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Old 2006-12-27, 21:15   Link #21
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Wow that trailer makes me want to watch it. Good fighting scenes are hard to come by and that sold me!
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Old 2006-12-28, 03:59   Link #22
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I'm excited to hear Menori again I hated UPS but I did like her character and voice! And Naoto Adachi is a real kid (he's... 13); so they're getting a... real kid to play Chagum (who is 11)! Cool. I remember they did it all the time in Mushishi to great effect, but those were episodic roles so I wonder how they'll handle doing this for an entire 26 episodes. I hope he doesn't get strained. Unless Chagum grows up and his voice breaks halfway or something like that (ala Capeta)

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Since I am really really interested in this show I will once again waste my time with lousy translations of relevant parts of the site... I say that I can't do this when school starts, but if (if's a big word!) this lives up to my expectations I'll be all over it like some slobbering... slobbering... I don't know what. Watch me fail my subjects . I'll shoot myself in the foot if this has been done somewhere else in English, of course...

(And I hope the forums don't die without a backup this time or it'll be like that Noein thread T_T)


I hope this will be of use to... well.. somebody.

Info sheet

Name: Seirei no Moribito / Guardian of the Sacred Spirit / 精霊の守り人
Length: 26 episodes [from I.G. site]
Starts: Spring 2006
Broadcaster: NHK BS-2 (satellite channel)
Websites: Official site | Production I.G. site | NHK site | ANN encyclopedia entry
Key Staff:
  • Original Novel: Shihoko Uehashi
  • Director: Kenji Kamiyama (GitS:SAC director)
  • Character designer: Gatou Asou (apparently he's an ero-mangaka?!)
  • Art director: Yuusuke Takeda (GitS:SAC, Yukikaze, Blood (not Blood+), Gankutsuou art director)
  • Production studio: Production I.G. (Surely you know?)
See ANN for a full staff list.

Key Seiyuu:
  • Barusa: Mabuki Andou (Menori in UPS, does mostly dubbing for foreign shows e.g. Angelina Jolie's role in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Naomi Watts' role in King Kong, Audrey Tatou's role in The Da Vinci Code etc.)
  • Chagum: Naoto Adachi (Kappeita in Capeta (first part), Kodama in ep 11 of Mushishi)
  • Tanda: Kouji Tsujitani (Dewey in Eureka 7, Yakumo in 3x3 Eyes, Miroku in Inuyasha, Raiel in VoH, etc.)
  • Nino-hi (Chagum's mother): Emi Shinohara (Xia Yu Fan in FMP:TSR, Satomi in IGPX, Youko in Marimite, Makoto Kino in Sailor Moon, etc.)
See ANN for a full cast list. (Compare with characters further down)

Three-line synopsis: Barusa, a tough 30-year-old woman, becomes the bodyguard of the 2nd Prince of Yogo, Chagum, in whose body lies the eggs of the legendary "Spirit of the Water", which is said to lay eggs only once every hundred years.
Chagum and Barusa must travel across the land and come to a solution while Chagum is being persued by things called "Nayugu" that are after the eggs.
This show is billed as an "Asian High Fantasy", take that as you will.

Stuff to look out for?: (Based on what I think)
  • Great production values (i.e. eyecandy)
  • Epic fantasy story (With 26 episodes hopefully it's tightly written!)
  • Mature themes/depictions (I should hope so!)
  • Rich settings - perhaps an uniquely East Asian taste?
  • Sexy ladies yay (to quote MrP, SAYA WITH A HALBERD) - and OK, hawt guys too now that I look at it
  • Good amount of (consistantly great, I hope) action
I sure have reduced it to very frivolous elements, haven't I.

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Disclaimer: The following is all translated from the official site, moribito.com, unless otherwise indicated. I have taken some liberties with the wording here and there. And if you can do a better job, which is probably the case, then please by all means retranslate, reword or point out errors. Don't kill me because I refuse to use the word "impregnate" on Chagum. Thank you.
Romanisations - I'm just using the Japanese katakana word for word. $deity knows if it's Barusa, Balsa (Balsamic vinegar...), Barsa or whatever. And so on. You decide, ok! If I see official romanisations I'll edit this post accordingly.

