Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit

Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit

Million-selling fantasy novel series Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit comes alive in a full 4K drama series, starring leading Japanese actress Haruka Ayase.
The story is set in an imaginary land resembling ancient Asia, where the two worlds of spirits and humans intertwine in mysterious ways.

The heroine Balsa is a skilled bodyguard and a masterful spear-wielder. One day she rescues Prince Chagum who has fallen into a river. The prince is carrying a mysterious spirit egg in his body, and is in danger of being assassinated by his father, the Mikado (king), who fears this will damage his imperial prestige. Balsa embarks upon a perilous journey when she accepts the queen’s plead to protect her son from her husband...
The narrative, including the VFX and action sequences, will propel viewers into a world of dense forests, spectacular palaces, and spirits and demons.
A world of adventure never seen by anyone is now being unveiled.

Broadcast Schedule

Season 1 : March 19, 2016 - April 9, 2016 (4 Episodes)

Season 2 : January, 2017 (9 Episodes)

Season 3 : 2018 Start (9 Episodes)

Nahoko Uehashi

Author of Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit

Although there has been anime adaptation, I had assumed live-action dramatization would be difficult because if its scale, but the NHK crew has succeeded in visualizing the world of Moribito faithfully. This is an underlying them of the story, which pursues an answer to our ultimate question: why do we live? We live each day with joy and sorrow, even if the life is full of unreasonableness, and when you hit the wall, there is always someone reaching out to help...I hope this drama will help you realize these things.

Kiyoshi Umibe

Exective Producer

We have been testing the 4K technology in one-off costume and modern dramas, but this time we needed to make a large-scale serial drama which appeals not only to the Japanese viewers, but also to overseas audience. For this purpose, we sought an universal, entertaining theme with a global perspective. This is why we chose Moribito, which meets all of these requirements.