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Japanese: 蟲師
English: Mushi-Shi
German: Mushi-Shi
Spanish: Mushi-Shi
French: Mushi-Shi
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Type: TV
Episodes: 26
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 23, 2005 to Jun 19, 2006
Premiered: Fall 2005
Broadcast: Sundays at 03:40 (JST)
Licensors: Funimation
Studios: Artland
Source: Manga
Genres: AdventureAdventure, MysteryMystery, Slice of LifeSlice of Life, SupernaturalSupernatural
Themes: Adult CastAdult Cast, HistoricalHistorical, IyashikeiIyashikei
Demographic: SeinenSeinen
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 8.661 (scored by 271305271,305 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #652
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #212
Members: 805,174
Favorites: 26,224

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"Mushi": the most basic forms of life in the world. They exist without any goals or purposes aside from simply "being." They are beyond the shackles of the words "good" and "evil." Mushi can exist in countless forms and are capable of mimicking things from the natural world such as plants, diseases, and even phenomena like rainbows.

This is, however, just a vague definition of these entities that inhabit the vibrant world of Mushishi, as to even call them a form of life would be an oversimplification. Detailed information on Mushi is scarce because the majority of humans are unaware of their existence.

So what are Mushi and why do they exist? This is the question that a "Mushishi," Ginko, ponders constantly. Mushishi are those who research Mushi in hopes of understanding their place in the world's hierarchy of life.

Ginko chases rumors of occurrences that could be tied to Mushi, all for the sake of finding an answer.

It could, after all, lead to the meaning of life itself.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]


Mushishi is an adaptation of Yuki Urushibara's award-winning manga of the same name. The series adapts the first 26 chapters of the manga, adapting one per episode. The anime aired these stories in a different order than that of the manga.

The series won the Tokyo Anime Award in the Television category in 2006. The series premiered on October 23, 2005, but went on hiatus on March 12, 2006 after having aired 20 episodes. Broadcast resumed on May 15, and aired the remaining 6 episodes, concluding on June 19, 2006.

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Characters & Voice Actors


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Tsuzurahara, Miyu


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Ueda, Yuuji


Doi, Mika


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Oka, Akiko

Ioroi, Shinra

Sanpei, Yuuko


Maeda, Takeshi


Kitou, Noriko


Nagahama, Hiroshi
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard, Series Composition
Tanaka, Kazuya
Sound Director


Opening Theme

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"The Sore Feet Song" by Ally Kerr

Ending Theme

1: "Midori no Za (緑の座)" by Masuda Toshio (eps 1)
2: "Mabuta no Hikari (瞼の光)" by Masuda Toshio (eps 2)
3: "Yawarakai Kaku (柔らかい角)" by Masuda Toshio (eps 3)
4: "Makura Kouji (枕小路 )" by Masuda Toshio (eps 4)
5: "Tabi wo Suru Numa (旅をする沼)" by Masuda Toshio (eps 5)
6: "Tsuyu wo Suu Mure (露を吸う群れ)" by Masuda Toshio (eps 6)
7: "Ame ga Kuru Niji ga Tatsu (雨がくる虹がたつ)" by Masuda Toshio (eps 7)
8: "Unasaka Yori (海境より)" by Masuda Toshio (eps 8)
9: "Omoi Mi (重い実)" by Masuda Toshio (eps 9)
10: "Suzuri ni Sumu Shiro (硯に棲む白)" by Masuda Toshio (eps 10)
11: "Yama Nemuru (やまねむる)" by Masuda Toshio (eps 11)
12: "Sugame no Sakana (眇の魚)" by Masuda Toshio (eps 12)
13: "Hitoyobashi (一夜橋)" by Masuda Toshio (eps 13)
14: "Kago no Naka (籠のなか)" by Masuda Toshio (eps 14)
15: "Haru to Usobuko (春と嘯く)" by Masuda Toshio (eps 15)
16: "Akatsuki no Hebi (暁の蛇)" by Masuda Toshio (eps 16)
17: "Uromayutori (虚繭取り)" by Masuda Toshio (eps 17)
18: "Yama Daku Koromo (山抱く衣)" by Masuda Toshio (eps 18)
19: "Tenpen no Ito (天辺の糸)" by Masuda Toshio (eps 19)
20: "Fude no Umi (筆の海)" by Masuda Toshio (eps 20)
21: "Wataboshi (綿胞子)" by Masuda Toshio (eps 21)
22: "Okitsu Miya (沖つ宮)" by Masuda Toshio (eps 22)
23: "Sabi no Naku Koe (錆の鳴く聲)" by Masuda Toshio (eps 23)
24: "Kagarinokou (篝野行)" by Masuda Toshio (eps 24)
25: "Ganpuku Ganka (眼福眼禍)" by Masuda Toshio (eps 25)
26: "Kusa wo Fumu Oto (草を踏む音)" by Masuda Toshio (eps 26)


Jun 27, 2008
“Don’t let yourself be blinded by fear or anger.
Everything is only as it is.”

Mushishi is essentially a series of stories styled after East Asian legends and folktales. In lieu of gods, spirits, and demons, the paranormal phenomena are attributed to more primitive yet no less enigmatic creatures called “mushi”. Dealing with their kind is the expertise of “mushishi”; professionals whose role may be thought of as an amalgam of healer, exorcist, biologist, X-Files investigator, and Jedi master (well, sort of). Ginko happens to be one of these mushishi and he wanders from town to town, looking for interesting cases and lending a helping hand ...
Feb 16, 2009
Mixed Feelings
Story - The anime has a rather simple story that is Ginko a mushi-shi travels to various parts helping people who have problems with creatures called mushi which are somewhat of a combination of plant/nature/animal. Each episode is a different story about Ginko helping people and there is no real ongoing plot. The main problem I had with the story is that they get very repetitive and about half way through the anime I had to take a break because I felt I was just rewatching the same episodes over again. A large portion of the episodes are about a woman and a man and ...
Feb 23, 2019
Worshipping triviality and being unimaginative to a certain degree, are things that a solid narrative should always strive to avoid in order to culminate fans everywhere. When a fantasy narrative fails in painting an addictive universe for the viewer to grab onto, then it has certainly failed it’s job when it comes to being a well thought out story. However, even though the case is true with most Anime and other works, some prosaic Anime manage to escape the route of obscurity by chance, and end up receiving a ton of praise and gratitude from fans everywhere, simply because of certain factors that went into ...

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