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Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit Series Part 1 [Blu-ray]


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  • Actors: Mabuki Andou, Naoto Adachi, Kouji Tsujitani, Ako Mayama
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Anime Works
  • DVD Release Date: February 22, 2011
  • Run Time: 300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004FK5E2A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,289 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The fighting scenes are intense and just enthralling to look at.
D.C.
This series also has plenty of great characters, and a very good story with plenty of action and drama.
KevinB
It takes the time to develop the characters so that they feel like real people.
Joel Sanet

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Keith A. Jones on September 20, 2008
Format: DVD
What can I say about Guardian of the spirit that would truly let people know that it is no joke. Well to start it off, when I saw the first episode I got the same feeling I had when I saw the first episode of Cowboy Bebop. (Definitely Not Comparing The Two) but it just gave me that same feeling. It has that remarkable originality, beautiful animation, and a nice story that was a bit hard to predict at first. Nobody likes a flick they can predict right?

Moribito Guardian of The Spirit is about a traveling warrior named Balsa. Balsa starts out just looking for a blacksmith to fix her spear. Right here is when I'm thinking that a spear as her primary weapon may not add that spark to the action. Of course I was incredibly wrong. While on her Journey, Balsa saves a young prince from drowning. The prince's bodyguards don't exactly treat her as if she just did though. She gets away but is tracked down later, not without a fight though. The guards apologize and ask Balsa to come to the palace with them so she can be properly thanked.

The queen finds out that Balsa is actually a bodyguard. What the queen didn't know is that Balsa only guards people who remind her of past comrades that died. She wants to atone for her warriors life.She is asked to take the prince away and guard him forever. The boys own father is trying to kill him. Now Balsa and the young prince will embark on one long journey to escape the kings grasp. Can Balsa survive with the king sending such heavy weapons at her?

OK lets get it started, Balsa is an amazing character and one who has room to expand. A major problem with anime that tanks is that they lack good characters and good character development. Coyote Ragtime Show is one example of a series not have a dynamic main character.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By MoT on November 25, 2011
Format: Blu-ray
I've only just "discovered" this recently and must say it was refreshing. The animation quality is top notch because if you'd told me it was a series at first I wouldn't have believed it. Money was spent doing this right. Another upside is that even with all the action it doesn't fall prey to an all together common failing with anime lately: the habit of throwing everything but the kitchen sink into a wild melee where the eye has little chance to rest. Being able to blind someone with action doesn't mean you have or even NEED to. Story driven series with first rate art and humane pacing are always at the top of my list and this ranks up there with the best.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By CMTyssen on June 15, 2009
Format: DVD
This series is worth adding to anyone's anime collection. The quality of story telling, character design and story is better than 90% of what else is out there. Others have given their recaps of the story line. I just want to point out that this anime series accomplishes two unusual things. First, the action and fight sequences are increadibly well portrayed: fluid, dynamic and eye popping. It's all rendered in a way that recalls the very best of what we might expect from a great live action martial arts movie. Second, the civilization portrayed by the series feels like a real place. In the way that Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings movies made you feel as if Middle Earth was a real place, Moribito accomplishes the same thing. Science, superstition, magic, fate, art, ceremony, humdrum economics... it's all rendered in detail. The attention to detail and realism builds until you are completely engrossed. And with likable characters thrown in, you really can't lose with Moribito.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By R. Lusk on March 26, 2011
Format: Blu-ray
"Seirei no Moribito" or "Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit" is about a traveling warrior and bodyguard named Balsa, "The Spear Woman of Kanbal".
As Balsa is traveling the land, in part to fulfill a vow she made long ago, she comes across a prince of an Imperial Family. His name is Chagum, and Balsa is witness to a supposed accident that nearly claims the young princes' life.
After saving the prince, Balsa is invited to the Imperial Palace where the second empress pleads with Balsa to take her young son away and become his bodyguard, as she fears his life may very well be near it's end.
Chagums' father, the Imperial Emperor, believes his son the prince is possessed by an evil spirit and must be offered up as a sacrifice so that his Kingdom will not experience a deadly drought. Although most of the Imperial court is reluctant to go through with this, they see no other way to save their homeland.

After firstly declining her request, Balsa accepts the task. Balsa also has good reason to save this young boy, as she has vowed to save the lives of eight people in order to attone for a "sin" that lays heavy in her heart. Balsa and Chagum flee from the palace, with some help from the second empress, and our story starts to unravel.
If Balsa succeeds in saving Chagum, this would be the eighth and final life she has saved.

Great opening, yeah? That's just the first episode. There is so much to love about Moribito, I could write all day about it.
The animation production by I.G. is amazing. The english dub is also surprisingly good. And Balsa has to be one of the most powerful and courageous female leads anime has given us.
Alot of you will no doubt have seen or heard about this fantastic anime, as it aired on Cartoon Networks Adult Swim in 2008 and 2009.
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