Blog Post #12: Mushi-Shi

An anime series adapted from an original manga series, Mushi-Shi, takes you into a world where ghost-like organisms called “Mushi” exists and actively affect the lives of human beings. The series follows the main character Ginko through different villages, where he solves (and doesn’t solve) different problems that originate from Mushi.  As he travels from village to village and solving different problems, his past is revealed on piece at a time and we’re slowly made aware of how he ended up losing one of his eyes, and why he moves from village to village and can’t stay in one place for too long.

The magic of this anime comes not just from the different types of Mushi that are encountered, but how they interact and affect the lives and morality of humans. While most of them affect humans without their knowledge, some are actually used by humans for their benefit. In one particular episode, a head of a village has a seed that guarantees a bountiful harvest year round no matter what the conditions are, but comes at a terrible price. By the end of the harvest, one random person in the village grows a seed on their tongue, and dies several days after. Once they die, the seed falls off their tongue and can be used again for another years harvest. While it’s obvious that no one wants anyone in the village to suffer this, when famine rolls around their desperation brings them to use the seed every once a while.




The plot of this episode just sums up what makes this anime so special. The fact that these tiny, invisible beings can  not only affect humans physically, but can even distort what right and wrong is. While most people wouldn’t kill one of their own neighbhors/friends for food, even if it was for the greater good of the group, if they were presented with that choice in reality facing death in the face they’d probably take it. They’d even do it multiple times if they had to.  

Overall this anime was a quality series from beginning to end. Each episode was different, and each had an equal chance of either ending with joy, or despair.  The most prevalent underlying theme that I felt from the series was “the world is a very cruel place”.  Even though there was a good equal amount of sad episodes and happy ones, the one’s that ended in tragedy left more of a mark then the one’s that ended on a happy note.


3 thoughts on “Blog Post #12: Mushi-Shi

  1. Wow, I’m so glad I’m not the only one who watched and enjoyed this series. I normally don’t like slow moving and very quiet animes but this one’s story and plots and characters were so well done, even if they only appear for one episode, that it instantly drew me in. The lighting also in this anime is fantastic, they do a great job contrasting the light the mushi emit and everything else. It’s also an interesting show since I’m so used to watching shows or finding more anime’s with a more happy ending. But with this one, there are plenty of happy endings but plenty that are just as equally as sad as there are happy moments.Ginko doesn’t save everyone and sometimes they don’t want to be saved, such as a girl who does not mind living and “dying” everyday under the influence of a mushi because she enjoys the rush. Ginko just does his job as a Mushi-shi, and not even entirely sure why. Each episode feels slow but the story was so well thought through that I quickly became engrossed in the world and plot. Such as the episode where Ginko meets a brother and sister living in a mostly snowy area, the boy during the winter always brings back fresh and lively plants for his sister to use but when they find him he is in a coma until spring rolls around. I thought that Ginko trying to find out what was wrong and journey through the snow and slowly figure things out like a detective would be slow but you instantly cheer him on and almost sink into the quiet moments in the show. I’d agree though that even though the sadder episodes are harder to swollow they are truthful, the world does have these kind of people that have to sacrifice their neighbors or have conditions they can’t help but are blamed for, and they are very memorable.

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