|The Waterwheel Burns|
|Season 1, Episode 17|
|Air date|| July 28, 2007 (original)|
October 10, 2009 (North America)
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.