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* FakingTheDead: In ''Traveler of the Blue Road'', [[spoiler:wanting to escape from the grasp of a Talsh Prince, Chagum fakes his own suicide. Later, he travels to Lota and Kanbal to forge an alliance between two kingdoms in order to stop Talsh from invading the rest of the Northern Continent.]]


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* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Later in the novels, [[spoiler:Chagum embarks on a dangerous journey alone to stop the Talsh Empire of the Southern Continent form invading New Yogo, Kanbal and Lota.]]


* BloodKnight: Not so apparent in the anime, but in the novels, it is stated that Balsa is painfully aware that her love for fighting and guilt are two of the reasons she probably will [[InHarmsWay never change]] [[ChallengeSeeker her current life style]]. Even more apparent in ''The Wanderer'' about her early teenage days.

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* BloodKnight: Not so apparent in the anime, but in In the novels, it is stated that Balsa is painfully aware that her love for fighting and guilt are two of the reasons she probably will [[InHarmsWay never change]] [[ChallengeSeeker her current life style]]. Even lifestyle]]. It's even more apparent in ''The Wanderer'' ''Wanderers'' about her early teenage days.


* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: In the anime, receives some serious injuries during the series, but none of them leave visible scars. We can assume she ''must'' have a nasty one on her stomach, but her clothes are rather modest and only show her arms and face, which remain untarnished.

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* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: In the anime, she receives some serious injuries during the series, but none of them leave visible scars. We can assume she ''must'' have a nasty one on her stomach, but her clothes are rather modest and only show her arms and face, which remain untarnished.


%%!!Torugaru



A star-seer in service to the royal family. He seeks the truth about the Water Demon and Prince.

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A star-seer star reader in service to the royal family. He seeks the truth about the Water Demon and Prince.


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!!Rogsam


* BadassAndChildDuo: With Chagum and later with [[spoiler:Asla]]. As a Child with Jiguro during her childhood.

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* %%* BadassAndChildDuo: With Chagum and later with [[spoiler:Asla]]. As a Child with Jiguro during her childhood.


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* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: In the anime, receives some serious injuries during the series, but none of them leave visible scars. We can assume she ''must'' have a nasty one on her stomach, but her clothes are rather modest and only show her arms and face, which remain untarnished.


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* GuileHero: As above, she puts her intelligence to good use when outnumbered.

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* GuileHero: As above, she She puts her intelligence to good use when outnumbered.


* GenuisBruiser: She is highly intelligent as well as [[ActionGirl a capable warrior]].

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* GenuisBruiser: GeniusBruiser: She is highly intelligent as well as [[ActionGirl a capable warrior]].warrior]].
* GuileHero: As above, she puts her intelligence to good use when outnumbered.

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* DistressedDude: For the most part of the ''Traveler of the Blue Road'', [[spoiler:Chagum is one. After being kidnapped by Talsh spy, he is taken to the Southern Continent by a pirate ship.]]
* ElementalEyeColours: Prince Chagum [[spoiler:carries the egg of a benevolent water spirit]]. In the anime, he also has a noble, innocent personality typical of blue eyes.


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!!!Voiced by: Mabuki Andou (Japanese), Creator/CindyRobinson (English)

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!!!Voiced by: !!!'''Voiced by (Japanese dub):''' Jun Karawasa, Tamaki Oka (child) (radio); Mabuki Andou (Japanese), (anime)
!!!'''Voiced by (English dub):'''
Creator/CindyRobinson (English)
(anime)
!!!'''Portrayed by:''' Haruka Ayase, Kaya Kiyohara (girl), Naho Yokomizo (very young)



* ActionGirl: Well, of course. She takes on four elite royal guards near the beginning with a weapon that falls apart. She slashes one clear across the face, knees another firmly in the groin, and steps into an attack by their leader--taking a sword to the gut--to knock him out cold. She finishes her rounds shortly after by charging the fourth, knocking him out with a rock.

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* ActionGirl: Well, of course. She takes on four elite royal guards near is a wandering spearwoman who works as a bodyguard for hire to save eight lives in exchange for the beginning with a weapon that falls apart. eight lives her mentor killed in her defense.
* TheAtoner:
She slashes one clear across works as a bodyguard to save eight lives in exchange for the face, knees another firmly eight lives her mentor killed in her defense. On top of that, she has added the additional caveat [[MartialPacifist not to kill anyone]] in the groin, and steps into an attack by their leader--taking a sword to the gut--to knock him out cold. She finishes course of her rounds shortly quest, after by charging the fourth, knocking him her lifelong friend, Tanda, pointed out with a rock.that killing people to save people is an oxymoron.



