The BEST Episodes of Erin

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 14, 2020

Network: NHK

In the war against neighboring countries, the Grand Duke’s warriors use dragon-like beasts called Touda as weapons. Touda are admired across the nation and villages take great pride in breeding them. Erin lives in one such village with her mother, Soyon, who is the best beastinarian in the country. However, life in the village is not so straightforward: Soyon is also an Ariyo, a woman of the Mist People - a race that is feared by humans for its mystical abilities. So that she and Erin can stay in the village, Soyon must flawlessly fulfill her duty capturing and disciplining the Touda; but while Erin wants nothing more than to become a beastinarian, she also feels sorry for the Touda and recognizes that there’s far more to them than meets the eye. Can Erin ever become an ordinary beastinarian when her deepest instincts tell her there is a better way to interact with the Touda?

Pure Night

#1 - Pure Night

Season 1 - Episode 47 - Aired Dec 5, 2009

While at the Forest of Purification, Seimiyah is confronted by a large Ohju in the mist. Seimiyah meets Erin and learns of the First Shin-Oh Je and the incident of Ophalon. Erin also explains that Damiyah was forcing Erin to create an Ohju battalion for the war and attempted to kill the "traitor" Ia-lu with poison to prevent the truth from getting to Seimiyah. After listening to what seemed to be lies, Seimiyah comes to terms with the truth and decides what to do next: Seimiyah will grant Erin her freedom, only if Erin would accompany her when they go to meet the Tai-Koh at Tahai-Azeh.

star 9.88
32 votes
The Great Crime

#2 - The Great Crime

Season 1 - Episode 32 - Aired Aug 22, 2009

After landing, Erin is confronted by Nah-Son, the agent sent by the Mist Elders to watch over her. He tells Erin he had known Soh-yon and asks her to make a difficult decision. He tells her the story of the once-prosperous Tohda-breeding country Ophalon. The King of Ophalon was ousted from his throne when he used Touda to attack neighboring countries to complete his dream of making Ophalon even more prosperous. He is saved by a woman with golden hair and eyes, who flew on an Ohju named Luke. He manages to convince the woman of breeding Ohju to attack Ophalon and show them that Tohda are no match for the Ohju. However, the Ohju become drunk on blood and they attack the town and people into a wasteland. Afterwards, the woman leaves the Ephon Noha region and descends from the sky into Ryoza. The people there see her as a God and make her their Queen; the woman's name was "Je" the First Shin-Oh of Ryoza. Nah-Son tells Erin to restrain Lilan's ability to fly, but Erin says that she will never stop Lilan from flying and will never tie her down with codes.

star 9.85
33 votes
Akun-Meh-Chai

#3 - Akun-Meh-Chai

Season 1 - Episode 44 - Aired Nov 14, 2009

As the war between the Shin-Oh and the Tai-Koh Reigons begins, Erin is called to the palace by Dahmiyah. While in there, he orders Erin to create a battalion of Ohju to use for the war. Erin refuses to breed the Ohju for war, due to the fear of repeating the mistake of the First Shin-Oh Je. Erin tells Dahmiyah that she is an "Akun Meh Chai" a "Child of Impossibilities" because Erin herself is a child of a Tohda breeding man and a woman of the Mist People, two people that were said to never be able to be together. She tells Dahmiyah that only she can control the Ohju, and successfully demonstrates it. Dahmiyah tells Erin to continue to breed the Ohju battalion or else the people of Kazalm will be sentenced to death, as well as Erin's best friend, Yuuyan.

star 9.84
32 votes
Mother's Whistle

#4 - Mother's Whistle

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Feb 21, 2009

Soh-yon is executed by the way of the Tohda after the Duke's Kiba mysteriously die. Erin jumps into a lake full of Tohda in an attempt to save her bleeding mother, but her mother has her whisked away to safety while she is eaten alive to atone for her sins.

star 9.83
36 votes
Joh-on's Death

#5 - Joh-on's Death

Season 1 - Episode 28 - Aired Jul 18, 2009

One morning Erin receives a letter from Joh-on's son stating simply that Joh-on passed away from heart disease. Erin becomes sullen and sad, but acts strong in front of Lilan. Professor Esal and the returned Tomura see that Erin is suffering. Esal decides to take her on a trip to Joh-on's hideout when they were still students. Erin then comes to terms with Joh-on's death and promises to live a life that will not sadden Joh-on. At the end of the day, Erin says to Joh-on's ghost, "Thank You... Dad."

