Posted by : Veld
Posted on : 2010-05-14
A unique show that follows the mysterious Mushishi named Ginko as he studies the strange creatures known as mushi.
Animation: The animation of Mushishi is simply amazing. The colors are all bright and the animations are very detailed. The colors and movements make the mushi very lively and fun to watch.
The stories: This show doesn't really have a story line, but it has several. One for each episode. Each one was very clever and in many cases astounding.
The mystery is what really made the show. The world is very carefully developed and every small occurrence or trinket is well thought out and unique. The mail system struck me as quite clever.
The show is a very casual watch. As the plot resolves each episode, you are rarely on edge at the end of an episode.
Mushishi bears a great resemblance to Star Trek in my opinion. Ginko wanders the land observing all sorts of anomalies and has to find out how to fix them or help the people affected by them.
There was very little character development at all. Each episode developed the new characters quite well, but Ginko very rarely grew as a character. He was as enigmatic as the mushi and did not really do anything with any noticeable personality. This wasn't really bad as each episode would mostly stand on its own, but would be a pretty big deal to watchers more interested in standing characters and plot.
Overall: Mushishi was one of my favorite shows. It was very interesting and kept my attention each episode. It was bright and mysterious. It sparked my imagination continuously and left me wanting to see another season.
Excellent show 9/10.
Posted by : MrSentimental
Posted on : 2010-01-09
Well, this was Death Note/ Shigurui level disappointment here for me where the rave reviews really didn't do this one justice.
The artwork was great, and probably the biggest plus for this series. I initially was intrigued with the mystical and unique storyline, and Ginko seemed like an interesting enough leading guy.
But I agreed with Splashmo that the initial interest with this series started to wane, and pretty quickly for me. Each episode had Mr. Ginko managing some kind of random Mushi situation, none of which that I found particularly appealing. There were lots of comings and goings each episode with all the different characters, which made it hard to find any of them to be likeable or interesting. Ginko himself was pretty dead-pan and not all that passionate, exciting, or interesting. This was a pretty unhappy series, with no significant humor, romance, strong relations between characters, or action. Really not enough entertainment value to be recommended, unless you're into seeing alot of folks suffering and being fearful.
The music and sound during the shows did work well. The opening theme was pretty listless and lacked substance... ...which does appear to sum up this series as a whole. I skipped it.
So, where I didn't really develop much interest in any of the characters or the Mushis, this one really did not keep my attention. I was glad when it was finished. 4 out of 10 Rating. 2 STARS.
Posted by : splashmo
Posted on : 2009-10-20
I've been watching anime seriously for about a year now, and thought I'd give Mushishi a try after seeing it ranked inside the top five on the Anime News Network.
The series is procedural - there is no story arc. Each episode features Ginko, the protagonist, travelling to a different part of the country and meeting people in trouble with the mysterious lifeforms "Mushi" and attempting to help them out. After a while it becomes quite formulaic - a person is suffering from some sort of ailment, Ginko arrives and discovers that a Mushi is involved, and then he tries to work out a solution. The exception is that it's not always a happy ending - sometimes it ends badly and other times it's bittersweet.
My initial fascination at the Mushi turned to boredom and frustration as the series played out. The Mushi seem to become less interesting and the whole production wears a little thin. Only the odd episode jumps out as unique or entertaining, leaving the majority of them poignant, but dull. Some characters will stand out, while a lot of them look the same from episode to episode.
Where Mushishi really excels is in its animation and soundtrack. This is a jaw-droppingly beautiful series, and what's remarkable is that every episode has a new set of backgrounds. It must have taken a long time to make this show and it comes across.
I would recommend that you give it a go. I didn't always like it, but it appears I'm in the minority. I'm sure I'll come back to this series again - next time I won't rush through it like I normally do. Perhaps one or two episodes every now and then will keep it fresh and allow the themes of each episode to sink in.