* BladeOnAStick: Her WeaponOfChoice.
* BloodKnight[=/=]DeathSeeker: Not so apparent in the anime, but in the novels it is stated that Balsa is painfully aware that her love for fighting and guilt are two of the reasons she probably will [[InHarmsWay never change]] [[ChallengeSeeker her current life style]]. Even more apparent in ''The Wanderer'' about her early teenage days.
* CombatPragmatist: Without her spear.

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* BladeOnAStick: Her WeaponOfChoice.
She uses the superior reach offered by a spear, allowing her to attack her opponents [[MartialPacifist without killing using the blunt end]].
* BloodKnight[=/=]DeathSeeker: BloodKnight: Not so apparent in the anime, but in the novels novels, it is stated that Balsa is painfully aware that her love for fighting and guilt are two of the reasons she probably will [[InHarmsWay never change]] [[ChallengeSeeker her current life style]]. Even more apparent in ''The Wanderer'' about her early teenage days.
* BoobsOfSteel: In the anime. Not terribly obvious when she's in a kimono and using a {{Sarashi}}, but Balsa has large breasts. This is obvious when she's wearing her normal clothes.
* CombatPragmatist: Without In times of desperation, Balsa will start brawling and fight dirty and does '''whatever it takes''' to ensure Chagum's survival. She's fine if she has her spear.spear with her, but if she loses that, you better prepare to have your eye socket [[ImprovisedWeapon crushed in by a rock]].



* ExperiencedProtagonist: She is already a pretty renowned bodyguard by the start of the story, which is part of why the Empress asks her to protect Chagum after she saved him from drowning. Her deceased master, Jiguro, began teaching her at age 12. By the time she was 16, Balsa could already fight better than the men in their area and spent the next twelve years honing those skills.
* FailureKnight: She agrees to protect Prince Chagum despite the danger (and the attempted trickery) because she feels she has to atone for the eight lives her mentor killed in her defense; furthermore Chagum is also a ReplacementGoldfish for ''herself'', as he is in pretty much the same situation she was in as a child.



* GeniusBruiser: Is highly intelligent as well as a capable warrior.
* LadyOfWar: Despite being quite the tomboy, Balsa is very graceful, elegant, and honorable in combat. However, she will drop all of that and start fighting dirty if that's what it takes to defend her charge.
* LittleMissBadass: Even as a child she was really good with spear.

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* GeniusBruiser: Is FriendToAllChildren: She kickstarts the entire story by becoming the bodyguard of Chagum, a young boy. She swiftly becomes a major MamaBear to him, as well as a ParentalSubstitute. Additionally, she met [[HeartwarmingOrphan Toya and Saya]] when she saved them from a group of thugs. Toya seems to regard her as an elder sister, and states that he would willingly "go through fire and water for her."
* GenuisBruiser: She is
highly intelligent as well as [[ActionGirl a capable warrior.
warrior]].
* HeroicVow: She has vowed to save eight lives in exchange for the eight lives her mentor killed in her defense. When her childhood friend and healer, Tanda, [[WhatTheHellHero called her out]] on how many lives she was taking in her efforts to accomplish that goal, she further swore [[ThouShaltNotKill never to kill]].
* LadyOfWar: Despite being She's able to read the situation and assess the battle, uses a [[BladeOnAStick spear]] as her WeaponOfChoice, prefers to fight her opponents honorably (even if they don't), looks quite graceful while doing it. But she's always mindful to ''[[ThouShaltNotKill spare her opponents' lives]]''. Inverted if she loses her spear, though, becoming quite the tomboy, Balsa is very graceful, elegant, brawler [[CombatPragmatist and honorable in combat. However, she will drop all of that and start fighting dirty if that's what it takes to defend her charge.
dirty]]. She's not above smashing your face in with a [[ImprovisedWeapon rock]].
* LittleMissBadass: Even as a child child, she was really good with spear.



* MarriedToTheJob: She always puts her job as a bodyguard first, making her unable to fully commit to Tanda.
* MartialPacifist: In fact, she's sworn an oath never to take a life [[spoiler:and has a near-HeroicBSOD on one occasion where she thought she'd violated it]].
* MasculineGirlFeminineBoy: Balsa is a veteran ActionGirl and TheStoic. Her childhood friend, Tanda, is a gentle HouseHusband who honed his [[TheMedic healing]] skills by patching up her wounds over the course of 20 years.
* MissingMom: Her mother died when she was five, leaving her in her father's care.
* NaginatasAreFeminine: Zigzagged before ultimately being subverted. Balsa doesn't use a naginata, such as it is, but a short hewing spear, really, against mostly sword-wielding foes. Ultimately this trope is subverted in that it is heavily implied that all the warriors from Balsa's homeland use knives or spears due to limited resources making it difficult to forge swords.



