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At a time when the balance of nature still held the civilizations of mankind in thrall, a single drought could spell the end of a society and doom its inhabitants to piteous deaths. Prince Chagum has been imbued with the power to stave off the drought and bring new life to his empire. However, this is a suspicious time, and he is accused of possession by an evil spirit.
Court advisors only see one solution. Chagum must be put to death by his own father's hand. His salvation is in the form of Balsa, a spear woman and mercenary from Kanbal, the kingdom across the mountains. Her skills are legendary, and although reluctant, she is held by a mysterious vow to save eight souls before she dies. Can she fend off an entire empire and make Chagum her eighth soul?
Complete Series. Contains 26 episodes on 4 discs.
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After watching the series I have come to the conclusion that it is one of the best out there. Many people seem to complain that it is too slow or that there is not enough action. For me, the whole point of the anime is about focusing on 'normal' human relationships and the ties that bind people together... not about massive explosions every five minutes or action scenes all the time.
You can take many themes from this anime,
- The relationship between rich and poor.
- How we should treat each other and help each other out.
- EVEN the natural environment and the humans relationship to it.
The visuals were... as they say... stunning! The relationship between Balsa and Chagum is the most touching thing in the world.
And for the feminists out there, you have Balsa as a good female example... not because she iis doing things that might be seen as a male role but because she is strong, hard and stoic and yet very tender and feminine.
It is a rather excellent series with great animation, that is appropriate to watch with younger viewers.
It tells the story of a young woman, very handy with her weaponry and on a mission to save eight lives as atonement for her own past. One day, she finds herself coming to the rescue of a young prince who has become considered cursed and consequently at grave danger from his own father. Entrusted by the boy's mother, Balsa takes on the role of bodyguard, fakes their deaths and goes on the run with the prince.
This story is as much about the life she establishes for them among the common people, with any battle scenes fitting perfectly in tune with the plotline as she battles to save her eighth and final charge. I also like how it wraps things up at the end i.e. unrushed and satisfying.
This is not the case with Moribito, as the story focuses mostly on Balsa and the Prince's journey struggling through being constantly on the run. You are led through a somewhat emotional journey rather than a lot of action scenes. However there are still a few visually stunning fight scenes within this piece, which does add even more flare to it.
As stated in other reviews Balsa is on the run with the Prince to atone for the past and the Prince is the last and eighth life to save. Throughout the story you meet numerous very likeable characters with the supernatural/spiritual element rife and key throughout the journey.
It was so in depth in places I felt like I was actually there within the story. 5 Stars is a fitting rating for this anime.
I am writing this review from the perspective of someone who really enjoys movies in general but also likes anime movies and series. I have a real interest in the Japanese language and so when I watch anime I always listen to it in Japanese and read the subtitles. I found the subtitles to be well done, updating at an appropriate pace - I regard myself as a reasonably slow reader and I think maybe once in the whole 26 episodes did I have to double-check what the subtitles said. I have some understanding of the Japanese language and I found the translation to be very good, accounting well for differences in culture. I rarely find that an English dub is well-enough cast that it is worth listening to but on one or two occasions I found myself accidentally switched to the English language (a fault with how I used my DVD player, nothing to do with any problem with the DVDs that I was watching) and it sounded like the voices might be okay - which probably means a better than average English casting.
The animation in this series truly is excellent and almost reaches the dizzying heights that would make it comparable with 5 Centimetres per Second. The music fits well with the series too.
I've recently watched a number of anime series, including Evangelion, Darker Than Black, East of Eden, Fractale, Noein, and Ghost In The Shell Standalone Complex. Of all of them, Moribito was one of the easiest to get into and I found it to be as excellent a watch as Darker Than Black although it really is quite different that series.
I have a nine year old son, whom I would be hesitant to show this to but he's not far off being able to see it, so the 12 rating is probably appropriate. I state this because it reminds me of another interesting aspect of the story, which is that human life is treated as being something to value for the duration of the story, which basically means there is no senseless violence to be seen. Or at least, that is my opinion.
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