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Mushishi Zoku Shou: Odoro no Michi

Alternative Titles

English: Mushishi Path of Thorns
Synonyms: Mushishi Zoku Shou Special, Mushi-shi Zoku Shou: Odoro no Michi, Mushishi Zoku Shou Episode 11 and 12, Mushishi Next Passage: Path of Thorns
Japanese: 蟲師 続章


Type: Special
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Aug 20, 2014
Licensors: Aniplex of America
Studios: Artland
Source: Manga
Duration: 47 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 8.511 (scored by 29,727 users)
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Ranked: #992
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Mysterious, unknowable creatures alien to the laws of nature—known only to some and feared by others—"Mushi" lie behind many of life's strange phenomena.

Long ago, a Mushi of terrifying power threatened to extinguish all life. The Minai clan of Mushishi were born from those who stopped this malevolent force, their members bound by duty to serve as retainers to the Karibusa family, within whom the Mushi remains sealed. The Mushishi Ginko is given a job request from Tanyuu Karibusa: oversee the work of the head of the Minai clan, Kumado Minai, in investigating an abandoned village where dead wood and even houses spring back to life as flourishing plants.

Though the Minai clan are oddly ruthless among Mushishi, even more peculiar is their widespread dull character, with little appreciation for beauty or sentiment. Tanyuu believes there is more to this trend than meets the eye. Ginko aims to answer her curiosity as he follows Kumado into a "Path of Thorns," a place where Mushi flow from their own strange sources into the world of the living. Rare and deadly varieties of Mushi lurk in these depths, along with the secret nature of the Minai clan's resolve to their ancient task.

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Characters & Voice Actors

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Rose, Lucy
Theme Song Performance
Urushibara, Yuki
Original Creator
Masuda, Toshio
Nakamura, Yuuta
Director of Photography

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"Shiver" by Lucy Rose

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"Odoro no Michi" (棘のみち) by Toshio Masuda

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Feb 28, 2015
ZachM (All reviews)
Not much needs to be said here. This is Mushishi. One of the most respected and revered anime to ever grace the medium. And like the rest of the series, this 47 minute special (episode 11/12 of Zoku Shou) is a treat to watch.

Story and Characters
As with the usual format, this story shows us another one of the Mushishi Ginko's encounters with Mushi, but this time, we find ourselves ANOTHER Mushishi, named Kumado. Kumado is from a clan of Mushishi who have been researching a way to deal with a certain "forbidden" Mushi. (For the sake of spoilers, I'll stop there) The story is great read more
Nov 10, 2017
Joe_Med (All reviews)
-Does he dislike me?
I have never seen his smile...
=He had a very strict upbringing..
his soul has become frozen..
However his soul should thaw...
please don't think badly of him.

Another marvelous special as we used to get from mushishi series, the series that I count watching an episode of it is like consuming one gem of a treasure full of a limited number of them , a sound track I listen to for about 4 hours straight and enjoying it every single time , stories told in wonderful atmosphere and full of wonderful quotes.

I have no more words to say as I write more I read more
Dec 8, 2018
ThorNN-heim7 (All reviews)
Mushishi comes with yet another amazing story that is solved with ease.
This is one of the few story arcs that last more than 1 episode. As always Mushishi tells us a story that makes us think about life.
Story: The story is pretty much explained in the synopsis, but the synopsis does not mention how we get to see Kumados past, explaining why he is how he is.
Art & Sound: The art is great, as always, and so is the astounding soundtrack behind the masterpiece known as Mushishi.
Characters: Since a lot of this special is mainly about Kumado and Tanyuu we get a lot of read more


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'Mushishi Zoku Shou' to Have 1 Hour Special

According to the official site and the special program that aired today, unaired episodes 11 and 12, which cover Odoro no Michi, of Mushishi Zoku Shou will be broadc...read more

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