* OutdoorsyGal: As a child she really liked climbing trees etc.

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* NotSoStoic: There are a few occasions when her stoic facade crumbles ''very'' quickly.
* OutdoorsyGal: As a child child, she really liked climbing trees etc. etc.
* ParentalSubstitute: She pulls double duty as guardian figure and {{bodyguard|Babes}} to [[ShelteredAristocrat Prince Chagum]], after being hired to protect him. At one point in the series, [[spoiler:she even gives him a knife, a symbolic tradition of coming of age in her home country]]. Earlier in the series, Tanda even points out that her vow to protect Chagum until he's safe means that for all intents and purposes she has become the boy's mother.
* RedemptionQuest: She works as a bodyguard to save eight lives in exchange for the eight lives her mentor killed in her defense. On top of that, she has added the additional caveat [[MartialPacifist not to kill anyone]] in the course of her quest, after her lifelong friend, Tanda, pointed out that killing people to save people is an oxymoron.



* TheStoic: Most of the time.
** NotSoStoic: There are a few occasions when her stoic facade crumbles ''very'' quickly.
* {{Tomboy}}: Even before her escape she was no example of ProperLady and after that learned some martial arts and such.
* TomboyishPonytail: Her usual hair style.

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* %%* TheStoic: Most of the time.
** NotSoStoic: There are a few occasions when * TechnicalPacifist: She is not above wrestling people into submission, knocking the wind out of them, simply pummeling them senseless with the blunt end of her stoic facade crumbles ''very'' quickly.
* {{Tomboy}}: Even before her escape
spear, or [[CombatPragmatist smashing someone's face in with a rock]]. However, she was no example of ProperLady has sworn an oath never to take a human life and never deals fatal wounds or fights to kill in one case she's forced to do so, she goes into a HeroicBSOD after that learned some martial arts the battle (though she later learns her opponent survived).
* TheseHandsHaveKilled: She doesn't use the phrase directly, but her entire life so far has been about saving lives because she feels responsible for her foster father having had to kill eight men (his own best friends, who were all members of a king's PraetorianGuard, to boot) to keep her alive.
* ThouShaltNotKill: She refuses to take a life, no matter the circumstances.
* TimeShiftedActor:
** In the radio adaptation of ''Guardian of the Darkness'', she is voiced by Jun Karasawa as an adult
and such.
by Tamaki Oka as a child.
** In the live-action adaptation, she is portrayed by Haruka Ayase as an adult, by Kaya Kiyohara as a girl, and by Naho Yokomizo as a very young child.
* TomboyishPonytail: Her usual She wears her hair style. in a high ponytail.



!!!Voiced by: Naoto Adachi (Japanese), Creator/MonaMarshall (English)

The second prince of New Yogo Empire, is being protected by Balsa.

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!!!Voiced by: !!!'''Voiced by (Japanese dub):''' Shōtarō Ōkubo (radio); Naoto Adachi (Japanese), (anime)
!!!'''Voiced by (English dub):'''
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!!!'''Portrayed by:''' Kai Kobayashi (season 1), Mizuki Itagaki (season 2-3)

The second prince of New Yogo Empire, Empire. He is being protected by Balsa.



* HundredPercentAdorationRating: The people of Yogo love him, and for good reason. He's a good prince.



* AwesomenessByAnalysis: He managed to spot how a rigged game work not even ten minutes after seeing it.

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* AwesomenessByAnalysis: He managed to spot how a rigged game work not even ten minutes In the anime, after seeing it.having a form of gambling explained to him for the first time, he not only very quickly works out the odds involved, but also how the con-men running the game are rigging it. He ends up driving them out of business by winning everybody's money back, using the con artists' own tricks against them.



* FishOutOfWater: He has to flee the palace under the protection of [[Action Girl Balsa]] because his father is trying to kill him out of belief that he is possessed by the legendary water demon who once brought a terrible drought. Going from a life of luxury to being on the run is a bit of a harsh transition for him, though he adapts well later on.



* HundredPercentAdorationRating: The people of Yogo love him, and for good reason. He's a good prince.