Posted by : Scamp
Posted on : 2009-03-16
If you wanted to sound like a cultured anime fan, amongst your favorite anime you would include Mushishi. Mushishi gives off an impression of being deep, serious, thought-provoking and possibly quite dull to the casual anime fan to actually watch. My aim with this review is not only to proclaim the greatness of Mushishi but also to convince you that you don’t have to be a snobby elitist to enjoy it
Mushishi is an episodic anime with no underlying plot whatsoever so don't try to search for one. The only underlying factors to each episode are the main character, Ginko, and those mystical creatures known as the Mushi. Each episode generally follows the format of Ginko meeting some person to try to solve some problem that will invariably involve the Mushi.
The storytelling in Mushishi is about as good as it gets. Mushishi can tell a heart-warming tale or a horror story better in one episode than most series can with 13 episodes. There is also something inherently creepy about the Mushi which gives each episode that extra edge it needs to ensure that they never become all about the intrinsically woven fable they are trying to tell. So while the more elite anime connoisseur can dissect each episode for a deeper meaning, they can also be enjoyed at face value, and that is a very important point. Mushishi never gets dull.
No matter how good the storytelling is, an anime like Mushishi is only as good as its main character. Ginko not only passes the test, he aced the test, graduated through college and wrote the textbook on how to become a good anime character that future characters read before taking the very same test. He’s laid back, to the point of actually being funny (yes, there are some funny moments in Mushishi) and he keeps coming out with brilliant quotable lines every episode.
Mushishi is just beautiful to look at. Artland, the studio behind Mushishi, haven’t really made anything worth speaking of but for some reason everything came together when they made Mushishi, although it did seem like they had an awful lot of green ink while making this. There are so many times over the course of the show where you are left breathless by the quality of the imagery on your screen.
If I could pick a fault with Mushishi it would be that it's predictable. Every episode involves someone having some sort of problem, Ginko arrives and tell them that the source of the problem is (surprise surprise) a Mushi. Of course every episode is also predictably beautiful and predictably brilliant so maybe predictability isn’t so bad after all. So don’t worry that you may be too immature to appreciate it because, elitist or not, I guarantee you that you will love Mushishi.
Posted by : cong11
Posted on : 2009-03-14
Introduction: What’s considered to be beyond our world are creatures that are completely from the lowly and grotesque ones we're used to seeing. As time passed, people put their fear and respect into these creatures and began calling them "Mushi" or "Midori Mono". Their existence are close to live itself therefore its shape and structure are ambiguous, resulting only a portion of people that can see Mushi. Ginko the Mushishi, travels around to different places to research and find out the mysteries of Mushi. At the same time, he will aid people who suffers from the problems caused by Mushi.
This is one of those few animes that I didn't click through, I watched it from the 1st second till the very last second for 26 episodes. Each Mushi incident is exactly a length of 1 episode, and they are all very different in all 26 episodes. The anime uniqueness cant really be explained in words. The main reason why I give 100% for plot is because not only does it have happy and sad endings, there are also a lot of “true ends". True end means that the ending is neither sad or happy, which can't be found in many animes nowadays!
Another major reason why it deserves 100% is because a lesson is learned after the anime. Unlike typical anime where is just for leisure and could be forgotten easily, the lesson learned from Mushishi occur quite frequently in our everyday life.
"Everyone is just living the way they are living" Don't understand it? Watch it, is worth your time.
Animation Graphics 100%
The drawings here have a TOTALLY different charm from those Kyoto Animation productions such as “Air��?, “Kanon 2006″ and “Clannad TV��?! The background and scenery drawings from Mushishi is more like those that can be found in Art Museum: the shading and colouring are excellent! *Thumbs Up* You will feel like each pixel is different if looked carefully.
I was quite surprised when I hear the opening song, is an english song. Anyway, it calms you down as you listen. If you had checked out “Anime News Network��?, the anime have DIFFERENT ending classical music themes for each episode!
Due to the nature of the anime where Mushi incidents being divided by episodes, Ginko is the main recurring character. Ginko is a very helpful person, sometimes he would use himself as experiment to find out a solution. An example would letting a Mushi enter his ear. Also there are times where Ginko felt helpless where nothing could be done to save people.
Personal Overall Rating 100%
Is unique, one of those anime I would not forget about it. Is artistic, tough to find another anime with such drawings.
