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Mushi-Shi 1 Season

Season 1
4.7 out of 5 stars (25) IMDb 8.6/10

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...

Starring:
Kôjun Itô, Yûto Nakano

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Season 1
1. The Green Seat
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The Mushi Master Ginko travels deep into the mountains, driven there by rumors of a young boy who possesses a rare gift - The ability to draw forth new forms of life with a simple paint brush.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 23 minutes Release date: July 3, 2007
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2. The Light of the Eyelid

A young girl has been locked away by her family, for fear of a disease without cause or cure. Drawn by the scandal of medical mystery like a moth to a flame, Ginko arrives as loyalty allows the contagion to spread.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 23 minutes Release date: July 3, 2007
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3. Tender Horns

Ginko is summoned to a remote village where the villagers are stricken with a sudden loss of hearing.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 23 minutes Release date: July 3, 2007
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4. The Pillow Pathway

Ginko travels back to a place he's been before, to check in on a man whose dreams carry portents of the future. In the midst of desolation Ginko finds grief, and rather than a mushi he must free this one from guilt.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 23 minutes Release date: July 3, 2007
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5. The Traveling Swamp

Guilt from a former deed drives Ginko to seek to turn the tides on the fate of a green-haired beauty whose fate is bound to that of her companion, a misplaced swamp which can inexplicably travel as if blessed with feet.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 23 minutes Release date: July 3, 2007
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6. Those Who Inhale the Dew

Ginko sneaks onto an island all but completely locked away from the world. He has been led there by a young boy who must daily watch his friend die.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 23 minutes Release date: September 11, 2007
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7. Raindrops and Rainbows

Forced to seek shelter as temporary reprieve from the rain, Ginko meets a man chasing rainbows out of desperation rather than hope.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 23 minutes Release date: September 11, 2007
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8. Where Sea Meets Man

Ginko's path crosses that of a forsaken soul waiting along the shore, waiting for the young wife lost several years before.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 23 minutes Release date: September 11, 2007
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9. The Heavy Seed

Ginko is sent to a village blessed with abundance in a year of strife - Or rather cursed, for what should have been the death of many will mean the death of only one.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 23 minutes Release date: September 11, 2007
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10. The White Which Lives Within the Ink Stone

The doctor friend of Ginko's needs his help. While out on a call, three village children broke into his storage shed and stumbled upon an artifact of deadly consequence: An ink stone.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 23 minutes Release date: September 11, 2007
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11. The Sleeping Mountain

Ginko is sent in search of another Mushi Master, this one the guardian of a mountain, neighbor to a village.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 23 minutes Release date: October 23, 2007
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12. One-Eyed Fish

A mountainside tragedy leaves a young boy alone, to be rescued by the Mushi Master Nui. His incessant curiosity drives his quest to learn about the other plane of life which exists all around them.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 23 minutes Release date: October 23, 2007
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13. One-Night Bridge

Ginko travels to a remote village, summoned by a letter of plea. When the mother of a young girl demands he release her daughter from a curse, his denial drives her to drastic measure.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 23 minutes Release date: October 23, 2007
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14. Inside the Cage

Ginko is joined by a man who has been unable to escape the shadowy confines of a bamboo forest for several years. He has married the "bamboo child" of local lore and together created a life all their own.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 23 minutes Release date: October 23, 2007
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15. Pretense of Spring

Driven to seek shelter from a snowy storm, the Mushi Master Ginko is drawn into a yearly mystery. A lone boy wanders off into the forest during the harshest part of every winter, only to be later found asleep and clutching spring's blessings in his grasp.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 23 minutes Release date: December 4, 2007
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16. Sunrise Serpent

A boy worries for his mother, her mind left addled in the early spring sun. Ginko finds in the dark of night a mushi that thrives on memories, its appetite for the things most cherished.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 23 minutes Release date: December 4, 2007
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17. Pickers of Empty Cocoons

The arcane arrival of a broken message sends Ginko to visit the source, a sad remnant barely clinging to life and desperate hope. Ginko must use the mushi to silence a fool's errand.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 23 minutes Release date: December 4, 2007
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18. Clothes that Embrace the Mountain

Ginko, led by a painting alive with mushi, follows an artisan traveling back to find his home.

TV-14 Runtime: 23 minutes Release date: December 4, 2007
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19. String from the Sky

A servant with high aspirations reaches up and disappears into the sky. For a time she resides in the shadow world of the mushi. Found by Ginko,he explains to her suitor she is now linked to both worlds.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 23 minutes Release date: January 15, 2008
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20. A Sea of Writings

A family renowned for two things: An exhaustive archive of the records of Mushi Masters and a black birthmark, a curse that's survived through the generations.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 23 minutes Release date: January 15, 2008
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21. Cotton Changeling

Ginko must urge the parents of shapeless mass taking on the form of a human child to put an end to its short life.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 23 minutes Release date: January 15, 2008
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22. Shrine in the Sea

Ginko travels to an island to investigate the legend of the uminaoshi, people who have died and been reborn.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 23 minutes Release date: January 15, 2008
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23. The Sound of Rust

Ginko's wanderings are driven off course when he comes across a strange sound echoing through the frozen mountains. Following the source back to a village, there he finds the people plagued with a rust that all can feel but none can see.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 23 minutes Release date: February 26, 2008
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24. The Journey to the Field of Fire

