8.2
224 votes
Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit

Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit

NHK BS2 2007

Balsa the spearwoman is a wandering warrior, who takes on the task of saving lives, in atonement for a past sin. On her journey, she happens to save a prince, and is tasked with becoming his bodyguard. And he is going to need one, for his own father, the emperor, wants him dead. Throughout the story, Balsa's past will come to light and they will uncover mysteries about Chagum's condition while developing a family-like relationship with each other and others.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit

Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit - S1E26

#1 - Departure

8.63

Season 1 - Episode 26

Chagum returns to the palace and is named Crown Prince and Divine Hero of the People. While Chagum is reunited with his mother, Balsa contemplates the future. Chagum meets with Balsa and wants to run away with her, but Balsa's words give him the courage to stay. Her pledge finally fulfilled, Balsa departs for Kanbal.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit from 27 votes.

Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit - S1E25

#2 - Celebration

8.59

Season 1 - Episode 25

Balsa's group locate Chagum. The physical world and Nayug begin to merge. Balsa and the hunters manage to hold off endless waves of La Lunga long enough for the sun to rise. Tanda successfully extracts the egg and Chagum's life is saved.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit from 27 votes.

Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit - S1E3

#3 - Mortal Combat

8.57

Season 1 - Episode 3

Balsa discovers that she and Chagum are being followed. She has no choice by to fight against the pursuers. In the confusion Balsa loses Chagum. She manages to rescue him but due to her wounds, Chagum must carry on by himself to Tanda's hut.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit from 28 votes.

Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit - S1E22

#4 - Time of Awakening

8.56

Season 1 - Episode 22

Balsa continues Jiguro's story, and reveals the reason behind her oath to save eight souls. Balsa begins to train Chagum as they await the spring.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit from 25 votes.

Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit - S1E8

#5 - Swordsmith

8.52

Season 1 - Episode 8

Balsa visits a great swordsmith to get a new blade for her spear. The smith agrees to forge her new blade, once he is convinced that Balsa did not kill the prince.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit from 25 votes.

Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit - S1E24

#6 - The Last Hope

8.50

Season 1 - Episode 24

Balsa, Tanda, and the hunters chase after Chagum. Shuga and Torogai learn that the spirit will be born in another location and race to get there before dawn. When Balsa's group encounters the two La Lunga, Tanda learns how to harm the creatures, allowing the group to kill one of the egg eaters.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit from 22 votes.

Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit - S1E11

#7 - Flower Wine For Tanda

8.48

Season 1 - Episode 11

Unhappy with her arranged marriage, Saya's soul leaves her body. Tanda performs a soul call to guide her back. However, Tanda's soul becomes trapped in Nayug and needs Balsa's help to return to his own body.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit from 23 votes.

Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit - S1E23

#8 - In Pursuit of Sig Salua

8.46

Season 1 - Episode 23

Spring has arrived and Chagum has grown physically and mentally. Chagum and Balsa are reunited with Shuga and the eight hunters. The power of the Sacred Spirit begins to influence Chagum's actions, and La Lunga finally appears to claim the egg.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit from 24 votes.

Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit - S1E6

#9 - Death on Aogiri

8.41

Season 1 - Episode 6

Unable to determine Balsa's exact position, the Emperor's hunters split up. At the Aogiri Mountains they see Balsa and Chagum dragged down a cliff by a large wolf. They assume that Balsa and Chagum have died.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit from 27 votes.

Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit - S1E12

#10 - Solstice Festival

8.39

Season 1 - Episode 12

Chagum challenges a boy to a rucha match on the Summer Solstice festival. He asks Balsa to train him to fight. He fights the boy and wins the match. After the boy's father insults Chagum, Balsa steps in and defeats the father.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit from 23 votes.

Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit - S1E21
#11 - Jiguro Musa
8.38
Season 1 - Episode 21

The winter arrives and the mountains become impassable. Balsa tells Chagum the story of her guardian, Jiguro; how 24 years ago he decided to go against his Emperor in order to save Balsa's life.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit from 24 votes.

Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit - S1E18
#12 - The Ancient Village
8.33
Season 1 - Episode 18

Balsa, Chagum and Tanda travel to Inishie village in hope of learning the ancient story of the water spirit. They locate the village and listen to the ancient story. Chagum is horrified to learn that the spirit's "guardian" must die for the spirit to be born.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit from 24 votes.

Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit - S1E13
#13 - Neither Man nor Tiger
8.32
Season 1 - Episode 13

Balsa gets challenged to a duel by a former rival. The rival targets a traveling couple in order to draw out Balsa's anger. She attempts to protect the couple but ends up engaging in a fierce duel and allows her anger to overwhelm her. She wins the fight but thinks that she killed him; breaking her vow to never take a life.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit from 22 votes.

Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit - S1E2
#14 - The Hunter and the Hunted
8.31
Season 1 - Episode 2

Balsa makes preparations to leave the capital with Chagum. She must leave the city without being noticed; a task made difficult by the prince who has overcome with the grief of leaving his family. The Emperor dispatches four secret hunters to recover the prince and kill Balsa.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit from 26 votes.

Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit - S1E19
#15 - Flight
8.30
Season 1 - Episode 19

Chagum runs away in an attempt to return to the Yogo court and avoid being killed by the La Lunga (egg-eater). Determined to keep Chagum safe and bring him to Hunter's cave, Balsa goes after him. Seeing Chagum's distress, Balsa vows to keep him alive even if she must sacrifice her life.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit from 23 votes.

Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit - S1E10
#16 - Soil and Hero
8.29
Season 1 - Episode 10

Tōya teaches Chagum how to act more like a city dweller. After Chagum sees through a rigged gambling game, he is determined to teach the men a lesson and help the people get their money back.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit from 24 votes.

Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit - S1E16
#17 - In All Earnestness
8.26
Season 1 - Episode 16

Chagum's brother, Shagum, dies from overwork and grief leaving Chagum the heir to the throne. Shuga learns from the ancient scroll that the water spirit is not evil, and must be born in order to prevent the drought. Armed with this knowledge, Shuga leads the search for Chagum to bring him back to become the crowned prince.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit from 23 votes.

Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit - S1E20
#18 - The Hunter's Cave
8.26
Season 1 - Episode 20

Shuga and the hunters arrive in Inishie Village. Torogai tells Shuga of the egg eater. Shuga agrees to return to court and starts deciphering the remainder of the secret tome. Balsa, Chagum, Torogai and Tanda move to Hunter's cave, where they prepare for winter.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit from 23 votes.

Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit - S1E4
#19 - Torogai's Letter
8.24
Season 1 - Episode 4

Following Balsa's direction, Chagum successfully reached Tanda's house in the mountains. Balsa is able to catch up, but must now recuperate her strength. Balsa and Tanda nurture their relationship in the process.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit from 25 votes.

Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit - S1E14
#20 - The Knot
8.20
Season 1 - Episode 14

Torogai makes contact with the water beings of Nayug and discusses Chagum's current condition. Torogai discovers that the official Yogo founding history is false, and recounts her escape from the knot.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit from 25 votes.

Last updated: feb 01, 2021

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Seirei no Moribito (Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit) is just a fantastic series and one hell of a fulfilling adventure. After watching this series, I know one thing for sure and that is that Moribito is the definition of an anime journey. From start to finish, I was completely absorbed into the diverse and intricate fantasy world and mythos that Moribito created along with all the lovable and deep characters that were fleshed out over 26 strong episodes. And the driver behind all this was without a doubt the sensational developing relationship between Balsa and Chagum which correlated with and paralleled the realistic growth of Chagum from a naive and sheltered young prince into a hero truly worthy of leading an entire country (much more so than his clown of a father and mikado). I particularly loved how this show had a little bit of everything. Action, a well developed fantasy universe, fantastic characters, romance, and slice of life aspects. The list can go on and on. While the pace was a little inconsistent at times, you can't expect every episode to be full of excitement like the beginning or end of the series. Moribito is definitely an underrated series and should be watched by all fans of quality fantasy adventures.

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