Mushishi: Hihamukage

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: 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, FantasyFantasy, MysteryMystery, Slice of LifeSlice of Life, SupernaturalSupernatural
Theme: HistoricalHistorical
Demographic: SeinenSeinen
Duration: 45 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 8.561 (scored by 5725157,251 users)
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Ranked: #862
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Popularity: #1433
Members: 118,763
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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




Nagahama, Hiroshi
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard
Soutome, Kouichirou
Episode Director, In-Between Animation
Urushibara, Yuki
Original Creator
Masuda, Toshio


Opening Theme

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"Hihamukage (日蝕む翳)" by Toshio Masuda

Ending Theme

"Hinata (日向)" by Toshio Masuda

Apr 15, 2014
Veronin (All reviews)
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 read more
Jan 4, 2014
Xiaraith (All reviews)
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 read more
Jan 6, 2014
QuietDiscourse (All reviews)
2006 marks the last airing of Mushishi, a small journey within a rural Shinto-inspired Japan. It is, in essence, about harmony—emanating the struggle for humans to find balance in their lives and to attain kiyome ("purity") among the cycles of nature. Prospects of a sequel have been teased for a while now, and as time passed, hopeful fans were beginning to lose faith. Now, 8 years later, studio Artland and director Hiroshi Nagahama relaunch the series with a one hour-long Mushishi episode, entitled "Hihamukage" ("Sun-Eating Shade").

Hihamukage is in tone with the original season, with a spiritual phenomenon kindling discord, followed by a diagnosis by the read more
Mar 23, 2014
Stark700 (All reviews)
Watching Mushishi is not just a mystifying experience but one that you will remember by for its atmosphere of exquisite presentation. Through understanding, Mushishi presents problems but also solutions in which main protagonist Ginko solves throughout his journey. As a journeyman, Ginko takes on the road once again in this special OVA that chronicles his expedition.

Mushishi Special: Hihamukage is a special OVA that adapts a two-chapter manga released in the Afternoon magazine. The OVA itself runs for about 45 minutes and once again takes on that mystifying theme with an elegant atmosphere. If memory serves correctly, the last time Mushishi aired on TV was over read more


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Poll: Mushishi Special: Hihamukage Episode 1 Discussion ( 1 2 3 )
Stark700 - Jan 4, 2014
141 replies by Kenpls »»
Sep 14, 10:55 PM
The returning characters from the first series. (besides Ginko)
thecurrymaster - May 10, 2014
6 replies by Amatniki »»
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