When word spreads that Prince Chagum carries a water demon in his body, he becomes the target of assassination by his own father. Knowing what is to become of her son, the queen seeks Balsa the spear wielder, the land's finest bodyguard, to take him far away from the kingdom and protect him for the rest of his life. As fate would have it, Balsa is on a personal mission to save eight lives in order to redemption herself of eight deaths she has caused.
Chagum would be the eighth.
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We wrapped up another short and sweet series (and yes, it's Anime), clocking in at a decent 26 episodes, and you know what? I had no expectations, saw no trailers for it, noticed it was available in our Netflix, so I'm all, "sure ... why not give this one a shot." It turned out to be a wonderful surprise. I'm a huge fan of Earthsea and the film Princess Mononoke (my gateway to discovering that Anime isn't all about bad dubbing and forming balls of energy in your hands), so it was refreshing to find another Asian-themed high fantasy story.
As cool as European settings are, I like to shake things up a bit.
The show is based on the novels by Nahoko Uehashi, and while I have yet to read them, I really enjoyed the production of this fine series - clean/detailed animation, characters who favor brains over brawn, and the violence was non-gratuitous enough that we let The Boy watch it with us. The show is a "textbook" rendition of The Heroes Journey with all the classic roles in their place (warrior, healer, mage, etc), but it never felt old or tired. The magic, like a faint accent, added to the realism. There was even an episode that resembled the opening chapters of my Woven novel so close, I got worried for a second. Thankfully it was different enough that no rewrites were necessary.
Yessiree ... this is pretty much the kind of story I enjoy writing.
So the next time you're looking for an Anime fix, try this out for size. It often goes where you don't expect, which is always entertaining. Besides, heroines are super-in right now - and Bulsa kicks butt!
Seen any good shows lately? What are your recommendations?
I'm David, and Egg Eaters hate fire ... just so you know ...