Posted by : du5k
Posted on : 2008-10-14
I gave this a try as Anime News Network (ANN) ranked it somewhere in their top 10 anime of all time. Well, I have mixed feelings about this one, being not sure whether it’s just "not bad"? or "pretty good"?. Mushishi is a series of one-episode stories of main character Ginko, featuring fictional life-forms known as “Mushi"?. Basically a Mushishi’s relation to Mushi is same as a Beast-master to a beast, and Ginko’s a pretty talented Mushishi at that, so you’ll see what this whole anime would be about and where it will get interesting.
As all the stories are exactly one episode length, you’ll see that each story won’t get too climatic, exciting or surprising, but each usually features a unique Mushi, and where is gets interesting is each unique Mushi has its own behavior, traits and abilities. Usually they are the trouble makers of each episode and Ginko’s role as a Mushishi is to solve these problems. I’ll say it was fairly entertaining.
The animation and music are both pretty good, as this anime go for a pretty relaxed style and there’s where animation and BGMs and have bigger role. The English OP was good, too.
Well… if you will be curious about these cute fictional life-forms, and enjoy a relaxed story style, you’ll appreciate this. This isn’t an anime for everyone to enjoy, in my opinion.
Story Style: 8
Production Quality: 10
Posted by : SleepyLafiel
Posted on : 2008-06-14
Kino no Tabi without the terrible Matrix Reloaded style faux-philosophy + Ghost Hunt without the childish aspects = The superlative tale of wanderlust with matchless atmosphere.
Mesmerizing, captivating, engrossing; Mushi-Shi is a masterwork of storytelling. Few genuinely great storytellers are left in this medium; so often, anime and manga devolve into cheap laughs, harem love stories, and shonen oneupmanship nonsense. Without artists and writers like Naoki Urasawa, Yuki Urushibara, Hayao Miyazaki, and to a lesser degree, Hiromu Arakawa and Satoshi Kon, anime/manga would be of a joke that recycles the same jokes and situations over and over, perpetuating the condescending mainstream belief (Rumiko Takahashi, thank you very much for nothing! Seeing Ranma fight Sesshoumaru for the ten thousandth time for the same damn reason can get pretty old... oh wait, I meant Inuyasha, silly me. Now how did I mess that up? Hmm.) that this is a sophomoric medium. Then again, considering how popular crap like Naruto, Inuyasha, Bleach, Love Hina/Negima, and D-Grayman are, why innovate? Why try to tell a good story when the general audience just wants characters that can bring their powers above 9000 every time they meet some new antagonist or get into sexually suggestive situations that end with a punch into the stratosphere? Because of this, it is even more wonderful when series like Mushi-Shi and Monster finally get created, because they deviate so far from the norm and proclaim to the entire world that, hey, anime isn't just a perpetually immature medium; we can do big kid things too!
I will admit to my shame that I was not aware of the astounding quality of this show until recently. I knew there was a strange looking movie and heard of the anime during its first run, but until I saw that it was ranked in the top 5 at ANN after nearly two thousand votes, there was little desire to watch it. How this series fell under my radar is beyond me, and for me to have watched around a dozen inferior series that came out after Mushi-Shi... I disappoint myself.
The absolute backbone of Mushi-Shi is the storytelling, and it is, without exaggeration, peerless. Even though each episode is an isolated tale, the way the creators utilize 22 short minutes to tell a story that's legions above most of the junk that runs today, is nothing short of unbelievable. Each episode can easily be extrapolated into a two hour movie, if not a 13 episode series. To some degree though, it does feel like cheating. Just when something starts to seem boring, the episode concludes, moving onto another fresh setting in the next. It's also formulaic to a fault; nearly each episode spends roughly half the running time on a premise, and the second half on how to solve the conundrum. But regardless of that, it's disturbing how addicting each episode is, with situations both unique and enticing to watch. Some even deal with questions analogous to our own: cloning, Alzheimer's, loss, etc. It's an incredibly poignant watch throughout, with an ambiance that is overwhelmingly gripping. The atmosphere is done with gravitas, never losing its identity and never making light of serious situations (although there is some humor); for an anime to be this consistent... really, only Urasawa/Miyazaki can match it. In some ways, I am constantly reminded of Production IG's 2007 work, Seirei no Moribito, due to its similar pace and atmosphere; but, the tension in even one episode of Mushi-Shi far surpasses that of the entire Seirei no Moribito series. Unpredictable, smart, and at times playful, it is a journey worth traveling.
