Mushishi isn't simply something you watch, it's something you actively experience with each passing minute. 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. Something that's properly exemplified with the introduction of each new episode, as the title banner slowly fades in, the landscape shifting behind it with steady ease. Just this fact alone is impressive enough, given the market's current need to produce more self-indulgent works. On June 25, 2015, the soundtrack for Next Passage was released by Aniplex. Through circumstance, Ginko has become an arbiter, determining which Mushi are blessings and which are curses. So, fans who know a lot about how these things work, can you please tell me if we'll ever get a dubbed version? Readers of voted it the best manga released in North America in 2007.
The animation itself leaves some room for improvement, though, as characters will sometimes have missing faces, and the show seemingly prefers panning shots far more than movement. There are only two minor issues I have with Mushishi's second season. Archived from on April 10, 2006. It's a title that never ceases to amaze me with its simplicity and beauty. It's still an excellent anime, and while it is better than almost anything that has come out in the past few years, there's this constant sense that something - just something - is missing. Hihamukage was streamed by for premium members on January 4, 2014, and made available for free user a week later. First, the show focuses exclusively on mushishi incidents and the victims surrounding them and does surprisingly little with Ginko himself.
It simply shows what it has to offer and leaves it upon the viewer to take the initiative in exploring its layers. Archived from on August 3, 2014. The focus is however, not on the Mushi, but the people who come in contact with them and how their lives are changed after their mysterious encounter. We follow Ginko, the main character, in his travels across Japan where he meets people affected by mushi, strange, ethereal creatures that coexist silently with every other living being. Otherwise, they risk meeting with fates beyond their comprehension. But I don't think that is necessarily a problem. A live-action , released at the , was directed by and starred.
In the following year, Mushishi was placed in 9th on Japan's 's list of best manga, as well as ranked in 6th place on its list of best anime. I even haven't finished the second season, i'm still hopping the dub will come out so i can watch the rest of it dub instead but i'm not sure how long i can hold out waiting for something that may or may not actually happen. I gave in and watched the subs but ginko's Japanese voice just isn't the same - I prefer the english voice way better. Archived from on July 28, 2014. The individual chapters were collected and released into ten volumes by.
This isn't to say this season wasn't a great sequel; on the contrary, it's one of the best entries of the 2010s, but rather, there was an element that the first had that didn't seem to transfer quite as well. Archived from on January 6, 2014. An interesting detail about Mushishi is how not all its stories end on a happy note. Sometimes this art is used as a vehicle to service self-indulgent shows, and other times, it's used for something that's worth its salt. But I'm not entirely sure that Mushishi's second season has necessarily lived up to those memories. But then, I thought the show more than made up for it with the rest of the episodes anyway, by keeping up a steady -- not to mention impressive -- pace for the rest of its runtime.
Archived from on January 6, 2014. Late in the same month, Madman also licensed the series for streaming and made it available on its site AnimeLab. It reaches an equilibrium that's usually unobtainable by many that strive for it. The entire story is about Ginko's travels, yet at the endgame of the story, we know very little about him or his thought process. At the 2006 , announced that it had licensed Mushishi for an English-language translation in North America. It still delivers the same mature themes and atmosphere that you'd come to expect from the series.
It was in Afternoon Seasons Zōkan from 1999 to 2002, and in from December 2002 to August 2008. Archived from on February 20, 2014. At the 10th Japan Media Arts Festival, both the anime and manga series were placed among the top 10 in their respective categories for best manga and anime. After all the action and drama that anime can flaunt, Mushishi gives us a refreshing retreat, a break from the hustle and bustle of trite anime antics, and presents to us its own brand of action and drama enveloped in its unique and perhaps unpredictable storytelling. Showing those quiet moments, the moments when he's not dealing with mushishi, would be just as interesting as the supernatural. Every aspect coalesces into an artistic goldmine, where great writing, visual presentation, and enjoyment completely harmonizes to give birth to an experience that forever stays with you.
One of the greater boons about Mushishi has always been that its observations about itself are always full of wonder, but never really goes completely overboard with its romanticism. But the lines that he seeks to draw are subjective. You never know the outcome, there's no predictable line of thought; like nature itself, every occurrence simply. Japan's Agency for Cultural Affairs. But I watched Mushi-shi's first season dubbed and it was a great experience, so I don't want to watch the subbed version of the rest of the series. Everything feels organic, undisturbed by human tampering.
Overall 8 Story 8 Animation 8 Sound 9 Character 8 Enjoyment 8 It's a bit difficult to write about a series that has been hailed as one of the anime industry's greats. Those who cross paths with Mushi must learn to accept seemingly impossible consequences for their actions, and heal wounds they did not know they had. It doesn't wrap things up in a tidy little bow, like everything else in this world, the show simply moves on, uninterrupted by the personal struggles of man and creatures alike. In March, the second season was licensed for streaming by and Crunchyroll as Mushi-Shi -Next Passage-. The slow movement and breathtaking scenery are what absorb you and even more so when its superb musical arrangements come in to accompany it. A similar feat was achieved by the last volume which was ranked 49th in the list of best-selling manga of the first half of 2009.