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
Ken'ichi Mochizuki Ken'ichi 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


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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Vocals by L'Arc-en-Ciel
Lyrics by Hyde
Music by Tetsu
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Very valuable for educating yourself and others
29 September 2016 | by fkv-19690See all my reviews

I think I haven't seen a series in a recent years that could be that valuable for the development of respect and caring for each other. If I had a 11 year old child I would want him/her to watch it. And let me tell you it is also if not more important for adults to have more respect for their environment and other living beings.

Whenever I watched this series it gave me a warm and calming feeling of sanity and comprehension, like meditating. This series was somehow giving me a kind of wisdom. I wish there was more like this.

From an artistic view the background graphics are absolutely top-notch, and the animations have a kind of realism to them through the addition of small movements to plausibly underline thoughts and behaviors. The only thing I would have elaborated on is the main character's face (the placement of her mouth?).

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24 August 2008 (USA) See more »

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