Mushishi: Hihamukage

Mushi-shi: The Shadow that Devours the Sun

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Alternative Titles

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: TV 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 6783267,832 users)
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Ranked: #1182
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Popularity: #1631
Members: 140,384
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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

Episode Videos


Apr 15, 2014
Nearly a decade later, the anime industry has seen a sequel to the beloved Mushishi adaptation. It's rare enough for any anime to receive a sequel, but after eight long years? Did anyone expect there to ever be more Ginko on-screen? I certainly did not. But it seems Ginko's absence has not made him any more weary than before.

Mushishi: Hihamukage, the first instalment in a larger second season, details Ginko's experience in a village approaching disaster. The sun in the surrounding area has been been blocked by a Mushi, creating eternal darkness and a scarcity of food. With the winter around the corner, total ...
Jan 4, 2014
Do not take anything for granted, not even life itself. This simple yet profound message is splendidly conveyed by another episode of the calming drug called "Mushishi". What an adventure this series has been; watching Ginko investigating various mushi species in a clever but always comprehensible way, not only curing every human in need of help whatever their origin, but also depicting the essence of life.

An anime not for everyone, to say the least, but certainly for anyone who wants to shed light on human mysteries. Ginko as our protagonist, being the most sincere and suave guy you could probably imagine, doesn't miss a chance ...
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
145 repliesby Dragona_8002 »»
Mar 22, 10:35 PM
Is this a must watch?
Jundal - Aug 18, 2022
11 repliesby P3TE »»
Jan 18, 3:46 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