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The first three episodes of Moribito excel on a number of levels from characterisation to world building.

Having a mature woman as an action hero is also rarer than I would like in anime, and there are some other nice nuances in Balsa’s character.

The young Prince Chagum is impressively stoic in the face of sudden hardships and fear.  Despite more than enough reason to do so, and an occasional invitation, he has yet to whine about his predicament.