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English: Mushishi
Synonyms: Mushi-shi
Japanese: 蟲師


Type: Manga
Volumes: 10
Chapters: 50
Status: Finished
Published: Nov 1999 to Aug 25, 2008
Authors: Urushibara, Yuki (Story & Art)
Serialization: Afternoon


Score: 8.801 (scored by 10922 users)
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Ranked: #272
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Popularity: #168
Members: 38,539
Favorites: 2,014


Both deal with the the 'supernatural', which most people can't see. Also, both develop in an episodic format, although Natsume Yuujinchou has more recurring characters than Mushishi does. The two main characters' personalities are rather different, however they're similar in that they don't hate the youkai or the mushi; They simply want to coexist with them. Both are rather philosophical stories, dabbing in the topics of life and death, and both are told with a similar slow-paced narrative, although Natsume Yuujinchou has its quick action-filled moments.  
reportRecommended by Aris18
Both series look at Japanese folklore in an unusual and unique way, with an amiable but mysterious practitioner of a strange trade giving aid to those afflicted by forces they can't see or understand. In both series lessons are sometimes learned, and not all stories end happily. 
reportRecommended by lithiumflower
Although Tousei Gensou is somewhat dark when compared to Mushishi's relatively easygoing tone, both have a protagonist who deals with episodic (usually single chapter or small arcs) supernatural cases he is unusually knowledgable about. Both also delve into the protagonist's past and eventually explain how he came to be the way he is. 
reportRecommended by lithiumflower
Local legends and supernatural phenomena; just another day in the lives of the characters of Mushishi and YKK. 
reportRecommended by Yuunagi
magical, relaxing, easy going yet heartwarming atmosphere with a wanderer as the main character. Both cases have an enormous world with so many secrets. it interesting to note that mushishi focus more on the events that are found by the wanderer while fumetsu focus more on the wanderer path. 
reportRecommended by chew7
Both series focus around a wanderer moving from town to town. Although the concepts and objectives are different (Vagabond has a lot of action while Mushishi has essentially none, and Musashi aims to become the strongest swordsman in the land while Ginko aims for no such thing), both series are heavily meditative, both feature stunning art which puts the focus on atmosphere rather than literacy and feature themes of self-discovery. 
reportRecommended by Vinum_Sabbathi
Travelling protagonist visiting various locations of the land, meeting various people and engaging with them, sometimes changing their lives. Also making use of his craft to get around and as a way to sustain his livehood. 
reportRecommended by abystoma2
Both series have a travelling protagonist who helps different people in each place he stops with supernatural creatures they don't understand -- traditional Japanese spirits in Mononoke, and unusual nature spirits in Mushishi. 
reportRecommended by lithiumflower
These are probably the best two mature supernatural titles out there. Both have excellent artwork and engaging, if episodic, stories revolving around two men who have a "gift" that gives them a view into unique and mysterious worlds unseen by most people.  
reportRecommended by kasumisama
Both of them offer an exquisite type of world, and how they interact inside it, with unexpected result of choices for both of them. For Kino is travel, Ginko is mushi. 
reportRecommended by benriya
Both being made by the same mangaka, is extensively based on rural japan. Similarly like Mushishi, a lot of focus is given on myths and the lives of the people affected by it. If you're looking to experience the same kind of heavenly feeling, this should be up your alley. 
reportRecommended by Trequartista
I can't count how many times I was reading Nightmare Inspector and was thinking "Wow this reminds me so much of Mushishi" and vice versa. Both of these manga have these strange little stories involving supernatural activities. Although, both main protagonist are very different, Hiruko doesn't care for the customer as long as he gets his nightmare while Ginko really tries to help them. Also Nightmare Inspector's stories usually end bad while Mushishi's usually end good. Either way if you like one you'll definitely like the other, although Nightmare Inspector is like a darker version of Mushishi. 
reportRecommended by LegnaArix
Story about a man that has to live his life as a wanderer because of his job. Even though chichi doesn't talk about supernatural stuff, it tells a history about a wanderer pharmacist that seems quite similar to Ginko. Also the way that the stories develop gives a refreshing and calm feeling in both manga. 
reportRecommended by chew7
Mushishi is about creatures similar to ayakashi, but more primal, while Tetsuichi is from the ayakashi's perspective. 
reportRecommended by Kyojinslayer
Both are great gems of the slice of life genre. Mushishi's about the MC, Ginko, who can see strange creatures called 'mushi'; whereas Kotonoba's MC Suu-chan has the ability to experience strange occurences around a heritage site for about 5 mins. The striking feature in both cases is the serene, peaceful atmosphere. Try them on a rainy day and you won't regret it. 
reportRecommended by Trequartista
If you enjoyed the natural, biological aspect of Mushishi, like Ginko explaining how the mushi live, and their effect on people, then you will probably enjoy this manga. Inaho no Konchuuki has a remarkably similar premise to Mushishi; the main character is a genius in their field of natural science, and they use this knowledge to help people, usually a different person or group of people in each chapter. The main difference is that Inaho no Konchuuki deals with real insects, while Mushishi deal with amazing creatures that are their own kingdom, neither plant nor animal, maybe more like a cross between a spirit and  read more 
reportRecommended by thecurrymaster
