Mushishi: Hihamukage

Mushi-shi: The Shadow that Devours the Sun

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Synonyms: Mushi-shi Tokubetsu-hen: Hihamu Kage, Mushishi Special: Hihamukage
Japanese: 蟲師 特別篇「日蝕む翳」
English: Mushi-shi: The Shadow that Devours the Sun
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Type: Special
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 4, 2014
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Artland
Source: Manga
Genres: AdventureAdventure, MysteryMystery, Slice of LifeSlice of Life, SupernaturalSupernatural
Themes: Adult CastAdult Cast, HistoricalHistorical, IyashikeiIyashikei
Demographic: SeinenSeinen
Duration: 45 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 8.531 (scored by 6526665,266 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #1122
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Popularity: #1584
Members: 135,362
Favorites: 183

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The entire countryside comes to a halt midday to witness a rare solar eclipse that is rumored to allow the average person to see Mushi. Unable to avert their gaze, the air is full of awe and wonder—but those who know the Mushi are preparing for the eclipse's aftermath.

Based on a prediction from Tanyuu Karibusa, the cursed recorder, Mushishi Ginko finds himself in a very unlucky farming village. Immediately following the solar eclipse, a strange black cloud begins to gather in the sky and blocks the sun once more. Suspecting it to be the work of a Mushi known as Hihami, Ginko seeks to liberate the village from perpetual darkness. However, it seems that not all of the villagers are eager to return to the light.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Nakano, Yuto


Watanabe, Yuuna

Karibusa, Tanyuu

Kobayashi, Ai


Ueda, Yuuji


Doi, Mika


Sasaki, Rio




Odagiri, Narumi
Assistant Producer
Nagahama, Hiroshi
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard
Soutome, Kouichirou
Episode Director, In-Between Animation
Urushibara, Yuki
Original Creator


Opening Theme

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"Hihamukage (日蝕む翳)" by Toshio Masuda

Ending Theme

"Hinata (日向)" by Toshio Masuda


Jun 24, 2023
I'd break this one up, but honestly, my reviews of each season/OVA are pretty consistent.

It's the story of a mushi master named Ginko who goes around investigating and solving mushi-related incidents. Mushi are a class of life that is entirely distinct from others, only visible to a select few and yet capable of interacting with the world in various ways. I'd say "often to the detriment of humans," but that's really just what we see: the places and ways things go out of whack, often due to changes in how humans interact with their environment. But it's not an environmentalist message, either. Humans, like the ...
Jun 3, 2022
A special masterpiece. A special episode of a masterpiece.

Almost a decade after the last episode of Mushishi season 1 back in 2006, this special episode relieved the thirst of Mushishi's fans. Luckily for me, I didn't have to wait long for this special episode, because I just finished binge watching Mushishi season 1 yesterday.

What makes this special episode special is the appearance of supporting characters from the season 1. Besides Ginko, Adashino, and Tenyuu, all supporting characters from almost each episode made brief appearance during the solar eclipse.

Yes, this story is taking place during solar eclipse. I assume this special episode happened few years after ...
Nov 5, 2021
Mixed Feelings
Mushishi: Hihamukage

Contrary to my expectations, this season of Mushishi surprised me considerably.

Despite everything, the Ova possessed one of the more interesting approaches in this story. With equally one of the more interesting Mushi.

Honestly, this episode didn't feel like 40 minutes, it flew by relatively quickly. Whereas some normal episodes feel like half a day.

The plot about the eclipse and the two sisters had a certain charm, especially with the allegorical representation of the event. This was also narratively one of the smarter episodes, in terms of morality and depth as well.

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Recent News

'Mushishi' to Get Sequel in Spring 2014 and Fall 2014

'Mushishi' to Get Sequel in Spring 2014 and Fall 2014

At the end of Mushishi Special: Hihamukage, it was announced that a second season of Mushishi, titled Mushishi Zoku Shou, will be airing separately in Spring 2014 more

Manga 'Mushishi' to Receive One-Hour Anime Special

Manga 'Mushishi' to Receive One-Hour Anime Special

In a previous news post last month, it was announced that manga "Mushishi" would be receiving a two-chapter manga special along with word of a "Top more

Recent Forum Discussion

Poll: Mushishi Special: Hihamukage Episode 1 Discussion ( 1 2 3 )
Stark700 - Jan 4, 2014
143 repliesby Dawizz »»
Jan 14, 12:27 AM
Is this a must watch?
Jundal - Aug 18, 2022
10 repliesby Dawizz »»
Jan 14, 12:23 AM
Actually watched this by accident
CautiousShadow - Apr 14, 2022
3 repliesby AndreaNini »»
Apr 14, 2022 10:13 PM
The returning characters from the first series. (besides Ginko)
thecurrymaster - May 10, 2014
6 repliesby Amatniki »»
Jun 11, 2020 8:04 PM
Which chapters is this special adapted from?
Shii4 - Apr 2, 2014
2 repliesby Shii4 »»
Apr 3, 2014 1:48 PM
It’s time to ditch the text file.
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