Hello everyone, Fenrir here with this week’s new Thing for you all to Give a Shot! (We’re trying for sentence variety, folks) This week I’m here to highlight one of the new shows that I just got into, and which you all should probably get into, too! Especially if you’re looking for a show with awesome battle scenes, action, romance, and fantasy.
Oh, and if you’re also looking for an amazing female power-house to tide the time over until Legend of Korra Season 2 premieres? Then Seirei no Moribito or Guardian of the Spirit is definitely worth a shot.
Moribito is a series of Japanese fantasy novels by Nahoko Uehashi which has been adapted into several radio shows, manga, and an anime series. In fact, Scholastic has also released an English translation of Uehashi’s novel — definitely something that fans of young adult fiction should look into and something that I, as a newly converted Moribito fan, will have to look out for the next time I hit up the bookstore. Of course, accolades and popularity can only do so much to convince a person–what is it about Moribito that makes it such an intriguing concept to get into?
Well — a little backstory first…
Moribito follows the adventures of Balsa, a famous spearwoman and fierce bodyguard renowned for her skills as a warrior — as well as her kindness as a savior. Balsa has vowed to atone for eight deaths in her past life by saving an equivalent number of lives, and in following her vow she ends up with her “eighth” life to save: Chagum, a disgraced prince forced into exile. His own father believes Chagum to be possessed by a demon, and so arranges for his son to be assassinated — until Balsa is called in to protect him for the rest of his life. Together, this unlikely duo must face the mystery and tragedy that surrounds their pasts in order to walk into a brighter future that ensures peace for the land.
Okay, so I didn’t want to give as many spoilers as I could — and yes, I suppose the above sounds a bit… cliche. A bit common for a fantasy story with the disgraced nobility and the gruff protector that teaches them all about life kind of deal. And even I was a bit skeptical about this show at first, expecting some fantastic cliches but…
It is a show that has heart – a rough-around-the-edges heart, that grows on you. And that fits in so well with the characters — especially the initial contrast between the gruff but charming Balsa and the bratty Chagum. Character development is always a plus, and watching how Chagum grows up while working with Balsa and how Balsa also learns a thing or two about letting go is good.
And, hey, it’s not often you see that mother-son bond, right? It’s another plus for me that Chagum sees Balsa as a hero to respect and to admire, and consequently several characters find in Balsa something heroic and to aspire to — without much scuffle about her gender. In fact, the gender roles for this series may be of great interest to people, too!
Annnnnd if I’m going to keep gushing over this show – I think one of the best features about it are the fight sequences. Seriously, I think they speak for themselves in choreography and how stunning they just look (And because it’s just so much fun to watch Basla swinging her spear around like a boss):
So – if you’re looking for good action and story that’s got heart– definitely give Seirei no Moribito a shot!