Bodyguard Balsa has vowed never to kill and to save eight souls to counter the ones that she was responsible for taking. Her eighth soul is Chagum, the prince of the kingdom, who has been possessed by a water spirit. His mother asks Balsa to protect her son, who is to be killed in order to maintain the safety of the kingdom. Balsa and her companions must protect Chagum and figure out how to save him from the fate that he has been handed.
I loved this series! I enjoyed the plot, which struck a great balance between adventure and tenderness. I liked that the series kept its tension throughout, even when the conflicts among the characters got cleared up. I mention this because I was really worried that once the plot would die in the water once was clear that the king’s soldiers and Balsa were on the same side. There were a lot of interesting themes, including memory and culture that really informed the setting in an interesting way.
I especially liked the characterization of Balsa–she was a skilled warrior, but also an extremely caring individual; I haven’t seen that dichotomy much in anime, and I was really happy to see it. Most of the main characters–including a medicine man named Tanda and Chagum himself–were really well portrayed. Shuga, the king’s star-reader, and the king’s elite force were not as well-developed, but I still enjoyed them for the most part. As an aside though, I really did not get Shuga’s character design.
Overall, it was a great series, and I definitely recommend it.