I know it's a rather old anime/manga. but seriously.... it is just.... ARGH!! BEAUTIFUL!!! TAT ALL TIME FAVORITE DEFINITELY!! i mean.. COME ON!!! it won several award for both the animation & manga!!! "Mushishi won an Excellence Prize at the 2003 Japanese Media Arts Festival and the 2006 Kodansha Manga Award." - mangaupdates
I first heard about the series online i think. 3 or 4 years ago. upon watching the 1st episode. i was immediately hooked! why? great great concept!! interesting plot! just-right pace. incredible music. it's mind blowing in my opinion hahaha!
"The story features ubiquitous creatures called Mushi that often display supernatural powers. Mushi are described as beings in touch with the essence of life, far more basic and pure than normal living things. Due to their ethereal nature most humans are incapable of perceiving Mushi and are oblivious to their existence, but there are a few who possess the ability to see and interact with Mushi.
One such person is Ginko (ギンコ), the main character of the series. He employs himself as a Mushi master (蟲師 mushi-shi), traveling from place to place to research Mushi and aid people suffering from problems caused by them. The series is an episodic anthology in which the only common elements among episodes are Ginko and the various types of Mushi. There is no over-arching plotline." - WIKIPEDIA
it has 10 volumes for manga (1st released 1999) and 26 episodes for anime.
the overall art for Mushishi is breathtakingly beautiful. 8,D it's to die for if you ask me LOL just look at this manga cover! it has that ethereal serene feel to it which really gave a bit of a hint/feel on the Mushishi world and it's pulling you into it.
the animation for Mushishi is astounding! i really salute the director & production house. they really did justice in bringing the manga to life. i've compared the 1st chapter from volume 1 of the manga with the 1st episode of the anime, it feels like the manga itself came to life!! the overall mood are portrayed perfectly. all the mushi looked amazing & mysterious. the voice acting are very very well done too!! the soundtracks are beautiful. extremely beautiful. enough said.
if you are still unsure about this animation even after looking at those screen caps... i don't even =_= COME ON!!
i love it how each episode has a different and rather deep message that you will understand even better if you really put yourself in the characters shoes. it somehow really made me think more about life itself. that is how good it is.
i really love the moderate, almost slow paced of the overall animation/story. instead of making me feel bored, it did the exact opposite. i can feel myself being drawn into the beautiful story and wished to be part of it myself.
i really love the fact that Ginko, has a rather... normal, laidback-ish personality. XD i think i'll love him less if he had those cool or cold type of personality. he's calm, friendly & easy to like XD i anticipate the moment where he goes "yo" at strangers or people he knew. i love the way he handle things. i really am hopelessly in love with him T v T
SERIOUSLY? i'll rate it INFINITY out of 10 LOL it's one of the best anime/manga/story i have ever laid my eyes upon & i am a very picky human being when it comes to good animation. IT IS A MUST TO WATCH!!!!!!!
for a better/proper review, go [here] XD mine is all over the place LOL!
did you know that Mushishi has a DS game?!! i just discovered it last night and i was ecstatic!!!!! XD even if it was out centuries ago! LOOOLL ALAS! there is no English version for this T_T imagine my frustration playing. i could understand easy parts, but when it comes to the kanji ... OTL i gv up. but i am still giving it a go tho. -sigh- 1 more great game i won't be able to enjoy fully. WHY??!!!! somebody need to do english patch for this. like seriously.
regarding the OST n stuff, visit this post. i've did a journal about the OST before haha.
i also discovered abt the existence of the artbook!!! 8,D i couldn't be happier OTL LOOK AT THIS!!!!! OTL OTL
I WANT THIS SO BAADDD!!!!!! 8,D asked my friend to help me order this from kino. i hope they have it. T v T lk seriously. I WANT THIS SO SO SO SO BAD!!!!! i don't even. for more info and preview, go [here] took that image from there too.
so yes. that is it. this is forever gonna stay on my list of favorite anime T v T breathtakingly beautiful. seriously!
MUST WATCH!!! for those who haven't watch it yet... PLEASE!! GO. AND. WATCH. IT. NOW!!