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Voted one of the top 10 anime and manga series of all time at the 2006 Japanese Media Arts Festival.

Japanese manga won the 2006 Kodansha Manga of the year award.

  • Genre: Drama,Mystery,Slice of Life,Supernatural
  • Rating: TV-14
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Number of Episodes: 26
  • Related:
    Mushi-Shi:The Movie (live action adaptation)


5 stars


Top Ten Anime of 2007

IGN Anime

magnificent enough to recall Spirited Away



jaw-droppingly beautiful


There’s no effective way to describe the mushi – They simply are. They simply have been since life first began. As with many other things, man has forgotten how to see. And just as it’s difficult to describe the feel or texture of an object to someone who’s never held it in his own hands, to one who’s never seen the mushi

Between this world and the next, there is a point where it becomes impossible to distinguish between plant and animal, between life and death. It is a place man was never meant to tread… This is where you will find the mushi. Neither good nor evil, they are life in its purest form. An unseen river reshaping the path of man, through their very presence we are changed.

Vulgar and strange, they have inspired fear in humans since the dawn of time and have, over the ages, come to be known as “mushi.”

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  • The Green Seat
    Episode 1 - The Green Seat

    The Mushi Master Ginko travels deep into the mountains, driven there by rumors of a young boy who possesses a rare gift - The ability to draw forth new forms of life with a simple paint brush.

  • The Light of the Eyelid
    Episode 2 - The Light of the Eyelid

    A young girl has been locked away by her family, for fear of a disease without cause or cure. Ginko arrives as loyalty allows the contagion to spread.

  • Tender Horns
    Episode 3 - Tender Horns

    Summoned to a remote village, Ginko has traveled into the winter which swallows all sound.

  • The Pillow Pathway
    Episode 4 - The Pillow Pathway

    Ginko travels back to a place he's been before, to check in on a man whose dreams carry portents of the future.

  • The Traveling Swamp
    Episode 5 - The Traveling Swamp

    Trekking across mountains to a seaside village, Ginko finds his fellow hikers unsettling indeed.

  • Those Who Inhale the Dew
    Episode 6 - Those Who Inhale the Dew

    The Mushi Master Ginko sneaks onto an island all but completely locked away from the world. He has been led there by a young boy who must daily watch his friend die.

  • Raindrops and Rainbows
    Episode 7 - Raindrops and Rainbows

    Forced to seek shelter as temporary reprieve from the rain, Ginko meets a man chasing rainbows out of desperation rather than hope.

  • Where Sea Meets Man
    Episode 8 - Where Sea Meets Man

    Ginko's path crosses that of a forsaken soul waiting along the shore, waiting for the young wife lost several years before.

  • The Heavy Seed
    Episode 9 - The Heavy Seed

    In his never ending quest for food, Ginko is sent to a village blessed with abundance in a year of strife.

  • The White Which Lives Within the Ink Stone
    Episode 10 - The White Which Lives Within the Ink Stone

    The doctor friend of Ginko's needs his help. While out on a call, three village children broke into his storage shed and stumbled upon an artifact of deadly consequence: An ink stone.

  • The Sleeping Mountain
    Episode 11 - The Sleeping Mountain

    Ginko is sent in search of another Mushi Master, this one the guardian of a mountain, neighbor to a village.

  • One-Eyed Fish
    Episode 12 - One-Eyed Fish

    A mountainside tragedy leaves a young boy alone, to be rescued by the Mushi Master Nui.

  • One-Night Bridge
    Episode 13 - One-Night Bridge

    Ginko travels to a remote village, summoned by a letter of plea.

  • Inside the Cage
    Episode 14 - Inside the Cage

    Resting in a bamboo forest, Ginko is joined by a man who has been lost within the shadowy confines for several years.

  • Pretense of Spring
    Episode 15 - Pretense of Spring

    Driven to seek shelter from a snowy storm, the Mushi Master Ginko is drawn into a yearly mystery of a boy who hibernates every winter.

  • Sunrise Serpent
    Episode 16 - Sunrise Serpent

    Ginko finds in the dark of night a mushi that thrives on memories, its appetite for the things most cherished.

  • Pickers of Empty Cocoons
    Episode 17 - Pickers of Empty Cocoons

    The arcane arrival of a broken message sends Ginko to visit the source, a sad remnant barely clinging to life and desperate hope.

  • Clothes that Embrace the Mountain
    Episode 18 - Clothes that Embrace the Mountain

    Ginko follows an artisan's flight home, led by a painting alive with mushi.

  • String from the Sky
    Episode 19 - String from the Sky

    Ginko finds and returns a young lady residing in the shadow world of the mushi.

  • A Sea of Writings
    Episode 20 - A Sea of Writings

    A family renowned for two things: An exhaustive archive of the records of Mushi Masters and a black birthmark, a curse that's survived through the generations.

  • Cotton Changeling
    Episode 21 - Cotton Changeling

    Ginko must urge parents of a mushi disguised as a child to put an end to it's short life.

  • Shrine in the Sea
    Episode 22 - Shrine in the Sea

    Ginko travels to an island to investigate the legend of the uminaoshi, people who have died and been reborn.

  • The Sound of Rust
    Episode 23 - The Sound of Rust

    Ginko's wanderings are driven off course when he comes across a strange sound echoing through the frozen mountains.

  • The Journey to the Field of Fire
    Episode 24 - The Journey to the Field of Fire

    Rumors of a new kind of mushi have brought Ginko out to visit another master, one who's been studying the discovery for some time.

  • Eye of Fortune, Eye of Misfortune
    Episode 25 - Eye of Fortune, Eye of Misfortune

    Ginko encounters a wanderer of a different breed, a street musician who sings hauntingly of the mushi.

  • The Sound of Footsteps on the Grass
    Episode 26 - The Sound of Footsteps on the Grass

    On the side of a very special mountain, three young boys will meet, each bound to different paths: Taku of the Mountain, Isazu of the Watari and Ginko of the Mushi?


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    Includes: Eps 1-26

    Neither good nor evil, they are life in its purest form. Vulgar and strange, they have inspired fear in humans since the dawn of time and have, over the ages, come to be known as "mushi".


    Rating: TV-14

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