chagum prepares for his ultimate fate. Balsa even begins teaching him to fight.
Jiguro Musa
21. Jiguro Musa
August 25, 2007
Balsa reveals her past with Jiguro and the secret of the eight deaths for which she has spent her life atoning.
20. Trap
August 18, 2007
The Hunters and Shuga confront Madame Torogai in a battle of wills. The winner protects Chagum until the Egg hatches.
Chagum's Escape
19. Chagum's Escape
August 11, 2007
Tensions between Chagum and Balsa explode as Chagum tries to leave, even though he has to fight Balsa herself.
The Ancient Village
18. The Ancient Village
August 4, 2007
Chagum learns of his fate to die at the hands of the La-Lunga, driving a wedge between him and Balsa.
Water Mill in Flames
17. Water Mill in Flames
July 28, 2007
The Hunters execute their plan to find Balsa and Chagum. Toya is trapped at Balsa's house as the Hunters lie in wait for her.
Just Pursuing Doggedly
16. Just Pursuing Doggedly
July 21, 2007
Shuga finally confronts the Hunters and goes before the Mikado with all he's learned about Chagum, proving that the boy is alive.
Premature Death
15. Premature Death
July 14, 2007
Balsa and the others prepare for a journey to learn about the Egg. At the palace, a sudden death changes the course of events.
14. Knot
July 7, 2007
Torogai and Suga each embark on their own life-threatening quest to find the truth behind Chagum and the Water...
Not a Human, Not a Tiger
13. Not a Human, Not a Tiger
June 30, 2007
An old enemy returns to hunt Balsa. She must fight to protect two innocents, and put aside her oath not to kill.
Summer Solstice Festival
12. Summer Solstice Festival
June 23, 2007
Chagum challenges a boy to a wrestling match on the Summer Solstice festival. He asks Balsa to train him to fight. He fights the boy and wins the match. After the boy's father insults Chagum, Balsa steps in and defeats the father.
Flower Wine for Tanda
11. Flower Wine for Tanda
June 16, 2007
Saya falls into a coma after promising to accept an arranged marriage. To return her spirit to her body, Tanda attempts a forbidden ritual.
The Earth and the Hero
10. The Earth and the Hero
June 9, 2007
Balsa asks Toya to get Chagum more in tune with life in the city, but she gets more than she gambled for at the end of the day.
Thirsty Shuga
9. Thirsty Shuga
June 2, 2007
Balsa, Chagum, and Tanda settle into their new lives together, and Chagum begins to think more independently after learning how the world works.
8. Swordsmith
May 26, 2007
Balsa turns to an honorable swordsmith in hopes of repairing her spear, and her tragic past is revealed during the swordsmith's search for the truth.
Chagum's Decision
7. Chagum's Decision
May 19, 2007
Balsa, Chagum, and Tanda settle into their new lives together, and Chagum begins to think more independently after learning how the world works.
It Dies in the Blue Fog
6. It Dies in the Blue Fog
May 12, 2007
The plan to escape the manhunt is executed successfully, but some wary Hunters may have seen through Balsa's strategy.
Secret Step, the Blue Hand
5. Secret Step, the Blue Hand
May 5, 2007
The unknown is brought to light with the arrival of Torogai, while Balsa must come up with a way to throw the...
Torogai's Writings
4. Torogai's Writings
April 28, 2007
As Balsa recovers from her injuries under the care of her childhood friend Tanda, a strange letter is sent to...
A Fight to the Death
3. A Fight to the Death
April 21, 2007
Balsa, mortally wounded during a battle with the Hunters, relies on Chagum to save them both.
The Hunter and the Hunted
2. The Hunter and the Hunted
April 14, 2007
Hiding in the middle of the city, Balsa and Chagum are given no time to rest as the hidden servants of the...
Barusa, the Female Bodyguard
1. Barusa, the Female Bodyguard
April 7, 2007
Torogai and Suga each embark on their own life-threatening quest to find the truth behind Chagum and the Water Spirit.
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Seirei no Moribito is available for streaming on the NHK website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Seirei no Moribito on demand at Amazon Prime.
  • Premiere Date
    April 7, 2007
  • IMDB Rating
    7.0  (255)