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Alternative Titles

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 281401281,401 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #712
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #218
Members: 838,971
Favorites: 27,045

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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.

Characters & Voice Actors


Nakano, Yuto

Karibusa, Tanyuu

Tsuzurahara, Miyu


Doi, Mika


Ueda, Yuuji


Doi, Mika


Honjou, Yuutaro


Oka, Akiko

Ioroi, Shinra

Sanpei, Yuuko


Maeda, Takeshi


Kitou, Noriko


Cook, Justin
Hieda, Susumu
Suzuki, Atsushi
Nagahama, Hiroshi
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard, Series Composition


Opening Theme

Apple Music
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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)

Episode Videos


May 27, 2024
"Mushishi" follows the adventures of Ginko, the researcher of the Ma'amushi, who are mysterious beings that exist in existence, and affect humans in incomprehensible ways. Each episode is an independent story of its own, telling a new story related to these beings and Ginko with them. This is unique in the organization of special anime grants. Which makes it interesting and full of surprises.

Ginko, the main character, has a quiet charm and profound wisdom, making him one of the most beloved characters in anime. The development of the other characters occurs in a natural and organic way, adding a deep human dimension to every story ...
Jul 21, 2023
Mixed Feelings
I would like to write a review on this one, because this is something I have never watched before.
It is an episodic anime with only one main character named Ginko. And this guy is studying creatures called Mushi and is travelling the world, for a specific reason that you will come to know when watching, interacting with them, and trying to help humans on the way. These creatures live in the same world as humans, but they are not like them nor like animals or trees. But with the interaction with humans, sometimes good or bad things will happen. And Ginko always try to contribute ...
Nov 4, 2020
(Note: English is not my main language, excuse me if i have grammar mistakes.)

This show is successful at making you think that it's good, but when you look into it, you see how badly written it is. I really wanted to like mushi-shi, but it looks like the writers went out of their way to ruin this show.

Things i liked about mushi-shi:

Art: Probably the best looking show i have ever seen, art, animation and direction is top tier. The art compliments the atmosphere and the atmosphere compliments the art.

Sound: Soundtrack is fitting and adding to the atmosphere, some songs are a little overused and voice ...

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