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?
In the revolutionary Meiji period, Japan is undergoing enormous political change. It is a time when vagabonds and terrorists will use any method to prevent the modernization of their country, even if it means trampling on the innocent in the process. In such a time, Himura Kenshin, a wandering samurai, has dedicated his life to protecting the weak and desperate peasants from those who would oppress them. However, Kenshin has a dark past which threatens to destroy the values he is fighting for. When he meets his new friends Kaoru, Sanosuke, and Yahiko, and tries to build a peaceful life with them, events conspire against him. Can Kenshin overcome the demons within and without, and finally ensure the peaceful future that Japan deserves?
What these two series have in common is that their protagonists are very similar. Both Kenshin and Balsa are haunted by their the ghosts past and seek atonement. At the same time, they are both wanderers in search of a place of their own in a world which doesn't seem to accept them (anymore)
And both series are also very slow-paced. Taking their sweet time to set up plot-points and introduce characters. Whether you can appreciate that is up to you. But it's an approach to storytelling that both of these series endorse.
Ever since I finished watching Kenshin, I was unable to find something that matched its greatness, until years later when I found Seirei no Moribito. Balsa and Kenshin are amazingly similar in personality, and are very wise and strong. Both have stories of unspoken love, and amazing action scenes and story lines. I wish someone had recommended this to me. These two anime are a must see.
I found both these two animes amazing... Although Rurouni Kenshin (manga preferably) is still better I thought they both had very similar themes and settings. Seirei no Moribito and Rurouni Kenshin both have a strong protagonist who is trying to atone for the killing of people in the past. The art style is beautiful and the soundtracks are not to be missed (I'm a huge anime ost junkie). Each plot follows a hugely different path and yet the similarities between the two stories is unmistakable.
D'Eon is a French nobleman bent on serving his Divine Majesty Louis the XIV to the best of his abilities, following in the footsteps of his beloved sister Lia de Beaumont. However, his straight-forward role with the secret police is interrupted by the sudden death of his sister while on a diplomatic mission in foreign lands. In his desire to find the truth of her murder, he comes before the King and becomes closely entwined in the mysterious organization known as Le Secret du Roi. He quickly finds himself embroiled in a realm of spiritual energy where death is a gate to greater powers and the Psalm of the King brings destruction in its wake. D'Eon must ask himself what is the price of truth and who will pay it, as the French Revolution looms inevitably nearer.
In both Le Chevalier D'Eon and Seirei no Moribito I found a sense of realism (despite the magic and supernatural occurences within) and 'down-to-earth'-ness that is absent in most other anime.
They both also have certain (albeit minimal) political struggles and a certain ambience of historial fiction rather than simple fantasy.
While Le Chevalier D'Eon is the only one of the two based on actual history, both feel like historical dramas with a twist of the supernatural. They both involve prophecies and a mission to protect something important. As well as being similarly animated, both anime involve a strong willed female lead with fighting skills.
Hana is a nine-year-old girl who lives in constant fear of her abusive family; Michiko is a sexy woman who has just done the unthinkable: broken out of the impenetrable Diamandra Penitentiary. After Hana is whisked away by Michiko, who claims to be her mother, the duo sets forth on a high octane ride towards freedom. In the streets of Brazil and aboard Michiko's motorcycle, Hana and Michiko will look for Hana's long lost father, try to learn to co-exist and get along together, and stay one step ahead of the police and afro-clad Atsuko.
Strong female leads protecting a child they care about from a society with suspect intentions and motivations toward that child.
Each of these series display strong bonds between and child and a female protector. Both depict the relationship growing with a type of tough love at its foundation. Both contain excellent action scenes with tough female characters.
In an ancient and mythological land called Saiunkoku, the people have begun to recover from a period of war and famine; thus, when an official from the imperial court offers the impoverished and beautiful Shuurei more money than she could ever dream of in return for a favor, she jumps at the chance. What she doesn’t count on, however, is being asked to become a concubine to the recluse Emperor and help him transform into a better leader. What’s more, the Emperor shows little intelligence, seems to have no interest in ruling, and is rumored to prefer men. One thing’s for certain: Shuurei has her work cut out for her!
Both Seirei no Moribito and Saiunkoku Monogatari (1st & 2nd series) are shows about women forging new paths in careers traditionally reserved for men. They also showcase a sweeping saga of a mythical/mystical land and the part these female protaganists play in securing the land's future while being true to themselves. Beautiful animation and a wonderful score only add to the already wonderful story-telling.
These series have a female protagonist that you can't help, but loving. Both of them have to go through many trials to persuade royalty to accept their destiny.
While Saiukoku Monogatari is more political based, and Seirei No Moribito action based; they both have a good conclusions.
The god Mauser delivered unto a world of magic a prophecy: if the Scrapped Princess is allowed to live, she will destroy the entire world. But the knight who was to kill her could not end the life of a newborn child, and so she lived. Fifteen years later, her adopted brother and sister have sworn to protect her, and together they travel from town to town, searching for a life she can't have.
Both of these series are set in similar time periods, and they are both about a young member of the royal family who has been cast out & is now being hunted for death by order of their own families.
both shows are follow the path of a discarded noble base on a prediction of doom and both are hunted by assassins to kill them while someone protects them while refusing to kill.