Ranked #23
Mushishi (Manga)


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English: Mushishi
Synonyms: Mushi-shi
Japanese: 蟲師


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


Score: 8.821 (scored by 5296 users)
Ranked: #232
Popularity: #195
Members: 14,379
Favorites: 925
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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 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]

Related Manga

Sequel: Mushishi Tokubetsu-hen: Hihamukage
Adaptation: Mushishi, Mushishi Zoku Shou, Mushishi Zoku Shou Special, Mushishi Zoku Shou 2nd Season



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Apr 16, 2011
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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Feb 9, 2013
"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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Both series look at Japanese folklore in an unusual and unique way, with an amiable but mysterious practitioner of a strange trade giving aid to those afflicted by forces they can't see or understand. In both series lessons are sometimes learned, and not all stories end happily.
Although Tousei Gensou is somewhat dark when compared to Mushishi's relatively easygoing tone, both have a protagonist who deals with episodic (usually single chapter or small arcs) supernatural cases he is unusually knowledgable about. Both also delve into the protagonist's past and eventually explain how he came to be the way he is.

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