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Synonyms: Mushi-shi
Japanese: 蟲師
English: Mushishi
Spanish: Mushi-shi
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 10
Chapters: 50
Status: Finished
Published: Nov 1999 to Aug 25, 2008
Genres: Award Winning Award Winning, Fantasy Fantasy, Mystery Mystery, Supernatural Supernatural
Themes: Adult Cast Adult Cast, Historical Historical, Iyashikei Iyashikei
Demographic: Seinen Seinen
Serialization: Afternoon
Authors: Urushibara, Yuki (Story & Art)


Score: 8.711 (scored by 2004020,040 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #512
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #178
Members: 84,884
Favorites: 2,873


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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 relentlessly 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 was awarded the Excellence Prize for manga at the 7th Japan Media Arts Festival in 2003 and the Kodansha Manga Award for general manga in 2006.

The series was published in English by Del Rey Manga from January 30, 2007 to July 27, 2010, with the final 3 volumes released in a 3-in-1 omnibus. It was also published in Spanish by Norma Editorial in 2007 as Mushi-shi. Both releases are now out of print. Kodansha published the title digitally on September 1, 2015.


Karibusa, Tanyuu
Ioroi, Shinra


Apr 16, 2011
It's surprising to see the lack of reviews for this manga, considering the fact that the anime boasts 56. Now, I've never seen the anime, so I don't know how it compares to the manga. However, I have read a large scope of manga, of many different genres, and I say this honestly: Mushishi is a masterpiece, a one-of-a-kind work of art, and the mangaka, Urushibara Yuki, is one heck of a storyteller.

The plot in Mushishi develops in a rather episodic format, rather like Natsume Yuujinchou or the anime Cowboy Bebop. Each chapter follows Ginko, who is a wandering 'Mushishi', a specialist who deals ...
Feb 9, 2013
"It’s not your fault. Nor was it the Mushi’s fault. You were both just trying to live. Nobody is guilty. Don’t die. You’ve done nothing wrong." - Ginko

"Its a beautiful painting with an amazing story on it" - Me, describing this manga

Mushi is a creature concept that Yuki Urushibahara made for describing strange event that happen in this manga, so we can said mushi are the causes of strange phenomenon that happen in this story. so, is that mushi bad? quotes from MAL,
"Mushi": the most basic forms of life in the world. They exist without any goals or purposes aside from simply "being." They are ...
Nov 5, 2012
Story: 6/10
Usually when we start a manga the first impression is usually the one we use when we decide if we want to continue reading or not. For me and mushishi that was not the case. I read the first two books and felt completely confused, so I continued reading. after about the 4th book I understood everything and the story started getting interesting (why wouldn't it be? it's about a guy who roams the country in search of scary insect thingys (mushi) and tries to cure people of them, now that's dang interesting). But once I finished the 4th book I noticed a ...

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