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Friday, April 29, 2011

Seirei no Moribito-Anime at it's Best

Directed by:  Kenji Kamiyama
Studio: Production I.G

                                              The series premiere:  United States,  August 24, 2008
The series premiere:  Japan, April 7, 2007
Episodes: 26

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




10 comments:

DesLily said... Best Blogger Tips

I am one of the few people who just cannot get into graphic novels..not sure why, most the artwork is fantastic..

bokunosekai said... Best Blogger Tips

This anime is on my to watch list. I am still searching for the DVD

animewookie said... Best Blogger Tips

Pat, you might not get into the novels, but I think you would enjoy watching the anime. I shall have to send you one to see what you think :D

animewookie said... Best Blogger Tips

bokunosekai, great blog :D I hope you're able to find it. It doesn't have your average anime ending though, which you may either like or dislike, depending on your views. It's definately a keeper for me.

DesLily said... Best Blogger Tips

thanks Kelly but don't send anything...I don't need any more "habits" that I can't afford lol lol.. I used to watch speed racer with my kids does that count? lol lol

animewookie said... Best Blogger Tips

Yes, that does count :D...but it's come a long way since then...lol

bokunosekai said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you Kelly :)
I always enjoy movies,books, animes and mangas with unusual ending. My friend also told me that it was great. He watch it online.

The other reason i want to see it is the opening song is by my number 1 band,larc en Ciel.

blep1978 said... Best Blogger Tips

Seirei no moribito one of the few animes that can make me a strange feeling after watching the last episode, I missed balsa :( You know what I'm looking for the image of Seirei no Moribito for my blog and ended up here, what a small world and a nice place to land :)

animewookie said... Best Blogger Tips

@blep1978Awww, thank you :D I missed Balsa as well. I would have loved to have seen another series centered around her with cameos by "the new Mikado"...one can dream I suppose ;)

Novroz said... Best Blogger Tips

I am watching this anime now :)