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- Apr 7, 2003
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Mushishi--basically "master of mushi." In Japanese, "mushi" means "bugs," but in this story, mushi are basically primordial lifeforms that took a very different evolutionary path than we did.
They're invisible to most people, and they tend to follow a river of light (again invisible to most people) that flows throughout the Earth. They don't normally intersect with our world, and most are harmless. Occasionally people will be directly affected by them, and if so--seek the aid of a Mushishi, master of mushi.
Ginko, the protagonist of the story, is one such Mushishi. The anime follows him in his search for more knowledge of Mushishi.
I found the quality of the art in the show breathtaking. It's very detailed. The music is perfect. One thing I absolutely loved is that it is extremely eastern, as opposed to the faux-western we see in almost every other show. It's set in feudal Japan, and has no focus whatsoever on combat, violence, etc. It's drama/suspense. Many shows have extremely hyperactive, unrealistic characters; Mushishi is extremely down-to-earth and low-key.
The episodes are self-contained stories; you don't even have to watch them in order. (They're not in the same order as the manga was, either.) The last DVD was just released in the US last month. Do yourself a favor and check them out!