Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 23, 2005 to Jun 19, 2006
25 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Score: 8.811 (scored by 77757 users)
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adventure drama fantasy supernatural
Synopsis"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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Related AnimeAdaptation: Mushishi
Sequel: Mushishi Special: Hihamukage, Mushishi Zoku Shou
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"Mushishi" is an episodic anime that has only one main character~ Ginko. Ginko's purpose is to travel from town to town, researching a phenomenon called "mushi" and their effects on humanity. He also helps the different villages deal with any mushi "problems" they may encounter.
This is the SINGLE MOST beautiful and original story I have ever seen, both inside and outside the anime community. The concept of "mushi"~ an entity that is neither human, plant, or animal, that affects the daily lives of humans is intelligent and thought-provoking. How Ginko deals with these phenomenon, whether he is just researching or "treating" them is even more compelling. Mushishi's stories have great life lessons hidden within them, and they are brought to life beautifully.
Beautiful. Gorgeous. Breath-taking. What else is there to say? The scenery art for this series is some of the best I have ever seen. My only complaints about the artwork in this series, is the character art (other than Ginko's). The different characters who appear episode after episode seem to be drawn identically, but just with new clothes and a name tacked on to differentiate them from the last episode. However, this is easily over-looked because of the characters themselves (which will be discussed later.)
Well, I'm afraid my review will fall short here. I'm afraid sound is not usually something I really pay attention to, typically. I will say, however, that the OP song is one of my favorites (if not my favorite) among all anime I have seen. Yes, it may be my age saying this, but it is reminiscent of the old 70's folk music that I love so much. It really is a beautiful song. I'm giving the sound a 10, though, based on this song, and the music I did notice through the series, which was quite appropriate for the scenes.
Aaaaaahhhh... the BEST part of the series. Ginko... Ginko... well, he's just awesome. Sometimes he may come across as one of your old "monotone" teachers/professors, but you get the feeling that he truly LOVES what he does, and the interest he has in researching the mushi is undeniable. The way he sees mushi as neither "evil or good" ... they "just exist, like we do" is a testament to his character. Another great thing about this series is the episodic characters. Other than Ginko (and a doctor that shows up in 3 episodes), all characters are only present for 1 episode. But as someone states in the forums, you come to care MORE about some of these 1 episode characters than you do for some recurring characters in other 26+ epi series.
Well, if it isn't obvious by now, I enjoyed/am enjoying this series immensely. I was not sure if I could enjoy an episodic anime with new characters introduced each episode, but I was pleasantly surprised. This series has become quite endearing to me, and has taken it's spot as my #1 favorite series of all time. All of the different aspects of this series, good as they are, individually, combine to make one hell of an awesome and original series.
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 <3. :3 read more
“Don’t let yourself be blinded by fear or anger.
Everything is only as it is.”
Mushishi is essentially a series of stories styled after East Asian legends and folktales. In lieu of gods, spirits, and demons, the paranormal phenomena are attributed to more primitive yet no less enigmatic creatures called “mushi”. Dealing with their kind is the expertise of “mushishi”; professionals whose role may be thought of as an amalgam of healer, exorcist, biologist, X-Files investigator, and Jedi master (well, sort of). Ginko happens to be one of these mushishi and he wanders from town to town, looking for interesting cases and lending a helping hand to those adversely affected by these mushi.
As formulaic as its premise may sound, no two incidents are alike and every episode features not only different mushi but a different setting and cast as well (with Ginko as constant exception). Because of these, the series is able to experiment with various concepts and human relationships and none of the stories ever end in a predictable manner. As such, there is little room for stagnation as each tale manages to be unique and refreshing.
The title is often mentioned in the same breath as Kino no Tabi though Mushishi’s oriental setting and animistic influences give it a more distinct flavor and theme. Whereas Kino limits herself to exploring “what if” scenarios by visiting different countries, Ginko takes it a step further by providing possible solutions and emphasizing the importance of living in harmony with nature, with fellow men, and most importantly, with the self.
While not exactly an anti-hero, Ginko’s personality is an unusual mix of benevolence tempered with common sense; a combination of “grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed, courage to change the things that should be changed, and the wisdom to distinguish one from the other.” Saving lives is part of his job but he also knows when there’s reason still to hope and when it’s time to move on. He may break his own code at times for the well-being of the majority and he’s not above fooling the gullible either just to get by. His expertise stems not only from his knowledge about mushi but also from his understanding of human nature.
Similarly, none of these supporting characters are shoved into stereotypes which plague most anime and manga. No catgirls, lecherous geezers, or single-minded youngsters (Believe it!); just regular folks in unusual circumstances due to encounters with mushi. Consequently, it doesn’t require much effort to empathize with these characters even if most only appear in their respective episodes.
Not only is the theme “everything is only as it is” evident in the content but it also permeates the manner in which the stories are presented. Mushishi doesn’t try to impress; it simply delivers. While other shows of this era tend go overboard with the fancy CG animation, Mushishi’s visuals remain spare yet aesthetically pleasing. Rather than filling up the screen with explosions and fanservice shots at every possible moment, vivid scenes of natural beauty such as raindrops falling from the heavens, cherry blossoms drifting in the wind, and sunlight penetrating the dense foliage are shown instead. Of course, the viewers are occasionally treated to fantastic scenes showing the surreal characteristics of the mushi but these are shown only when called for in the stories and nothing is done in excess. Even the character designs are relatively plain but perhaps these also contribute to the story in their own way since the audience is less likely to judge the characters based on their appearances.
