Mushishi Zoku Shou: Odoro no Michi

Mushishi Path of Thorns

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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
English: Mushishi Path of Thorns
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Type: Special
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Aug 20, 2014
Licensors: Aniplex of America
Studios: Artland
Source: Manga
Genres: AdventureAdventure, FantasyFantasy, MysteryMystery, Slice of LifeSlice of Life, SupernaturalSupernatural
Theme: HistoricalHistorical
Demographic: SeinenSeinen
Duration: 47 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 8.451 (scored by 4204942,049 users)
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Ranked: #1332
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Popularity: #1806
Members: 86,389
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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


Doi, Mika


Kyouda, Hisako


Soutome, Kouichirou
Episode Director
Rose, Lucy
Theme Song Performance
Urushibara, Yuki
Original Creator
Masuda, Toshio


Opening Theme

Apple Music
Amazon Music
Youtube Music
"Shiver" by Lucy Rose

Ending Theme

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

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
Nov 15, 2019
BabyGirl06301 (All reviews)
I feel like this film did something for me that the previous episodes of Mushishi haven't done yet, and I liked it a lot.

The writing for this series is always something special, but for this film, we get to see a side of the Mushishi profession that we haven't really gotten to see before. You get to see the extent to which this world can flourish at the farthest reaches of mushi. I also liked that this film seemed to give us the first sense of continuity that we've seen from the series to date, which is exciting.

I always find it difficult to review read more
Nov 2, 2021
Resting_Bonfire (All reviews)
- Mushishi Path of Thorns

This is a special episode of Mushishi, bringing closer the story of the "Forbidden Mushi", which moved into the world many years before the beginning of the story.
- For me, this is the most interesting topic. I just want to know more about this Mushi and how it was born in the first place. Unfortunately, the episode raises a lot of tension but ends without new knowledge.

Unlike the normal episodes of Mushishi, this one is a double episode lasting over 40 minutes. Which again drags things out, but is also larger in content than a normal episode.

Among other read more


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