Ranked #23
Mushishi (Manga)

Mushishi

Alternative Titles

English: Mushishi
Synonyms: Mushi-shi
Japanese: 蟲師

Information

Type: Manga
Volumes: 10
Chapters: 50
Status: Finished
Published: Nov 1999 to Aug 25, 2008
Authors: Urushibara, Yuki (Story & Art)
Serialization: Afternoon

Statistics

Score: 8.811 (scored by 6036 users)
Ranked: #232
Popularity: #190
Members: 17,046
Favorites: 1,055
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.

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 relentlessly 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]

Background

Mushishi was published in English by Del Rey Manga from January 30, 2007 to July 27, 2010, with the final 3 volumes released in a 3-in-1 omnibus.

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Characters

 Ginko
Ginko
Main
 Tanyuu
Karibusa, Tanyuu
Supporting
 Nui
Nui
Supporting
 Adashino
Adashino
Supporting
 Koro
Koro
Supporting
 Sui
Sui
Supporting
 Kaoru
Kaoru
Supporting

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Aris18
Apr 16, 2011 10:05 PM
It's surprising to see the lack of reviews for this manga, considering the fact that the anime boasts 56. Now, I've never seen the anime, so I don't know how it compares to the manga. However, I have read a large scope of manga, of many different genres, and I say this honestly: Mushishi is a masterpiece, a one-of-a-kind work of art, and the mangaka, Urushibara Yuki, is one heck of a storyteller.

The plot in Mushishi develops in a rather episodic format, rather like Natsume Yuujinchou or the anime Cowboy Bebop. Each chapter follows Ginko, who is a wandering 'Mushishi', a specialist who deals read more
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Kynov
Feb 9, 2013 8:56 PM
"It’s not your fault. Nor was it the Mushi’s fault. You were both just trying to live. Nobody is guilty. Don’t die. You’ve done nothing wrong." - Ginko

"Its a beautiful painting with an amazing story on it" - Me, describing this manga

Mushi is a creature concept that Yuki Urushibahara made for describing strange event that happen in this manga, so we can said mushi are the causes of strange phenomenon that happen in this story. so, is that mushi bad? quotes from MAL,
"Mushi": the most basic forms of life in the world. They exist without any goals or purposes aside from simply "being." They are read more
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angelsreview
Jan 2, 2014 12:39 AM
As you well know by now, I love the occult and anything that has a sense of sophistication in its writing. I fell in love with the anime version of Mushishi and now I like the manga as well. The manga is pretty much the same as the anime, same stories, pretty much same time frame. People may think this is a let down but not to me. Since the anime was so good, the manga didn’t need to do anything in order to be as good and I think it would have taken away from it if they had changed anything. The stories themselves read more
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MustachedNinja
Nov 5, 2012 6:39 PM
Story: 6/10
Usually when we start a manga the first impression is usually the one we use when we decide if we want to continue reading or not. For me and mushishi that was not the case. I read the first two books and felt completely confused, so I continued reading. after about the 4th book I understood everything and the story started getting interesting (why wouldn't it be? it's about a guy who roams the country in search of scary insect thingys (mushi) and tries to cure people of them, now that's dang interesting). But once I finished the 4th book I noticed a read more
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