Maybe it seems a little odd to compare a historical, supernatural Manga with a Yaoi - but here is why I'll do it anyway: The first thing to notice is, that the art of both works are alike. It's a style I've come to like very much during my time with "Mushishi" and so I was excited to see such a similar way of drawing in "Nirameba Koi". But that only adds up to the main point: The atmosphere in both works is very subtle but tense, there is no big uproar in neither of the mangas and yet they are very captivating. I think that's thanks  read more 
reportRecommended by Lju
Both is traveler who have to deal with supranatural problems. The both story is episodic, have unique art for the creatures, and deliver some meaning in its own style. Mushishi is more heartwarming, while Mononoke-Zoushi bit darker. 
reportRecommended by jack_stryder
Both series are supernatural fantasy series with heavy focus on visual story-telling and atmosphere. The Garden of Sinners is drastically more violent and confronting, though both serve their intended purpose well. 
reportRecommended by AmbiguousMonster
Kuro is pulling many of the similar strings as Mushishi does, the codependency of spirits that can turn against you, and supernatural phenomena. Even if Kuro is set in a Europe-like world it's still got the same cozy/scary feeling.  
reportRecommended by txrxgxu
Protagonist has to travel around because of their occupation which helps various people, and as they do the protagonist also finds out about life stories of those people. 
reportRecommended by abystoma2
This manga is made by the same Author as Mushishi the MC is similar to Ginko, the 'flow' is the replacement to Mushi in this series creating a variety of phenomena and just like Mushishi its about dealing with them. Basically this is the same product just with a modern setting and an assistant to go along with the MC. If you liked Mushishi there is no reason why you won't like this, they're very similar. 
reportRecommended by JoeGar96
- mysterious world/setting - supernatural beings interact with humans - reader is given almost no information at all concerning the surroundings or the history and thus explores the world together with the main protagonist - similar atmosphere 
reportRecommended by ROGUEonDUTY
Both have the same quiet, peaceful mood and are about the adventures of the main character. 
reportRecommended by DalPuri
Change Ginko's age from late 20s/early 30s to teens and you have Junkie Fiction. Episodic chapters of a boy who uses the power of supernatural medicine as he continues his journey to search for his mother and his past identity followed by a moe cat girl.  
reportRecommended by arimakenshin
Both are about a travelling doctors (of sorts) that help cure people of their unusual problems. Both are episodic works that are reflective and maturely told.  
reportRecommended by TVC15
Similar tone and brushstrokes (in some cases) yet although Takemitsu Zamurai appears episodic at first, as is Mushishi, the story quietly interlinks while you're not looking, it has more of a complete feel than Mushishi-just try both in any case as they are both brilliant reads-but i prefer Takemitsu Zamurai overall 
reportRecommended by burningkite
Episodic narratives focusing on the interaction between humans and a curiously supernatural brand of nature. Hanashippanashi is more a collection of vignettes as opposed to Mushishi's comparatively conventional method of storytelling. 
reportRecommended by lithiumflower
A mysterious person who travels around their unique world meeting interesting people and helping them. Both are highly enjoyable to read and have interesting stories with intriguing characters that you feel for as they struggle to survive. 
reportRecommended by Danish
Majo may be much more grand and abstract, but they both contain the same air of mysticality. Both use elegant, "less-is-more" styles of storytelling, and the art styles are at least somewhat similar. Fans of either will most likely enjoy the other. 
reportRecommended by Cren
These two pieces infuse a kind of supernatural phenomena into stories that are well-thought out and interesting. While supernatural or mythical, both stories never lose the feeling of natural beauty that permeates the art and the plot. If you enjoyed Ginko's travels, then enjoy yourself in a more oceanic mystery with Kaijuu no Kodomo and vice versa.  
reportRecommended by starkmad
Both deal with the interconnectedness of all living things, a central tenant of some Eastern thought. Mushi are organisms of the purest form of life that only a few can see; their only purpose is survival, which generally causes great harm to humans (i.e., parasitic relationships or environmental damage). Rather than opting to kill the indifferent Mushi creatures, Ginko, the protagonisti, seeks to only divert their harm away from humans. He understands that Mushi are living organisms without malicious intent and encourages compassionate understanding many times throughout the anime. Moreover, Siddhartha's central message in Tezuka's masterpiece is also very similar. He encourages his followers to  read more 
reportRecommended by ExistentialUFO
Much like a Mushishi chapter, Omoide Emanon incorporates a supernatural element into an otherwise mundane world to tell a poignant story about an aspect of what it means to be human. Emanon also shares some similarities with Ginko as a character. Both are forced to live a nomadic lifestyle due to their respective supernatural condition (and for what it's worth, both are heavy smokers). 
reportRecommended by acajou
Very similar tone and feeling. Calm MC helps others out and discovers new stories/events. 
reportRecommended by Mayuka
In both manga the protagonist can't stop him/herself from travelling, meeting all sorts of different people in his/her wanderings 
reportRecommended by Silent_Chime
Both have environmental themes. 
reportRecommended by momoko-rose
Both are episodic manga that deal with Japanese mythology. 
reportRecommended by Revilenigma
Both stories about about talented and mysterious people(who are masters in their own worlds," Mushi Master" in Mushishi "Glass of the Gods in Bartender") who throughout the story help solve all sorts of people's problems(Mushi in Mushishi, Cocktails in Bartender) 
reportRecommended by DreamerofDreams1
Both are episodic, have supernatural elements, and share a similar mood. 
reportRecommended by melichrous