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Mushi-shi, Vol. 5 (2008)

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  • Format: NTSC, Color, Widescreen, Subtitled
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Funimation Prod
  • DVD Release Date: January 15, 2008
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000XXWKG6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #319,751 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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As the fantasy-adventure Mushi-Shi approaches its conclusion, there's no quickening of the pace or sense of building to a climax: Ginko just continues his low-key wandering through Japan, studying the mysterious life-forms called Mushi. In the visually striking episode #20, he visits a great archive that contains the writings of previous Mushi masters. But Mushi hidden in the precious scrolls cause the writing to flow out of them like spilled water. Only the fourth-generation archivist, a woman who bears the family birthmark, can control the writhing sentences: she catches them delicately with chopsticks and returns them to the pages where they belong. The filmmakers effectively blend hand-drawn and computer animation to suggest the differing realities of the humans and the living words. Ginko, who usually acts as a teacher, learns valuable lessons about love and its importance in life in "String from the Sky" and "Shrine in the Sea." (Rated TV 14: grotesque imagery, alcohol and tobacco use) --Charles Solomon

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"wonderous…bizarre" --- Newtype USA

Neither good nor evil, they are life in its purest form. 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." The stories of the Mushi and the people they effect are all linked together by a traveling Mushi-shi or "Mushi Master" who seeks rare Mushi sightings and uses his shaman-like knowledge of Mushi to help the effected people.

What are the Mushi and what do they want?

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5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite anime February 18, 2008
By Jayou
Mushishi is an absolute masterpeice. It's a fantasy/drama unlike any you'll ever find, and it's my favorite anime.

Each episode tells a different story. I thought I would be bothered by this, but I wasn't. This adaptation is very faithful to the source material.

Mushishi evokes many different emotions while viewing it. Some episodes may have a really nice ending, while others can be really sad. The beautiful background music amplifies these effects.

The music is very serene. Listening to the OST, something I do everyday, is the best way to relieve stress. It really works wonders for the anime, especially when considering the quality of animation maintained throughout all 26 episodes.

I have yet to see an anime series animated as beautifully as Mushishi is. Everything was so well done, you can tell they spent a lot of time translating this from the manga. The Mushi are reminiscent of the creatures you would find in a Hayao Miyazaki film, the Kodoma of Princess Mononoke perhaps. They have a certain magical aura, a mystifying presence, that makes you want to see more and more of them.

I suggest you buy the DVDs, which come in a very nice package with lots of extras. This is an anime which should be seen by anyone who enjoys anime.

This DVD contains episodes 19-22
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5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Anime Series February 10, 2008
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I completely love this series, and it gets better with each DVD collection. It is perhaps the most visually beautiful anime series I have seen, with an appealing main character, a zen-like atmosphere and an overall quality of peace which pervades the series, regardless of anything that happens during any individual adventure. The art is stunning, the music is lovely, it is something I share with friends. The stories are generally serious, but not violent, and are always fascinating. I enjoy watching this series so much that I even watch the special features and enjoy them (I don't, generally).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Different and Amazing December 6, 2012
By KevinB
Mushi are living organisms in their purest form. Ginko is a Mushishi, a man that studies the Mushi. Not everyone can see Mushi. Those that can are either scared of them or fascinated by them. Ginko travels the country helping people who have encounters with the different varieties of Mushi.

Each episode of this series is a different story. Ginko's travels lead him to many people that need his help. I am blown away by this anime. The animation, music, and plot are all superbly done. I can't say enough good things about Mushishi. I hope you check it out. It's great that Funimation put this title in the SAVE edition. I think that's the cheapest way to buy the complete series, so I would go that route instead. It's a steal for the money.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Relaxed, easy going series January 7, 2014
By Eric
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Each episode stands alone so you are not left with any clifhangers. The quite and tranquill tones of the episodes are relaxing as well.
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