Balsa successfully protected Chagum and the spirit egg despite her failure to assassinate the king of Kambal, who is the enemy of Balsa’s father and her foster father Jiguro.
Four years later, Chagum officially takes his place as heir to the throne of Shin-Yogo while Balsa becomes a wanted fugitive because of her failed assassination attempt. Balsa hides in the Kingdom of Rota, a neighboring nation of Shin-Yogo, and while working as a bodyguard she one day saves a girl, Asla, from slavery. Indwelling within Asla is Taluhamaya, a deity of destruction worshipped by her tribe. When Asla becomes angry and summons the deity, the usual aftermath is only mercilessly destroyed dead bodies. Trying to capture and kill Asla are Shihana and Sufahl, a daughter and father shaman pair from the Kingdom of Rota, who consider Asla a threat. Once again Balsa’s journey for survival begins, going all out to protect Asla as she once did with the young Chagum.
Meanwhile, Chagum sets out on a perilous voyage to assist the sea Kingdom of Sangal, which is being invaded by the great southern empire Talsh. However, Sangal has already fallen to Talsh, and Chagum ends up being captured. What will become of the fate of both Balsa and Chagum?
Season 1 : March 19, 2016 - April 9, 2016 (4 Episodes)
Season 2 : January 21, 2017 Start (9 Episodes)
Season 3 : 2018 Start (9 Episodes)
Author of Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit
Season 1 was based on the original Moribito, Guardian of the Spirit novel which takes place entirely in the Kingdom of Shin-Yogo. Compared to this relatively compact story in the Moribito novels, season 2 is based on the Guardian of the Awful God and Traveler of the Blue Road novels, and the story is set in a vast grasslands and open seas. The magnificent drama unfolds on a grand scale in a land where pirates run wild, and hawks carrying the spirit of shaman fly in the sky. My Moribito series was once described as a “hardboiled” style epic novel disguised as a fantasy. I think in season 2, you’ll understand what that means.
“Is a live-action dramatization of this novel possible?” That’s how I felt when I finished reading the entire Moribito series. Besides the limitations of budget and time, the outspoken descriptions of the gap between the rich and the poor, conflicts between religions, and other problems faced by our society today made me feel that way. The novels ask the fundamental question, “Is there any justice in killing others?” I guessed this was the reason why the author Nahoko Uehashi needed to create this novel as a fantasy. But our heroine Balsa never runs from problems. While bearing conflicting emotions of fear, hate, sadness, and love, she undertakes new struggles. Join us as we follow her conflicts until the end.