Likewise, the audio takes the minimalist approach. The soundtrack is comprised of simply melodies which are surprisingly effective in evoking various thoughts and emotions. Ranging from haunting and heart-rending to hopeful and bittersweet, the music often eliminates the need for more words in the most crucial scenes. Also worth noting is the lack of exaggerated voice acting which makes the cast sound more like real people rather than cookie-cutter characters.
In addition to its enchanting audio and visuals, Mushishi also serves drama and thought-provoking content in balanced amounts. Its subtle content and execution never insult the intelligence and present several interesting ideas without drowning the viewers in philosophical jargon or sophistry. All in all, Mushishi truly is one of the finest anime specimen out there.
This review is the final result of a review team composed of members from the "Critics and Connoisseurs" club. The team members were:
Yuunagi - Writer
itsmee - Contributer/Editor
June - Contributer/Editor
Talamare - Contributer/Editor
Here are their individual scorings for the show:
Catogory - Yuunagi, itsmee, June,Talamare
Overall: 10, 9, 8, 9 - avg=9.00
Story: 10, 10, 7, 10 - avg=9.25
Animation: 9, 9, 9, 9 - avg=9.00
Sound: 9, 8, 7, 8 - avg=8.00
Enjoyment: 10, 10, 8, 10 - avg=9.5
In the club wide poll held for Mushishi it received an average overall rating of 9.06
This anime was a very unique experience. The show introduces a very interesting concept called the mushi. It'd be very difficult to describe what the mushi are precisely. In a nutshell , they're essentially spiritual beings, but at the same time they inhabit the physical world ( Yeah I know what your thinking, you just completely contradicted yourself. I know, I know just go with it) and they use humans as a host ( very similar to a parasite). One aspect in particular that struck me about the show was how it was devoid of any western influences whatsoever. Many anime fans don't realize how anime is indeed heavily influenced by Western culture. But Mushi-shi primarily borrows stories from many east Asian folklore and myths. Although Mushi-shi does offer an original and innovative premise/concept, the execution is most certainly flawed.
The story of Mushi-shi follows the exploits of Ginko, who is otherwise known as the Mushi-shi or Mushi master in the English dub. Ginko's job as a Mushi-shi is to go around and help people who have been infected by the mushi. This is one of the flaws to Musi-shi, which is it's formulaic plot. As you go through these episodes you'll notice that 90% of the them play out like this: Ginko is wandering around, he encounters a village, group of people or an individual who have had an encounter with the mushi. Which in turn, leads to them being harmed to the point were they're crippled or their lives are hanging on by a thread. Ginko attempts to save them. His efforts leads them to being cured or sometimes the episode will end off tragically where the one infected dies. Basically, this formula repeats for 26 episodes.
Yeah.....the series is a tad bit repetitive.
Notice how I said a tad bit repetitive and not overly repetitive. Because what saves it is the mushi themselves, there isn't a single episode where the mushi are exactly the same; it's always fascinating to observe them, because the way they interact and work with humans is so compelling. Oh and did I forget to mention that Mushi-shi has no main storyline ? Yes, this is an episodic anime where each episode is it's own standalone story. This wasn't a problem for me, but I know it will be for some. Because of course, most people generally prefer a main ongoing story. Again this wasn't a problem for me. Also, when I say episodic, I mean it. It's not like Cowboy Bebop or Samurai Champloo, where it's episodic in nature but it has an overarching story. That’s not the case with Mushi-shi. Plus there's no recurring characters in the show except Ginko. I mean, if someone was to walk up to me and say "hey, I found Mushi-shi to be a phenomenal anime and I absolutely loved it," I'd completely understand. If somebody else walked up to me and said "hey, I found Mushi-shi to be extremely boring and I didn't like it," I'd also completely understand. Because of how literally quiet and subtle it is (not recommended if you got A.D.H.D), which isn't a bad thing by the way. Mushi-shi is definitely not for everyone; it's not meant to appeal to the masses, its meant for a niche audience who can truly appreciate its fascinating concept and artistry. It's very reminiscent of an independent arthouse film.
Characters & Themes
Now on to the themes and characters. This anime excels in that department. Mushi-shi does a fantastic job of exploring themes of loss, despair, self sacrifice, suffering and tragedy. Whenever the mushi infects people, family bonds are tested and death is always around the corner. If someone does in fact die or suffer a heavy loss, it always resonates with you. So yeah, clearly the show has a lot of emotional depth. Lets get into the characters, now as I mentioned before there are no recurring characters except for Ginko, and for the most part the anime does a fairly good job of fleshing out these nonrecurring characters. Especially considering the fact that each has only about 21 minutes (excludes opening and closing songs) of screen time. On to Ginko, whose obviously the main protagonist. You'll definitely take a liking to him as he's a very kindhearted individual. He does get a good amount of characterization and we do get a back story as to how he became a Mushi-shi/Mushi master. But really compared to other main protagonists its wasn't enough in my opinion. That's another one of my problems with Mushi-shi, Ginko needs to be fleshed out more. Nevertheless, he's an all around good main protagonist
Arguably the best part of Mushi-shi, from the score, to the voice acting and even just the sounds going on in the back ground. The opening track is called " The Sore Feet Song" by Ally Kerr and its a solid one overall. You'll probably enjoy it if you like folk rock. Something that is also very unique about Mushi-shi is the ending theme, or should I say ending themes, because every episode has its own closing song and I got to say, I liked all of them. It's hard to describe them because the instrumentation is so unique and each one feels so surreal and atmospheric. They have an otherworldly vibe to them. Then we have the actual score within the show which is also great and complements the mood excellently. Like the closing themes, the score has an otherworldly vibe as well that I can't put my finger on. Finally on to the voice acting, which is outstanding on both the Japanese sub and English Dub. No seriously, it's that good, especially the English dub which in my opinion surpasses the original Japanese and it ranks up there with Funimation’s best work like Baccano, Yu Yu Hakusho, and Fullmetal Alchemist. Both Yuto Nakano and Travis Willingham embody the character of Ginko perfectly, and all the other cast members do a great job as well especially considering that fact that they only appear once. Also, pay attention to the tone of the voice acting on both languages and notice how monotone and subtle it is. Don't let it discourage you. This is completely intentional because it's meant to match the quiet and subtle tone of the actual show.
