9.3 Overall Score
Narrative: 10/10
Atmosphere: 10/10
Animation: 9/10

Amazing Narrative

Short series

FUNimation; available on Netflix

MushiShi is a serene anime with lavish environments and artistically drawn scenes. Chronicling the travels of vagabond Ginko, a “Mushi Master,” this anime features impeccably illustrated atmospheres combined with a mysterious narrative. In a fantasy time between the Edo and Meiji eras, the MushiShi environment is naturally preserved but also armed with modern technology.

Ginko carefully studies Mushi, stating that the creatures are “life in its purest form” who struggle to survive just like all other beings. These ubiquitous creatures remain generally unperceived by the human population, save for a few who are able to connect with the Mushi, like Ginko. Ginko uses his gift to help humans who may have been affected by the Mushi’s supernatural effects.

MushiShi is a refreshing anime series that avoids your average combat-adventure narrative, and instead focuses on mystery and supernatural lifeforms.

MushiShi the manga series won a Kodansha Manga Award. This series’s avant-garde approach to anime and storytelling is nothing to be trifled with! Check it out, you may be happily surprised.



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Leslie June is a local Underwater Photographer, writer, and comic shop dweller.

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