* NonActionGuy: He's a prince with no combat training who serves as the LivingMacGuffin in ''Literature/MoribitoGuardianOfTheSpirit''. Balsa does give him a little training while he's in her care, though.



* ScrewDestiny: [[spoiler:As the Guardian of the Water Spirit, Chagum will be pursued by the Egg Eater, which seeks to devour the Water Spirit within him as it hatches by tearing him apart. Everyone seeks to avoid this fate. They succeed.]]



* SpareToTheThrone: He is the Emperor's second son, and Spare to the Throne. Unlike most examples, he did apparently receive schooling because his older brother, Sagum, suffers from a SoapOperaDisease, and becomes the heir apparent after his brother succumbs to it halfway through the series. In either case, he is remarkably calm (although clearly not-too-pleased) about it.



* YouCantFightFate: [[spoiler:As the Guardian of the Water Spirit, Chagum will be pursued by the Egg Eater, which seeks to devour the Water Spirit within him as it hatches by tearing him apart. Everyone seeks to avoid this fate. They succeed.]]



!!!Voiced by: Creator/KoujiTsujitani (Japanese), Creator/PeterDoyle (English)

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!!!Voiced by: !!!'''Voiced by (Japanese dub):''' Kenzō (radio); Creator/KoujiTsujitani (Japanese), Creator/PeterDoyle (English)
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!!!'''Voiced by (English dub):''' Creator/PeterDoyle
!!!'''Portrayed by:''' Masahiro Higashide, Kirato Wakayama (young)



* AnArmAndALeg: In ''Guardian of Heaven and Earth'', [[spoiler:after the battle with Talsh forces, Tanda is heavily wounded and Balsa has to amputate his arm to save his life.]]



%%* DoggedNiceGuy: To Balsa.
* HouseHusband: He is a rather feminine healer-in-training, in contrast to his childhood friend, Balsa, a bodyguard-for-hire.



* IWillWaitForYou: For Balsa.

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* IWillWaitForYou: For Balsa.He has been waiting for Balsa to finish saving eight people so he can settle down and marry her...then he has to end up waiting a little longer! He indicates his impatience in a typically reserved, Tanda-like manner, but he can't bring himself to marry another, even though there seem to be eligible women who would be happy to settle down with him.
* MasculineGirlFeminineBoy: Balsa is a veteran ActionGirl and TheStoic. Her childhood friend, Tanda, is a gentle HouseHusband who honed his [[TheMedic healing]] skills by patching up her wounds over the course of 20 years.



** DoggedNiceGuy: To Balsa.

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** DoggedNiceGuy: To Balsa.* NonActionGuy: He makes up for his lack of combat skills by being TheMedic for Balsa.
* TimeShiftedActor: In the live-action adaptation, he is portrayed by Masahiro Higashide as an adult and by Kirato Wakayama as a young boy.





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* WhatTheHellHero: In the backstory, he called Balsa out over how many people she was killing and asking if saving eight lives could have any meaning if she killed so many more in the process. Balsa, as we see, took it [[ThouShaltNotKill very much to heart]].




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!!!'''Voiced by (Japanese dub):''' Misako Watanabe (radio); Ako Mayama (anime)
!!!'''Voiced by (English dub):''' Creator/BarbaraGoodson (anime)
!!!'''Portrayed by:''' Reiko Takashima



[[folder:Toya & Saya]]
!!Toya & Saya

A pair of orphans that are friends with Balsa and Tanda, they assist the pair occasionally.

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[[folder:Toya & Saya]]
!!Toya & Saya

A pair
!!New Yogo Empire
!!!Royal Family
[[folder:The Second Queen]]
!!The Second Queen
The mother
of orphans that are friends with Balsa and Tanda, they assist the pair occasionally.Chagum.



* TheAce: Toya mentions Saya is pretty good at everything she sets her mind to.
* ArrangedMarriage: Toya mentions that Saya is so impressive that she's getting marriage proposals. [[spoiler:PlayedForDrama when one of the families actually pressures Saya into agreeing to a marriage, leading to the AstralProjection incident. It's called off afterwards.]]
* AstralProjection: Saya, after drinking a wine that was steeped in a flower that sent her soul to the SpiritWorld. She's stuck outside of her body until Tanda retrieves her.
* BigBrotherMentor: Toya to Chagum.
* DoYouWantToHaggle: Toya explains that being able to haggle is a skill Chagum needs and demonstrates.
* HeroicSacrifice: Toya was prepared to make one in Episode 17 by setting fire to the watermill to warn Balsa off and then be tortured, but one of the emperor's men got them to drop it and told him to value his own life more.
* LivingEmotionalCrutch: Toya can't do anything if Saya isn't around for him. [[spoiler:Likewise, she has a crush on him and being arranged into a marriage to someone else leaves her unable to return her soul to her body.]]
* MadeASlave: [[AvertedTrope Narrowly averted]]. In the past some slavers tried to take Saya to do this, but Balsa saved them.
* NotBloodSiblings: Toya and Saya aren't related. While Toya sees himself as something of a father figure to her, [[spoiler:Saya has a crush on Toya.]]
* PromotionToParent: Toya to Saya.
* YoungEntrepreneur: Toya acts as an Errand Boy and then gets his own shop by Episode 16.

