The Second Empress hires a spear-wielding woman to save her son from the Mikado (emperor) who believes the young prince is possessed by a water demon foretold to bring a terrible drought upon the land should he live.
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Series cast summary:
Mabuki Andô Mabuki Andô ...  Balsa 25 episodes, 2007
Naoto Adachi Naoto Adachi ...  Chagum 25 episodes, 2007
Kôji Tsujitani Kôji Tsujitani ...  Tanda 22 episodes, 2007
Hirofumi Nojima Hirofumi Nojima ...  Shuga 18 episodes, 2007
Kôhei Fukuhara Kôhei Fukuhara ...  Taga / ... 18 episodes, 2007
Naomi Kusumi Naomi Kusumi ...  Mon 16 episodes, 2007
Kenichi Mochizuki Kenichi Mochizuki ...  Zen / ... 16 episodes, 2007
Yuuki Masuda Yuuki Masuda ...  Sun / ... 16 episodes, 2007
Takayuki Sasada Takayuki Sasada ...  Hyoku / ... 16 episodes, 2007
Shinji Kawada Shinji Kawada ...  Yun / ... 15 episodes, 2007
Rin Mizuhara Rin Mizuhara ...  Torogai 14 episodes, 2007
Masaya Matsukaze ...  Jin 13 episodes, 2007
Atsushi Ono Atsushi Ono ...  The Emperor / ... 13 episodes, 2007
Hiroshi Naka Hiroshi Naka ...  Gakai / ... 11 episodes, 2007
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Balsa the spearwoman is a wandering warrior, who takes on the task of saving lives, in atonement for a past sin. On her journey, she happens to save a prince, and is tasked with becoming his bodyguard. And he is going to need one, for his own father, the emperor, wants him dead. Written by Anonymous

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24 August 2008 (USA) See more »

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Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit See more »

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Aishii Hito e
Vocals by Sachi Tainaka
Lyrics and Music by Sachi Tainaka
Arrangements by Jun Abe
Ending Theme
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Masterpiece!
18 October 2007 | by KuromeSee all my reviews

This series is a fantasy tale, a story about survival and redemption, exquisitely crafted. There are no "stand-alone" episodes here; the story unfolds in a linear fashion, effectively leaving the viewer wanting more at the end of each episode. Great character development, you can't help but sympathize with the main characters as their relationships strengthen throughout their ordeals. The animation is exceptional as well as very realistic and backed by a fitting soundtrack by Kenji Kawai, makes for an elaborately atmospheric experience. The action scenes play a secondary role, one of building the tension when needed, although superbly choreographed nonetheless! There is no real explicit content but the spiritual aspects and the inescapable "cycle of life" theme embedded in the series is definitely for mature audiences only!


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