Friday, January 10, 2014

Viz Media acquires rights to Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit

Publisher announced on Wednesday via Facebook that it has acquired the rights to the television anime seriesMoribito: Guardian of the Spirit . Media Blasters previously licensed the series, released it on DVD and Blu-ray in North America between 2009-2011. Scholastic has released the first two books of Uehashi's novel series in English. Viz Media will release the series this year on DVD and Blu-ray as well as air the series on its Neon Alley service starting on January 17th.

Kenji Kamiyama (009: Re: Cyborg, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex) and Production I.G's 26-episode anime series originally aired in 2007. The series adapts the first book in Nahoko Uehashi's novel series about a traveling spear-wielding bodyguard named Balsa, who has sworn to save the lives of eight people to atone for a past sin.She is a strong female figure similar to that of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex's Major Motoko Kusanagi, militant and amidst a political conspiracy, but this time switching a cyberpunk story into a fantasy one. Balsa meets the second prince of the New Yogo Empire, Chagum, whose life is in danger due to a sacred spirit that possesses him, supposedly posing a danger to the country, again bringing about the theme in Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex of what is an individual amidst rising technology/magic. The two journey to find out how to rid Chagum of the spirit possessing him.

Moribito also has a kick-ass intro song.

I have no idea whether this DVD/Blu Ray will be better than Media Blasters, but I do know that I will support the show.
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