Perceived as strange and feared by man, over time the misshapen ones came to be known as Mushi. Although they harbor no ill intentions towards humans, many suffer from the side effects of their existence and strange nature; exploiting the Mushi without understanding them, even unintentionally, can lead to disaster and strife for any involved. Mushishi Zoku Shou continues the story of Mushishi Ginko on his journey to help the visible world to coexist with the Mushi. During his travels, Ginko discovers various gifted individuals—those cursed by circumstance and those maintaining a fragile symbiosis with the Mushi—inevitably confronting the question of whether humanity, talented and tortured alike, can manage the responsibility of the unseen. Moreover, as a Mushishi, Ginko must learn more about these strange beings and decide if he has the right to interfere with the complex relationships between Mushi and mankind. – My Anime List
Based on 14 review scores:
Neichu’s Anime Reviews
Mushishi is at its best when the interactions between humans and mushi are essentially accidental and the mushi are thoroughly inhuman. When the series dips into scenes where the mushi are treated more like supernatural beings it loses much of what makes it special. For instance, in the last episode of the second series Ginko confronts the master of the mountain. It understands his words and apparently is able to command the mushi to do its bidding. This doesn’t fit at all with the ethos of the series.
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It’s Anime Jin
Among the anime series I’m watching this season, Mushishi Zoku Shou stands out the most and is easily one of my favorites in my limited repertoire. I would very much recommend the series to anyone and everyone, especially to those with an open mind.
I highly recommend watching this, and finding someone you can discuss it with. Mushi-shi is a series that sucks you in and forces you to look at yourself and your values, and we need more shows like that. We need to be challenged on our preconceived ideas of right or wrong.
Mushishi can make us laugh and cry within a single episode while pondering so many questions about human connections and even teach us about Japanese traditions. A powerfully moving anime that invokes a spirited presence with stunning visuals and an enriching collection of ideas about our existence and the people that we connect with that can make it a fulfilling life.
It is mostly tragic, but within it what could be glimpsed as an alluring beauty… it is nature as it changes, as it moves.
My Anime List
Mushishi Zoku Shou, like it’s predecessor is a Masterpiece in every sense of the word. The series is a timeless classic, one that will be remembered for the ages, one that will be known to set a higher standard in the world of anime. It is a true gift, a valuable treasure in the medium that not only entertains us but has the ability to teach and educate. It has been a pleasure to experience this sequel in Ginko and his adventures, something I will treasure for a very long time to come. A sequel is in the works for Zoku Shou which is great news and I cannot wait till it airs this Fall. God is in his Heaven, and all’s right with the world. Mushishi is back.
I did try watch this show many years ago, long before it was licensed. I’m not entirely sure, but the aforementioned emotional detachment might have been what made me stop watching it. (The disturbing imagery in the second episode probably didn’t help either.) And so, this show was laid to rest until now. Make no mistake about it; this is a great show. The mushi are a wonderfully realized and well thought out lifeform that enriches the whole experience. It’s a shame the human cast doesn’t always live up to it, but this is a relatively minor grievance, and a somewhat personal one at that. Time spent on Mushishi is always worth it.
Gubongee Lost In Thought
I was going to give the overall a 3/5, but if I really think about, it’s too beautiful to give just a measly 3! I will admit, if you don’t like slower-paced stories, then this will seem boring, but it has lovely moments.
Otakuness Anime Reviews
I still have a fond impression of the first series and this second season doesn’t divert from the first one by much at all. I’ve previously purchase a couple Mushishi mangas but let me tell you, I much prefer the atmosphere created through watching the animation as oppose to reading it. Artland does a great job in bringing the stories to life, and with a solid script, one can’t really fault it too much.
Next Passage got its acclaim because most of those who watched were already fans. It’s not brilliant and it’s not a step forward, but it shows the idea still has steam in it. Even if it didn’t improve on the flaws, the uniqueness of Mushishi still works. If you enjoyed the original, there’s no reason not to enjoy this one. In some cases it’s better.