The main character is also a brilliant construct. Anachronistically dressed and filled to the brim with mystery, Ginko is in nerd terms, chaotic neutral with some leaning towards good. Even though most of the episodes aren't about him, his wisdom and insight in impossible situations calms even the most frantic and worried sufferers, and undeniably makes him the central figure in a show titled after his profession. Confident but never condescending, he listens patiently to each story, formulates a hypothesis based on previous experience (or nothing at all, in House-esque fashion but without the arrogance). It's incredibly fun to watch when he succeeds, but heartbreaking when either he fails, or his patients fail to follow his instructions and visits disaster upon themselves. Pragmatic to a fault, he sometimes makes mistakes because of his pessimism, and that's perfectly fine. Through it all, he is an incredibly intelligent albeit human character, and it is these flaws that makes it such a joy to watch Ginko at work.
Not only Ginko though, each of the episode features equally enthralling characters. It's easy to feel sympathetic for each of their situations simply because of how human and real they are, and even when a character gets less than 5 minutes of screen time, you feel for their loss and feel their loss, or feel their joy and awe depending on the situation. Humans in a world where things beyond their understanding occurs are completely oblivious when the bizarre happen. And let's face it; we'd be just as confused and superstitious if we were in their shoes, further quantifying their humanity. It never feels cheap; each character's motivations are laid out bare in logical manners, opting more often for a calm way of handling a situation than the hysterical. I can't even think of a case when I wasn't completely engaged in the story, and it is purely because the characters are so well developed. Remember, most characters other than Ginko appear in only one episode. Wow.
Although the visuals aren't phenomenal, it cuts few corners and the animation is topnotch. All of the same character types look roughly identical, but since similar designs only happen cross-episode, it's not an issue. The music is also fitting of the mood, going beyond simply incidental and never delving into the ear-splitting J-pop found in most anime. It's aurally pleasing, with distinct sounding ED's in each episode and a nice guitar tune for the OP.
In all honesty, the only weakness I can think of in the entire 9 hour run is the lingering thought in my mind that, well, all of these brilliantly paced tales are still a creation of one woman. Of course Ginko will seem smart and figure out a problem that's indecipherable to everyone else, or, of course this one character is immune to this one mushi because of the situation he/she was in before... Just like how Yagami Light and L seemed like the most brilliant minds in mangadom because of their plans and machinations in Death Note, the situations are still artificial and copiously employ Calvinball, making up the rules as it goes. But is this a bad thing? Well, if it is, then every ounce of great fiction ever created would be considered bad. And considering how unique and original each situation in Mushi-Shi was, I would honestly be picking at straws if I were to utilize this as a fault of the series.
All in all, Mushi-Shi is the epitome of anime storytelling. The mature manner in how it handles everything can't be ignored. The amazingly deep and believable background and setting, the distinct situation in each episode, the atmosphere, the unrivaled characters, a brilliant soundtrack... what more can a fan of serious anime ask for? Nothing much, although a bit more T&A would be nice! All joking aside, this is a glorious series, and makes me wait with gleeful anticipation at the author's next work. Bravo.
Production Values: A-
Posted by : Gen3s1s
Posted on : 2008-05-12
Mushishi has a feeling to it. It's unexplainable, really. Can't really talk about it; every episode is a different story. But each episode has the same character: Ginko, a mushishi.
The story, like I said, is different in each episode and each one is brilliant, some better then others. The stories have different characters (aside from Ginko) and that is kind of what makes it great, different stories about each character, diving deep into each of these characters and you'll either end up crying for them or ultimately being happy for them.
The character Ginko is the only one really. Character development is done really well for him and its also one of the best episodes there. The characters that you meet along each episode all differ from each other and thats pretty impressive, some you'll remember but your most likely only going to remember there stories rather then there names or faces.
The animation is simply amazing the most beautiful animation I've ever seen, using special effects that dazzle you. Plus, what I like about it, is that its not solid but has a sort of "washed out" effect and that suits it incredibly.
