Mushishi, Shoujo Shuumatsu Ryokou Recommendations
Both shows excel at exploring their worlds and how they function. Fantastic environmental storytelling throughout, and while the main characters may be quite different between the two shows, they are all very interested in the peculiar workings of the worlds they live in. While Mushishi has a focus on the supernatural world and trying to help those affected by it, Shoujo Shuumatsu Ryoukou has a focus on simply surviving and uncovering an unknown history. But both revolve strongly around the way these worlds operate. Very intriguing locations, similar washed-out color pallets, and main characters that spend most of their time wandering from place to place.
Peaceful, calm, contemplative, melancholic, poetic and even philosophic.
Same mood, great ost.
Girl's last tour is maybe a little cuter but if you enjoyed Mushishi you can only appreciate Shoujo Shuumatsu Ryouko, they convey the same feelings.
Both of these series have managed to show us how minimalism can be beautiful. Shoujo Shuumatsu Ryokou did this perfectly, proving that you don't need a fancy world and loads of action to make a story enjoyable. Mushishi has the same calm vibe, focusing on one character, wandering and travelling.
Although the atmosphere can vary a lot, the two series share a lot in common.
From the technical section, the animation and the soundtrack of both series is sublime. They are worth it simply because they are so beautiful. Whether it's a lush forest or abandoned ruins, it transmits a calm and very relaxing serenity. And their music adapts wonderfully to their situations.
And with respect to their argument, both series, although they have relative continuity in their episodes (especially Girls Last Tour), are rather a collection of oneshots. Exploring new situations and events in each chapter.
But what I like most about both of them and what
Both shows are slice-of-live, with an element you don´t normally see in slice-of-life shows. They both have interesting world-building. Mushishi has these weird spirits which cause events that we would describe as supernatural. Shoujo S R takes place in a post-apocalyptic world.
While both shows give you that feeling of calm and relaxed sense of pacing (which you often find in slice-of-live) you also have that sense of mystery, as you discover what world the characters are actually living in, which is normally not found in slice-of-live.
Both shows give you the time to learn, and know about, the characters in a way that feels slice-of-live-ish,