Story

Spoiler for Saving space:


And here is the NHK site one, because it has a few more details.

Spoiler for Saving space:


Characters

Spoiler for Saving space:


Random extra stuff gouged from 2ch (i.e. Don't take this as gospel truth or whatever.) (Well, there's some stuff from other places too.)

Yay, I get to use H-dono's favourite word! Desultory! This is all desultory. There. You know, the 2ch thread there is so terribly serious I almost wonder "is this 2ch?!".

Some of this can be backed up by this report of the anime event for this show.
Spoiler for Saving space:


And that's it from me for now. Hey, there's a lot less fangirling than usual in this post...

P.S. I just found this blog post with a synopsis of the first three chapters. There is a lot of stuff there; and details about the backstory. Cleared up some things for me too.
Do go check it out if you're wondering what the story'll be about. Of course if you do not want to be spoiled at all then don't go.

I think it will give you a good idea of what the story might be about, for sure. From what she described of the first three chapters, it looks like the first two could fit *perfectly* into one episode and then the next episode for chapter 3.
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Old 2006-12-28, 07:38   Link #23
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Wonderful post wao. Loads of info there and the thoughts that immediately leap to my slightly addled post-festive overloaded mind:

- Barasu 30 years old? She looks much younger in the face, eyes especially, although physically she is about right, I suppose. Motoko + Saya v1.0. I love the way she uses her halberd in the trailer; how she doesn't take the covering off to fight lesser opponents (like Donnie Yen in Hero).

- Barasu's teacher, and apparent sinner. Do we know what he/she did that was so terrible that Barasu travels Yogo correcting his/her sins? Anyway that gives our heroine a juicy angsty backstory...

- The cruel Emperor, his motives for offing Chagum seem a little suspicious and unclear.That blog suggests he is motivated by a need to retain faith in the Royal family and that he believes Chagum is possessed. Maybe he also favours Shagum over his second consort's child, adds a potential Royal blood fued into the mix.

- The Water Spirits eggs in Chagum. A bit yeuw! that, but explains the bit from the trailer with Barasu apparently being able to breathe underwater whilst saving Chagum. Chagum's a boy so this is a bit odd (at least to me).

- The Nayugu, Moribito's Chiropterans perhaps? But if the egg-laying Water Spirit itself is a Nayuga then are these others canabalistic or something?

- The season spanning storyline (try saying that after a few), should allow for some gorgeous backgrounds with use of colour, textures etc...

- Kamiyama's comments about Mononoke Hime was interesting, when I first saw the second trailer I did think of the movie. I guess it was the aesthetics of the landscapes and the lighting and other such superficial things.

Anyway this is very exciting stuff. There are other contenders but Moribito, on production values alone, is the BIG one for me in 2007...

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Old 2006-12-28, 08:41   Link #24
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Oh yes. Production values. I won't be surprised a single jot if the show turns out to be not as amazing as the trailer, but for $deity's sake, surely it means at least episode one will be of that quality? There's something about it that makes it seem prettier than usual; it's got that sort of movie sheen to it... Perhaps more frames or the way it's composed or something. *watches trailer again and gets excited*

I was wondering the same thing about the Nayugu thing. Perhaps it's just something like there's Good Nayugu and Bad Nayugu and the Water Spirit thing is a good one. Although I agree, I kept having to translate "the eggs of the water spirit are in Chagum.." and squirming at the same time. For $deity's sake, stop making it sound like... like that! Gah.

One thing that got me annoyed while I was writing the thing is how I keep confusing the characters' names with those from other shows or with other words. Seriously!

1. I KEEP writing Barusa as Paruza so many times it's not funny. Even then almost every time it ends up as Baruza.
2. And Chagum? I don't think I need to mention that other NHK anime, with a character aclled Changgeum... how many times did I type Changum unwittingly while writing that post, I don't know.
3. I keep typoing Tanda as Danda or... or Tandy. Tandy of all things... he's not a computer...
4. Torogai? I almost typed it in the character chart as "Tonakai" (reindeer). Or Tonogai or something.

