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Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit Season 1
精霊の守り人 (Seirei no Moribito)
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Synopsis

Once every 100 years, a Water Spirit implants an egg into a person who then becomes the Guardian of the Spirit. This time, the responsibility falls on Chagum, the second prince of the New Yogo Kingdom. Chagum’s father, the Emperor, believes this spirit is the reincarnation of a demon defeated by his ancestor, the first Emperor, and secretly orders his son killed. Chagum’s mother, the Second Empress, fearing for her child’s safety convinces a female bodyguard for hire, Balsa, to protect Chagum. Balsa accepts fully knowing that this assignment may be her last, but she does so to atone for sins of her past.
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Overview

Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit (精霊の守り人 Seirei no Moribito) is the first in the twelve-volume Moribito (守り人) series of Japanese fantasy novels by Nahoko Uehashi. It has since been adapted into numerous media. The series has been adapted into an anime television series, produced by Production I.G and directed by Kenji Kamiyama, which premiered in Japan from April 7, 2007. The anime runs 26 episodes and is based entirely on the first novel in the Guardian series, and greatly expands the midsection of the novel.

Alternative title

– Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit
– Seirei no Moribito
– 精霊の守り人
– 정령의 수호자
– Moribito, Guardião do Espírito Sagrado
– Moribito, Guardián del Espíritu Sagrado
– Guardian of the Sacred Spirit
– Vaimuvalvur
– Šventosios dvasios saugotoja
– Хранитель Священного Духа
– 精灵守护者

TL;DR Review

Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit is an anime with little to no comedy, so get yourself into the right mindset. There are also no fan-service or cute idol here.

The animation is superb and so are the action set. Movement show realistic weight to them during combat.

The music is beautiful and haunting. The ending song “Itoshii Hito e” is one of my favorite songs. Normally, I am not a fan of background music but Moribito has some of the best BGM.

Balsa, our main protagonist, is a strong leading character. It shouldn’t matter if she was male or female and doesn’t rely on a skimpy outfit to bring the focus on her. All the characters are given believable emotion and motive. You’ll feel invested in these characters and their struggle.

I wish there was a season two to cover more of Balsa exploit. Unfortunately, they decide to go with the live action TV drama instead. It is incredibly hard to view this drama for western audiences.

I highly recommend this series to those looking for a more mature anime. This series is binge-worthy. Moribito contains graphic violence. Intended for young adults.

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Featured Music

Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit Season 1
Playlist

A collection of notable music and song from this series.

Music

Opening Theme

– “Shine” by L’Arc-en-Ciel

Closing Theme

– “Itoshii Hito e” (愛しい人へ, lit. To the loved one) by Sachi Tainaka

Insert/Image Theme

– “Nāji no Uta” (ナージの唄) by ジョン・ナージル (eps 1, 22, 25)
Nahoko Uehashi
“But look around at this world, how perfectly it's made. Flowers can't move, yet the insects come to them and spread their pollen. Trees can't move either, but birds and animals eat their fruit and carry their seeds far and wide.”
Nahoko Uehashi
“It's strange, but once you learn to fight, you seem to attract enemies...Sooner or later, those who master the art of combat must end up fighting.”
Nahoko Uehashi
“No matter where you go, you'll find that people in high positions like to make themselves look good. A general, for example, must always be a hero, because who will respect him if he is a coward? I've traveled to many countries and heard many stories, and a victory in battle is always the general's, even when it's won by the hard work of ordinary soldiers. And when time passes, these stories often develop into legends.”
Nahoko Uehashi
“I know what the world is like. Nobody does anything unless there's something in it for themselves. But there are some people who do more than they have to for what they get in return, and those people are kind right to the heart.”
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