The story revolves around certain creatures, called Mushi, which have supernatural powers. Some can even take human form and represent the purest form of life.
Also, the Mushi are described as beings in direct contact with the essence of life, therefore they are much more basic and pure than other living forms. Due to their ephemeral nature, most humans cannot perceive or see the Mushi and are therefore unaware of their existence. However, there are some people who have the ability to see and even interact with the Mushi.
One such person is Ginko, the main character of the series. He is employed as a Mushi master and travels from one place to another to investigate the Mushi and in the process help people who have suffered due to the problems these beings have created. The series is an anthology in which the only common elements are Ginko and the different types of Mushi that exist.
In the first episode, Ginko discovers a young woman, half Mushi and half human, who has been stuck between two worlds for many years, the human and the Mushi. At the same time, Ginko investigates the strange powers of a boy, the girl’s grandson, with special powers and discovers that his way of painting is the key to solving the problem.
With the help of Ginko, the boy’s grandmother will finally be able to be a pure being, and therefore she will be able to be seen by her grandson, who has the ability to see the Mushi.
It is a manga written and illustrated by Yuki Urushibara, it was published by Kodansha in their Afternoon magazine from 1999 to August 2008.
The manga was adapted into an anime in 2005. The artistic production was directed by Hiroshi Nagahama. Episodes 1 to 20 were broadcast on various Japanese television stations from October 2005 to March 2006. Episodes 21 to 26 were broadcast on BS Fuji from May 14, 2006 to June 18 of the same year. A film adaptation was directed by Katsuhiro Otomo, and was released on March 24, 2007.
Mushishi’s manga won the Japan Media Arts Festival Excellence Award in 2003 and the Kodansha Manga Award in 2006.
S1. “The Sore Feet Song” ~ Ally Kerr
S1. “Midori no Za -On Air Ver.-” ~ Masuda Toshio ep 1; “Mabuta no Hikari” ~ Masuda Toshio ep 2; “Yawarakai Tsuno” ~ Masuda Toshio ep 3; “Makura Kouji” ~ Masuda Toshio ep 4; “Tabi wo Suru Numa” ~ Masuda Toshio ep 5; “Tsuyu wo Suu Mure” ~ Masuda Toshio ep 6; “Ame ga Kuru Niji ga Tatsu” ~ Masuda Toshio ep 7; “Umi Sakai Unasaka; Yori” ~ Masuda Toshio ep 8; “Omoi Mi” ~ Masuda Toshio ep 9; “Suzuri ni Sumu Shiro” ~ Masuda Toshio ep 10; “Yama Nemuru” ~ Masuda Toshio ep 11; “Sugame no Sakana On Air Ver.;” ~ Masuda Toshio ep 12; “Hito Yo Bashi” ~ Masuda Toshio ep 13; “Kago no Naka” ~ Masuda Toshio ep 14; “Haru to Usobuko” ~ Masuda Toshio ep 15; “Akatsuki no Hebi” ~ Masuda Toshio ep 16; “Uro Mayu Tori” ~ Masuda Toshio ep 17; “Yama Daku Koromo” ~ Masuda Toshio ep 18; “Teppen no Ito” ~ Masuda Toshio ep 19; “Fude no Umi” ~ Masuda Toshio ep 20; “Wata Houshi” ~ Masuda Toshio ep 21; “Oki tsu Miya” ~ Masuda Toshio ep 22; “Sabi no Naku Koe” ~ Masuda Toshio ep 23; “Kagari no Kou” ~ Masuda Toshio ep 24; “Ganpuku Ganka” ~ Masuda Toshio ep 25; “Kusa wo Fumu Oto” ~ Masuda Toshio ep 26