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Seirei no Moribito

Alt titles: Guardian of the Sacred Spirit

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In the feudal kingdom of Yogo, a dark secret is threatening its proud imperial family, and the Emperor intends to destroy it before it leaks out. Unfortunately this dark secret resides within his son, the young and innocent Second Prince Chagum. Enter Balsa, a wandering warrior who has sworn to save eight lives in penance for those she has taken during her violent career. Upon accepting her role as protector to Chagum, her eighth and final job, the two begin a perilous journey that tests not only their physical endurance and mental resolve, but also the tentative relationship they build along the way. Will Balsa fulfill her penance and protect Chagum as he seeks to understand the nature of his secret? Or will the Emperor's relentless assassins and other powerful enemies get them first?

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Seirei no Moribito 2007 TBD
Name Role
Gatou ASOU Character Design
Kenji KAMIYAMA Director
Kenji KAWAI Music
Akio MATSUDA Producer
Shinjiro YOKOYAMA Producer
Hisako MATSUMOTO Producer
Tomoyasu NISHIMURA Producer

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Seirei no Moribito Sheex 8/10 Jan 10, 2008
Guardian of the Sacred Spirit Sheex 8/10 Jan 10, 2008
Seirei no Moribito VivisQueen 8/10 Oct 28, 2007
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Seirei no Moribito Rbastid 8/10 Oct 26, 2013
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Seirei no Moribito Teka123 10/10 Dec 23, 2012
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Kemono no Souja Erin

Kemono no Souja Erin

In the war against neighboring countries, the Grand Duke’s warriors use dragon-like beasts called Touda as weapons. Touda are admired across the nation and villages take great pride in breeding them. Erin lives in one such village with her mother, Soyon, who is the best beastinarian in the country. However, life in the village is not so straightforward: Soyon is also an Ariyo, a woman of the Mist People - a race that is feared by humans for its mystical abilities. So that she and Erin can stay in the village, Soyon must flawlessly fulfill her duty capturing and disciplining the Touda; but while Erin wants nothing more than to become a beastinarian, she also feels sorry for the Touda and recognizes that there’s far more to them than meets the eye. Can Erin ever become an ordinary beastinarian when her deepest instincts tell her there is a better way to interact with the Touda?

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The main character in both animes is a young kid (girl in Erin, boy in Seirei) who holds some sort of special power. For a various reasons both childs are separated from their real parents and live in a place hidden from the main problems of their country ( intrigues, wars, draught etc. )

In both shows there is a medieval oriental society, and some of the side characters are gathered at the royal court.

And of course both shows are made by the same stuff, so there is similar mood, pace and drawing style (though Erin is more childish at times )


These shows each feature a child that gets taken from their home, learns various things on their journey and is of some sort of interest to the rulers of the lands. Not to metion that they're both written by the same person.


Seirei no Moribito and Kemono no Souja Erin will appeal to the same fans because of their steadily-paced, character-focused, and lore-heavy approach to portraying the interrelationship between humans and nature. Seirei no Moribito has the added attraction of some great fight scenes and spectacular animation, but Kemono no Souja Erin is also adorably unassuming. Oh, and both are based by books of the same author, Nahoko Uehashi.


After watching both animes (I saw Seirei a few years before Erin); I immediately thought of the other after getting into the story line.  They are not so similar in premise that you feel like you're getting the same thing with different characters but familar enough in the sense that you enjoy the watch.

Seirei is more action based and centralizes two character's relationship with each other where Erin involves many different arcs and story line progressions.  

They are both set in feudal times so the feel of the story's universe are simalar.  If you liked one, consider checking out the other for a change of pace yet familar watch.  


