Theres no effective way to describe the mushi They simply are. They simply have been since life first began. As with many other things, man has forgotten how to see. And just as its difficult to describe the feel or texture of an object to someone whos never held it in his own hands, to one whos never seen the mushi
Between this world and the next, there is a point where it becomes impossible to distinguish between plant and animal, between life and death. It is a place man was never meant to tread
This is where you will find the mushi. Neither good nor evil, they are life in its purest form. An unseen river reshaping the path of man, through their very presence we are changed.
Vulgar and strange, they have inspired fear in humans since the dawn of time and have, over the ages, come to be known as "mushi."
In contrast to the slam-bang pacing in many anime series, the stories in Mushi-Shi
unfold with the measured cadence of traditional folk tales. Like short stories, the individual episodes stand alone, linked only by the presence of the mysterious life-forms known as Mushi
and of Mushi-Master Ginko. Soft spoken and chain-smoking, he wanders through Japan, studying diverse forms of Mushi. One type forms a tenuous bridge across a treacherous ravine every 20 years; another attaches itself to the root systems of bamboo plants, transforming an ordinary grove into an inescapable forest. Ginko understands the suffering encounters between men and Mushi can produce and tries to alleviate it. Sometimes he succeeds; sometimes he fails. The most interesting episode in this collection reveals what led Ginko to become a Mushi-Master and how he acquired his trademark white hair. Toshio Masuda's sophisticated score blends exotic percussion, guitar, and traditional Japanese instruments to heighten the mood of each adventure. (Rated TV 14: grotesque imagery, alcohol and tobacco use) --Charles Solomon