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* TheAce: Toya mentions Saya is pretty good at everything TakeCareOfTheKids: When she sets her mind to.
* ArrangedMarriage: Toya mentions
suspects that Saya her husband is so impressive that she's getting marriage proposals. [[spoiler:PlayedForDrama when one of trying to kill their son, [[WiseBeyondTheirYears Chagum]], she tasks [[LadyOfWar Balsa]], who happened to stop the families actually pressures Saya into agreeing most recent assassination attempt, to a marriage, leading to the AstralProjection incident. It's called off afterwards.]]
* AstralProjection: Saya, after drinking a wine that was steeped in a flower that sent her soul to the SpiritWorld. She's stuck outside of her body until Tanda retrieves her.
* BigBrotherMentor: Toya to Chagum.
* DoYouWantToHaggle: Toya explains that being able to haggle is a skill Chagum needs and demonstrates.
* HeroicSacrifice: Toya was prepared to make one in Episode 17 by setting fire to the watermill to warn Balsa off and then be tortured, but one of the emperor's men got them to drop it and told him to value his own life more.
* LivingEmotionalCrutch: Toya can't do anything if Saya isn't around for him. [[spoiler:Likewise, she has a crush on
run away with him and being arranged into a marriage to someone else leaves her unable to return her soul to her body.]]
* MadeASlave: [[AvertedTrope Narrowly averted]]. In the past some slavers tried to take Saya to do this, but Balsa saved them.
* NotBloodSiblings: Toya and Saya aren't related. While Toya sees himself as something of a father figure to her, [[spoiler:Saya has a crush on Toya.]]
* PromotionToParent: Toya to Saya.
* YoungEntrepreneur: Toya acts as an Errand Boy and then gets his own shop by Episode 16.
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%%The founder and first mikado of the New Yogo Empire.
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%%* FounderOfTheKingdom: Of the New Yogo Empire.
%%* HistoricalHeroUpgrade: [[spoiler:InUniverse.]]
%%* PuppetKing: [[spoiler:He was in truth this to Nanai.]]
%%* ShroudedInMyth:
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!!!'''Voiced by (Japanese dub):''' Yūsei Oda (radio); Hirofumi Nojima (anime)
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%%The first Master Star Reader.
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!!!Civilians
[[folder:Toya & Saya]]
!!Toya & Saya
!!!'''Voiced by (Japanese dub):''' Mayumi Asano (Toya), Creator/RyoHirohashi (Saya) (anime)
!!!'''Voiced by (English dub):''' Creator/YuriLowenthal (Toya), Erika Lenhart (Saya) (anime)
!!!'''Portrayed by:''' Seishiro Kato (Toya), Riana Saijima (Saya)

