Ranked #27


Alternative Titles

English: Mushi-Shi
Japanese: 蟲師


Type: TV
Episodes: 26
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 23, 2005 to Jun 19, 2006
Premiered: Fall 2005
Broadcast: Unknown
Source: Manga
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Score: 8.791 (scored by 91,630 users)
Ranked: #272
Popularity: #98
Members: 221,126
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"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...

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More episodes Episodes(26/26)

# Episode Title Aired
1 The Green Seat
Midori no Za (緑の座)
Oct 23, 2005
2 The Light of the Eyelid
Mabuta no Hikari (瞼の光)
Oct 30, 2005
3 Tender Horns
Yawarakai Tsuno (柔らかい角)
Nov 6, 2005
4 The Pillow Pathway
Makura no Kouji (枕小路)
Nov 13, 2005
5 The Traveling Swamp
Tabi wo Suru Numa (旅をする沼)
Nov 20, 2005

Opening Theme

"The Sore Feet Song" by Ally Kerr

Ending Theme

#01: "Midori no Za" (緑の座) by Masuda Toshio (ep 1)
#02: "Mabuta no Hikari" (瞼の光) by Masuda Toshio (ep 2)
#03: "Yawarakai Kaku" (柔らかい角) by Masuda Toshio (ep 3)
#04: "Makura Kouji" (枕小路 ) by Masuda Toshio (ep 4)
#05: "Tabi wo Suru Numa" (旅をする沼) by Masuda Toshio (ep 5)
#06: "Tsuyu wo Suu Mure" (露を吸う群れ) by Masuda Toshio (ep 6)
#07: "Ame ga Kuru Niji ga Tatsu" (雨がくる虹がたつ) by Masuda Toshio (ep 7)
#08: "Unasaka Yori" (海境より) by Masuda Toshio (ep 8)
#09: "Omoi Mi" (重い実) by Masuda Toshio (ep 9)
#10: "Suzuri ni Sumu Shiro" (硯に棲む白) by Masuda Toshio (ep 10)
#11: "Yama Nemuru" (やまねむる) by Masuda Toshio (ep 11)
#12: "Sugame no Sakana" (眇の魚) by Masuda Toshio (ep 12)
#13: "Hitoyobashi" (一夜橋) by Masuda Toshio (ep 13)
#14: "Kago no Naka" (籠のなか) by Masuda Toshio (ep 14)
#15: "Haru to Usobuko" (春と嘯く) by Masuda Toshio (ep 15)
#16: "Akatsuki no Hebi" (暁の蛇) by Masuda Toshio (ep 16)
#17: "Uromayutori" (虚繭取り) by Masuda Toshio (ep 17)
#18: "Yama Daku Koromo" (山抱く衣) by Masuda Toshio (ep 18)
#19: "Tenpen no Ito" (天辺の糸) by Masuda Toshio (ep 19)
#20: "Fude no Umi" (筆の海) by Masuda Toshio (ep 20)
#21: "Wataboshi" (綿胞子) by Masuda Toshio (ep 21)
#22: "Okitsu Miya" (沖つ宮) by Masuda Toshio (ep 22)
#23: "Sabi no Naku Koe" (錆の鳴く聲) by Masuda Toshio (ep 23)
#24: "Kagarinokou" (篝野行) by Masuda Toshio (ep 24)
#25: "Ganpuku Ganka" (眼福眼禍) by Masuda Toshio (ep 25)
#26: "Kusa wo Fumu Oto" (草を踏む音) by Masuda Toshio (ep 26)

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Nov 9, 2015
In the past science was still unknown, thus whenever an incomprehensible phenomenon happened, humanity attributed these incidents to supernatural occurrences. In the west gods were the main explanation, whereas in the east, particularly in Japan, such events were mainly tied to spirits and demons. There are quite a few anime that present such themes as Mononoke or Natsume Yuujinchou, yet in the case of Mushishi, it presents these topics through "creatures" called "mushi". Mushishi is a fantastic anime that displays these themes wonderfully trough a compelling narrative and presentation of the story, as well as wonderful character presentation.


Mushishi follows the main protagonist Ginko, a mushi-shi read more
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Nov 17, 2015
A wonderful anime all around. The entire show has a feeling of calm serenity about it and is extremely relaxing.

The music and art style of the anime blend seamlessly. It is truly a beautiful work to look at. Now this is a slower anime so the animation quality is kept quite high throughout the series. Additionally alot of the music is purely instrumentals that blend into the background.

Now this anime does take up an episodic approach, meaning that each episode starts from scratch for the most part with a different situation coming up at the beginning and generally being read more
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Feb 23, 2015
...people who have an affection for a dense atmosphere, great worldbuilding and interesting concepts that make you think.

...people who don't like slow and rather monotonous shows with no overarching plotline. Mushishi is strictly episodic.


Mushishi is a manga series created by Yuki Urushibara that was adapted into an anime in 2006. The anime was animated by Artland and directed by Hiroshi Nagahama, who also directed the controversial anime adaptation of Aku no Hana.
The title "Mushishi" basically means mushi-expert and refers to the job of our main character Ginko, a wanderer who travels around the world and helps people dealing with the anime's central read more
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Nov 12, 2015
Mushishi is a collage of very simple stories set in a very complex world, very much alive. It will not score many marks on character, drama, action, or tension, or any of the things that tend to captivate viewers. It remains, in spite of all that, compelling; and because of all that, refreshing.

It's not possible to talk about Mushishi and not talk about the setting. The setting makes the story, and the character. In Mushishi, we have Mushi as the fundamental life-force of the world. For most, these remain invisible, for some, they are objects of curiosity acquiring tangible form, for a few, they read more
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Anime: Kino no Tabi: The Beautiful World
These are both episodic anime that center around someone who travels from town to town and they usually wind up helping someone through a difficult situation at each stop. While Kino's purpose is only to travel and to see different countries, Ginko's is to find and research "Mushi." Both stories have beautiful animation and offer up "life lessons." Although these lessons may be a little easier to see in Kino's Journey, they're there in Mushishi, as well. Enjoy ^_^ 
reportRecommended by Chelle
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Both of the main characters can see spirits. Both series are episodic, they can be watched in almost any order. Both have a lot of drama packed into these short stories. 
reportRecommended by Chicken008
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The story lines are pretty similar. They both feature a male lead that travels in search of supernatural events and spirits, etc. And both are episodic type animes.  
reportRecommended by June
Anime: xxxHOLiC
Both series involve mysterious encounters with supernatural creatures and events. And neither of them have high amounts of action. 
reportRecommended by Chicken008
Anime: Mononoke Hime
They pretty much share the same mentality regarding nature and spiritual life, both being influenced by the supernatural. The overall atmosphere is also the same with incredible scenery and hauntingly beautiful music. The most simple things turn out to be miracles of life.  
reportRecommended by induce
Anime: Bartender
Both are calm and slow-paced series where the main character helps to solve the problems of the people he meets. 
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