Ranked #22


Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Mushi-shi
Japanese: 蟲師


Type: TV
Episodes: 26
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 23, 2005 to Jun 19, 2006
Duration: 25 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company


Score: 8.821 (scored by 64750 users)
Ranked: #222
Popularity: #89
Members: 144,130
Favorites: 8,142
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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...

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

Related Anime

Adaptation: Mushishi
Sequel: Mushishi Special: Hihamukage, Mushishi Zoku Shou

Characters & Voice Actors

Willingham, Travis
Willingham, Travis
Sawashiro, Miyuki
Sawashiro, Miyuki
Ueda, Yuji
Ueda, Yuji
Huber, Chuck
Huber, Chuck
Doi, Mika
Doi, Mika
Seman, Jennifer
Seman, Jennifer
Koyama, Tsuyoshi
Koyama, Tsuyoshi
Williams, Kent
Williams, Kent


Cook, Justin
Nagahama, Hiroshi
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard, Series Composition
Tanaka, Kazuya
Sound Director
Nagai, Tatsuyuki
Episode Director, Storyboard

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Sep 4, 2007
"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" read more
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Jul 20, 2013
In spirit, at least, each episode of Mushishi strongly reminds me of one thing: A cave painting. A depiction of man and the outside world, brief and primal but perfectly expressive, radiating mysticism, perhaps possessed of more meaning than it initially appears to have.

From minute one, Mushishi's representation of a vast world grabs the eye and doesn't let go. Lush forests with dew dripping from every leaf; barren winter mountains peppered with stubborn snow-covered trees; an innocuous pond with lilies on the surface of the still water. The series roams from setting to setting, and all are presented with a lifelike attention to detail. The read more
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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 ^_^
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.

Opening Theme

"The Sore Feet Song" by Ally Kerr

Ending Theme

#01: "Midori no Za" by Masuda Toshio (ep 1)
#02: "Mabuta no Hikari" by Masuda Toshio (ep 2)
#03: "Yawarakai Kaku" by Masuda Toshio (ep 3)
#04: "Makura Kouji" by Masuda Toshio (ep 4)
#05: "Tabi wo Suru Numa" by Masuda Toshio (ep 5)
#06: "Tsuyu wo Suu Mure" by Masuda Toshio (ep 6)
#07: "Ame ga Kuru Niji ga Tatsu" by Masuda Toshio (ep 7)
#08: "Umi Sakai (Unasaka) Yori" by Masuda Toshio (ep 8)
#09: "Omoi Mi" by Masuda Toshio (ep 9)
#10: "Suzuri ni Sumu Shiro" by Masuda Toshio (ep 10)
#11: "Yama Nemuru" by Masuda Toshio (ep 11)
#12: "Sugame no Sakana (On Air Ver.)" by Masuda Toshio (ep 12)
#13: "Ichiya Hashi" by Masuda Toshio (ep 13)
#14: "Kago no Naka" by Masuda Toshio (ep 14)
#15: "Haru to Usobuko" by Masuda Toshio (ep 15)
#16: "Akatsuki no Hebi" by Masuda Toshio (ep 16)
#17: "Kyo Mayu Tori" by Masuda Toshio (ep 17)
#18: "Yama Idaku Koromo" by Masuda Toshio (ep 18)
#19: "Teppen no Ito" by Masuda Toshio (ep 19)
#20: "Fude no Umi" by Masuda Toshio (ep 20)
#21: "Wata Houshi" by Masuda Toshio (ep 21)
#22: "Oki Tsu Miya" by Masuda Toshio (ep 22)
#23: "Sabi no Naku Koe" by Masuda Toshio (ep 23)
#24: "Kagari no Gyou" by Masuda Toshio (ep 24)
#25: "Ganpuku Me Wazawai" by Masuda Toshio (ep 25)
#26: "Kusa wo Fumu Oto" by Masuda Toshio (ep 26)

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