star 9.82
33 votes
The Truth of the Shin-Oh

#6 - The Truth of the Shin-Oh

Season 1 - Episode 41 - Aired Oct 24, 2009

Erin is called to the Kazalm palace, and is asked to accompany the Shin-Oh back to the royal palace with Lilan as bodyguards. Erin knows that if she accepted it, Lilan and Erin would be deprived of the freedom they had in Kazalm. Erin asks for an audience with only the Shin-Oh and Seh-zan Ia-lu, and decides to tell them about the First Shin-Oh Je and the incident with her Ohju Luke. But what Erin didn't expect from the Shin-Oh was that she didn't know anything about the ancient incident. Then Erin tells the Shin-Oh about her past and why she strongly believes that Lilan and her family deserve their freedom. The Shin-Oh understands and lets Erin decide what's best for Lilan's family. But what happened next was totally unexpected: Professor Esal comes to Erin in Lilan's shed the next day saying, "The Shin-Oh is dead."

star 9.81
32 votes
Beast Healer

#7 - Beast Healer

Season 1 - Episode 43 - Aired Nov 7, 2009

Beastinarians from Lazal come, learning about Erin's ability to tame Ohju without the use of a Silent Whistle, despite the fact that she is supposed to carry one under Law. They order Erin into using the whistle on Lilan, but Erin refuses. As one of the beastinarians blows a whistle, Lilan goes into a blind rage and injures the beastinarians. This forces Erin to use the Silent Whistle on Lilan. The Whistle gives Lilan a horrifying aftershock and she bites off several of Erin's fingers. This causes Erin to understand what her mother meant by "Ohju are beasts." From there, Erin decides to go onto the path of the "Beast Healer" a beastinarian who shares the joys and pains of the Ohju and uses the Silent Whistle, just like her mother did with the Touda. Erin is ordered to go to the Royal Palace with Lilan and her family.

star 9.81
32 votes
Honey and Erin

#8 - Honey and Erin

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Mar 7, 2009

While staying with the beekeeper Joh-on, Erin decides to have Joh-on teach her to be an animal breeder and live with him.

star 9.80
35 votes
A Nation in Shadow

#9 - A Nation in Shadow

Season 1 - Episode 40 - Aired Oct 17, 2009

The Shin-Oh is knocked unconscious after the sudden Tohda attack on the boat-ride to the palace, and stays at Lord Kazalm's home until she recovers. Ia-lu feels ashamed of not protecting her Majesty, and awaits his punishment. Erin sees the aftermath of the attack, and decides to calm the worried men by playing "Birds of Dawn" on her harp. Ia-lu recognizes the song and finds Erin playing it. Erin tends to Ia-lu's wound from the Tohda, and she and Ia-lu talk. Erin tells Ia-lu that the Tohda attacking the ship weren't the Grand Duke's because they didn't have a mark on their tails. Erin then reveals to Ia-lu that she is a Wajyaku, and is from a Tohda breeding village. Throughout the night she tells him about her life; her home village, her mother, and how she ended up in the Shin-Oh Region. The next morning, Erin leaves for the school and Ia-lu promises her that he will keep her story a secret until the time is ready.

star 9.80
35 votes
Secret in the Mist

#10 - Secret in the Mist

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Jan 31, 2009

Erin hears that Shaju's older sister has been engaged. But while eating a rice cake, Soju, Shaju's sister, suddenly falls ill. Soh-yon diagnoses Soju's illness as "Mock milkweed poisoning" a poisonous plant that was mistaken as a plant used in the cakes. Soh-yon decides to ask her clan, the Mist People, for the medicine.

star 9.79
34 votes
Bond Between the Two

#11 - Bond Between the Two

Season 1 - Episode 46 - Aired Nov 28, 2009

After being poisoned by Dahmiyah and injured by the Psi-Gamul, Ia-lu seeks refuge at Lazal with Erin. While there, Erin tends to his wounds while he tells her about Dahmiyah working with the Psi-Gamul to kill the late Shin-Oh. Kirik is sent by Dahmiyah to make sure Ia-lu was dead, but Kirik decides not to after seeing him with Erin. Dahmiyah learns of this, and decides to locate Ia-lu and kill him himself. When he arrives at Eku and Lilan's shed, he doesn't find Ia-lu and leaves. It is later revealed that Erin had Ia-lu hide under Lilan. For the rest of the night, Erin and Ia-lu talk. From there, they decide that they will reveal everything to the Shin-Oh Seimiyah together.

