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Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit

By Matt Berman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Satisfying Japanese take on classic hero tale.

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age 11+

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age 11+

Really Good Anime!

A lot of animes aren't usually for kids, but I think this is fine! There is a bit of blood though.

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This story has been done before; what matters here is how amazingly well it's done, the panache with which the author carries it off, and the variations she brings to the tale. MORBITO: GUARDIAN OF THE SPIRIT follows a classic hero path: Sheltered boy is cast out of his home, discovers a magical destiny, finds a warrior mentor, learns the ways of the world, and journeys to fulfill his destiny against overwhelming obstacles.

Author Nahoko Uehashi, abetted by a brilliantly transparent translation by Yuko Shimizu, does a wonderful job. Set in an exotic, somewhat Japanese fantasy world that will be more familiar to manga fans than most other readers, and with a woman as the warrior mentor, the variations are many and fascinating. And from the very first page the story careens forward in the most exciting and satisfying way, almost completely free of the kind of clichéd and hackneyed writing that too often mars stories that follow this path, marking them as rip-offs rather than variations on a theme. Ten books in this series have already been published in Japan, so enthralled readers can hope for more translations soon.

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