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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Seirei no Moribito Episode First Impression

Drama: Seirei no Moribito or Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit (精霊の守り人)
Airs: Saturdays
Episodes: 22
Synopsis: Based on a popular manga of the same name. The story follows the heroine, Balsa (Ayase Haruka) as she takes on the job of being a bodyguard to a young prince. Believing that his son is possessed by a water demon, the king is determined to kill the young prince which means Balsa now has to protect the boy from a whole nation chasing after him. 

Seirei no Moribito Episode One Recap by Ninja
An extremely skilled female warrior, our heroine Balsa learned the art of fighting as a little girl from the hand of her guardian/mentor Jiguro. Reluctantly agreeing to his friend's plea to save Balsa's life, Jiguro was forced to killed men that were once his closest comrades when the king of Kanabal sends them to kill little Balsa. 

Respected for her great fighting skill despite being a woman, our heroine's life becomes complicated when she saves the life of Chagum, the second prince. Our main characters are not in the land of Kanabal so the emperor that will be mentioned later are not the same one that tried to kill Balsa. 
Instead of being rewarded for saving the life of Prince Chagum, Balsa is instead hauled off to the palace and interrogated. Not surprised when she is informed of her death sentence Balsa knows that the emperor is fearful that she has seen evidence of Prince Chagum being possessed by a water demon. When Balsa was trying to save Prince Chagum from drowning in the river, a bubble appeared and enclosed both of them. 
Desperate to save her son even if everyone is telling her that the water demon resides in Prince Chagum's body, the Second Empress breaks Blasa out of jail and hires her to protect her son from the emperor. 

Knowing full well that she is now on the run from the team of guards the emperor will surly send out after his son, Blasa none the less is determined to protect Prince Chagum with her life. 
Hiding from the emperor's guard that is quickly closing around them, Balsa relies on her friends' (usually people she saved before) help as she attempts to get out of the city with her charge. 

Up to this point we haven't seen too much evidence to prove that Prince Chagum is possessed by a water demon except the one time when the little boy sleep walks and Balsa notes that Prince Chagum's body smells like the water...a very particular water at that. 
Balsa's luck runs out when the emperor's guards catch up with her and a fierce fight ensues. Yelling at Prince Chagum to run away, a severely wounded Balsa throws herself at one of the last remaining guards.  

Ninja's First Impression:
Dang, Ayase Haruka is sure going all out for this drama but I love it! I am not familiar with the manga but judging by the little research I have done I think this show has a lot of promise. If the drama sticks close to the manga though there probably won't be much romance to speak of but judging by how great the first episode is I think this one might keep my interest even without the romance. 
The production of Seirei no Moribito is quite impressive given that it definitely makes one feel like you are watching a movie instead of a tv show. I am also quite happy with how the show has been able to make almost every single character we meet memorable, if not downright intriguing. The heroine's character is obviously my favorite but I was also very taken with the Second Empress. How can you not be impressed with a mother who is willing to do anything to save her son even if that means she has to face the wrath of an emperor. 
All in all, Seirei no Moribito is off to a good start and I am hopeful that it will continue to impress me. 

1 comment:

  1. I have read d manga and I actually loved it... d heroine was so badass... Thank you for ur 1st impression :)