It is widely agreed that Mushishi is one of the most relaxed anime and it is also agreed that it is a dark anime. I got interested because I couldn’t understand how an anime could be relaxed and dark at the same time. Surely enough this anime is one of a kind.
Mushi are a basic form of life and can’t be seen by many people. The protagonist Ginko, is a Mushishi who makes living by solving problems involving Mushi.
Most of the Mushi don’t have a form, consciousness, or will and none of them are evil. So how could beings like that cause problems? Simply put, they cause problems by the way they live. There are different kinds of Mushi. There are Mushi that can exist without harming humans there are Mushi that can’t exist without harming humans. There might be a Mushi that can get into a person’s body and suck all the heat until the person dies but that doesn’t mean that the Mushi is trying to kill that person. It needs the heat to survive and it doesn’t even know that it is killing a human because it can’t think or reason. It is trying to live in it’s own way. There might be a Mushi that make rain but it is not trying to help others. It is simply living the way it is meant to live. Mushi are neither enemies nor allies. The anime did a good job in making this point.It was an amusing idea, making an anime about beings that are not doing bad or good intentionally. Let us see how Mushi look like.
Ginko is an interesting character too. He does try to help the people he can help but there are also times when he can’t help but stand in the sidelines and watch Mushi kill humans and humans destroy Mushi. He accepts that without making a fuss because he knows that it is inevitable.Ginko has an interesting past himself but he doesn’t remember it. He lost all those memories because of a Mushi.
There are also some dark stories in the anime, about people whose lives have been ruined by Mushi. The calm atmosphere of this anime brings out the brutality of the situation in a more horrifying way.
The music is relaxing and peaceful. The characters in this anime aren’t drawn to look pretty, rather they are drawn to look realistic. The animation is beautiful. Some parts look like they’ve been taken straight out of a painting. Take a look at the screenshots below.
Episodic anime have their own charm because of the number of different stories packed into them. Try watching this anime if you find time. I highly recommend it.
See you next time ^^/