“Mushi”: the most basic forms of life in the world. They exist without any goals or purposes aside from simply “being.” They are beyond the shackles of the words “good” and “evil.” Mushi can exist in countless forms and are capable of mimicking things from the natural world such as plants, diseases, and even phenomena like rainbows.
This is, however, just a vague definition of these entities that inhabit the vibrant world of Mushishi, as to even call them a form of life would be an oversimplification. Detailed information on Mushi is scarce because the majority of humans are unaware of their existence.
So what are Mushi and why do they exist? This is the question that a “Mushi-shi,” Ginko, ponders constantly. Mushi-shi are those who research Mushi in hopes of understanding their place in the world’s hierarchy of life.
Ginko chases rumors of occurrences that could be tied to Mushi, all for the sake of finding an answer.
It could, after all, lead to the meaning of life itself. – My Anime List
Based on 8 review scores:
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If you are a fan of short stories and a blend of the supernatural with realism, then you will love this show. And with the first half of the second season already aired, 2 specials, and more episodes to come, you will have plenty to watch if you enjoy the first season. For those who are uncertain as to whether or not the genre may appeal to them, give the first episode a shot—if you like it, then you will appreciate the rest of the series, but if not, it may not be the show for you.
The quiet and calm nature of Mushishi may be its greatest strength, but is also its greatest stumbling block in attracting viewers. In a day and age where flippant fanservice, bouncing boobs, and monstrous mecha dominate the sales charts, it is easy to overlook more subtle anime that are far more powerful than any show that uses the aforementioned clichés. Mushishi is a unique experience, and it is my hope that you will watch it and other shows like it that remind us of what originally made film so great.
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The verdict… (as if it wasn’t obvious)… 10/10. This is definitely a series worth watching, and definitely one of THE MOST UNDERRATED anime series out there. Please enjoy it, soon… and let’s all spread the Mushishi
Overall, I’ll be both surprised and delighted if I see a show better than Mushishi this year. Not only is it the sleeper hit of the season, it’s an instant classic that will be cherished for years to come.
I was expecting to find some sort of greater story that would unfold towards the end of the series, but that never came. May happen the stories got more dramatic towards the end, but they never stopped being told in the same way as always. There was never any certain resolution to the series, only the soft mushishi music with its’ hypnotical drums, and when you had watched the last episode you knew that everything in the world of the mushi would keep on going as it had ever done before. I never got the feeling of saying goodbye to characters i’d miss, but was happy to have been able to come along on the journeys in this world so full of life and wonders.