Moribito: Guardian of the Darkness

Nahoko Uehashi Yuko Shimizu


Moribito: Guardian of the Darkness

Moribito: Guardian of the Darkness

  • Title: Moribito: Guardian of the Darkness
  • Author: Nahoko Uehashi Yuko Shimizu
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 105
  • Format: Kindle Edition



In the marvelous sequel to the novel and Cartoon Network series MORIBITO GUARDIAN OF THE SPIRIT, Balsa returns to her native land to fight a corrupt ruler and face her own demons.Balsa returns to her native Kanbal to clear the name of Jiguro, her dear mentor, who saved her life when she was six years old But what should be a visit of truth and reconciliation becomes aIn the marvelous sequel to the novel and Cartoon Network series MORIBITO GUARDIAN OF THE SPIRIT, Balsa returns to her native land to fight a corrupt ruler and face her own demons.Balsa returns to her native Kanbal to clear the name of Jiguro, her dear mentor, who saved her life when she was six years old But what should be a visit of truth and reconciliation becomes a fight for her life when she learns that Jiguro had been a member of King Rogsam s personal bodyguard After Jiguro fled Kanbal with her, Rogsam sent the other bodyguards after them one by one Jiguro s best friends, whom he had to kill to protect Balsa Now, with the help of two Kanbalese children, Balsa must unwind the conspiracy surrounding Jiguro and the mystery of the Guardians of the Dark.


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Moribito II picks up just after Moribito ends, with Balsa returning to her home country of Kanbal to visit her Master and father-figure Jiguro's relatives, and explain about the circumstances surrounding their departure twenty some-odd years ago. Balsa and Jiguro had originally fled Kanbal because of Balsa's father's involvement in a royal conspiracy, but the king who might have considered her a threat is dead now, making it safe for her return. Except it's really not.When she arrives, Balsa lea [...]

This one resembled the story of the Minotaur and the Labyrinth, but an eastern variation of it. Hyoulu, interestingly, is what in Persian is called Hayoula. I wonder if the author knew of this. Apperantly the other books of the series are not yet translated into English and me learning how to read Japanese would take a decade.

The second entry in Moribito, a low fantasy/adventure series starring the feisty spear wielder, Balsa. It has a few call-backs to the events in Guardian of the Spirit, taking place immediately after the first book's ending; but it can also function as a stand-alone narrative that's independent of the previous story. In Guardian of the Darkness, Balsa takes a trip to her hometown of Kanbal, a place rich of customs, values, and folklore as well as bloody past, bitter memories, and a pile of lies t [...]

Buka segel novel yang sudah tertimbun 4 tahun ini karena kangen baca buku-buku fantasi Matahati yang khas dan terjemahannya empuk banget itu. Buku ini sebagai sekuel dari Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit dengan rasa fantasi yang tak sekental buku pertama. Tetapi ada alasan mengapa buku ini ratingnya 4 lebih, ceritanya seru, karakter-karakternya menyenangkan, dan bonus adegan tanding pake tombak yang keren. Nahoko rupanya fokus pada permainan tombak sehingga semua orang di buku ini bertarung deng [...]

apa menurutmu aku tidak tahu bahwa setiap kali kau terpaksa membunuh temanmu kau merasa sangat membenciku? aku tahu! (hlm. 316)sarat dengan dendam. jika buku pertama mengkisahkan pencarian dan nuansa-nuansa cinta, maka dalam buku kedua ini dikisahkan penemuan akan dendam. balsa yang kembali ke negeri asal na untuk sebuah pencarian, untuk menuntaskan apa yang belum tuntas bagi na, untuk menenangkan hati ternyata tidak menemukan perjalanan sesuai harapan na. berdamai dengan masa lalu ternyata haru [...]

High fantasy set in an impoverished mountain culture where the crops do so poorly that only 60% of the children survive. Prosperity depends on a friendly relationship with the spirits that live in the mountain, whose true nature isn't revealed until the book's climax. The protagonist is a warrior woman named Balsa who, upon returning to her homeland, finds a pile of court intrigue and a multi-layered plot of evil brothers conspiring against good brothers.I'm not sure if it's the writing style or [...]

I decided to read this after watching the anime--which made the really peculiar decision to adapt the first 250 page novel into a 26 episode series. I wasn't entirely fond of the anime (largely because of added plot elements that were mostly really dumb), but it had hints of a really interesting world with lots of nice ideas, and in retrospect its odd they bloated such a small novel when they could have kept going through more of the series. This book wasn't incredible or genre defining, but it [...]