Art & Animation
Finally, we get into the last part of the review, the art and animation. The animation is very good and smooth, but the art (especially the backgrounds) is absolutely stunning. You'll know what I mean when you watch the series for yourself, just pay close attention to the detail that is given here. From the lush green vegetation, to the mountains and rivers. It's absolutely gorgeous. I recall when I was watching it, I had to pause the show for a moment because the backgrounds were so beautiful to look at. Hands down, some of the best you'll find in all of anime. I guarantee it.
When it's all said and done, Mushi-shi has it's flaws and at the same time it has a lot of good things going for it. It's formulaic tendencies really held it back. Plus, Ginko could have been fleshed out more. Regardless of that, this anime was a joy to watch and it's a good solid one at that. If you have an open mind, I recommend you check it out, especially if you want something that is unique and original. read more
If there's one thing you can say about this show, it's certainly unique. But this show is one of those ones that are kind of hard to rate, because it's really not for everybody. I personally enjoyed it but I could very easily see someone else getting bored out of their mind by it. Might as well get started then.
When you watch this show, the most obvious thing that will pop out is the atmosphere itself. Taking place in *gasp* Japan in... I don't know shit about Japan's time periods but either way it's not modern. It takes place in a time where the resident's interactions with nature are more you know, relevant. A time where people didn't have big modern cities or advanced medicine or anything like that. This is a time where people are forced to directly live off of and be at the mercy of nature to survive. In many ways, this makes the setting and time period practically perfect. As our protagonist, Ginko, wanders around the countryside we see a good variety of settings, all of which can be almost equally beautiful. Quite frankly, the art and the atmosphere are pretty much the best I've seen in any anime I have ever watched. It's great, it really is, especially when it comes to the designs of the mushi.
The thing is, even though this show focuses heavily on nature and the spiritual sides of things (well, I guess I wouldn't exactly call Mushi spirits but that's not important right now) some of the events, concepts, and ideas presented in the show are still very much relevant to us today. This show is completely episodic, but some of the individual episodes actually end up covering some pretty heavy topics. The show can really make you think some times, which is another thing that I like about it.
Still, that's not to say the show isn't without its faults. Whether these issues are actually a big deal to you is going to make all the difference between whether you enjoy the show or not. If those issues don't bother you, this show is probably going to be one of the absolute greatest shows you'll ever watch. If they are problematic, than this show might end up being a bit boring to you. In which case, I suggest you might want to just watch a few episodes and then drop it (you can basically watch the episodes in any order by the way. I personally think episode 21 is a really nice one by the way.)
So what are those issues? Well, one of them is simply the lay out of the show. Ginko is a wanderer, going from place to place... and he can't stay in one place for long. This is central to his character, and fortunately it's explained pretty decently why he's actually like this... as opposed to "wanderers will be wanderers. Loners will be loners." Like you might see some shows say xP What does this translate to? Well, it's a completely episodic anime, with no overbearing plot to any of it. It's literally just the guy going from place to place trying to help people that have problems pertaining to mushi. In a similar fashion to crime shows like CSI or whatever, it might end up feeling a bit repetitive after a while. There are plenty of recurring themes, and it doesn't help that some of the side characters look ALMOST EXACTLY THE SAME. The show can be monotonous at times, so if you don't like shows that follow this sort of format in general, you might not like it too much. I personally wouldn't call this a flaw as much as it's simply a format that some would find appealing and some wouldn't. Though I will admit it would've been nice if the show at least attempted to have some sort of plot that brought the episodes together.
The only other thing I think is worth mentioning is the characters. The thing is, there's really only one character worth mentioning, and that's Ginko. Everybody else is pretty much gone after they're episode is over. So I guess I'll talk about Ginko first. As a protagonist, Ginko seems like a good fit for the show. He's designed in a way that makes him more modern looking than anyone else in the show. Apparently they originally intended the show to be more modern... and changed that... but kept Ginko's design. However I'm not entirely sure about the source on that so if I'm wrong don't lynch me. Either way, he's actually a surprisingly bad ass character. I am a person who likes character development, so it's a bit of a disappointment that Ginko didn't get more of it. His backstory is actually pretty interesting in a way but it basically only answers the most basic questions you have about the character. Still I can say that I enjoy his character.
Every other character on the other hand only gets an episode of development so it's challenging at times to get invested in them. But for what they got in the time frame, some of their stories can actually hit surprisingly hard. Not as hard as they would if we got to know them better instead of just one 20 minute episode but still heavy nonetheless. The characters are a lot more realistic and toned down then you would expect from an anime. This is a positive thing to me especially if you want to take a break from... well, almost every anime ever. Still, this could be a good or a bad thing depending on how you look at it. One of the main reasons this show can feel so repetitious is because the side characters aren't really all that distinguished from one another. They're all unique in some way, but because they're *mostly* just pretty normal people reacting to abnormal situations they don't really distinguish themselves that much.
