Seirei no Moribito
Moribito - Guardian of the Spirit
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English: Moribito - Guardian of the Spirit
Synonyms: Guardian of the Sacred 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)
Studios: Production I.G
Source: Novel
Genres: ActionAction, AdventureAdventure, HistoricalHistorical, FantasyFantasy
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 8.181 (scored by 6094860,948 users)
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Ranked: #3252
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Popularity: #757
Members: 166,853
Favorites: 2,472
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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.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]


Seirei no Moribito is based on Nahoko Uehashi's Moribito novel series. It adapts the first novel in the series, and greatly expands the midsection of the novel.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Yonsa, Balsa
Shindo, Naomi
Adachi, Naoto
Tsujitani, Kouji
Mayama, Ako
Musa, Jiguro
Nishi, Rintarou
Hirohashi, Ryou
Nojima, Hirofumi
Asano, Mayumi
Kobayashi, Ryouya
Matsukaze, Masaya


Matsuda, Akio
Kamiyama, Kenji
Director, Script, Storyboard
Masui, Souichi
Episode Director
Tachibana, Masaki
Episode Director, Storyboard

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"SHINE" by L'Arc~en~Ciel

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"Itoshii Hito e (愛しい人へ; To the loved one)" by Sachi Tainaka

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Sep 8, 2008
Archaeon (All reviews)
Seriei no Moribito (or Guardian of the Sacred Spirit), is not your normal anime. It began life as the first in the ten volume Moribito series of fantasy novel written by Uehashi Nahoko, and although these novels were intended for children, they gained many adult fans. In fact, the novels proved to be so popular that they the first volume was adapted into a manga, an anime (directed by Kamiyama Kenji, who directed Ghost in the Shell SAC and 2nd Gig), and even a radio drama. The novel is also scheduled for release in english in mid 2008 because of the immense popularity of the read more
Oct 21, 2007
Washi (All reviews)

Seirei no Moribito was one of those rare anime that I commenced with an unshakeable sense of anticipation and with high expectations. I can never resist the urge to assume a show will be spectacular based on the staff or studio involved, even if my hopes have all-too-often been crushed (as was the case with Darker than Black). So, when I heard that Kenji Kamiyama, who is largely responsible for some of the finer creative inputs for both seasons of Gits SAC, was going to be heading this show with Production I.G, it instantly became my single most anticipated series of the year. By the read more
Jan 7, 2008
Beatnik (All reviews)
My favourite anime of 2007. I decided to check this out solely on Production I.G's involvement, those nice guys behind one of the best anime in the world: Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex.

The animation for this show was superb all the way through, which is nice for a TV anime. Each episode looked gorgeous, so I liked the consistency. The unique alternate fantasy setting and protagonist of this series were a nice departure from anime convention.

The main character is a wandering thirty year old spear-wielding woman who bodyguards people for a living. She basically ends up as a guardian read more
May 3, 2008
Master10K (All reviews)
Seirei no Moribito is a Fantasy, Action, Adventure about the journey faced by a female warrior and prince and their growing platonic relationship. It is undeniably a great series offering a well-written adventurous experience however this isn’t as action-packed or spectacular as some may hope to be.

The story follows a female warrior (Balsa) who has been hired to protect the Prince of Yogo (Chagum), whose life is in constant danger. The main story is nicely crafted in the first 6 episodes, where a lot of developments occur and some back story is given on the characters. From then on the pacing of the story changes read more

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