Rumors of a new kind of mushi have brought Ginko out to visit another master, one who's been studying the discovery for some time. But upon his arrival, Ginko is disturbed to find the villagers preparing to destroy the mushi.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 23 minutes Release date: February 26, 2008
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25. Eye of Fortune, Eye of Misfortune

Ginko encounters a wanderer of a different breed, a street musician who sings hauntingly of the mushi.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 23 minutes Release date: February 26, 2008
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26. The Sound of Footsteps on the Grass

On the side of a very special mountain, three young boys will meet. On the side of that mountain, events will shape them into the men they are to be.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 23 minutes Release date: February 26, 2008
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I've seen the entire series and I have to say this is one of the most beautifully written and soulful series out there (anime or non). Please note, this is NOT an action-packed anime although there is action from time-to-time. This isn't particularly a tear-jerker either, but there are stories of profound sadness. What it is, is a drama that lets itself take itself to develop the story.

The plot over the series is that Ginko - a Mushi-Shi (kinda' like a shaman or doctor specializing in supernatural ailments) travels Japan to investigate and solve people's problems. Each episode is an independent (but loosely continuous and connected) short story. Endings are often surprising and thoughtful.

Volume 1 covers the first 5 episodes.
EPISODE 1 - About an isolated boy whose writings and pictures come to life, but is haunted by a quiet ghost.

EPISODE 2 - About a girl with mushi-infected eyes locked away in total darkness and her cousin who comes to visit and play with her.

EPISODE 3 - An isolated snowfallen village is infected by mushi which eats up all noise. One child is infected so badly, he mysteriously grows horns like his mother.

EPISODE 4 - A man's dreams are infected by Mushi which gives him dreams of disasters to come (and avoid), but the dreams aren't the prophecies he thinks they are.

EPISODE 5 - Ginko finds a travelling swamp which disappears and reappears and a special woman looking to belong who becomes the swamp's companion.
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As other reviewers point out, the show is gorgeous with incredible visuals, immersive environments, and compelling story arcs...

One super frustration, though... It seems to be dubbed/no-subbed. Different viewers invariably have their own styles, I just happen to be a huge original voice-actors/subtitles anime fan. Funimation is usually pretty good about providing both options, or at the very least warning you if a title is one or the other... A little frustrated that this one is dubbed only... :(
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I wish this show was still being produced. The ideas and creativity are amazing. These stories tell so much about the culture that created them. It's like hearing the spooky and mysterious stories of any culture. Some elements are the same and others are very different. I love this show!
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My 10/10 mangaupdates review for the identical manga: I find Mushishi NOT to be boring but i view it as the MOST boring anime (but not sure if manga) ever and the sheer commitment to no service of any kind to the reader/viewer has to be admired as there is only deep storytelling, the beauty of nature and nothing more. The mangaka clearly had a vision to tell and didn't care about the reader one bit so ether you get on the slowest train if all or you go home. I recently "forced" a friend of mine to watch the whole anime series and he described it as gently walking through a forest. I couldn't describe it better and this is the best Mono no aware of all. The new [m]Mushishi Tokubetsu Hen - Hihamu Kage[/m] from 2014 is identical to the two sisters episode 11/12 (or special if you like) from season 2 btw. I am interested in more such shorts and [Yokohama Shopping Trip] (8,5/10) is another must in the sub-genre.
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The animation is clean and depicts these Asian Urban Ghost folktales in a compelling and attractive manner. The English dubbing is clear and easy on the ear [no characteristic squealing or hoarse shouting].
The stories are the focus - as they should be. I am an Anime fan but usually view a series once. Exceptions are anything by Masamune Shirow, Sword Art Online and now This series.
I find it very pleasant to to pick any one at random and enjoy it -- the stories are only minimally serial. I highly recommend this series.
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Beautiful and engaging, this series follows a man whose work is to help people affected by "mushi" - creatures partly alive and partly inanimate - and generally inhabiting a world just beyond our reach... except when that world touches ours.

The world is painted in brilliant, living colour, populated with deep and varied characters and a fascinating mythology full of strange creatures - all backed by a haunting and magical score.

Exceptional watching!
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Mushi are the oldest lifeforms in existence, even below microorganisms and fungi. They evolved so long ago that most humans cannot even see them in their true form. Most of the time they appear as floating, almost plankton-like organisms drifting through the air and effortlessly passing through anything material in their way. Some can even take human form. Mushi are neither good nor evil. They simply are. But on occasion the very presence of mushi can lead to problems for humans. For example in one of these episodes, a girl becomes extremely sensitive to sunlight and has to stay in the dark all the time with a cloth over her eyes because mushi have taken up residence there. When mushi are involved, using the standard problem solving procedures such as doctors and such meets with very little success. No, someone with special abilities has to be called in. Enter the unassuming and serenely calm Ginko, a travelling Mushishi who tries to end any negative consequences caused by the interaction between humans and mushi. A lot of the victims of the mushi tend to be young such as a girl following a moving swamp which is actually a collective mushi. Or a boy whose drawings come to life and another who has grown extremely sensitive to noise and has grown horns!

The problem that keeps Mushishi from being a great show is its single-minded devotion to the mushi. Because of its monster of the....I mean mushi of the week, the show can get a bit repetitive. Kinda like Inuyasha's over reliance on Naraku as the main antagonist which can suck the life out of original ideas. I mean the writers had to somehow turn every episode of Mushishi into a hunt for mushi. I will admit that the writers did a good job making us sympathize with all of the supporting characters.
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