This is made even worse because of the way they're drawn. This is the only reason I give the art a 9 instead of a 10, the side characters all look way too similar. In most anime you'll see different hair colors (many of which won't be realistic at all), different hairstyles (many of which won't be realistic AT ALL), different clothing (except for you know, most high school animes) etc. This show really highlights why somewhat unrealistic but varied characters designs are actually a good thing a good portion of the time. Yes, they all look like actual Japanese people in that time period. But seriously, some of those character designs look almost exactly the same. You'll see a decent amount of young couples throughout this series, and it's almost impossible to tell them apart design wise some times other than say, the hair length of the girl. The characters are just that similar looking.
So yeah, that's the show. I personally enjoyed it, but this is one of those shows that are kind of hard to judge. It's just the kind of show that will be completely amazing to some viewers and a complete snooze-fest for others. It's a nice slow paced atmospheric anime, and it also has one of the most relaxing theme songs I've ever heard. So if you don't have a tolerance for a slow pace or a little repetitiveness then this might not be for you. You might want to just watch the first few episodes, a couple of other random episodes and then drop it. Or you could watch the whole thing. The show's not for everyone, but for anybody who thinks they have the patience to watch a sort of laid back show like this then give it a try. It's an interesting show, it really is. read more
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 ^_^
One story per episode, with each episode not having much action in but still has something special about them.
Both of these shows focus on a traveler and the people they meet along the way. In Kino's case, she's simply a traveler with no set destination. For Ginko in Mushishi, he goes around to many different places and helps those who have been effected by 'mushi', which is also his job.
They also both share the same thinking-based mature atmosphere as well, sometimes even delving deep into the way the mind works and peoples own effects on the things around them.
These two rather slow, yet extremely interesting, shows are very alike and if you liked one of them you should definitely check out the other.
Both animes are very philosophical. Both tell the stories of two travelers, what pushed them to travel and what happens during their journey.
With each episode being an incident from their journey.
both are very philosophical and, for the most part, bloodless. . .two highly entertaining series that are great to watch when you want to wind down for the day. . .
Both tell the life of a traveller who don't stay for very long on the same place.
Mushishi tends to the supernatural genre while Kino no tabi is just a fantasy genre. The main thing they have in common is that both have really deep stories and don't tend to the comedic spot.
I see so many similarities, I don't know where to begin. Both Ginko and Kino are force to give up there past lives due to something happening in their early childhood, and thus travel around the world. While Kino learns about the cultures of different places in her travels, Ginko's journey is more of one to help others affected by the mushi. Either way, both have episodal storylines. Though frankly I found myself enjoying Kino's journey more, there's no way one wouldn't enjoy both in the same way.
Bothe animes have a separate story for each episode. Both are very deep, and focus on making the audience think. Both are quite good.
Story per episode, not much action, both about forced journey which was started because of some accident, similar beautiful animations, both almost bloodless. If you love one of them you'll love another one for sure.
Both series are episodic, and tied together by the travels of their protagonists. Still, they both hold together very well and have solid pacing. The two anime also frequently have a mythological or philosophical vibe to their stories. The main difference is that Kino has a more surreal kind of setting, while Mushishi's is more traditionally Japanese.
Episodic, sometimes philosophical about life
Episodic series about a perpetually travelling protagonist who moves from one locale to another and becomes involved with its denizens on a regular basis. They both have a fairly laidback pace, and the rather stoic yet softhearted nature of both protagonists begs further comparison. Although Kino focuses more on the travelling and Kino herself while Mushishi brings more attention to the mushi and patients being treated, the similarities are very hard to miss.
Both laid back atmosphere until you get to near end of each episode leaving you to think. Both protagonists are travelers who left their formal selves as their price to where they are currently.
Episodic anime, very cerebral, not much action but very, very entertaining. It's philosophical, poignant, and beautiful. One of the best shows I have ever watched.
Both have a very calming feel to it and short one episode story lines and both involve traveling to different countries, but don't let that deceive you, each episode is filled with an amazing story and is concluded with an unexpected/philosophical twist that is bound to amaze you. Also the main characters are very similar in their passiveness(or sense of indifference) as well as their inability to settle down in one place.
Both are episodic series involving a traveling protagonist that helps out the people that they come across. They both also have a very similar feeling and style to the other.
Episodic nature with a detached main character, that functions more as a narrator or plot device, than a protagonist.
Let me start off by saying that these two are both very excellent series in my opinion. Kino's Journey and Mushi-shi possess a certain quality that draws you into their own world. Kino's Journey gives the feel of being in a slightly dark fairytale, whereas Mushi-shi draws you into what seems like a world of mythology and folklore. I strongly recommend either of these series to anyone who is interested in a story book feel to their anime.
They both have a similar vibe of unsteady peace and they both follow the lives of people who travel far. They both focus on the observation of aspects of life (Kino's journey is more moral and mental while Mushishi is more physical and natural)
They are also both very earie and inspirational. Highly suggested!
The step up of the both animes are similar, each episode (or short arc) is it's own story and one does not need to watch them in any particular order to understand them (though I think that is the better course). The reason this is possible is because both main characters are travelers who do not take on any new companions for the duration of both series. Their histories are a mystery and little bits of both are revealed slowly in certain episodes. In addition I feel both have interesting and unique little stories for each episode that seem to have a deeper meaning and come off quite philosophic, though you don't really need to think this way in order to enjoy them. If you liked the idea, plot, characters, stories, or everything about one of these animes I am fairly sure you will love the other.
Both anime's stories are episodic with each story arc usually contained to just one episode. In each anime the main character travels around to various towns and cities to observe what's going on and usually lending a helping hand to the residents.
Both have a stand alone episode plot structure. Both have protagonists who have very good reasons for traveling. And both acquire memorable experiences wherever they go.
Kino is more apethetic and distant. Ginko helps any and every.
Both are slow-paced and profound series, with own separate story in each episode. The protagonists are also very similiar: they are not good or bad, they are just observers.