A pair of orphans that are friends with Balsa and Tanda, they assist the pair occasionally.
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* TheAce: Toya mentions Saya is pretty good at everything she sets her mind to.
* ArrangedMarriage: Toya mentions that Saya is so impressive that she's getting marriage proposals. [[spoiler:PlayedForDrama when one of the families actually pressures Saya into agreeing to a marriage, leading to the AstralProjection incident. It's called off afterwards.]]
* AstralProjection: Saya, after drinking a wine that was steeped in a flower that sent her soul to the SpiritWorld. She's stuck outside of her body until Tanda retrieves her.
%%* BigBrotherMentor: Toya to Chagum.
* DoYouWantToHaggle: Toya explains that being able to haggle is a skill Chagum needs and demonstrates.
* HeroicSacrifice: Toya was prepared to make one in Episode 17 by setting fire to the watermill to warn Balsa off and then be tortured, but one of the emperor's men got them to drop it and told him to value his own life more.
* LivingEmotionalCrutch: Toya can't do anything if Saya isn't around for him. [[spoiler:Likewise, she has a crush on him and being arranged into a marriage to someone else leaves her unable to return her soul to her body.]]
* MadeASlave: [[AvertedTrope Narrowly averted]]. In the past some slavers tried to take Saya to do this, but Balsa saved them.
* NotBloodSiblings: Toya and Saya aren't related. While Toya sees himself as something of a father figure to her, [[spoiler:Saya has a crush on Toya.]]
%%* PromotionToParent: Toya to Saya.
* YoungEntrepreneur: Toya acts as an Errand Boy and then gets his own shop by Episode 16.
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!!Kingdom of Kanbal
!!!Royal Family
%%[[folder:Naguru]]
%%The king of Kanbal and older brother of Rogsam.
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[[folder:Rogsam]]
The younger brother of Naguru.
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* CainAndAbel: {{Downplayed|Trope}}. He blackmailed Karuna into poisoning his brother, Naguru, for the throne of Kanbal.
* TheEvilPrince: He blackmailed Karuna into poisoning his brother, Naguru, for the throne of Kanbal.
%%* PosthumousCharacter:
* TheUsurper: He blackmailed Karuna into poisoning his brother, Naguru, for the throne of Kanbal.
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!!!King's Spears
[[folder:Jiguro Musa]]
!!Jiguro Musa
!!!'''Voiced by (Japanese dub):''' Rintarou Nishi (anime)
!!!'''Voiced by (English dub):''' Creator/KyleHebert (anime)
!!!'''Portrayed by:''' Koji Kikkawa
The foster father of Balsa.
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%%* BadassAndChildDuo: To Balsa.
* BladeOnAStick: He was the best spear wielder of Kanbal.
* LongDeadBadass: He trained Balsa in her youth and defeated a dozen of fellow spear-wielders over the years, several at once. The only thing that killed him is an illness, a few years prior to the main story.
%%* OldMaster:
* ParentalSubstitute: He raised Balsa as his own in her youth.
* PosthumousCharacter:
* StayInTheKitchen: He initially refused to train Balsa, saying women don't the muscles to fight. In truth, however, it's more because he didn't want her to live a life of bloodshed. Subverted when he began to train her after he saw her reenact one of his battles for an audience.
* WouldHitAGirl: To Balsa, when she showed her early skills with the blade.
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%%[[folder:Yuguro Musa]]
%%!!Yuguro Musa
%%The younger brother of Jiguro.
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!!!Others
[[folder:Karuna Yonsa]]
!!Karuna Yonsa
The late father of Balsa and older brother of Yuka.
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* TakeCareOfTheKids: He told his old friend, [[PapaWolf Jiguro]], to take care of his young daughter, Balsa.

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* SignificantWardrobeShift: In Episode 24, upon reaching 12 years of age, he changes the child-sized peasant kimono he had been wearing for new clothing more fit for the prince he is - in more than one way, as it includes a Yogo kimono over a Yakoo tunic (his empire's two peoples), with a Kanbal style sash (like Balsa's).


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* TruthSeeker: He's the one who suggest seeking out and working with the magic-weavers to find out the mysteries of the Water Demon and keeps up the search for a solution.

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* TruthSeeker: He's the one who suggest suggests seeking out and working with the magic-weavers to find out the mysteries of the Water Demon and keeps up the search for a solution.
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[[folder:Balsa Yonsa]]
!Balsa Yonsa
!!!Voiced by: Mabuki Andou (Japanese), Creator/CindyRobinson (English)

