Nine Spears A-Striking


What kind of person has a spearhead like this? (Not a silly question.)

On the ninth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me
Nine Spears A-Striking,

Eight Butlers Battling,
Seven Mingin’ Monsters,
Six Shower Showdowns,
Five Flag Furores,
Four Gundam Bishies,
Three Empty Paragraphs,
Two Heroes Dueling
And a Bloodstained Euphie.

Seirei no Moribito was a show which I both liked, and recognised as good. Part of SnM was a gentle fantasy, coming-of-age, journey story with some great characters, a beautiful soundtrack and lush rural backgrounds. A smaller part was brutal (though not graphic) action. While the laid-back pacing and general lack of (for example) sword-wielding, cloak-wearing, figureskating mecha limit the show’s appeal, I’d still nominate it for at least the best five shows of 2007.

The aforementioned pacing reminded me of the ‘surprise’ of Haydn’s Surprise Symphony, a sudden loud chord (the action scenes) in the middle of a generally tranquil passage. Except the rest of the Surprise Symphony behaves as though the chord didn’t happen, whereas the action in Seirei no Moribito is carefully integrated with the characters and plot (a subject I intend to write at length about in the near future).

So the second most memorable moment of the series is the fight scene which begins episode Twenty-Two (the most memorable moment is something I wouldn’t want to spoil – but it’s not an action sequence). The heroine’s mentor, Jiguro, has been tracked down by the crack Nine Spears (or what remains of them) and an explosive burst of violence ensues.

Traditional Circle

Anyone can predict who wins here, but that’s not the point

And Seirei no Moribito does violence brilliantly. The choreography and the sense of imminent death are top notch. Guess what I’m posting on first once my twelve days of Christmas are over (‘136 Words per Second’)?


11 responses to “Nine Spears A-Striking

  1. I heard about this series before, but the title didn’t strike me as being anything interesting. Seems that I might be wrong after all. Gonna have to give this one a try :D

  2. Yeah, I hadn’t heard of it before either. But I’ll definitely give this one a try. :)

  3. Wait, no I have heard of this one. It’s one of the ones that Geneon was going to bring out… but now there’s no Geneon… and no show for Cameron… except I think I found a torrent… eek.. I kind of wish I knew what I was doing as far as this goes…

  4. @ Nekonron: It’s well worth it – Seirei no Moribito won’t be to everyone’s taste, but ’tis a very fine show.

    @ Cameron: Ahh, Geneon. I would love to own this show legally, so I’m hoping it’ll be resurrected (and maybe brought to the U.K. by, say, 2011). As for torrents . . . they should be simple, but I have (among other things) a Vista laptop which bluescreens if you open a torrent file. Windows hates me, but then that’s old news.

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  6. I think it’s all the manly tea :) I actually did download the fansub and it does look pretty amazing. I already like the main character, even if she is a bit superhero. Your comment reminded me that we’re a bit spoiled over here in America.

    And maybe Windows hates you for all of that manly tea :) Although I do think Earl Grey is actually pretty good. Somehow, I can’t think of it as manly :)

  7. I’ll probably start looking for it in the next few days. Will let you know if I liked it or not :D

  8. @ Cameron: Good to hear it’s made a good first impression. While it’s true the UK sometimes gets a raw deal on DVD releases, we still have a lot to be thankful for (I’m aware that Michael of anime|otaku has to fight to get his hands on any legal anime, for example).

  9. This is the reason why torrents are awesome. :D

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