These two anime are resembling because of putting more attention to philosophical ideas than to bright actions.
Both shows are about travelers who go ttown to town meeting new people and solving problems or getting a new meaning in life.
Theme of the journey, whereby the MC travels from place to place and helps people along the way; episodic; minimal background music/sounds; monotonous, expressionless MC; beautiful art (more so in Mushishi) and beautiful music (more so in Kino); general quiet, serene, & sleepy atmosphere.
The only difference is Kino is more philosophical, explores the human condition, and is full of life lessons, whereas Mushishi is supernatural, explores the paranormal, and is full of mindfreaks.
The same idea of a non-ending journey, a world and rythm like poetry.
traveler, very unique towns, no antagonist. Mushishi and Kino no Tabi somehow taught me a side of human nature that seemingly indescribable.
They're both episodic anime that center around someone who travels from town to town and they usually wind up helping someone through situations at each stop. Both stories have beautiful animation and offer up "life lessons."
Both animes are slow paced and thought-provoking, episodical in structure and green in look and feel, still, with some drastic shots here and there. Maybe Mushishi is more 'supernatural' whereas Kino no Tabi gets more comical. Both travelling protagonists seem to be fine with solitude, yet accompanied all the time.
Both are about a journey, leading to a path of greater enlightenment. Whether it's understanding the meaning of life or just understanding oneself a little better, both tackle philosophical problems of existence and morality while trying to grasp our own place in the world.
Both anime are about a person who travels the world. Mushishi focuses more on beautiful storytelling, whilst Kino no Tabi is more about philosophical hypothesis.
It is not close but this is the closest i can get.
Both anime series seems to have a lesson behind every episode.
Both are beautifully serene and go along at a soft pace. In each, though the episodes may follow an overarching theme and central characters, they are individual stories rather than part of one continuous plot-line.
In Kino no Tabi we have a calm composed protagonist that travels the world seeing many strange and wonderful things. No matter what her feelings on a matter might be Kino never gets more involved than she has to and refuses to settle down, always traveling.
Mushishi has the same sort of formula with the composed traveler protagonist. However, Ginko cannot settle down due to extrenuating circumstances, also Ginko travels as an expert on a subject and therefor keeps a proffesional distance from his subjects.
The real reason someone who enjoyed Kino no Tabi would enjoy Mushishi is that you somehow experience these two shows in the same way, they both have that certain something that keeps you locked in. Also the animation is beautiful and the places interesting.
Both have the main character traveling across lands with unique short stories that are highly philosophical.
Both series are episodic and are at their core masterful examinations of culture, philosophy & human spirit. Though they have their noticeable and sometimes profound differences, where Mushi-shi has a far more supernatural sentiment that is a reflection of a cultural spiritual identity, and Kino's Journey has a far more down-to-earth approach enlightening an observation of humanities faults and attributing a very real embodiment of human nature.
Both these marvels take the wanderer/adventure/traveler concepts to a new level. Both are modern classics but with an age-old pacing and ambiance. They showcase why this genre is the most expansive and adept at wholly encompassing all aspects of human nature. These gems are the closest I've ever come to a religious experience, they just reek of mysticism and divinity in the best possible way.
Both are execelentes Oran series that make you think about life.
Both has the same plot element about the main character travelling to different places and witnessing a problem.
Mushishi deals with spirit-like creatures whereas Kino's journey deals with people.
Both are also episodic (one episode = one story).
Both of these give off the same feeling,make every episode a new story, and are part of one big adventure. Most likely, you would like one if you like the other.
Both shows have a similar feeling and are existential. They explore human nature and philosophical aspects of life, death, and living in general. Great life lessons can be scooped from both shows.
Both are episodic series revolves around wanderer who travels from town to town. While Kino's purpose is only to travel and to see different countries, Ginko's is to find and research "Mushi". While Kino is more deep, philosophical and focuses on human study. Mushishi is a bit lighthearted and provides beautiful landscapes. Both are Great Series and has always unpredictable ending. Go watch it
These episodic shows follow travelers and tell the stories of their encounters. Some of the tales told are remarkably similar as well: the origin of a name, the mountain's fire. The characters embody the mindset of a traveler: do not disrupt the flow.
Mushishi and Kino no Tabi are very similar to each other in many ways. The two series protagonists, at the very least, lead similar lives. Both are travelers. Both are detached, unbiased, and unprejudiced. Both also seem content to observe their world rather than preach to it. More broadly, both series use episodic plots to tell fables that are both thought provoking and emotionally resonant.
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.
Deals with the supernatural and very episodic. Has the same calm, bittersweet atmosphere at the end.
Though the two have their differences, both are about a main character who can see something others can't, and strives to help them. Also, both stories have a certain almost laid-back atmosphere to them. Natsume Yuujinchou, however, has more of a plot than Mushishi, as well as supporting characters that stay for more than one episode.
If you liked Mushishi I believe you'll most definitely enjoy Natsume Yuujinchou. :) I could see similarities right off the bat, in how they both deal with spirits or other supernatural creatures. Both main characters have a sense of compassion when interacting with these entities, and often will try to find the least violent method of solution. Also, both series are episodic, yet it's a style that suits them well. The day-to-day solving of problems has a relaxing sort of mood in both series, and I think they complement each other nicely.
natsume yuujinchou is a watered-down cross between xxxholic and mushishi
Both deal with things that can only be seem by few people. Both have the main character helping someone in which only they could provide assistance. Each episode is about a different spirit/mushi.
Spirits are all around us, but only some have the gift to see them. Both series are somewhat episodic, revolving around human interactions with spirits, as well as with each other.
