Neither Human Nor Tiger
Season 1, Episode 13
Becoming the tiger
Air date June 30, 2007 (original)
September 12, 2009 (North America)
Kanji 人でなく虎でなく
Romaji Hito de naku, Tora de naku
Episode guide
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The Knot

Neither Human Nor Tiger (人でなく虎でなく, Hito de naku, Tora de naku) is the thirteenth episode of Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit.


Balsa is challenged to a duel by a former rival, who targets a traveling couple in order to draw out her anger. Her attempts to protect the couple lead to a fierce duel that allows her anger to overwhelm her. Although she wins the fight, Balsa thinks that she killed her rival and has broken her vow to never take a life.