Synonyms: Kemono no Soujya Erin, Kemono no Sou-ja Erin, The Beast Player Erin
Aired: Jan 10, 2009 to Dec 26, 2009
Premiered: Winter 2009
Genres: Drama, Fantasy, Slice of Life
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
Summary: In the land of Ryoza, the neighboring provinces of Shin-Ou and Tai-Kou have been at peace. Queen Shinou is the ruler of Ryoza and her greatest general, Grand Duke Taikou, defends the kingdom with his army of powerful war-lizards known as the "Touda." Although the two regions have enjoyed a long-standing alliance, mounting tensions threaten to spark a fierce civil war. Within Ake, a village in Tai-Kou tasked with raising the Grand Duke’s army, lives Erin, a bright girl who spends her days watching the work of her mother Soyon, the village’s head Touda doctor. But while under Soyon’s care, the Grand Duke's strongest Touda, known as the Kiba, dies. The peace that Erin and her mother had been enjoying vanishes as Soyon is arrested and sentenced to death. In a desperate attempt to save her mother, Erin ends up falling in a river and is swept towards Shin-Ou. Unable to return home, Erin must learn to lead a new life with completely different people, all while hunting for the truth of both beasts and humanity itself, with tensions between the two regions constantly escalating. [Written by MAL Rewrite]