The music is calm and soothing, a lot like the anime itself. The OP and ED are the same. I guess artland wanted it to be the main theme for the anime calm and soothing.
All in all the only downside is the end. It is the reason for the 2 deducted points. Other then that it's incredible also another reason why it's great is that you can revisit your favorite episode since you can never really get tired of this anime. If you enjoyed this then I would recommend Haibane Renmei.
Posted by : jayou521
Posted on : 2008-05-11
Mushishi is an absolute masterpiece. It's a fantasy/drama unlike any you'll ever find, and it's my favorite anime.
Each episode tells a different story. I thought I would be bothered by this, but I wasn't. This adaptation is very faithful to the source material. The characters are so well done that, even when they only appear for one episode, you truly feel for them in the end.
Mushishi evokes many different emotions while viewing it. Some episodes may have a really nice ending, while others can be really sad. The drama is top notch, and very believable, thanks to the characters and great voice acting. The beautiful background music amplifies these effects.
The atmosphere of the anime (the beautiful art, serene music, compelling story) is what pulls me in with every episode. The entire experience of watching Mushishi is unbelievably calm. The more pulled in I am, the more relaxed I get. Thus, the soundtrack itself becomes a huge stress reliever~ It's almost as if I were watching it in my head as I listen; the serene nature of the anime is relayed through the music, and all those feelings I have while watching it come back to me. Listening to the OST, something I do everyday, is the best way to relieve stress. It really works wonders for the anime, especially when considering the quality of animation maintained throughout all 26 episodes.
I have yet to see an anime series animated as beautifully as Mushishi is. Everything was so well done, you can tell they spent a lot of time translating this from the manga. The Mushi are reminiscent of the creatures you would find in a Hayao Miyazaki film, the Kodoma of Princess Mononoke perhaps. They have a certain magical aura, a mystifying presence, that makes you want to see more and more of them.
Beautiful art/animation, brilliant use of music, with very touching/moving stories~ even with its episodic nature, where most characters only appear for a single episode. The pace of the anime is really slow and relaxed, but not to the point of being boring~ It is just right =)
I know I can't get enough of this Mushishi~ It is an anime which should be seen by anyone who enjoys anime~ If you watch it, maybe you will feel the same as I do ^__^
Posted by : nickofsatan
Posted on : 2007-09-25
If you take away the continuity of a series, it is very difficult to make much good from the remains. You lose a lot of character, quite a bit of story interest, and it is no easy task trying to keep each installment fresh and genuine. Nonetheless, it is a feasible task.
Put short, Mushishi is about a one-eyed, white-haired guy named Ginko, who is a Mushi expert, traveling around to no end. Mushi are esoteric life forms, simplistic organisms from long ago living in the most primitive state of life. However, they possess mysterious power. Each episode typically deals with one of his encounters with a specific type of mushi. If you are looking for action, romance, or comedy, this is not exactly the story for you.
The animation was naturalistic, going very well with the storyline. It was very zen-like, employing an array of earthy tones. The animation is not over the top, but it was sharp and precise in all the right moments. I find the animation one of the most difficult aspects to describe, because though I could not pinpoint a sole reason, the animation was very fresh and produced a distinct tone and aura.
What really makes this a wonderful series, is the profound nature of each episode. There was always a unique idea, theme, or vibe that emanated with each installment. And there was a sense of magic, the kind of rare, eyecatching feeling that makes you pay the closest attention and lose track of time. I know it sounds abstract, but I'm tellin ya, it's an abstract series. There were times when I could be happy for no reason, or sad for a happy outcome. Every second was packed full of meaning, and i felt very relaxed after each episode.
That said, most of the other key features, music, character, etc, are all grown around this theme and fit very well together.
Definitely something out of the norm, but I think that everyone can come to appreciate the incredible power of the Mushishi.
Posted by : Blissbee
Posted on : 2007-08-19
Although I think everyone has said exactly how I feel about this anime, I think what people should also know is that this anime is like a storyteller telling fairytales, myths or legends.
The mushi can be seen as the reason that fairytales exist.
And since I like fairytales I was so suprised by this anime.
I enjoyed all the stories up untill the last episode.
