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Viz Media Adds Moribito Fantasy Anime Series

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Kenji Kamiyama/I.G's 2007 series to stream on Neon Alley starting this month

North American anime and manga publisher Viz Media announced on Wednesday that it has acquired the rights to the Moribito - Guardian of the Spirit television anime series. Viz Media will release the series this year on Blu-ray Disc and DVD, and also plans to air the series on its Neon Alley service starting on January 17.

Production I.G and Kenji Kamiyama's (Eden of the East, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex) 26-episode television anime series originally aired in 2007. The series adapts the first book in Nahoko Uehashi's novel series about a traveling spear-weilding bodyguard named Balsa who has sworn to save the lives of eight people to atone for a past sin. Balsa meets Chagum, the second prince of the New Yogo Empire, whose life is in danger because he is possessed by a sacred spirit that poses a danger to his country. Balsa swears to protect Chagum, and the two undertake a journey to find out how to rid Chagum of the spirit possessing him.

Media Blasters previously licensed the series and released it on DVD and Blu-ray Disc in North American between 2009-2011. Scholastic has released the first two books in Uehashi's novel series in English.

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