‘Mushishi’ is both visually stunning and emotionally beautiful. There are few anime series that both give our eyes a feast and our heartstrings a tug.
Unlikely many series, Mushishi is almost completely episodic – meaning episodes are primarily unrelated to each other. While this may make Mushishi not a very binge-worthy show, this certainly shouldn’t put you off.
Ginko the Mushishi
The series follows a white-haired, tobacco-smoking traveller called Ginko. Ginko’s occupation is what is known as a ‘mushishi’ – a person who researches the mysterious lifeforms that exist somewhere between our world and the next. These lifeforms are known as ‘mushi’.
As Ginko travels through the ancient forests of Japan, he encounters many villagers and many mushi. Mushi are normally harmless and invisible to humans, but there are exceptions. Mushi are what life looks like on the most basic level – they have no will and no evil intentions.
However, when mushi gather in one spot or their homes are invaded by unaware humans – it can lead to disaster. These disasters often appear in the form of curses or bad luck and are widely misunderstood by the villagers who are unlucky enough to find themselves inflicted by such phenomenon. That is except for people like Ginko, who thanks to his ongoing research and understanding of mushi, is able to save some of the unfortunate locals.
About the Anime
You’re in for a slow-paced but marvelous journey when you watch Mushishi. The anime fully utilizes it’s medium and it soon becomes apparent that an incredible amount of thought has gone into every story and each scenic view.
Mushishi has 2 seasons with a total of 56 episodes. The anime can also be found on Netflix.
The anime is ranked number 38 on My Anime List – which I consider quite a feat considering continuing plotlines are one of the traits that have made anime so popular worldwide.
There’s also a live-action movie, but I can’t particularly recommend it unless you’re a Mushishi super-fan.
And if you’re still not sold, try checking out this (unfortunately, low resolution) trailer.