Brilliant animation and accompanied music, plot is solid and written by the same author! And unlike other main female leads, this one packs a punch :) ENJOY!!-this is a very under rated anime

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To make money, high school student Shinkurou Kurenai works for the secretive Benika as a "dispute mediator," acting to intervene in the disputes of clients – often violently. One day, Benika gives him a much different assignment: to protect Murasaki Kuhoin, a seven-year-old girl from the wealthy Kuhoin family. This turns out to be a more troublesome task than he expects, as Murasaki is spoiled, naive, and completely unaware of what life is like outside of the luxurious one she had previously. He also has no idea why Murasaki needs his protection, though he is slowly obtaining details from a well-informed classmate. Adding to his problems, Shinkurou still must continue to do his previous work for Benika and take care of his social relationships in school while protecting Murasaki, complicating his entire life. Nonetheless, as time passes, he and Murasaki grow close; however, trouble brews in the shadows as everyone - including Shinkurou - seems to be harboring secrets...

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Both have the older person taking care of the younger person. Both have action, and caters more to the characters' growth and development.

Chagum and Murasaki are stubborn kids who come from very aristocratic families as they are thrust into a new world where they must adapt to conditions around them. Shinkuro is also a bit of a younger Balsa, and both end up having a deep caring for their wards and what's best for their ward.

Kurenai is much more slice of life set in a modern (yet different) setting, where Seirei no Moribito branches off into a fantastical direction.


Plot-wise, Kurenai and Seirei no Moribito are similar: both tell the story of a bodyguard who must protect a young child whose powerful family puts him/her in danger. But there is more that ties these titles together such as the unique dynamics between the protected child and the protector who establish a bond of friendship and dedication. With a realistic art direction these anime stray far from clichés and offer an interesting character study as well as a social comment on current Japan (in Kurenai's case) and on Feudal times (Seirei no Moribito). Fans of one are strongly advised to give the other a try.


They share a similar basic premise 'common' body guard protects noble child and their relationship develops.

In many ways they compliment each other, where Kurenai is weak; the slightly unoriginal story, undeveloped setting and lacklustre fight scenes Seirei no Moribito is stronger; the setting was more developed and story although not earth shartteringly original was more detailed and fleshed out, the fight scenes were astounding well down and good pieces of story telling in their own right.

I would argue that although not necessarily more likeable the main characters of Kurenai are more detailed and real while despite thinking Balsa one of my favourite characters she seems flatter in comparison. 


Kurenai is about the relationship between a little girl and an older guy who has to protect her. Sound familiar? You should definetly check kurenai out, as it shares the same basic principles as serei no moribito. It also has a similar feel to this anime, although it is a tad bit more light hearted.


Both shows are about someone who becomes a surrogate parent for a child and has to protect that child. And both shows have a lot of action. If you like one you should watch the other.

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Princess Mononoke

Princess Mononoke
  • Movie (1 ep x 134 min)
  • 1997

With the rise of the Iron Age in feudal Japan, man and nature grow increasingly at odds. As mankind infringes more and more into the kingdom of the beasts, many of the elder animal gods begin to succumb to their rage, cursing themselves as they lash out at rural and urban settlements alike. When a young Ashitaka, hero of his village, is imparted with one of these curses after slaying a crazed god, he forces himself into exile to prevent further harm to his village. As he ventures out into the world, however, he discovers just how dire the straights have become - with man and beast ready to break into all out war, his curse becomes the least of his problems. As both sides teeter dangerously on the side of outright slaughter of one another, Ashitaka sets his own problems aside and, using his charisma and honor, seeks to quell the hatred before it gets beyond repair - but will he be in time or is he simply delaying the inevitable?

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These anime share a same sort of 'feel'. That is, if it is the touch of mythology (spirits, shamanic magic) that you enjoyed about the one, then you will find that same sort of treatment in the other. I believe the general era setting in both is quite similar too, with sprawling grassland/forest beautifully contrasted with busy and detailed towns in a similar fashion. Action in both is treated with beauty and very fast-paced. The theme of nature and humans being in conflict is evident in both too, while more prominent in Princess Mononoke. As for differences, I'd say Seirei no Moribito has a more mature look


Seirei and Princess Mononoke have wonderfully vibrant and lush animated environments. Both stories are set in fantastical worlds and involve the struggle between humanity and nature to control the land. The protagonists walk the line between the two, slowly unraveling the larger motives behind each side. Each is solid in every respect.