star 9.79
34 votes
The Oath of Kazalm

#12 - The Oath of Kazalm

Season 1 - Episode 23 - Aired Jun 13, 2009

Professor Esal talks to the other teachers at Kazalm about reporting to the palace of Erin's ability to communicate with Lilan with a harp, and not a mute whistle (It is considered against the law to not carry and use one as a beastinarian) and how she is able to become close to an Ohju. Esal tells the other teachers how she and Tomura also tried to use the harp to communicate with Lilan, but Lilan would just stare. Esal comes to the conclusion that the reason Lilan only reacts to Erin is because Lilan sees her as her mother. According to legends, only the Shin-Oh could command the Ohju. However, Erin can also do the same thing. Esal believes that if they report this to the palace, others would believe that Erin was able to command Lilan by using a magic trick of the Mist People, and not because of her own efforts. Also, she believes that the palace would use Erin's ability to communicate with the Ohju for war purposes. The teachers of Kazalm decide to keep Erin and the harp under wraps, and everyone in Kazalm makes an oath to protect Erin and Lilan.

star 9.79
33 votes
A New Life

#13 - A New Life

Season 1 - Episode 35 - Aired Sep 12, 2009

Another injured Ohju is delivered to Kazalm, this time it is a wild male who they decided to call "Eku." The teachers try to calm the angry Eku themselves, but fail. Professor Esal decides to leave Eku to Erin. After a day's worth of staying with the angry Eku, Erin manges to gain his trust and communicate with him with her harp. Eku heals and goes out to the fields and meets Lilan. Lilan and Eku mate and "create a new life" with the whole of Kazalm watching in amazement.

star 9.79
33 votes
 Birth

#14 - Birth

Season 1 - Episode 37 - Aired Sep 26, 2009

Erin officially becomes a Master in the fall and new students come to Kazalm. But Shiron, a female student, sees Erin as an enemy and desired to "beat her." When Shiron decides to approach Lilan one night, she is astonished to find out that Erin can embrace Lilan so closely, despite the fact that Ohju never befriend humans. When Shiron decides to approach Lilan again, she ends up angering Lilan, only to be saved by Erin. Shiron then witnesses Erin helping Lilan give birth, and has a new perspective of Erin, making Shiron decide to be Erin's follower. The Shin-Oh names the baby "Aru" and decides to visit the baby.

star 9.79
33 votes
Soh-Yon's Warmth

#15 - Soh-Yon's Warmth

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Feb 14, 2009

On a rainy night, Soh-yon is summoned to the underground Tohda ponds. There, Soh-yon finds all the Kiba, the Duke's most prized Tohda, dead. Knowing what would happen next, Soh-yon decides to spend the entire day with Erin. But later that night, soldiers come to the house. It was only then that Erin learned that her mother was going to be sentenced to death.

star 9.77
35 votes
Joh-on the Beekeeper

#16 - Joh-on the Beekeeper

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Feb 28, 2009

Joh-on, a beekeeper living in the Shin-Oh Region, finds the unconscious Erin floating in the river. He rescues her and nurses her to health, as she attempts to cope with the loss of her mother.

star 9.77
35 votes
Master Esal

#17 - Master Esal

Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired May 9, 2009

Erin passes the entrance exam with flying colors and becomes a Kazalm student. There, she meets the Reverend of Teachers at Kazalm, Esal, who is also an old friend of Joh-on. And from there, Joh-on and Erin say their tearful good-byes.

star 9.76
34 votes
Lilan's Heart

#18 - Lilan's Heart

Season 1 - Episode 26 - Aired Jul 4, 2009

Erin takes a quiz and fails it, so Erin and the others study hard so they can advance into high school at Kazalm. After the exam, everyone leaves for summer vacation. Lilan walks up to Erin one day and starts to snuggle her; it was then that Erin realized that Lilan saw her as her mother, and that makes Erin very happy. She also finds out that Lilan can understand simple words like "wait" and "stop." Erin finally finds out from Esal that Lilan was a gift to the Shin-Oh and as such, can never go back into the wild.

