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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: 8.731 (scored by 1769117,691 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #422
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #175
Members: 73,689
Favorites: 2,625

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Preliminary Spoiler
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 ...
Jan 2, 2014
As you well know by now, I love the occult and anything that has a sense of sophistication in its writing. I fell in love with the anime version of Mushishi and now I like the manga as well. The manga is pretty much the same as the anime, same stories, pretty much same time frame. People may think this is a let down but not to me. Since the anime was so good, the manga didn’t need to do anything in order to be as good and I think it would have taken away from it if they had changed anything. The stories themselves ...
Feb 6, 2020
“It's not about the destination - it's about the journey.”

Most of the manga I've read have a linear plot. The author takes you from point A, explains how you arrived at point B... leaves you crying (or enraged?) at point C.
Mushishi is nothing like this. With seemingly no story progression, the reader follows Ginko in his travels and the many people and mushi he encounters. Other than a few recurring characters, you could probably scramble the order of the chapters and retain it's core.

Usually, I don't like reading things with a lack of direction. I feel they are pointless and tend to leave the reader ...
Feb 19, 2021
"Some live in the deep darkness behind your eyelids. Some eat silence. Some thoughtlessly kill. Some simply drive men mad. They are known as mushi—creatures that came into being shortly after life emerged from the primordial ooze. They still exist parallel to our own lives and can only be seen by a select few."

The artwork really speaks for itself, and it's a style that's genuinely pleasing to the eye.

Mushishi exudes an atmosphere that makes you want to keep coming back to read more. Each story is like a separate meditation, expressing the importance behind the connection between humans and the nature around them in everyday ...
Jun 8, 2021
Mushishi is a historical manga, and I believe it fulfilled every requirement the genre demands. It conceived the idea of Mushi, a living form that was very close to what was the essence of life. They were hardly perceptible, yet it didn't mean they weren’t around. Following their traces was a man expertising in those species, a Mushishi. He collected the remainings of a world that would soon be forgotten, while occasionally encountered the incidents between human and those unbeknownst kinds. He would stop by, talk, lend a helping hand and once again set off, and those actions were rinsed and repeated over the course ...
Oct 4, 2019
Preliminary (50/50 chp)
Mushishi is a masterpiece. Plain and simple, it has all the ingredients that make it a really enjoyable read. The stories are interesting and varied, the art matches the feel of the story and is consistently good, there aren't any characters that will annoy the reader and more than most are highly likable. My overall enjoyment while reading Mushishi is a straight 10. There is a strong balance of tension, release, excitement and catharsis in each chapter which makes the whole reading experience amazing. This is a masterpiece.

So why do I give it an overall rating of only 7?

Mushishi's problem is that while each individual ...
Apr 24, 2020
Story: I never thought I would enjoy this style of manga so much. It follows a travelling man through the back country of japan, with the era not being very clear but there is no electricity so that's all we really know. The way the manga is written, I'm always surprised at the angle the author has taken. Sometimes the endings aren't satisfying (the good guy doesn't win), but I feel like with every chapter, there's a real reflection on humanity, or a lesson to be learned. They are great stories all on their own.

Art: A good amount of etching, I found the quality ...
Jun 10, 2020
If you're looking for a new world of supernatural stories to immerse yourself in, Mushishi is a great pick.

Mushishi is a manga made up of separate stories, fairy tales in folk tale fashion. The stories have a common theme of the supernatural, which adhere to a unique system that the author has come up with. Due to this there are very few recurring characters other than the main character. Characters don't also get much development due to that. You get a lot mystery about the MC though, some of which is unravelled throughout the various stories.

There is no real overarching plot, but the stories are ...
Mar 12, 2021
Mushishi takes you on a trip to a made-up period of time between Edo and Meiji eras, so if you like the old Japan you will definitely be amused by this.

Story: 9
The story is non-linear and basically tells the journey of Ginko (a Mushishi with white hair and green eye) through the country helping people (and mushi) out and healing ones who have been troubled by the mysterious creatures. Sometimes the story links characters to each other, but most events are random. But still, this doesn't make the storyline boring, as the author makes a great job in keeping you longing for the next case ...
Jun 17, 2022
Story: N/A
This is purely anthological with no overarching plot. I can't give an overall rating really because the anthology covers psychological horror, pure fantasy, fairy-tale like chapters and others that vary in how compelling they are. However, I think that it's generally high quality. My only complaint in the story department is the repetitiveness of it. It generally follows that trend of: Ginko arrives at village, someone has issue, Ginko solves it then he leaves for the next village. Some buck this trend but it's prominent chapter structure. In addition, some chapters cover the same general idea however there usually is enough to differentiate to ...