The main protagonist of the ''Moribito'' series.
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* ActionGirl: Well, of course. She takes on four elite royal guards near the beginning with a weapon that falls apart. She slashes one clear across the face, knees another firmly in the groin, and steps into an attack by their leader--taking a sword to the gut--to knock him out cold. She finishes her rounds shortly after by charging the fourth, knocking him out with a rock.
* BadassAndChildDuo: With Chagum and later with [[spoiler:Asla]]. As a Child with Jiguro during her childhood.
* BadassNormal: Some of her opponents use magic, she never does.
* BladeOnAStick: Her WeaponOfChoice.
* BloodKnight[=/=]DeathSeeker: Not so apparent in the anime, but in the novels it is stated that Balsa is painfully aware that her love for fighting and guilt are two of the reasons she probably will [[InHarmsWay never change]] [[ChallengeSeeker her current life style]]. Even more apparent in ''The Wanderer'' about her early teenage days.
* CombatPragmatist: Without her spear.
* CoolBigSis: To Chagum and some other children.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Her father who was Royal Physician at that time had his best friend Jiguro take his six-year-old daughter and escape their homeland, because [[spoiler:he was [[IHaveYourWife blackmailed]] by the Prince Rogsam, who really wanted to become the next king of Kanbal, into poisoning the King. If he hadn't had done that, Balsa would have been long dead.]]
* FamedInStory: [[spoiler:As she later discovers, despite never having her most heroic deeds officially recognized, she becomes world-famous thanks to certain WanderingMinstrel...]]
* GeniusBruiser: Is highly intelligent as well as a capable warrior.
* LadyOfWar: Despite being quite the tomboy, Balsa is very graceful, elegant, and honorable in combat. However, she will drop all of that and start fighting dirty if that's what it takes to defend her charge.
* LittleMissBadass: Even as a child she was really good with spear.
* MamaBear: Don't even try to hurt children she's protecting.
* NervesOfSteel: Many examples, but the most prominent one is when she [[spoiler:almost single-handedly, really quickly and without hesitation amputates Tanda's hand to save his life.]]
* NoHuggingNoKissing: Her 'relationship' with Tanda. [[spoiler: Or so we thought.]]
* OutdoorsyGal: As a child she really liked climbing trees etc.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: When she was a teenager, her primary motivation was [[spoiler:desire for revenge and hate directed at King Rogsam for making her childhood living nightmare. She ''really'' wanted to kill him, but he died before she could do it.]]
* SheKnowsTooMuch: For example during her travel back to Kanbal in ''Guardian of Darkness'' [[spoiler: Jiguro's brother Yuguro tries to have her killed because she knows the truth about his past, which he ''really'' doesn't want to be revealed...]]
* SlaveLiberation: She spends all of the Queen's gold to liberate the slaves owned by the Blue Hand. This frees them and creates diversion from the manhunt.
* TheStoic: Most of the time.
** NotSoStoic: There are a few occasions when her stoic facade crumbles ''very'' quickly.
* {{Tomboy}}: Even before her escape she was no example of ProperLady and after that learned some martial arts and such.
* TomboyishPonytail: Her usual hair style.
* WillTheyOrWontThey: With Tanda. [[spoiler:They do.]]
* WorthyOpponent: The Emperor's royal guard chasing her and the prince see her as this.
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[[folder:Chagum]]
!Chagum
!!!Voiced by: Naoto Adachi (Japanese), Creator/MonaMarshall (English)

The second prince of New Yogo Empire, is being protected by Balsa.
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* AstralProjection: Chagum starts doing this as the egg gets close to hatching.
* AttendingYourOwnFuneral: In Episode 6, after faking his death.
* AwesomenessByAnalysis: He managed to spot how a rigged game work not even ten minutes after seeing it.
* DemonicPossession: What everyone thinks originally, that he's possessed by a Water Demon that will cause a drought when it comes out, which is why he's being hunted. By the second-half, it cleared up.
* FamilyHonor: Chagum believes in this greatly, to the extent that he ends up making a bet to eat slugs if he loses what amounts to a wrestling match and disobeying Balsa to defend it in Episode 12.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: Whether a baby bird or a frog, he cares about them all. [[spoiler:This ends up saving his life as the very baby bird he and his brother took care of ended up saving the Water Spirit.]]
* HundredPercentAdorationRating: The people of Yogo love him, and for good reason. He's a good prince.
* ImportantHaircut: His long hair is cut short by Saya to help disguise him in Episode 6.
* MisterSeahorse: The Water Spirit Egg is inside of his stomach and waiting to hatch. [[spoiler:However, doing so will have the Egg Eater chase and kill him.]]
* NobleFugitive: He's on the run with Balsa because his father wants to kill him to avoid what they perceive to be a greater tragedy.
* RichInDollarsPoorInSense: He didn't even know that people had to spend money to own shelter, a fact that deeply shamed him considering how much Balsa spent to ensure they could get away.
* TiredOfRunning: Chagum eventually states this in Episode 19, [[spoiler:having been forced to flee the life he had grown accustom to twice and knowing he'll be pursed by the Egg Eater.]]
* TookALevelInBadass: [[spoiler:During Episode 23 and onwards, Chagum becomes an EmpoweredBadassNormal, capable of leaping through trees with inhuman ease, resisting the cold, and [[WalkingOnWater running on water]] while in possession of the Water Spirit.]]
* YouCantFightFate: [[spoiler:As the Guardian of the Water Spirit, Chagum will be pursued by the Egg Eater, which seeks to devour the Water Spirit within him as it hatches by tearing him apart. Everyone seeks to avoid this fate. They succeed.]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Tanda]]
!Tanda
!!!Voiced by: Creator/KoujiTsujitani (Japanese), Creator/PeterDoyle (English)

