- Series: Mushishi (Book 1)
- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Del Rey (January 30, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0345496213
- ISBN-13: 978-0345496218
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 7.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #560,359 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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While mushi are usually benign, the editorial review is correct in that some mushi cause blindness or other problems when they interact with humans. Mushishi travel the world, studying mushi and helping people when such problems occur. The manga consists of a series of individual stories, each of which describe a situation in which mushi come into conflict with humans, and how Ginko attempts to respond to each situation.
Far from being an adventure tale, as the editorial review might lead one to believe, this is one of the most beautiful and well-paced stories I have read recently in any format. The writing is excellent (although I preferred some of the subtlety of the original Japanese, no translation will capture everything), and the art is rich and detailed. Although the episodic nature of the series prevents extended supporting character development, the reader does get to know Ginko and a limited cast of repeating characters quite well. Mushishi is a beautiful manga, and a wonderful read... I also HIGHLY recommend the anime (Mushishi, Vol. 1), which will be released starting in late July. It is one of the most entrancing shows I have ever seen.
Twenty-something Ginko, green-eyed and white-haired, is one of such mushishi people. He travels around the country of Japan set in the fictional late Edo or early Meiji era when people still lived among the nature. As a mushi investigator Ginko always keeps his cool, but shows more than professional interest in cases that involve life or death for someone. That, however, does not mean that he sees these mushi as something evil.
In "Mushishi" manga creator Yuki Urushibara has created a unique world of her own, where the line between life and nonlife, or material and non-material gets blurred. Her artwork using detailed lines - though not as detailed as Hiroaki Samura's "Blade of the Immortal" - are also impressive, considering the fact that "mushishi" is only the second published work for Urushibara (first being published under the name Soyogo Shima).
Those who love the beautiful anime adaption of "Mushishi" should not miss the original. Unfortunately, at the time of writing Del Rey's edition is out-of-print. Is there anyone interested in reissuing it?