Last, the story and the pacing, which were really superb! This ran for two cours, and aside from the fact that it ended really neatly, with no loose ends whatsoever, there wasn’t a single chapter that bored me. Every episode included important parts of the plot! Even if you think that one of them seemed useless or random, at the end you’ll realize that it foreshadowed a key element for the finale, or contributed to someone’s character development! Aside from that, there’s a wonderful balance between the story and the fighting scenes. There was never a dull moment! Truly, this was a marvelous show!
Art & Music
I usually only consider an anime incredibly great when the writing and the visuals go hand in hand. And Seirei no Moribito is exceptional! As a novel adaptation, it’s crucial for the art to properly translate what the author visualized, and I believe it did a really awesome job with that! Part of the reason why I became so enamored with its world was because of all the designs, from the art style and the scenery to the characters! Plus, never did I find a single animation cut dull or derpy. The action scenes were all so exciting; the dramatic ones clearly showed the characters’ expressions! I can just imagine all the hard work the staff at Production I.G put in to researching different cultures and fighting moves, as well as being able to animate each scene well! Seriously, I’m just so amazed…
Of course, the music deserves a lot of praise as well, since they truly make you feel as if you were there! Each scene was filled with even a whole lot more emotion due to the BGMs! Match that with amazing voice acting by the seiyuu who brought the characters to life, and you’re immediately sucked into the show!
Themes & Trivia
Novel: Seirei no Moribito was originally a fantasy novel, the first in the Moribito series written by Uehashi Nahoko. It’s also been adapted into other media: manga and live-action.
The cost of protecting others: Balsa swore to save eight souls to atone for the eight warriors who were killed to protect her when she was younger. However, to be able to safely guard the people she’s protecting, the best would be to kill her opponents, right? It’s just a cycle of death. So, by the time it was Chagum’s turn to be saved, she’s promised to do so without killing anyone again. Isn’t she great?
Preserving culture: Once you get in on the whole series, you’ll realize just how much trouble they would’ve avoided had the New Yogo Empire just respected the Yakue’s folklores and lifestyle. Then again, most of the Yakue became lenient in preserving their own culture, too.
I’m a huge fan of historical anime, so I’ve always been on the lookout for rare gems such as this show. In fact, it’s one of my favorite anime! I’ve watched it a bunch of times and I still can’t get enough of it! Seriously, give this a try and you won’t regret it! Then, let’s hope together that the next novels get a chance to be animated too!
A Story of Fantasy
- The cast are all likable! None of them are plain good or evil!
- Excellent world-building! Goals!!
- The writing is A++!! There’s a subtle plot twist, but it was terribly crucial for the characters!
- Lots of lessons to be learned.
- The ending was lovely and bittersweet.