The Facts are These:
The young prince of the New Yogo Empire has been possessed and because of this will be killed to maintain the royal family’s honour. The empress hire a bodyguard that had saved the prince early from an assassination attempt to protect him, for the rest of his life. It is up to the bodyguard Balsa to protect this boy, who may be possessed by something that could affect the balance of the world hangs in the balance.
This series was good, the storytelling was awesome and the backgrounds were beautiful. They built this beautiful world in the story and by the end you understand a majority of how this world of theirs works. Though, when watching this show I was subconsciously comparing it to its sister series Kemono no Soja, which I absolutely adored. Comparing the two, this series did not hit me the way Kemono no Soja did. Sure one is a fantasy drama and this is fantasy drama with more action and by the way the action was incredible. I was not able to connect to this series that way I did Kemono no Soja because we go through Erin’s whole life, in Kemono no Soja, we go through her high points and low points, you grow immensely attached to her and other characters because of this, we don’t experience this with Seirei no Moribito. I will say this though Nahoko Uehashi knows how to write great female leads, both of his main female characters would be in my top for best female characters. The more the show progresses the more we learn about the main characters, especially Balsa. We learn how Balsa was in a similar situation to Chagum, which has been hinted on before, but never out right told till the end.
Behind the Scenes:
The series is based on the novel series of the same name by author Nahoko Uehashi, who other works include The Beast Player (Kemono no Soja). The series was directed by Kenji Kamiyama whose other works include Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex and Eden of the East. The series was produced by Production I.G. with their previous works including FLCL and xxxHolic. The series is license for distribution Viz Media (US) and MVM Entertainment (UK), it was ired on the Adult Swim block of Cartoon Network, but now it can be viewed on Neon Valley. The opening song is “Shine” by L’Arc-en-Ciel, here it is for you to enjoy…
A Brief View of the World:
The world of Seirei no Moribito, as a world of the past, showing us a similar look into how the world operated before advanced technology. Rural towns and warfare, though it does show impressive technological feats for the time, for example a flame-thrower or the New Yogo castle. This world is heavily influenced in mysticism, with the lives of spirits having a huge effect on the world we live in.
The series was good, but not spectacular as I was expecting it to be. I was expecting something similar to The Beast Player, but got a different, though still enjoyable series. Overall it was not jaw dropping amazing, the characters were great and action was good, but it is still just okay.
The series is rewatchable with only 26 episodes, it is an interesting series and has great characters.
Kemono no Soja – For the sister series to this one and the one I find stronger.
Hero’s Tale – For a similar setting and good story, made by the creator of Fullmetal Alchemist.
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