The Waterwheel Burns
Season 1, Episode 17
Hunters at waterwheel
Air date July 28, 2007 (original)
October 10, 2009 (North America)
Kanji 水車燃ゆ
Romaji Suisha Moyu
Episode guide
The Pursuit
The Ancient Village

The Waterwheel Burns (水車燃ゆ, Suisha Moyu) is the seventeenth episode of Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit.


By chance, Shuga locates Chagum and Balsa in the city. Determined to bring Chagum back to the palace, the Mikado's hunters find the watermill and set a trap in hopes of capturing Balsa and Chagum. When he discovers the hunters, Toya risks his life and sets fire to the waterwheel to warn Balsa. The warning succeeds - when they see the fire, Balsa and Chagum set off to the Inishie Village in hopes of learning more about the water spirit and Chagum's role as its guardian.