Both are calm, slice-of-life-ish series that deal with the supernatural (youkai/mushi) in one- or two-episode arcs and have protagonists who are quiet and standoffish as a result of their abilities to deal with the supernatural.
Although not similar in the aspect of Japanese Youkai, Mushishi still has good Japanese environments and the obvious feature of spirits that can only seen by certain people. Not many blatant parallels can be made between the two, though there's a high chance that anyone who likes Natsume Yuujin-Chou will like Mushishi.
If you liked Mushishi, you'll probably like Natsume Yuujinchou too. Each episode is a seperate story, and involves with spirits. The artwork of both of the series are soft colors and a pleasure to watch. Mushishi uses earthtones and Natsume Yuujinchou soft pastels though.
Both wonderfully soothing atmospheric slice-of-life series involving male protagonists with the uncommon ability to see spirits. In the course of these episodic stories, we learn that these spirits are neither good nor evil, that they simply exist - a message both shows seem to reinforce. Mushishi tends to be more dramatic, whereas Natsume Yuujinchou carries more of a comedic touch.
You'll surely notice since first episode how much those two anime are very similar to eachother.
- Main character: a quiet, good and mature guy (Natsume and Ginko) which has to deal in his own way with spirits/mushi. They both care abouth the spirits and always tried to do everything to help them and not let people thinking that they are to be considered as "evil".
- Atmosphere: colors, art, music, design will let you fully love the litterally pureness of those anime. The atmosphere is very calm and "delicated".
Personally i think that both, Mushishi and Natsume Yuujinchou, are two masterpieces which you can't miss to watch, especially if you already enjoyed one of the two!
Both anime have a calming atmosphere and tells the story of someone with a special ability as they learn to live with the supernatural.
Except for the basic plot: odd things that only some people can see but still can affect many, the main characters are extemely siimilar. They are both easy-going, adorable guys that will try to do whats best depending on the situation rather than some idea that all unknown creatures are evil and needs to be exterminated.
Both series are slow paced, and are focused on youkai, with standalone episodes. Natsume yuujinchou is lighter than Mushishi though.
Beautiful episodic tales surrounding the interaction between spirits and humans with a single mature and introspective male protagonist holding the thread between episodes.
Mushishi focuses more on japanesse folklore tales in a rural fudal setting and its more moral driven, whetheras Nastume Yuujinchou is more quaint and simple, following a school boy and his spirit relationships.
Mushihi's drama is more than Natsume Yuujinchou even though both they relax u a lot :) Both anime's story about a guy who wanna help ghosts ( it's name change anime to anime like Yokai & Mushi ) and humans. So they are similar in many ways :)
Both anime are episodic and supernatural. They have a relaxing atmosphere. Though the protagonists are different, they are both able to see things that normal people can't see, mushi/spirits.
Natsume yuujinchou's story have a similiarity to mushishi.. it all about japanesse mystery story..
Both stories follow the main character, who can see strange things. Both series have the same atmosphere, though Mishishi seems to be a more mature. Both stories are warm, affecting and a little bit bittersweet.
Calm, episodic anime with supernatural aspects.
BOth anime somehow tackles the supernatural side (mushi and yokai) meeting new pwoplw along the way of their journey. Slow in pace but has lessons to give in ife.
These dramas share a slow, easy pace that really allows them to develop a nice atmosphere. Watching these shows leaves me feeling peaceful and calm.
They are both episodic. Nastume Yuujinchou centers around the main character meeting and helping a different spirit each episode. Mushishi is similar, having the main character meet and help someone with a spirit related problem each episode.
The setting is famiiar - both main heroes can see otherwordly creatures, the atmosphere is quite the same too, although theese animes still leave different impressions.
Mushishi and Natsume Yuujinchou both have many similarities. The main characters of shows are the only people that can see spirits. The MC's want to help the people and spirits throughout the series. There isn't much of a plot in both the shows but each episode is very emotional and dramatic.
Both series have an episodic nature and are slow-paced with their stories. The story of both series focuses on dealing with the problems of individual people. In Natsume Yuujinjou this is done through the Book of Friends while in Mushishi it is the mushi that inhabit people. Both series have a large deal of emotions involved and also a large amount of moral questions are raised.
Both series gives off a similar feeling in which the main protagonist is able to see supernatural beings where normal people cannot.
Although lacking a direct story line, both series has very interesting concepts and ideas that tells a different story each episode. The episodes themselves are lighthearted and has a relaxing feeling to them. The way these two series tell their stories in a surreal and unique presentation.
There are spirits involved in both series as we take a glimpse into how they behave around human beings and specifically the main protagonist. Although slow paced, the exploration of the many ideas are quite insightful to watch.
both are relaxing anime in which the main character empathizes with other characters who they meet and try to help them. main character in both anime can see things that not many other people can (mushi/youkai)
As many other people point out, this is as close to Mushishi as you can get. Both deal with Youkai/Ayakashi and are (mostly) episodic in nature, meaning there isn't necessarily a set overall plot, but a series of situations/problems where the entire story of it is contained in one episode, which Mushishi absolutely nailed. Natsume is definitely more heart-warming and emotional than Mushishi, but both will leave your heart tingling.
Both main characters can see things that normal people can't, spirits. Witch a calm and peaceful feel to it, both main characters encounter both good and bad spirits, and helping those in need. Both main characters are pretty quiet, and are the loner type. When they were children, the were thought of a freaks for seeing things no one else could see. After meeting different kinds of spirits their outlook about them and life changes. Both animes are episodic, with both good, sad, and bittersweet endings.