I don't think this anime is for everybody. Iff you like upbeat anime's and are not a fan of traditional fairytales. You might consider Mushishi a boring anime.
But for those who enjoy Asian fairytales, you will like this anime a lot.
I especially enjoyed this anime on rainy days with a hot cup of tea and cookies.
Sadly there are only 26 episodes. I had to force myself not to watch the anime in one go and just save some episode for other days hahaha.
But please give this anime a try. Besides, the stories the animation and some of the backgrounds are stunning!
Posted by : seefutbow
Posted on : 2007-06-10
When I originally ran across Mushishi, I quickly disregarded it because from the description I read about it, Mushishi seemed very boring. I'm quite glad I did give Mushishi a try, for Mushishi has easily become one of my favorite series of all time.
Mushishi revolves around a Mushishi named Ginko and his travels throughout Japan. As Ginko travels, he encounters different types of Mushi and the unfortunate people, who have come in contact with the Mushi.
-The animation quality was superb. The age difference between all the characters was really well animated. Children, teens, young adults, and adults were all animated extremely well. The Mushi all had very unique and imaginative designs too. The animation quality also was quite consistent, which always is a plus.
-The aspect of Mushishi that stood out the most to me was the voice acting. Not only were all the characters extremely well voiced by their voice actors and actresses, the children actually sounded like they were being voiced by children. Most series utilize young girls with super cute voices or girls to voice young boys, but Mushishi really stood out, in that the children sounded like actual children.
-As I watched Mushishi probably half a year ago, I don't quite remember too much of the background music, but the certain moments I do remember were quite well done. The music suited the series well from my vague memory.
-Each character's story was fleshed out very well. Even though some of the Mushi victims only received an episode of exposure, each of their stories were very well explained and with detail too. Not only were the stories well explained, the stories were also very memorable too. From the girl who's voice attracted rust Mushi, to the boy with the horns, to the reincarnation story, all the stories were very memorable.
-Mushishi needs more episodes. My only complaint is that there were only 26 episodes.
-As I stated above, I did watch Mushishi a good half of a year ago, but I do remember that I enjoyed watching every episode of Mushishi and looked forward to every following episode.
I had a great time watching Mushishi, and I recommend this series to anyone. The entire series keeps your attention with every new case that Ginko comes across. If you ever have the chance to watch Mushishi, don't skip it! You will definitely regret not watching this.
Posted by : mstice
Posted on : 2007-04-19
Artwork- 10/10. This is one my top 3 favorite shows for artwork of all time. The show is composed largely of shades of grey and grey shaded colors, which allows colorful objects within the show to contrast and pop out giving great cinematographic moments. The main character’s eyes are constantly intense with this effect. The background and flora are also works of art which brings shades of Miyazaki, though none on can equal the real thing, into the picture. The characters might be said to be a little simply drawn, but I find that just helps give contrast to the whole. In short, the artwork’s excellent.
Characters- 9/10. The main character is great. We are given not immediate background information on him, and so our only impressions are from his actions throughout each story. I like this style of character development; it falls into the only writer’s saying, "Show don’t tell." As Ginko is traveling he is the only main character. Supporting roles are played by those he meets and helps on his travels. It’s in each of these characters we get our fix on back story and flashback scenes. Unlike most quick fix character catch ups, though, you’re left feeling connected to each person Ginko meets and all of them seem complex, different, and interesting.
Plot- 9/10. This part of the review is tricky. The overall plot for the show is that a guy wonders around the country meeting people and helping them solve their problems. A nice idea, but a little lacking. The gold comes in both the invention of the Mushishi world where strange creatures cause almost magical things to occur, and in the plot created within each individual episode. By the end of it you feel for each character and their situation and really want to see just how things will end up. And of course you wonder more and about Ginko true reasons for traveling, and if he actually has any, as the show progresses.
