Seirei no Moribito

Seirei no Moribito (2016)

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Balsa (Haruka Ayase) is a 30-year-old female bodyguard-for-hire. Her life changes when she saves Imperial Prince Chagumu who is being carried away by a raging river. They then attempt to return the great egg of the water spirit, which is in Prince Chagumu's possession to its source in the sea. Along the way, they are hunted by hired assassins.

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May 14, 2016
  • Overall 9.5
  • Story 9.5
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 10
Let me start by saying that I haven't seen the anime, and I haven't read the books either, so I don't know if this is a good adaptation or not. But I can definitely say that it's a great drama. I love a good fantasy, and this is a really good one.

The story isn't something that hasn't been done before, but it's really entertaining, and there were more fantasy elements than read more I initally expected. I think the pace was perfect, not too fast and not too slow, so you can get to know the characters but it never gets boring. That being said, I must warn you, it ends with a cliffhanger (season 2 starts in January).

The acting was pretty good too. I have never thought that Ayase Haruka was a really good actress, just an alright one. And I really didn't see her playing a credible action heroine. And yet, she really surprised me. She's great throughout the 4 episodes, and she has a very strong presence that makes for a great lead character. Most of the rest of actors were good too. I've always liked Higashide Masahiro a lot, and he's really good here. He's very funny and charismatic. Takashima Reiko was really funny too. Kimura Fumino is pretty good too, specially in the first episode. Kobayashi Kai is a bit annoying, and not the best of child actors, but I must admit the role was very difficult. Lastly, I won't say much about Fujiwara Tatsuya, because I've hated him for a long time, so I'm too biased (he overacts SO MUCH, it's incredibly annoying). Thank god he doesn't appear much.

The music was spectacular, it felt like listening to a movie soundtrack. Actually, most about this drama felt like a movie. All the technical aspectas were miles better than in the average j-drama. It's clear that they had a pretty big budget. The cinematography was great, and so were the costumes (even if a few of them were a bit ridiculous). The special effects were great, considering it's a J-drama (effects in j-movies aren't much better...). But mostly, I was shocked by how good the fight scenes were. They're the best fight scenes I've seen in a Japanese prodcution, drama or movie.

To sum up, I was pleasantly surprised by Seirei no Moribito in almost every way. I can't wait for the second season, even if there are still 8 months left. I guess in the meantime I'll have to watch the anime adaptation.
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    Mia_Chan 6 days ago

    OMG!! This is theremake of an anime I've watched. The anime was a masterpiece, guess I'll have to watch this

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    Tsuyu Nov 27, 2016

    As expected, Ayase is great in any role she plays. The perfect actress to portray Balsa, who is such a complex character. The fight scenes were awesome, yet not enough to compete with the anime.

    Quite a few changes in the adaptation, but that's okay. With only four episodes, you can only put in so much. The relationship between Chagum and his older brother should not have been changed, it would have added so much more feeling done correctly. Overall - 8 rating.

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    questdenied Sep 4, 2016

    I liked the first 2 episodes. The other 2 episodes not as much.

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    Chocobana Aug 30, 2016 - edited

    That cliffhanger at the end of season 1! From what I found online, season 2 is supposed to air sometime in 2017 and season 3 in 2018. It's going to be torture T_T I want to see Prince Chagum grow, too. Not sure if that happens or not.

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    HAMEX Jul 16, 2016

    This kind of genre is so hard to find, I feel so lucky to find this Moribito and craving for more fantasy-historical series,,

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    Shunaria Jun 24, 2016

    There are alot different between anime and live-action version
    Especially balsa personality
    She supposed to be mature woman around 30-year old not some wild robber around 20-year old

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    jED McC Jun 24, 2016

    knew this was based on an anime,. i think ived seen it but havent finished watchin it,.. hhmm

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    FlipsideC May 26, 2016

    Already longing for the second season! Really great is all I can say. Good time, well spent!

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    DaemonSaDia May 21, 2016 - edited

    Haruka is one of my favorite romantic leads and plays naive and vulnerable characters with a special kind of charm, so I was pretty concerned about how she would handle Balsa, the seemingly invulnerable bodyguard with a heart of stone. I'm truly impressed though. She does such an amazing job with the role that I feel bad for doubting her,

    And, yes, the dorama diverges from the anime, but not in the ways that I feel fundamentally matter. At its heart, the world, characters and mythology are familiar, but delivered in a fresh way. I don't feel that it betrays the spirit of the original. In fact, I think it adds a new dimension to it.

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    Kikka May 17, 2016

    loved it! xD That cliffhanger......makes me so curious!

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    Hana85 Apr 30, 2016

    Great dorama.

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    sambart Apr 26, 2016 - edited

    I cannot find this anywhere online...

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    Enevi Apr 12, 2016 - edited

    Oooook... I am confused... I am SO confused... Is that supposed to be Uehashi Nahoko's Moribito? It's not... Really. They took main characters and some elements of the story and mixed it with their own ideas... And I have really mixed feelings after watching this show. Some things are interesting but all in all, the source material is way much better than this. Was it really necessary to change original plot so much? And we're getting second season in 2017. And it's plot is supposed to be the adaptation of Yami no Moribito and the other sequels?... I don't know what to think about it...

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    Helene Mar 30, 2016 - edited

    anyone knows where i can watch this?

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    scarleT Mar 18, 2016 - edited

    AHHH one of my all-time favourite anime's!!! I hope they do this series justice!! Especially Balsa!! But, I'm worried a bit about Ayase... Balsa has awesome muscles... and I don't think Ayase has the built that I'm envisioning?... we'll see I suppose!

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      scarleT Mar 19, 2016 - edited

      :D :D I love the anime! Balsa is literally one of my top 5 favourite characters of life lol. I haven't! But I just looked it up and saw that she stars in that taiga drama... interesting... now I'm excited to see what she looks like in costume for Moribito... it gives me a bit more hope. I think aside from wanting the story to 'accurately' reflect the intensity of the story, I really wanted the battles to be well done. But I think you made a great point! Plus, I just noticed they plan to cover A LOT, so I'm sure over time (if we all get good vibes from this show) it'll probably just keep getting more awesomer.

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      Reyna-Roma Mar 19, 2016

      yes i hope they capture it well. The animation was amazing on this one. If you have not watched Cyborg She i highly recommend it one of my favorite movies and Ayase stars in it.
      By the way love your avatar spirited away :)

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      scarleT Mar 19, 2016

      I know, right? I think so too! After watching it, I automatically gave it a 10 on MAL. Loved it to pieces. I will definitely check it out! Thanks for the recommendation!! Haha Spirited Away is one of my favourite films! Your avatar is pretty cool too, the skies remind me a bit of Clannad.

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      Reyna-Roma Apr 30, 2016 - edited
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Details

  • Country:

    Japan
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    4
  • Aired:

    Mar 19, 2016 to Apr 9, 2016
  • Network:

    NHK

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  • Score:

    8.0 (scored by 137 users)
  • Ranked:

    #918
  • Popularity:

    #2098

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