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Seirei no Moribito

Alternative Titles

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: Unknown
Producers: NHK, Atelier Musa
Studios: Production I.G
Source: Novel
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 8.221 (scored by 48,189 users)
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Ranked: #2922
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #567
Members: 122,411
Favorites: 2,111


Both have similar stories and great action, although Stranger has more action. 
report Recommended by animejnkie
Both set in a mythical world. Each has its own intricate story line that actually follows sense, and politics. Great action scenes for both too (Seirei no Moribito has amazing ones). Check out the other if you've seen one, they're both highly entertaining and more 'mature' shows. 
report Recommended by Xinil
Both series are about young, sheltered children who are exposed to the outside world through their guardians. 
report Recommended by jet2r0cks
Both shows are based on their respective light novel series by Uehashi Nahoko, and both are presented in a style that is somewhat different from the norm. 
report Recommended by Archaeon
Ok I'm not sure why Akatsuki no Yona has such a high score, because imho Seirei no Moribito contains similar themes and was just done so much better. In terms of overall plot, SnM is more exciting, less predictable, and more believable. In terms of animation, I have to say even though 7-8 years older, SnM has much more captivating and beautiful sequences that have my eyes glued to the screen. On the other hand, if we talk about character design, AnY triumphs if you're into bishounen and bishoujo. 
report Recommended by kuity
Both have badass female leads, young male companions, forsaken heroes, awesome action sequences, and historical/fantasy setting. Good character development too, so the fights have more tension because you really care about the characters doing the fighting. 
report Recommended by bettynoire
Journey of two strangers that grows closer and devolope famillial affection. Cast of great characters and bittersweet conclusion 
report Recommended by Rychu_lubicz
Mari and Balsa are very similar because they are like a protective mother figure for the children in both animes. 
report Recommended by Kyo_Kagami
It has same aura. When you watch Mushishi, and when you watch Seirei no Moribito, you feel somewhat close to nature. (and both anime are quite nature-spirit related)  
report Recommended by Aklama
Female protagonists of each anime shares similar qualities and both boasts fluid animation. 
report Recommended by AC-CESS
When I instantly laid eyes on Balsa, she gave me a feeling of a striking resemblance to Kenshin. As I learned more of her past, it only reinforced in my mind how similar these two lead protagonists are and the way they handle themselves throughout their story. Both warriors have made vows of never to kill after trying pasts. They both then commence on a journey to repent for those they have killed by simply saving the life that's right in front of them. Both Rurouni Kenshin and Seirei no Moribito are touching stories of two warriors and how they deal  read more 
report Recommended by VK11
Plotwise both are about a prince who's going on an adventure to fight a curse and stand up to his fate.

Also the fantasy world's setting is similar: These are times when men fight between each other but also nature that they don't understand. Anime touch the subject of spiritual beings, demons and moral problems of humans who don't treasure life.