Aku suka Balsa! :DKali ini Balsa kembali ke Kanbal. Tujuan Balsa pulang adalah untuk memperbaiki nama baik Jiguro, gurunya.Tapi ternyata mengembalikan nama baik Jiguro tidak mudah, Balsa harus menghadapi roh kegelapan. Tapi di samping itu Balsa harus pula melawan ksatria tombak, adik Jiguro, yang juga merupakan pahlawan besar di Kanbal.Di sini kita akan diceritakan mengenai negara Kanbal. Kanbal adalah negara miskin, di mana kehidupan penuduknya yang mmerupakan penggembala. Untuk menambah pengha [...]

Balsa is back, and she heads to her native Kanbal hoping to lay rest her personal demons of guilt regarding her foster father Jiguro and her past. What she finds is a brain-pretzel of a political plot involving Jiguro, and the stories spread to discredit him. Balsa quickly discovers that not only is her life in danger, but the whole of Kanbal is in jeopardy. In this story, the reader finds out more about Balsa's past and her family. Balsa is a wonderful heroine -- tough, smart and human. The boo [...]

My thoughts on this one are pretty similar to the last - its strengths and weaknesses are much the same. Prose is smooth but flat, world building is astounding - although in this one I did think Uehashi got a little carried away with the food. (Food is good! And oft-neglected in fantasy worlds! But geez.) This book had even more political intrigue than the last one, and I was totally hooked by it - for the second half of the story I barely came up for air.I missed Tanda and I hope he'll be in th [...]

Both this and the first Moribito are wonderful children's books imported from Japan, where it is also a manga and anime. I kept drawing comparisons to Avatar the Last Airbender, though with less comedy and romance. The setting is a historical (medieval) fantasy version of Japan, the main character is an unconventional 30-year-old female bodyguard, and the kids in it are awesome. Think legends. Heroes. Honour. Treachery and betrayal and dark buried secrets. Also, the worldbuilding is impressive, [...]

This book could be read by a girl or boy in the grade 6 and up. This book is about a young girl, by the name of Balsa, who almost got killed by an evil king when she was 6 years old. Eight assassins pursued her in the long flight that followed. But her mentor, Jiguro, protected her until his death, and then she became a bodyguard herself has she was getting older. Balsa was helping other people survive the challenges they faced when she was being their bodyguard.Batchelder Award winners 2010

I liked this book even better than the first one! There was a lot more intrigue and mystery, and fewer fighting scenes. The Japanese-style world and the mythic creatures give the story a charm all its own.I adore the main character, Balsa, because she is ornery and crotchety and suspicious, but with a generous and compassionate heart. A wonderfully complex character that grows even more in this second book!The plot is twisting and intense with plenty of surprises. Love it so much!

(Originally published in 1999.) I enjoyed this a lot, though the prose feels flat. (That may be a translation issue.) Anyway, Balsa is a wonderful strong woman character, and her adventure here benefits from being tied much more closely to her personal history than the one in Guardian of the Spirit. I hope continues to publish translations of this series.

Esta segunda novela de Moribito es aún mejor que la primera, el retorno de Balsa a su país natal y su búsqueda del perdón y la redención le confieren a la historia una humanidad y una madurez que ya les gustaría a otras sagas juveniles. Las escenas de acción siguen estando maravillosamente narrada y los elementos fantásticos siguen creciendo creando una mitología original y sorprendente. Ojala Ediciones SM tradujera la saga al completo.

I liked that this went in a different direction than the first one - the plot was less stereotypically "manga"-y and seeing Balsa's home country and all the details worked in was interesting. The final resolution was great, but there were a few places where the machinations to get us there didn't quite make sense.

Review to come.

This is a good book

4.5, really.

Kali ini Balsa kembali ke negeri Kanbal, nnegeri kelahirannya untuk membersihkan nama baik ayah angkatnya, Jiguro. Nama Jiguro menjadi buruk di Kanbal gara-gara ia melarikan Balsa ketika Balsa berumur enam tahun, dan ia pun mencuri cincin dari Tombak Kanbal. Tombak Kanbal sendiri ialah para petarung ahli tombak yang menjadi pengawal Raja Kanbal. Kanbal ini terdiri dari sembilan klan, Balsa merupakan klan Yonsa, sedangkan Jiguro adalah klan Musa. Kakak dari Jiguro yaitu Kaguro ialah ketua klan Mu [...]

