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Moribito begins

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008

There’s not much to say about Seirei no Moribito really: it does not evoke any strong feelings, nor prompts any speculation. Undoubtedly a very strong production, pleasant to watch and all that, but something is not quite there. No idea what.

Balsa is sympathetic. Chagnum surprises with stoicism. I expected a different stereotype, the one of a prince thrown into commons: someone more whiny and snobbish, who may get reformed by hardships. But Moribito is a different kind of story.

Almost forgot: Aroduc once evangelized fights in J2 to me. Moribito definitely has the same feel, with the movements truly animated. Maybe even better than J2. Contrast this with FS/N, which looks cool but actually fakes most of it. I don’t care all that much, but a point worth noting for Aroduc’s disciples out there.

Don on Moribito

Sunday, February 8th, 2009

Don contrasts the anime and the book.

When you make a movie from a novel, the challenge is to see how much you can jettison and still have a story that makes sense. Making a teevee series from a novel presents the opposite problem: how do you fill thirteen or twenty-six episodes with perhaps 250 pages’ worth of material?

Samurai 7 faced a similar issue, resolved by creating 80% of the series from the whole cloth and appending it to the Kurasawa’s movie.

Moribito ends

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

There were really no surprises, and there is not much to write about, except one thing: they really outdone themselves animating the final 3 episodes. The characters went stronger on-model and generally a lot of effort was expended on all elements of the visual presentation.

Liked: Yes
Rewatch: Not likely, but would not object

One thing to rant about here is how it took me more than a year to complete the run (the opener post went up in December 2008), thanks to the leisurely release schedule. How is this acceptable, Media Blasters? I know that such things were the norm back in the 80s, when Pioneer made American fans to dangle for 6 months [!] between tapes (it was also a major cliffhanger with Ryoko about to strike and kill sleeping Tenchi). But this is not the 80s anymore. Moreover, considering how quickly DVDs go out of circulation on Neflix, there is very little chance that someone may be able to see all of the series if started late. Pure insanity, honestly.

Bloggers on Moribito

Sunday, February 21st, 2010

I cannot be bothered to do a proper round-up, but I kept a few links to read after the completion, some from 2007! There is no concern about spoilers for a story as straight as Moribito‘s, but I wanted to form my own impressions first.


I also want to mention that Seirei no Moribito had some interesting role reversals. We had the patient, easy-going Tanda as the traditional wife character, while strong, stoic Balsa was more of the husband. Heck, we even had Chagum giving birth in a rather uncomfortable scene (fortunately, they gave him a C-section). By defying stereotypes, Seirei no Moribito gave a freshness to the relationships between the characters, and these relationships really defined the series as a whole.

The spousal role reversal is not unknown in anime. Lafiel and Jinto make the most well known example, but there were also Feena and Tatsuya, etc. Moribito only combines this trick with the period piece setting.

Overall, Kabitzin liked the anime quite a lot, for all the right reasons.


Like everyone else, I felt frustrated by waiting for the pace to pick up, yet I never grew tired of Seirei no Moribito.

I did not feel any frustration, but then I was throttled by Netflix (actually ViZ’s release schedule).

Hikago is the most effusive:

An endearing show involving people from all walks of life, sewn together with superb story-telling. The greatest treat is that all the characters are written with intelligence, exuding a feeling of life and presence which can be quite refreshing. Production values are consistently exceptional throughout to boot.


by Sixten

Crunchy and MB lose the plot

Friday, August 6th, 2010

Crunchyroll announced, verbatim:

Thanks to the good folks at Media Blasters and Anime Works we will launch the first four episodes of MORIBITO: Guardian of the Spirit today!

The first four episodes of MORIBITO, directed by Kenji Kamiyama and produced by Production I.G., will be available to premium anime and all-access members, while only the first episode will be available to free users. The other three episodes will become available one month later on September 7 for free users. MORIBITO will be available to everyone in the US, Canada and all outlying US territories.

Looks like they are going to show 4 episodes only even for paying subscribers. What is the point of doing this? When ANN engaged in such stunts, it made sense because they were building up their capacity and learned to get into agreements. But for Crunchy it is just retarded.

P.S. My first thought was “What Will Beveridge Say”. He is a self-styled expert in the supriority of streaming, so surely he’d have something to say about this erzatz. As it turned out he have said his peace, and there is absolutely nothing there. Just no opinion at all.

UPDATE: Tim Peters e-mailed with a suggestion that it’s “a basic business practice for Media Blasters” that aims at selling DVDs. Obviously. The question is, what is in it for Crunchy? How much did MB pay them? ANN was desperate, Crunchyroll is not.

Aorii on Moribito

Sunday, December 26th, 2010

An unnecessarily spoiling review at Major Arcana finds deficiencies:

[..] what comes out is a vividly imaginative fantasy adventure that falls only one aspect short of ‘epic’.

[..] In the end, what I felt Seirei no Moribito lacked was scale. It failed to expand the scope after the initial focus to bring its characters life, and as a result it limited, if not completely downplayed, the impact of its climactic buildup and final resolution.

Personally I don’t think a failure to expand was even there, but here it is. The hive mind struggles to define what it was that Moribito lacked for success, which it clearly had in sights.

P.S. The climax was certainly climatic though… It dealt with climate.