report Recommended by Velore
Samurai Champloo and Seirei no Moribito are very unique anime that stand apart from the rest. Taking place in feudal Japan, both have to offer high production values that shine in the highly detailed landscapes and very fluid animation. The fighting scenes are pieces of careful choreography that blend with the soundtrack. While Samurai Champloo is zany and filled with pop culture references that make it deliberately anachronical, Seirei no Moribito reproduces the period rather accurately and is a sober anime about human emotions; both defy a too strict categorization in a particular genre.
report Recommended by Nocturnal
Both series revolve around a woman taking a boy under her wing and training him for the difficult task ahead of him which could threaten his life. Together, with the help of friends, they evade the capture of their enemies and make their way to ancient villages, leading them on a journey to save the world by depositing an "egg" of sorts at a promised place, as tradition calls for it.
Each world bears a resemblance to Japan, but is sort of an alternate dimension, and the female warrior who cares for the boy is from a foreign land.
Both series have excellent plots,  read more 
report Recommended by EmilyFalcon
Fantasy anime about a boy who is under a warrior's custody, and mentioned warrior became a parental figure to him, and both characters grow because that parent-child relationship. 
report Recommended by BlancaXLobo
Well both start with a majestically child that has been rejected by their parents because of a bad omen or fortune telling. For the sake of everyone the child has to survive and so get protected by some sort of family. 
report Recommended by kibotu
Both are extremely artistic as well as based on fantastic stories. And both stories focus on warriors with ideals bigger than the sword. But most importantly if you liked watching well animated, highly skilled fighting, with a good story, you'll love this show. 
report Recommended by dkaceblaze
Both series take place in some historical era. The problems center around a supernatural force which places the young protagonist under the protection of an older main characters. 
report Recommended by Addicted2Apples
Usagi Drop is an easy going slice-of-life while Moribito is more about action and monsters. But ultimately, both boil down to being about a single adult trying to take care of a child. If you enjoy a story that explores the development of parental feelings, then these aren't that different.  
report Recommended by PeachYogurt31
Child princes are exiled from kingdom and travels in the outskirts of civilization with weapons-master, while collecting a party of more friends in an attempt to go back home and solve whatever problem drove them out of their kingdom in the first place. 
report Recommended by R3dPlaty
Both anime have a capable warrior becoming a bodyguard of a youth. They are both set in a historical setting (old Japan for Blade, and a fantasy world that does have a lot in common with old Japan for Seirei).

There are some good fighting scenes in both anime and the villains get character-development as well.  
report Recommended by Blanchette
Out of all the anime recommended, I would have to say that The Third: Aoi Hitomi no Shoujo is the closest thing to Seirei no Moribito.

Tales told of legendary female warriors who uses their power to protect rather than to kill. Though they may possess great strength, they choose to walk the path of a trivial life. Living each day knowing that the blissful life they have now are thanks to the sacrifices of those who had protected them.

As they continue their journey about their daily lives, a spark of chance change their path in life to realize the truth  read more 
report Recommended by skypiercer
The same atmosphere, and the same period. 
report Recommended by Yuuki-Sama
Similar feeling is all i have to say......may not be much but i can allmost garantee that you'll enjoy one if you enjoyed the other 
report Recommended by otakuofdeath
Both animes revolve around the main character who is a skilled fighter and does their job of protecting someone. The person they are protecting both hold a power that must not end up in the wrong hands or there will be extreme consequences. The animes also include great fighting scenes. 
report Recommended by gigglingidiot
Both are set in ancient china and feature martial arts action. Both feature some political struggles that go on during that time. 
report Recommended by yemsols
Spice and Wolf and Seirei no Moribito are both beautiful journeys in ancient lands (respectively Europe and Japan).
Both are about the relationship between humans and greater powers like spirits, gods, Nature... and how humans slowly forget about them (possibly at their own detriment).
Both are about the chance encounter between two characters from opposite worlds and how they come to respect and love each other.

Seirei no Moribito's main character is a mercenary who protects a prince. This series is thus one big adventure with one plot and many amazing fight scenes.
Spice and Wolf's main character is not  read more 
report Recommended by Moihaha
SnM features outstanding production values and a beautiful score, while presenting a serious adventure story. The noble characters must band together, and swordplay and sorcery look great on screen. 
report Recommended by Perifferol
Almost immediately, I felt like I was rewatching Seirei when I began this show due in large part to the similarities in plots. MC goes about her daily life until something supernatural happens, and is then responsible for protecting a secondary character from pursuers with questionable objectives. In spite of pursuit, both shows focus more on the daily lives of the main characters and their relationship, rather than action scenes. (Although those are sprinkled throughout both shows.) If Seirei's plot structure in a sci-fi setting piques your interest, I highly suggest giving Kurau a try. 
report Recommended by jr637
It has ancient and supernatural elements to it. The characters are great, the development feels natural, and the plot is entertaining. 
report Recommended by Kurapimpa
Slice of life / Bittersweet / Artwork 
report Recommended by PaprikaSpiceGirl
Seirei no Moribito and Kill la Kill both share strong female characters. Balsa and Ryuuko advance personally through their given journeys growing as individuals. Both also share excellent fights as well as human connection. Although, each series uses vastly different methods to deliver their content they share many core similarities.  
report Recommended by BoxLogo
Both series could be classified as drama. They both have deep characters that you learn to care about. And the ending is breathtaking. You will not be disappointed. There is absolutely zero fan service in this series. The protagonist is also on the run in both series for different reasons though.  
report Recommended by Ignopius
These shows are not similar in plot, but rather in look, style, characters, and pacing.

