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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, FantasyFantasy, 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: 8.671 (scored by 263212263,212 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #602
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #207
Members: 776,476
Favorites: 25,526

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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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Tsuzurahara, Miyu


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Ueda, Yuuji


Doi, Mika


Honjou, Yuutaro


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 ...
Jul 20, 2013
In spirit, at least, each episode of Mushishi strongly reminds me of one thing: A cave painting. A depiction of man and the outside world, brief and primal but perfectly expressive, radiating mysticism, possessed of more meaning than it first appears to have.

From minute one, Mushishi's representation of a vast world grabs the eye and doesn't let go. Lush forests with dew dripping from every leaf; barren winter mountains peppered with stubborn snow-covered trees; an innocuous pond with lilies on the surface of the still water. The series roams from setting to setting, and all are presented with a lifelike attention to detail. The color ...
Aug 2, 2015
Some people will tell you Mushishi is great because it doesn’t contain action and fanservice. These must be the same people who praise a film for not including Adam Sandler. They also make Mushishi look more pretentious than it is. It’s far from it. The problem is, even though Mushishi has a worthwhile aim and the right methods, it doesn’t know how to use them.

In order for something to be pretentious, it needs to put up a cover while not including the methods. An anime that has a realistic art style with dramatic characters is pretentious. It looks realistic, but the methods that are used ...

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