Directed by: Kenji Kamiyama
Studio: Production I.G
The series premiere: United States, August 24, 2008
The series premiere: Japan, April 7, 2007
This is my first Quest on Screen review.
Rules: Stories are not just limited to the printed page. Many entertaining, moving, profound or simply fun stories are told in the realm of television and film. To participate in this quest simply let us know about the films and/or television shows that you feel fit into the definitions of fantasy, fairy tales, folklore or mythology that you are enjoying during the challenge.
Balsa is a spear-wielding warrior. She refers to herself as " a simple bodyguard" yet is obviously much, much more. Balsa has made a vow to save the lives of eight people. Her reasons for this atonement are hinted at, and then finally revealed as the story progresses. Upon entering a new city, she saves a young boy, (who happens to be the Second Prince of the imperial family) from droning. Shortly there after she is secretly called to the palace by his mother the Second Queen. She asks Balsa to take the prince away and guard him for the rest of his life, for his father the Mikado will murder him if she does not. You see it has been for told by the master star readers that the prince will be the bearer of a water demon that will bring drought and ruin to their country. Balsa agrees and she and Chagum begin their perilous journey together.
The way I see it: Rich, deep, complicated characters. Beautiful to the eyes, and compelling to the mind. Classic anime always contains a plethora of emotions and textures. Love, humor, betrayal...it's all there. The animators (ARTISTS) have simply outdone themselves in this series. The use of light and shadow, coloration, layering and movement are amazing. Fight scenes...to-die-for.
The bad, the bad, and the ugly: I just can't find anything about this series I don't like. Maybe that it hasn't been made into an RPG yet...lol
Love it or Leave it: A Ginormous Love It!!!!In my humble opinion.... It's a must see :D