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4 years later, Chagum (Mizuki Itagaki) becomes a crown prince of Yogo country. Due to her failure to kill Rogusamu, Balsa hides in the neighboring Rota Kingdom and works as a guard. One day God of Destruction Taruhamaya, which Asura's ethnic group adore, stays in Asura's body. I like Balsa-Tanda's relationship. Book Jacket: Above all, before everything, Balsa is a fighter. But as Balsa and Chagum travel across the country, learning more about the spirit and the Balsa's relationship with Chagum helps her come to an . I love Guardian of the God and its second main character among those untranslated books. She tells Balsa that Chagum's father is trying to assassinate the prince . Oh my god this soundtrack. Usagi Drop: if you liked the relationship between Balsa and Chagum, this is another series about a parent adopting and raising a child.
Protection in Our Mentors
Balsa Balsa is one of the two main characters and the main female protagonist of the series. She is a very skilled spear wielder from a different land. She is a very serious person and sometimes comes off as cold because of it. She is conscious of the importance of human life and is on a journey to atone for her past by saving eight lives, the same amount she feels responsible for people having lost in her past.
Fittingly she works as a bodyguard on her travels. When she takes on the task of guarding Chagum though, she gives up her free spirit to be tied down to guarding one person for what she believes to be the rest of her life, but she agrees as she has already saved seven lives and she intends to make Chagum her eighth.
She treats Chagum harshly throughout the course of the travels together. The two form a mother and child bond together because of their time together and Balsa also reveals that she was raised by a man unrelated to her in the same way, making her who she is today. Prince Chagum Chagum is one of the two main characters of the series and the main male protagonist. He is a timid and scared boy, having been pampered as a prince in a palace his whole life. When he starts his journey with Balsa though, he slowly but surely begins to change as he learns to adapt to the expansive and cruel world he is forced to face.
He gains a deep respect for Balsa and her friends that are helping to protect him from danger along the way, but he also never forgets who he is or his family back in the palace. Chagum makes up for what he lacks physically with his mind. Being raised in the palace he has had a tutor his whole life so he is very smart for his age. His favorite is learning about animals which helps him in his survival skills once in his journey.
Through his journey with Balsa an the others, he also gains more worldly skills making him more well-rounded and grooming him as a prince into what could be a great leader. I thought that Chagum would be a really annoying and whiny kid of a main character but I actually really liked him. Tanda Tanda is an herbalist who makes medicines living in the mountains not far from the palace.
He is old friends with Balsa and her first destination when fleeing the palace. Tanda is also in training to be a shaman as a pupil to shaman Torogai, and he delves into the supernatural side of the world as well, while also being a man of science. Tanda is very good with his hands and very crafty. He has deep feelings for Balsa and has since they were children. The two make for a good couple in reverse gender roles, with Balsa being the warrior and Tanda the one to take care of the home.
Tanda is the man and for some reason I find everything he does to be funny. Torogai Torogai is a very old shaman, but she claims she still has much longer to live. She is vey in touch with the supernatural, and spends much time meditating in the parallel supernatural world. She is very tricky in a way, being able to almost use magic it seems.
She is also very wise and knows more about the world than the palace's wise men, the star diviners. Toya Toya is a young orphan boy who lives with another orphan and his best friend Saya. The two were saved by Balsa in the past, presumably two of the lives on her list.
Toya now holds Balsa in very high regards because of this, looks up to her as an older sister, and would give his life for hers or as he claims "would go through fire and water" for her. Toya is a merchant who specializes in bartering and haggling, and he refers to himself as "the best errand runner in town. Toya is also a bit of a gambler and becomes a mentor to Chagum in the more worldly side of things, teaching him about bartering and gambling. Also nothing against buck teeth But he's got the buck teeth, and when he's on screen I can't stop looking at them.
Saya Saya is Toya's orphan companion. She is much more shy than her loud companion and keeps much more to herself. But as Balsa and Chagum travel across the country, learning more about the spirit and the secret history of the empire, they find themselves hunted by two deadly enemies: Translated into multiple languages and adapted for a major television series, Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit introduces readers to a fantasy world like no other — and a fighter they will never forget.
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This does not read like a modern YA fantasy — it is so rich and yet also, in some ways, a spare and simple narrative — and it most definitely has a strong non-western cultural stamp. I absolutely loved this story for it, but I can see how it might be be off-putting for some, particularly in terms of the narrative construction. I think the cover is a good litmus test: As for the world building, this book is downright phenomenal — this is the kind of story that puts the epic back in epic fantasy.
Uehashi, another anthropologist turned author, bases her fantasy world loosely on medevil Japan, but Yogo is still very much a world of her own making. The realizations they come to, as they discover the difference between the legends they have been taught and the truth of their history, are wonderful to see.
Uehashi also layers in the ramifications of a world where a new population has displaced a native one, and how with that annexation and interbreeding the customs and traditions of the native people are slowly becoming lost and forgotten — with disastrous results.
This story deftly dances between the ordinary and the fantastical, and it makes for one deliciously epic fantasy story. In terms of the character work, I thought it was brilliantly understated. I loved the cast across the board, but I particularly loved Balsa. She is complicated, utterly believable, and a little enigmatic — I was hanging on every word that revealed more about her.