star 9.76
33 votes
The Beast's Fangs

#19 - The Beast's Fangs

Season 1 - Episode 29 - Aired Jul 25, 2009

Erin noticed Lilan was scratching herself against a tree trunk and thought of using a brush to groom her. She got the brothers, Mok and Nuk, to make her a bigger brush as the small brush was not efficient at grooming. However, while using the bigger brush, she accidentally hurt Lilan. Lilan was infuriated and injured Erin. Thereafter, Erin was told by Esal that the only reason Lilan is obedient to Erin is because Lilan is afraid of Erin. Erin becomes afraid to get near to Lilan due to the incident. However when the memories of the times she spent with Lilan came into her mind, she took up the courage and once again got close to Lilan.

star 9.76
33 votes
Luminous Sky

#20 - Luminous Sky

Season 1 - Episode 31 - Aired Aug 8, 2009

A new teacher, Kirik, comes to Kazalm Academy from the capital. The new teacher is a royal agent whose entire family was killed by Wajaku poison. While on a stroll, Erin and Lilan fall off a cliff, but are saved due to Lilan regaining her ability to fly. Kirik watches Erin flying on Lilan and is shocked that an Ohju is flying with a human on its back. While watching them in the sky, he mistakens Erin for his sister Taya.

star 9.76
33 votes
Flying

#21 - Flying

Season 1 - Episode 33 - Aired Aug 29, 2009

Erin informs Professor Esal that Lilan can fly. Both of them are worried that Lilan will fly away from Kazalm. So, Esal wants Erin to teach Lilan to fly only when she wants to or they would have to chain Lilan down. After many days of Lilan not flying at Erin's command they plan to make the chains for Lilan's cage. One evening Kirik approaches Erin and they have a short conversation. Erin realizes that she has only been giving commands to Lilan and approaches Lilan once more. The next day Erin flies on top of Lilan.

star 9.75
32 votes
Seimiyah's Tears

#22 - Seimiyah's Tears

Season 1 - Episode 42 - Aired Oct 31, 2009

Word of the Shin-Oh's sudden death on the way back to the palace has spread, and everyone mourns for the death of their beloved Shin-Oh. And as tradition states, Princess Seimiyah must take the throne. But Seimiyah is not sure if she is ready, and battles with her inner demons. Shunan comes to the Royal Capital and talks with Seimiyah, but Seimiyah stubbornly refuses. Not knowing of Erin or Ia-lu's knowledge of the truth, Seimiyah believes that it was the Grand Duke's Tohda that killed her grandmother. Standing in the rain one night, Seimiyah and Shunan go their separate ways.

star 9.75
32 votes
Bird in a Cage

#23 - Bird in a Cage

Season 1 - Episode 45 - Aired Nov 21, 2009

Back at the Royal Palace, Kahil tells Ia-lu that Dahmiyah was to wed Shin-Oh Seimiyah. He also hears that the old Seh-Zan were to be dismissed and new Seh-zan were to be introduced to the palace. Ia-lu is strongly against it, and decides to confront Dahmiyah. While there, Ia-lu learns that Dahmiyah was working with the Psi-Gamul and planned the attack on the boat. He also learns that Dahmiyah was blackmailing Erin to create an Ohju Army for the war. Meanwhile, Kahil was being ambushed by the Psi-Gamul, one of whom was Kirik. Ia-lu manages to get there in time and save Kahil. As Ia-lu confronts the unmasked Kirik, he helps him realize the mistake in his current actions.

star 9.75
32 votes
Tohda Attack

#24 - Tohda Attack

Season 1 - Episode 39 - Aired Oct 10, 2009

While going back to the palace by boat, the Shin-Oh is suddenly attacked by an army of Tohda in the river. Erin, along with the rest of the students and teachers of Kazalm, watch in horror. Erin decides to ride Lilan to save the Shin-Oh, but Kirik warns her that riding Lilan will make Erin regret it. When Erin gets to the attacking Tohda, Ia-lu and Dahmiyah are surprised to see Erin flying on Lilan's back. Lilan suddenly snaps and attacks the Tohda in a blind rage, deaf to Erin's cries to stop. For the first time, everyone witnesses the horrid side of the Ohju. And for Erin, this is a moment that she will never forget.

star 9.74
35 votes
The Battling Beast

#25 - The Battling Beast

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 24, 2009

Erin sees the fearsome side of the Tohda during an exhibition for the Duke.

star 9.74
34 votes