At least I don't think of "Sugar" when I write about "Shuga"...
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Old 2006-12-28, 09:02   Link #25
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Isn't Seirei no Moribito world supposed to be a mix of faux-Korean with faux-Chinese?

I think the spellings should at least reflect that. Straight kana transliterations are meh...
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Old 2006-12-28, 09:09   Link #26
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Well, I completely give up on trying to predict Japanese official transliterations no matter what the situation. Sure, this isn't Code Geass (...Rivalz, anyone?) but... I'm too lazy to change back and forth.

Although I do assume it has to be Chagum/Chageum rather than Chagumu, I don't get enough of the "feel" to confidently say what the transliterations really are. I figured that as long as it's enough for people to figure out who's who that's enough for now. When it comes to discussing the actual show and *gasp* subs of it or whatever, then that'll be another issue...

But that's still a few months off, I guess. What would you suggest though, just out of curiosity? I can't be arsed to change the thing of course,...
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Old 2006-12-28, 16:14   Link #27
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That's almost impossible to say definitively until we either know some context or get clues from the production team.

I'd say that Barsa and Chagum are the versions I feel most at ease with right now.
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Old 2006-12-30, 17:27   Link #28
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Is the Comiket trailer on Youtube the same as the one on the official site? I think my computer died the last time I tried to watch that one.

Anyway, regardless - holy cow, I cannot wait for this show to air. The animation quality is AMAZING in that trailer.

(also the plot sounds awesome, but still - SHINY ANIMATION!)
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Old 2006-12-30, 23:14   Link #29
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Old 2006-12-31, 00:37   Link #30
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Is the Comiket trailer on Youtube the same as the one on the official site? I think my computer died the last time I tried to watch that one.

Anyway, regardless - holy cow, I cannot wait for this show to air. The animation quality is AMAZING in that trailer.

(also the plot sounds awesome, but still - SHINY ANIMATION!)
Which one? If you mean this then it's almost the same as the trailer (except without the idiotic music in the background, of course), both of which are different from the pilot film.

Personally now that I rewatch it I realise I dislike the music on the trailer but the one in the pilot film was just bloody awesome. I wish they'd use it in the show.
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From Production I.G's Japanese website. Chibi Barsa ~ kawaii.
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Old 2007-01-12, 14:43   Link #32
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when i saw that thread name, the only word that popped into my head was classy. Kamiyama had a stellar, sophisticated production in SAC and NHK has funded strong works that seem a tad more classy then what you see on other networks (planetes and the twelve kingdoms) so I'm definetly gonna check the pilot. I'm kicking myself that I didn't partake in Chevilear before it was licenced as that looked really classy itself (Wowow seems like a network with some interesting avant-garde works as well, no?).
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Old 2007-01-19, 23:43   Link #33
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Here's the trailer...looks so good!

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From Production I.G's Japanese website. Chibi Barsa ~ kawaii.
Thats cute and.. the complete opposite from what we have seen of her.

After watching Tokyo Majin Gakuen Kenpuchou and seeing the animation, I'm even more pressed to watch this to see if it is as good as the trailers show!
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I wouldn't be surprised for Production I.G. making chibi omakes later in the future as part of DVD extras.
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Old 2007-02-07, 13:03   Link #36
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NHK normally gets classy anime so this should be worth a watch. On another note, Is NHK BS Channels more well known then wowow? I know that Wowow shows a lotta hot imported US drama and holllywood movies.
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Yes, they're definitely much more well known. I don't know about the reset of NHK BS's lineup though apart from anime.
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Little bit of news - L'arc~en~ciel are providing the OP, called SHINE. They (or Hyde as it was) also did one of the Blood + OPs as I recall. The ED is by someone called Sachi Tainaka, who I've never heard of but who did the Fate Stay Night OP apparently.
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Old 2007-02-26, 12:18   Link #39
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After checking out this thread, it is almost definite that I will blog this series because the whole theme plus the fact that it's done by the same people who did Chevalier intrigues me.

I cannot wait for the first episode to start.
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BTW, this series premieres on the 7th of April.
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