Both was able to features Japanese Folklore so well and interesting
Both have to do with spiritual creatures called "yokai". Both are very beautiful and imaginative anime. Highly recommend watching
Mushishi bears a certain spiritual kinship with Natsume Yuujinshou. I think of it as a more austere, reflective cousin but in truth, Mushishi can't really be compared to anything else. The main character deals with the supernatural, stories are told through an episodic format and lastly the serene and mystical atmosphere are some of the similarities between the two. The experience you get from these series don't come along very often, one of a kind.
Both are series in which ghosts or spirits exist and only certain people can see them. They are both extremely relaxing to watch, the sort of thing you'd watch an episode of before you go to sleep to give yourself a nice dream. Although Mushishi occasionally has unhappy endings and has a more wistful and dreamy atmosphere compared to Natsume Yujinchou's "smiley sunny everyone's friends lets help each other out and be happy" kind of atmosphere in which comedy is occasionally added. In my opinion occasional unhappy endings are a good thing as it adds variety, and I guess it suits the feel of the anime so don't immediately cross Mushishi out. Most of the time each episode has it's own plot line, and one arc rarely continues for more than an episode's length. In this case that also adds to the relaxing effect because you don't have to follow an intricate story line. I personally find the most relaxing animes the ones where you don't have to think. Anyway, both animes are brilliant, personally I prefered Mushishi just because I like the strange lovecraft sort of atmospheres and the protagonist is pretty interesting, unlike your generic anime hero...
main characters of these series are able to see spirits and go around solving problems. the two anime is also episodic which is smoothing and relaxing. japanese folklore
The key fundamental similarity between both of these series is that they are both episodic, giving each individual episode it's own story arc which doesn't directly connect to other episodes much further than the recurring characters e.g. Ginko, Madara etc. They both center around the theme of the supernatural, both introducing fantasy creatures e.g. Mushi from Mushishi. Mushishi I would describe as more on the philosophical and harder watching side than Natsume Yuujinchou, which has a more of a Slice of Life feeling to it while still remaining thought provoking. They are both slow paced and minimalisitic animes with simple but beautiful animation (especially mushishi) but are probably best watched in moderation rather than 'marathoning' a series. Both Awesome and Original :)
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.
The premises of both involve their respective main characters (usually mistaken as being mere medicine men due to their appearances) traveling around period piece Japan and solving supernatural problems. But Mononoke lacks Mushishi's depth since, where as the Mushi in Mushishi are an extension of nature that aren't inherently good or bad (nature can be cruel, folks!), the titular Mononoke are vengeful spirits that need to be put to rest. Both series follow a pattern of gaining understanding before the problems can be resolved, but Mononoke's stories nearly all being related to vengeance left much more restricted and limited: always having a murder mystery 'whodunnit?' approach. Also, Mononoke's nameless lead was never explained, and never will be since there's no source material. On the other hand, Mushishi's lead, Ginko, has a full back-story.
In a nutshell, the premises are very similar but what separates the two is that Mononoke is very much style over substance, where as Mushishi is substance over style.
Mononoke is basically Mushishi done in a more artistic and colorful way. The Medicine Seller goes around banishing Mononoke. Ginko goes around curing mushi. So in a way, Id say its the plot and flow of Mushishi done in the style of Gankutsuou. Also, its a little be more to the horror genre then Mushishi.
Both stories involed a man wandering around japan carrying around a wooden box and deals with supernatural entities and helps people along the way. Mononoke is a lot darker and a bit more cynical then Mushishi is, and the Medicine Seller is more of an anti hero, but that doesn't keep him from being an enjoyable, interesting character. The stories in both series are interesting, each being self contained, though Monoke tells it's stories in a series of 5 arcs. Also, Mononoke's stories are always more on the horror side of things, whereas Mushishi's are usually more emotional.
Both look amazing, while Mononokes art is more abstract is still manages to immerse the viewer.
Both have a medicine seller who traverses from place to place attempting to solve paranormal situations.
Same guy-dealing-with-Japanese-spirits type of anime here .. Mushi-shi does it in more of an earthy, non-ghost-story/horror way. Very pretty, feel-good anime that deals with more of the historical, spiritual Japanese folklore. No real plot, each story is pretty self-contained much like Mononoke, but even the lack of plot doesn't keep this from being good stuff! ^o^ Aaand if you're reading this on the Mushi-shi side, watch Mononoke for reverse reasons! Might want to pony up to it with watching Ayakashi first though ..
Both deal with the supernatural and both have charismatic lead characters. The drawings in Mononoke will take a little getting used to. Just a little warning, some parts of Mononoke can be quite scary compared to Mushishi.
Anime with Unique art? Relating to a search of mystic beings of some sorts?
You got it in these both. Although both do have their differences, if you loved one, you'll love the other. As a bonus, both protagonists are lovable (in a hot, respectable way).
Both series concern a main character who travels around solving supernatural problems. The Medicine Seller has his mononoke, and Ginko has his mushi.
Both series have a travelling protagonist who helps different people in each episode or story arc with supernatural creatures they don't understand -- traditional Japanese spirits in Mononoke, and unusual nature spirits in Mushishi.
If you liked the story about a man wandering around from place to place, "saving" people from supernatural creatures, then Mononoke is for you. But Mononoke has bizarre scenes, really artistic detalis, and also...it's a dark version of Mushishi.
Episodic and is similar in the fact that the protagonist is a traveller and medicine seller eliminating supernatural creatures. In Mushishi it was Mushis and in Mononke it is the poor mononokes being terminated. Both are amazing shows.
Both series features a traveling mysterious main character that deals with supernatural phenomena around. While melancholy and drama are foremost for Mushishi and mystery for Mononoke they still have a similar mood. Their artwork have different stylings, but the approach of evershifting reality and simplicity is close.
