Moribito – Guardian of the Spirit

Seirei no Moribito

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On the precipice of a cataclysmic drought, the Star Readers of the Shin Yogo Empire must devise a plan to avoid widespread famine. It is written in ancient myths that the first emperor, along with eight warriors, slew a water demon to avoid a great drought and save the land that was to become Shin Yogo. If a water demon was to appear once more, its death could bring salvation. However, the water demon manifests itself within the body of the emperor's son, Prince Chagum—by the emperor's order, Chagum is to be sacrificed to save the empire. Meanwhile, a mysterious spear-wielding mercenary named Balsa arrives in Shin Yogo on business. After saving Chagum from a thinly veiled assassination attempt, she is tasked by Chagum's mother to protect him from the emperor and his hunters. Bound by a sacred vow she once made, Balsa accepts. Seirei no Moribito follows Balsa as she embarks on her journey to protect Chagum, exploring the beauty of life, nature, family, and the bonds that form between strangers.

User Rating: 4.6 ( 1 votes)


English: Moribito – Guardian of the Spirit
Japanese: 精霊の守り人
Type: TV
Episodes: 26
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 7, 2007 to Sep 29, 2007
Premiered: Spring 2007
Broadcast: Saturdays at 08:06 (JST)
Producers: Geneon Universal Entertainment, Dentsu, NHK Enterprises
Licensors: Viz Media, Media Blasters, Geneon Entertainment USA
Studios: Production I.G
Source: Light novel
Genres: Action, Adventure, Historical, Fantasy
Duration: 25 min per ep
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older
Resolution: 720p, 480p
Type: BD, Dual Audio


Akio Matsuda – Producer
Kenji Kamiyama – Director, Script, Storyboard
Koudai Kakimoto – Episode Director, Storyboard
Tomoki Kyouda – Episode Director, Storyboard
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Theme Songs

OP1: “SHINE” by L’Arc~en~Ciel
ED1: “Itoshii Hito e (愛しい人へ; To the loved one)” by Sachi Tainaka

Episode List

01: Balsa, the Female Bodyguard
02: Hunters, Hunted
03: Fight to the Death
04: Torogai’s Letter
05: Secret Plan, the Blue Hand
06: To Die in the Misty Blue
07: Chagum’s Resolve
08: The Swordsmith
09: Shuga Thirsts
10: Soil and Heroes
11: Flower Wine for Tanda
12: The Summer Solstice Festival
13: Neither Human Nor Tiger
14: The Knot
15: Unexpected Death
16: With All One’s Heart
17: The Water Mill Burns
18: The Ancient Village
19: Escape
20: To Hunter’s Hole
21: Jiguro Musa
22: Season of Awakening
23: In Search of the Shigu Salua
24: The Last Hope
25: Celebration
26: Departure


Delightful coming-of-age, told with meticulous craft and genuine warmth. A grounded, emotionally captivating story and excellent characters.


An incredibly well made series bogged down by some VERY slow pacing.


Medieval mythical fantasy with a strong female lead. There’s both action and slow but precious moments. Beautiful throughout. Watch it!


My go-to recommendation for people who want a show with a strong female protag. Balsa is a unique character in anime.


good middle school memories. great character development, strong female lead. please watch this unappreciated greatly animated anime.


Fantasy story featuring a great journey. Doesn’t hurt that Balsa is one of the most badass women in any anime. Highly recommended.


An exploration into what it means to be a guardian packed inside a thrilling action adventure story with one of the best leads in anime.



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