Reviewed by Candace Cunard for TeensReadTooThis second book of the MORIBITO series follows female bodyguard Balsa as she returns from the land of New Yogo to her ancestral homeland of Kanbal, a land she has not seen since she was a young child. At the age of six, Balsa's father discovered a plot to murder the current king of Kanbal, and as a result, her father was murdered and his best friend fled the country with the young Balsa. This man, Jiguro, was responsible for protecting and raising Bals [...]

Nahoko's writing style is one of my absolute favorites. Her concise words yet descriptive language never fail to amaze me. This, coupled with her utterly captivating stories, make me wish that the rest of her books were translated. With a deep, twisting tale about Balsa and her homeland, Uehashi manages to weave a tale that can be told regardless of language.

"Balsa stood on a rocky ledge beside a cave, the overlapping ridges of the Misty Blue Mountains dropping away beneath her."I read the first book solely because I was a huge fan of its anime, and I was not the slightest disappointed by it. It is difficult to find a fantastic heroine these days, and when I saw Balsa and watched her story unfold for the first time, I was utterly enamored by everything about her. To my knowledge, there isn't (yet?) a version of the second book in anime, and so when [...]

While it’s the sequel to Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit, this book could probably be read independently. Balsa, a bodyguard, is returning to her homeland to clear the name of her mentor and foster father, Jiguro, who saved her life when she was six years old. But when she finally returns to her homeland, she finds that the conspiracy that led Jiguro to flee with her so long ago extends a lot farther than she thought.While I tend to list the Moribito books as YA, they could easily be read by [...]

Bagus banget seru bacanya cepet dan kalau d baca cepet = seru *muter2*Balsa :love: :love: kembali ke negeri kelahirannya tanah Kanbal!ngapain dia k sana, bukannya hanya membuka luka lama penghianatan Rogsamtot terhadap keluarganya? Baca dulu bukunya ntar ngerti wkwkwkwkpokoknya Balsa akhirnya bisa mencapai "sisi lain" dari emosinya selama ini yang tak tertahankan. *beuh salut buat Balsa gw mana bisa nahan emosi kyk gitu kalo jadi Balsa gw RATAIN tu keturunan2 Rogsamtot dan juga Yuguro adiknya Ji [...]

This book is the second book of Moribito series, unfortunately it is also the last in the series which has been translated into both English and Indonesian. I wish I can read all the books but my Japanese skill is still far from being able to read a full grown-up novel (I can only read few Manga). Just like the first book, The Guardian of the Spirit, the main character is still the heroin Balsa with her amazing ability in spear combat. The Guardian of Darkness is better than The Guardian of The [...]

Balsa is finally going home.When she was six, she fled the country with her father's closest friend, Jiguro. Assassins followed. Jiguro killed them all, even though they were his friends, to protect her. Now Balsa is hoping to repay her debt somehow, to tell those who knew him the true story of his life and death. But Kanbal is not entirely at peace, even though the evil king who murdered her father and sent assassins after Jiguro has long since perished. Balsa's homecoming may be far more than [...]

A really satisfying sequel to the first Moribito! The worldbuilding is ace as before, the interactions between the landscape and the supernatural world and human politics are satisfyingly done, as well as the relationship dynamics and connections between the different cultures. None of it is delivered in info-dumps, but simply slipped into the plot where it makes sense and is needed. I don't known how much of it is due to the translation, but the language is both simple and matter-of-fact, as we [...]

I initially watched the anime, which covers only the first book. When I realized this second book was going to take place in Kanbal, Balsa's homeland, and not include any of the characters introduced in the first book, I was a little slow and unmotivated to get started with this. Another thing that made it hard for me to get going was knowing that the other books in this series have not been translated into english, and as far as I know, they possibly never will be. Still, I loved the book once [...]

What I learned? Packaging counts! I love the feel of this book, from typeface to texture. And the black and gray illustrations scattered throughout contribute continuity.But none of this would matter had I not become caught up in the storyline. Moribito II has been called a "graphic novel in words" and its visual style definitely creates a believable world. Heroine Basho inhales and exhales, emotes and erupts on her first trip home since a trusted family friend and exceptional warrior stole her [...]


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