Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Mushi-Shi Vol 1|
Actors: Yûto Nakano, Yûji Ueda
Director: Hiroshi Nagahama
Genres: Television, Anime & Manga, Animation
2006 Tokyo Anime Awards Winner for "Best Television Series" and "Best Art Direction" 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 an... more »
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A wonderfully atmospheric, beautifully animated journey. Keep and share!
Haunting, beautiful and fascinating
Taryn East | 05/17/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Beautiful and engaging, this series follows a man whose work is to help people affected by "mushi" - creatures partly alive and partly inanimate - and generally inhabiting a world just beyond our reach... except when that world touches ours.
The world is painted in brilliant, living colour, populated with deep and varied characters and a fascinating mythology full of strange creatures - all backed by a haunting and magical score.
A SEEKER OF MUSHI
Sesho | Pasadena, TX USA | 10/09/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Mushi are the oldest lifeforms in existence, even below microorganisms and fungi. They evolved so long ago that most humans cannot even see them in their true form. Most of the time they appear as floating, almost plankton-like organisms drifting through the air and effortlessly passing through anything material in their way. Some can even take human form. Mushi are neither good nor evil. They simply are. But on occasion the very presence of mushi can lead to problems for humans. For example in one of these episodes, a girl becomes extremely sensitive to sunlight and has to stay in the dark all the time with a cloth over her eyes because mushi have taken up residence there. When mushi are involved, using the standard problem solving procedures such as doctors and such meets with very little success. No, someone with special abilities has to be called in. Enter the unassuming and serenely calm Ginko, a travelling Mushishi who tries to end any negative consequences caused by the interaction between humans and mushi. A lot of the victims of the mushi tend to be young such as a girl following a moving swamp which is actually a collective mushi. Or a boy whose drawings come to life and another who has grown extremely sensitive to noise and has grown horns!
The problem that keeps Mushishi from being a great show is its single-minded devotion to the mushi. Because of its monster of the....I mean mushi of the week, the show can get a bit repetitive. Kinda like Inuyasha's over reliance on Naraku as the main antagonist which can suck the life out of original ideas. I mean the writers had to somehow turn every episode of Mushishi into a hunt for mushi. I will admit that the writers did a good job making us sympathize with all of the supporting characters. If you don't care for the people Ginko is helping out, you must be really emotionally remote. I haven't read the manga but the director of the anime, Hiroshi Nagahama took very careful steps to keep the anime version as close to the manga as possible and was a big fan of the series before he got involved with the anime version. Really, the show reminded me a bit of Sergio Leone westerns in which a lone gunfighter comes to town and straightens out the world temporarily. I look forward to finding out more about this mushishi in the next couple of volumes."
Its 5 stars, buy it
S. Cronin | Hendersonville, NC USA | 12/19/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"i can't add whats already been said other than this is alot like watching a miazaki film in its pace and depth. buy the first volume, and you'll be buying the rest, i guarantee."