If you are looking for a show that tosses aside anime stereotypes to tell a real story, you will NOT be disappointed. Both SnM and SnK take advantage of strides in 3d animation to tell

Amidst beautifully rendered backdrops of a feudal society and traveling space ship respectively, these shows are about real people, real consequences, and a sense of "being there" that few other shows manage to accomplish. Add on pitch-perfect pacing and these both become 10-hour movies.

Each show is 26 episodes but both  read more 
report Recommended by callmetheBigD
Both feature a strong female lead role and are very mature anime series'. I think that anyone that likes one should definitely like the other. 
report Recommended by Firelily
Both series start out with the appearance of an appealing fast paced action anime, but it quickly becomes apparent that they are predominantly character and story driven with intermittent compelling action sequences. Both animes also have a battle against the odds, which creates bleak undertones that are predominantly overpowered by a determined and hopeful vibe. Both series feature a secondary plot following characters from a different side of the story, and a main set of characters that are unlikely friends. Both animes have strong leading characters, a compelling and wonderfully animated world filed with interesting lore, and are instant classics. 
report Recommended by Azeal
Similar in the fact there are not that much action anime but atmospheric anime of a medieval japanese world with a bit fantasy. The visual are really in good in the both anime, each in their own way and reinforce the poesy of the anime and the bond between the 2 main characters while different are really enjoyable to watch. 
report Recommended by Illyasviel
A more experienced individual (with whom the central protagonist shares the exactly same personality uptake) is supervising a pupil and is mainly supporting from behind the shadows to straight out a government's dictatorial/aristocratic nature. Also by the same producer. 
report Recommended by AliProject
I don't make this recommendation because the stories or characters in these two anime are alike, because they aren't.

However, anyone who liked the beautiful, eastern landscapes and forests of one of these titles, will enjoy watching that of the other. It's obvious that quite a lot of effort was put in creating these settings and making them look appealing.

The existence of spirits is taken for granted in both these series also, which goes well with the forest-theme.  
report Recommended by Blanchette
It gives of the same feeling. Normal kid gets into a world of space battles and attains powers and position that he thought where impossible for him. 
report Recommended by lokpole
Like all three anime of its kind (Juuni Kokki, Fushigi Yugi, Seirei no Moribito) this one focuses on a strong female lead. Actually ALL the females tend to be strong in this anime. And yet the men play their parts wonderfully and are not left in the background.