Seirei no Moribito is basically Mononike-hime in series, rather than movie, format. In addition to being animation masterpieces, both share a very serious, relatively accurate portrayal of realistic feudal Japan weaved with light mysticism; though Mononoke-hime gives its supernatural elements slightly more emphasis. Given their huge number of similarities in thematics and presentation, if you enjoyed one the other is a guaranteed hit, most especially if you enjoy the portrayal of iron age Japanese history.


Both have great-looking, vivid animation and nice action sequences/fighting.  Both also have strong female lead characters.


They both radiate with a certain atmosphere that can't be explained with words, you just gotta see it yourself. I've seen Mononoke for the first time like 10 years ago, and i watch it every now and then, but as soon as i finished first few episodes of seirei i immediately thought of mononoke. It feels like two sides of a coin. Strongly recommend. Peace out <3

Gedo Senki

Gedo Senki
  • Movie (1 ep x 115 min)
  • 2006

In the lush fantasy world of Earthsea, dragons and humans no longer live together as one due to the greed of humanity. It is in this world that the young Prince Arren lives – a young man who is dejected, tormented, and afraid of the ultimate goal of life: death. After killing his father and stealing an heirloom sword forged by magic, Arren sets forth with his trusty steed into the unknown countryside, experiencing the joys and darkness of mankind. Along with the powerful mage Sparrowhawk, an unlikely friend and his own personal angst, Arren must rediscover his desire to live while evil forces threaten his precious life's existence.

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In both Gedo Senki and Seirei no Moribito, a young prince escapes to save his life and matures while living a life as a commoner. Throw in a magician, exotic settings, dark spirits and a smidgeon of philosophy to get an exciting fantasy adventure in each anime.


Seirei no Moribito and Gedo Senki are both anime based on outstanding fantasy novels, even the main plot and ideas are very similar. If you liked one, you should give the other one a try. Enjoy!


Both anime are adaptations of two long series of fantasy novels. The fantasy element is very beautifully portrayed with artistic novelties (e.g. the sketch effect on Earthsea, 3d scenes in Seirei no Moribito), ethnic traditions, astonishing landscapes and ethnic music.

The plots have a very common element: the main characters try to follow a peaceful life but there is always trouble ahead. Also their dilemmas are not conventional at all as well as the storylines.


Both anime involve a prince who learns by living as a commoner. Both princes have the guidance of an experienced older person, Balso and Sparrowhawk. And both face tremedous odds.

Both anime have a well balanced mixture of fantasy and philosophy.

Samurai 7

Samurai 7

In an age when samurai enhanced their bodies mechanically, a great war broke out. After the war's end, these "Bandits" (having become mere robbers) have lost their samurai code and now rob villages for their rice and women. The peasants of Kanna Village are filled with despair and agree to hire some samurai to retaliate, but with only rice in their food stores and no money to offer, it seems that time is running out. Now, the villagers must set out to look for samurai willing to accept such a deal -- but are there still such men that abide by the samurai code, and protect the weak?

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Both Seirei and Samurai 7 excel at combining a fairy tale-like plot with incredible animation. Though the plots are very different and Samurai 7 has strong steampunk elements, if incredible and well-animated fight scenes are your cup of tea, check these out.


The fighting, which is an important factor in both, is styled and choreographed in a similar fashion. Color pallet, stylization, and line quality are also very similar (they look the same) Though one is about warring and the other about singular battles, the feelings of saving something are equally important to the plot. You will surly like one if you like the other


Both Samurai 7 and Moribito have strong stories that have a similar progression propelled by both deep and interesting characters, as well as a plot line. Each is about warrior(s) that fight against a Kingdom for a greater good and have their fair amount of action and plot.

For people like me who care about art, the art-style also has a similarity, though Moribito's is cleaner looking.


Both have similar art styles, have interesting elements not found in other anime and contain plenty of fighting.

Samurai 7 is more humorous, while Seirei no Moribito is more tranquil and thought provoking.

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