The emperor, fearing that his son, prince Chagum, is possessed by a water demon, plots to have him assassinated. Chagum's mother pleads with Balsa, a spear-wielding bodyguard, to flea with her son and protect his life.
Moribito is an excellent anime that really impressed me. Right from the beginning, it drew me in and didn't let go. The story is interesting with virtually no filler, and really nails the setting and atmosphere it portrays. The characters, mannerisms, conversations, and artwork build a convincing world that feels realistic, even with the mythical elements of the story.
The animation and artwork is consistently excellent. The show takes place in mountainous and farmland regions, with beautiful backgrounds and scenery. The show doesn't feature too much action, but the scenes that have some look fantastic. It has an excellent opening theme and animation, while the ending is nice, too. Background music is also very good.
As engrossing as the story is, and as beautiful as the animation is, the real highlight is the strong cast of relatable, down-to-earth characters. Balsa is an instantly likeable, strong female lead. While working as Chagum's bodyguard, Balsa takes on a motherly role, raising him and showing him what life is like outside the castle walls. There are some powerful character moments here that are on another level compared to most anime.
Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit gets my highest recommendation. This is an excellent and smart show, with a great cast and a good, solid story from start to finish. One of the few shows that ever made me cry, too. Do not miss this.
Written by Marc Frost on
Very little profanity.
Some fighting, with blood and a few deaths. Not that violent overall, though.