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Nicholas Cook
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Seirei No Moribito Episode 21

Two pieces of theme music are used for the episodes; one opening theme and one closing theme. The opening theme is "Shine" by Japanese rock band L'Arc-en-Ciel, and the closing theme is Sachi Tainaka's "Itoshii Hito e" (愛しい人へ, lit. To the loved one).

Seirei no Moribito Episode 21

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Six DVD compilations, each containing two episodes of the series, have been released in Japan by Geneon Entertainment, with the latest released on November 21, 2007.[1][2] A seventh compilation was released on December 21, 2007.[3]

Bringing it all together, does it work? That is, does it succeed in entertaining you with the development of the Balsa and Chagum, the forging of their bond, and the presentation of its themes about nature? I would argue no. Initially it does, as the first three episodes or so are extremely engaging and sets up the rest of the journey well. However, as the creators of the show will tell you, they stretched out the middle portion of the novel, which slowed down the pacing too much.

The tension picks up again when they learn that Chagum might die at the hands of some monstrous creatures and the exposition dumping ends. Except they dissipate all of it by having the group move into a cave to do slice of life things and simply wait until the day comes. The day comes, and instead of a big climatic battle that the slow pacing has been building up towards, it's dragged out over three episodes and the monsters barely pose a threat, as no one dies and they're figured out quite fast.

Ok, so we go through his development adapting to the life of a regular boy, learning to do chores and make friends. Standard slice of life stuff. And then... and then that's it. That's the majority of his development. He doesn't have it that hard after all- the initial episodes would make you think he was really going to get roughed up, but instead he enjoys a quiet farm life.

Later he has a potentially good moment in which he realizes he's going to die and starts to distrust Balsa. This makes for a good bonding moment when Balsa reassures him that she will protect him. In my opinion, this is a good relationship moment, but not a good individual moment for Chagum. He runs away so he can be protected, but now he trusts Balsa to protect him. That's not strengthening his character. Later, he does face his fears of dying, but all this amounts to is him waiting out his days without panicking. This is good development... if it happened in the first few episodes. But if that's all that happens after 24 episodes of development, then that leaves me with an empty feeling. The problem is that the plot is not set up in a way for Chagum to be active. Others might fall for Chagum just because he's this innocent little child that doesn't complain and he serves as a son for Balsa, but I am only invested in relationships where the individual characters are strong. It's not exactly that Chagum is a bad character, it's that he doesn't get a chance to display agency other than not complaining. He's too passive as a result, just getting herded around by Balsa. The most agency he displays is "training" with Balsa's spear, but even that's only for his own pride. Chagum could've been a lot more compelling if the legend was written in a way that depended on his decision, so he's given agency and his decisions have a significant impact on the plot. Perhaps it has something to do with the animation as well, as Chagum's design is way too round and trying too hard to be innocent. I watched the trailer for the live action Moribito and since it's an actual kid portraying him, he looked a lot more sympathetic. 041b061a72


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