The premise is also similar in the aspect of secret bodyguards. But this is more a sense of feel to the animes - they just have that similar quality that I tend to find appealing in the other two as well. This genre of anime has a wanderer feel  read more 
report Recommended by starshinesMonet
both take around the same era both are enjoyable ^-^ 
report Recommended by Natsume-Chan
The same studio made both titles. And more: Balsa looks like Saya, even though their attitudes may be different...
Blood: The Last Vampire is about a vampire that hunts its own kin...and Seirei is about mystical guardian of the water spirit.
But both are a must see and a must buy! 
report Recommended by Patty_chan
Both Seirei no Moribito and Shakugan no Shana are both action/adventure series combined with comedy and romance. They have action scenes that are very plot-driven, not dragging on for several episodes like other pure action series, and both have action sequences of great animation. 
report Recommended by KholdStare88
Both revolve around young, powerless kings who find themselves on a journey. Kingdom is more realistic though while Seirei no Moribito has some fantasy elements. If you like the royal-on-the-run historical setting, both are pretty good. 
report Recommended by yumiche
The story takes place in a country resembling feudal Japan. The main hero is a brave and very skilled warrior, who suddenly finds himself protecting a young heir of the nearby province's monarch, since the person they're protecting is a key to a local magical event. They're also being periodically accompanied by a strange old person who has shamanic powers. Funnily enough, the genders of the aforementioned characters are stricly opposite in the respective series. And the graphical style of animation is also similar. 
report Recommended by moozooh
The both anime are about a girl, who goes to a journy to save someone/something.
Seirei and TOS have amazing animation and sound. 
report Recommended by Roncha
Both are from Production I.G., hence the beautiful visuals. Their settings couldn't be more different but the characters and story presentation are very similar. If you enjoyed one you will most likely enjoy the other. 
report Recommended by Danish
Both anime are set in japan-like world and both tells a story of warrior with destiny. 
report Recommended by hajil
In both characters are traveling in feudal Japan and searching the way out of the situation. fights another world for saving their and other lifes. 
report Recommended by uum4
When watching both series it feels like you are reading some piece of classical Japanese literature. They are both dedicated to politics and mystery, though Genji is certainly has much more of romantic mood; meanwhile Seirei no Morbito is more about action and mysterious creatures.
Background for both series is ancient Japan and both princes are deprived of any rights for throne.
If you like esthetically charged Genju Monogatari you have to watch Seirei no Morbito as well. 
report Recommended by Nikkicat
While Moribito is more serious and of different genres, both have female protagonists who are physically strong, aren't afraid to show both femininity and masculinity, hold their own against enemies and male teammates, and are proud of being theirselves in all that that entails. I highly recommend this to people who enjoy strong, and well-written, females protagonists. 
report Recommended by animedork95
Careful storytelling and believable characters are the strength of both shows. And both feature a strong but troubled woman as a main character who selflessly helps others.
While Moribito has more action and is set in a very different world, elements like the mystery and the slow pacing make them feel alike.
And best of all: they will both make you think about them well after watching them. 
report Recommended by ThomasVeil
Both are fantasy epics that have superb world creations and equally compelling central plots that're both uniformly affecting, and "off the charts" entertaining.
Both are maturely written, have a great cast of varied, and atypical people that often ponder and adapt to newer developments. Never do these developments detract the message, but always are they interesting and enticing.
Both have amazing technical values that are still beautiful to this day, with equally beautiful soundtracks that match their atmosphere's 100% to the T.
If nothing else, these two are some of the finest in anime period.

Moribito is a little more adult oriented as tweens  read more 
report Recommended by Otaking09
Both animes are about girls who were saved from being killed by a man,after that they decide to be stronger and take the man as a role model.They also go on journeys in order to save others the way they were saved.Both main female characters are tomboyish and strong willed.Both animes have their own imaginary world setting. If you enjoyed Seirei no Moribito you will definitely enjoy Kino no Tabi as well. 
report Recommended by HotaruKara
They are both based on Epic Fantasy novel series', and in both cases their anime adaptations cover only a portion of the source material. Common elements include magic, politics, assassins and unbeatable lead characters.  
report Recommended by koreye
Both series are about about an exiled prince who struggles to overcome many problems and return to some form of his old life as royalty. Both princes meet many new people on their journeys who either help them out or try to hurt them. Each also has a woman who is sworn to protect him, and a mother they love dearly.

Both series deal with the supernatural and have great fight scenes, and come to amazing climaxes. They also both take place in Japan in alternate universes where characters sometimes enter other dimensions. 
report Recommended by Martinman
Believe me they are similar. Both about a handsome prince leaving away from there kingdom. Aslan in more past western era whereas moribito is more past Japanese era. 
report Recommended by amagona04
Both Brigadoon and Seirei no Moribito have young children being protected by strong warriors with mysterious pasts.

Both Melan and Balsa originally see protecting their respective charges as nothing more than their duty, but they both eventually come to care for the children they're watching over.

Brigadoon has much more comedy and light moments, but both have great action and great heart.  
report Recommended by StreetFighter