Both have a main character dealing with weird supernatural happenings.
Both series have a travelling main character who specialises in dealing with paranormal beings, they also both have amazing art, though mononoke is more abstract.
Both series deal with the supernatural and follow the journeys of a fascinating lead character. There is no over-arching plotline, but a succession of situations involving strange creatures and humans. Each has an original and distinct atmosphere with great art, animation and soundtrack.
Mononoke is simply the dark version of Mushishi. Mushishi is very relaxing while Mononoke is incredibly freaky and horrific with its creepy noises all over the place, both are mature, slow-paced, poetic, and psychological on the other hand.
Both Mushishi and Mononoke are about traveling "magicians" who help solve peoples' problems. Both stories take place during an Edo-like period and have beautiful character designs. Mononoke has longer story arcs while Mushishi has a one-shot episode format. Ginko (Mushishi) is more personable while Kusuriuri (Mononoke) is more ethereal.
The similarity is that both Ginkgo and Kusuriuri use their knowledge to help when it comes to the spiritual world and the problems that may occur whit contact between the human and mysterious. Besides that, inner fulfillment exists when watching both anime.
Mononoke is kinda like a much more sinister version of Mushishi. Both feature an enigmatic medicine seller (although Ginko is more developed) roaming the land "exorcising" mysterious spirits. Mononoke is more of an atmospheric pseudo-horror anime though, and the art is much more stylized (and absolutely jaw-dropping it is).
Both have a very similar feel to them
both are episodic
Both Leads go around running into supernatural events
both have white hair XD
Both have a an eerie atmosphere
Both leads "help" or give advice about different phenomenons to people on their travels
It can't be said enough, but anyone who liked one show will like the others. Ginko and the Medicine Peddler may have starkly different methods, outlooks on life, and motivations, there is something that ties the two shows together.
Both series involve mysterious encounters with supernatural creatures and events. And neither of them have high amounts of action.
Mushishi and XXXHolic are very similar. Both have main characters that can see spirits and help people or other spirits. And both are very good.^^
Both deal with ordinary people and their interaction with the supernatural.
NO story line what so ever, every episode has it's unique story and characters
both the same supernatural feeling, and the same aspect of not having one storyline, but many covered in each episode. xxxholic has humour, whilst mushishi is more mature, still both brilliant watching with a strange warming sense to both.
Is also about the supernatural that only few can see. The main character of Mushishi is a traveler that helps people with their problems involving Mushi. They are neither plants nor animals. They differ from other forms of life such as the micro-organisms and the fungi. Instead they resemble the primeval body of life and are generally known as "Mushi".
Both anime are very strong in the use of the supernatural and spirits.
Both feature a unique artstyle and have a mysterious
feeling about them.
if you like stories about ghosts, legends, folklore opr fairytales you'll really enjoy these animes.
Both animes are episodic and sometimes feture dark themes amidst unbelievable things. Both include many different moral lessons and themes.
The protagonists attempts to solve the "supernatural" (not necessarily ghosts) problems of people they meet. A lot of lessons to be learned.
Both series contain supernatural elements focused on a non linear storyline through the usage of Japanese culture.
The main characters in both series attracts the supernatural and tries to solve problems that these creatures have created. Both these series are slow paced and contains a lot of drama and mystery.
These two series are dialogue driven in an episodic basis that have an insightful way of telling stories.
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.
Both anime revolve around the spiritual aspect of nature and are rooted in Shinto beliefs.
Both deal with the supernatural and the relationships between humans and the world they inhabit.
Both are situated in an old Japanese era.
Both main characters looking after the spirits of nature.
Both are themed on plant, forest, animal, supernatural!
Both cover the spiritual world of old Japan, and watching Mushishi helps western people understand Princess Mononoke better.
A beautiful anime about relationship between human being and nature.
Mushishi and Mononoke Hime explore nature in a fantasy setting.
With their themes, both anime adapt a mystical background with ingredients of a tale involving characters that get themselves involved with supernatural beings. They also present a powerful background with a natural outlook of its nature.
The soundtracks are smooth ones that retain a serene-like feeling with minimal comedy. Character relationships are explored and the laws of nature with humans and beasts are also emphasized.
Both are filled with serene backgrounds and music and stress the theme of mankind's balance with nature and the spiritual aspects it possesses.
slow moving, calm pace, presentation that is strongly supported by an excellent music score and a unique animation style, story has a mysterious feel to it and it all falls together slowly piece by piece. Mushishi is episodic and more plot/world focused, and Saraiya Goyou is more character centric.
Slow pacing, inner warmth, similar time-period and art. Both are stories able to put a smile on your face as they end, there's something sweet about them.
There is a relaxed feel to both anime. Good for a rainy day when the pace will not bore you to death. At times it can seem a bit dark and sad, but at the same time, it's light hearted and doesn't sadden you too much. You'll enjoy one if you like the other, when you're in the right kind of mood to watch it ;)
Both have peaceful atmospheric episodes. Gives you the same feel as the other.
There's a similar sense of feeling and backgrounds in both series. Mushishi and Saraiya Goyou (House of the Five Leaves) both has a slow pacing with a elegant mood to them.
Both series follows a more episodic path rather than arcs/linear story.
Both series' main male protagonist has great development and interactions with other characters and also bears some similar physical features. The coloring in both series is also natural and again has that elegance to them.
Both series presents a mature way of nature.
Mushishi and Saraiya Goyou are slow-moving dramas that touch more on the day to day sentiments of diverse people, rather than the power-levels of a prepubescent teen attempting to save the world.
The same soothing and heartwarming atmosphere can be found in both, as well as the attention to detail in the art that makes the viewing experience such a joy.
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)more
#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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