Originality- 10/10. The creation of the Mushishi was genius in a couple of ways. One, it seems to take place in our time and a time perhaps centuries ago. A farmer might be wearing small robe, a straw raincoat and sandals, but the main character will sport a collared shirt, jacket, and a pack of cigarettes. It isn’t done in any ostentatious way, it just provides a contrast between him and other characters and kind of let’s the viewer float between worlds in time and kind of rock back and forth on where in history the might actually be. That, of course, was the easy part. Even more impressive is the creation of a group of creatures called Mushi that are almost spirit-like in nature and whose strange powers manifest in ways that seem supernatural. As far as originality goes, this series used reality only have it bent and shaped to its will.
My all in all surmise is that this is one of the best animes I've seen in years. It isn’t action packed, it isn't hysterically funny, it just makes you want to keep watching to learn about the next person Ginko will meet, how he can help him, and how he can keep on moving on. Once I watch it a second time, it’ll probably make my all time top 10, if not top 5 series of all time.
Posted by : mistabean
Posted on : 2006-03-21
Storyline - As one of those episodic animes, nothing can be much told in terms of an overall plot. It is just "Ginko and his journey". Kind of a Kino's Journey kind of a feeling. However, it makes up for a deep plot in every single episode, wasting no time in going into the important stuff and leaving the not-so important behind. Every one of Mushi's infections/problems have their own background story. Also, not only do they focus on that, they also told us the story about Ginko himself (ep 12), how Mushishi travels, how Mushishi get their mail; trying to leave nothing behind. They took everything that's either trivial to us, or wonderful, and gave it a mystical twist.
Characters - This show is about Ginko, and Ginko only. HOWEVER, the side characters in every single episode are not overlooked. Almost instantly we will be connected to each and every one of them. Biki and Su, Suzu, Tanyuu, Aya, Fuki and Seijirou, the boy who had horns, Shinra and his grandma, just to name a few. With just enough of a background story to fill in the gaps of the story, they got a pretty decent "development" too.
Animation - Only one word can sum this up. Beautiful. Characters are drawn so simple, yet it is more than enough. Sceneries are drawn like they were in the middle of the painting. And the Mushi river felt real. The only drawback that they have is all the characters look almost the same, but it is only a minor drawback at least. The Mushis themselves are also drawn to encompass that strange and mystical feeling to it
Music - The Sore Feet Song for the OP sets up the pace and the feeling of the series, but I think people will remember more about all the different ED that they have. Each and every one of them will feel different, if not they are different. The BGM is also nicely done, though sometimes, you are too absorbed in the story to not notice it.
Sound - One episode comes to mind when we talk about this subject, and that is with the boy with the horns. They play with our ears very well indeed. Other than that though, they are not bad either. Ginko's VA did sound bland at times, however this is a minor case in my opinion.
Overall - Drop everything that you watch, and start watching Mushishi now, if you haven't watched it. Fit for all ages, fit for all who watch all genres in general. The only ones that this show wouldn't satisfy are those who are hardcore in the genre of their liking. This is the true escapism from reality.
Final Rating: 9.5/10
Posted by : bibbia74
Posted on : 2006-03-03
"Another review of mushishi?" "Is there anything new to say abouth this anime?".
Not many things, indeed, because the other reviews are deep and complete, pointing efficiently to the hearth of the anime.
"And so?" So, after seeing 13 episodes, I think there is still a little room for another opinion.
Mushishi is indeed a good anime, because of some factors like the relaxing views and sound, the slow pace of narration and the nature-immersed scenarios. But these are present in other animes also (Aria, for example).
Mushishi adds variety of themes, being more dramatic. The "slices of life" and meta-physical view of the world it represents are nearly real and credible, even for a third-millenium person. Ginko, on the other hand is a charismatic figure, whose strong points spread from his weaknesses.
The same, and opposite, can be said about this anime, as the strong points can be seen as weaknesses: the slow pace, bonded with the fragmentation of the global plot can be easily seen as a lack of meaningful progress in the story. The natural ambience, if bonded to the the unclear definition of "What are the Mushishi, really? Why they represent at times uncertain shapes, at other natural elements, at other manufacts?" can be easily seen as a desperate try to give some fan-service for nature-lacking city boys and to create something different from other animes without really knowing what to do with it at the end.
"And so?" So be aware...this anime has good, clear drawings, relaxing music, a good plot (even if every episode is unrelated to the others) and tries to say something original, BUT it needs to be understood, and if you want action try to stay distant from it.
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