A man who knows Balsa and is awaiting her return.
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* TheApprentice: To Torogai.
* AstralProjection: Tanda when seeking out Saya's soul in Episode 11. Unfortunately, he doesn't know how to get back into his body and needs some outside help.
* ChildhoodFriendRomance: He's known Balsa since they were young and hoping for this. [[spoiler:It comes to pass eventually.]]
* IdenticalGrandson: Tanda resembles his grandfather according to the villagers of Toma.
* IneptMage: Torogai mentions that he doesn't have an ounce of talent when it comes to magic weaving, but he's excellent at treating injuries.
* IWillWaitForYou: For Balsa.
* TheMedic: He plays the role to Balsa.
* NiceGuy: The first thing he does upon finding a child nearly drowning by his home is to invite him into his hut to warm up.
** DoggedNiceGuy: To Balsa.
* TookALevelInBadass: Tanda is the first to land a blow on the Egg Eater because he noticed the flowers allowed them to interact with them.


[[/folder]]

[[folder:Torogai]]
!Torogai

A Yakoo magic-weaver who learns of the egg within Chagum and is familiar with Balsa and Tanda.
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* TheBeastMaster: She's tamed a wolf at least three times her size.
* CoolOldLady: She's definitely not young, but she's someone not to mess with.
* MiniatureSeniorCitizens: Torogai is either the shortest or second shortest amongst all the characters.
* NeverMessWithGranny: In the 4th episode she dispatches two Hounds with ease. In episode 20, she gets them all to back down from harming the Yakoo.
* ScrewPolitenessImASenior: She doesn't care who you are. She will get to the point and talk brash about whatever it is she needs to.
* SelfDuplication: She can create Mud Dolls of herself or others.
* TruthSeeker: She seeks out the truth of the water demon within the second prince and the Great Drought.


[[/folder]]

[[folder:Toya & Saya]]
!Toya & Saya

A pair of orphans that are friends with Balsa and Tanda, they assist the pair occasionally.
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* TheAce: Toya mentions Saya is pretty good at everything she sets her mind to.
* ArrangedMarriage: Toya mentions that Saya is so impressive that she's getting marriage proposals. [[spoiler:PlayedForDrama when one of the families actually pressures Saya into agreeing to a marriage, leading to the AstralProjection incident. It's called off afterwards.]]
* AstralProjection: Saya, after drinking a wine that was steeped in a flower that sent her soul to the SpiritWorld. She's stuck outside of her body until Tanda retrieves her.
* BigBrotherMentor: Toya to Chagum.
* DoYouWantToHaggle: Toya explains that being able to haggle is a skill Chagum needs and demonstrates.
* HeroicSacrifice: Toya was prepared to make one in Episode 17 by setting fire to the watermill to warn Balsa off and then be tortured, but one of the emperor's men got them to drop it and told him to value his own life more.
* LivingEmotionalCrutch: Toya can't do anything if Saya isn't around for him. [[spoiler:Likewise, she has a crush on him and being arranged into a marriage to someone else leaves her unable to return her soul to her body.]]
* MadeASlave: [[AvertedTrope Narrowly averted]]. In the past some slavers tried to take Saya to do this, but Balsa saved them.
* NotBloodSiblings: Toya and Saya aren't related. While Toya sees himself as something of a father figure to her, [[spoiler:Saya has a crush on Toya.]]
* PromotionToParent: Toya to Saya.
* YoungEntrepreneur: Toya acts as an Errand Boy and then gets his own shop by Episode 16.

[[/folder]]


[[folder:Shuga]]
!Shuga

A star-seer in service to the royal family. He seeks the truth about the Water Demon and Prince.
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* {{Astrologer}}: He can predict events through the use of the stars.
* TheGoodChancellor: What he's meant to be to Chagum. The whole Water Demon thing is a complication.
* ManlyTears: He cries upon believing that Chagum has been killed and he could do nothing to stop it. And later on when Sagum dies.
* NeverGotToSayGoodbye: Shuga never got to tell Sagum his brother was alive because he wanted to find proof. Sagum died just after he left to do so.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: He's the only star-reader who suggests working with the Yakoo and is doing his best to help everyone come out alive.
* TruthSeeker: He's the one who suggest seeking out and working with the magic-weavers to find out the mysteries of the Water Demon and keeps up the search for a solution.

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