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Mushishi, Vol. 1 (Mushishi #1)

4.27  ·  Rating Details ·  5,247 Ratings  ·  143 Reviews
THEY HAVE EXISTED SINCE THE DAWN OF TIME.
Some live in the deep darkness behind your eyelids. Some eat silence. Some thoughtlessly kill. Some simply drive men mad. Shortly after life emerged from the primordial ooze, these deadly creatures, mushi, came into terrifying being. And they still exist and wreak havoc in the world today. Ginko, a young man with a sardonic smile,
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Hardcover, 230 pages
Published December 1st 2006 by Perfection Learning (first published November 22nd 2000)
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Jokoloyo
Feb 09, 2014 Jokoloyo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a review for whole series.

I start the review with one warning: this manga has sloowww pace storytelling.

That's it. Now some backgrounds.

The story of Mushishi happened in an alternate Earth with setting around late mid 19th century Japan. In this universe, there is life forms called mushi. Mushishi is a person who studies mushi. We follow the journey of Ginko, a mushihi, studying mushi and helping people that affected by mushi (some mushi treatments are like disinfected from micro organis
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Brandon Wesley
May 06, 2014 Brandon Wesley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely and will forever be my favorite anime/manga of all time. It astounds me that such a compelling story can be forged from such a simplistic, yet deep concept.

Normally, the type of anime/manga I enjoy consist of nonstop heart-slamming action with little but developed plot. However, this anime takes me from that, and holds my tight. There is little to no fighting in this series, yet its grasp on the concept of life in general has me stroking my chin and gazing up at the sky every time.

Wha
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Suzie
Jan 11, 2009 Suzie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: thoughtful manga readers
Shelves: comics-manga
Manga about a man named Ginko who travels around Japan's countryside investigating ancient creatures called mushi. The mushi are in an interstitial state between animal, plant, and spirit that seems supernatural at times. The interactions between the humans and mushi are at times positive, at times, negative, and at times, ambiguous. This has some of the flavor of Miyazaki, and some of the flavor of folk or fairy tales. It has also has been turned into a quite good anime series. If you are looki ...more
illias
Mar 25, 2015 illias rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
anime>manga. The anime is beautifully done
Miss Ryoko
It sure took me a long time to get this volume read. I've been meaning to read Mushishi for a while (as is the case with pretty much all manga I read :p ) so I was excited it got chosen for one of the monthly book reads in the Manga Book Club.

What I was grateful for because of my busy schedule is that each chapter is it's own separate story, so the volume is made up of a handful of short stories. The only thing you really need to know going into each chapter is that Ginko is the mushishi who is
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Wickedshizuku
Jan 14, 2015 Wickedshizuku rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Manga fans, Anime fans, CLAMP fans, YA fans, Paranormal fans
Recommended to Wickedshizuku by: Santos Santoni
Why does this manga seem so tedious to read when I've already watched the anime? The story and art though, is just freaking great that I have to rate it so high.
kaśyap
Nov 07, 2016 kaśyap rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The art is beautiful. The sketchy, wide, detailed backgrounds of lush wilderness and slow paced conversations with simply designed and underdeveloped characters makes way for relaxed storytelling. The main theme of the manga is man's relationship to nature. This is dealt with in a series of short stories. The only continuity is the main character. The stories itself are quite haunting, they will stay with you.
Zaz
Apr 26, 2014 Zaz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga, paranormal
Re-read. The stories were pleasant and introduced well the mushis and the problems they create. The diversity in the tales was good, there was some time spent in villages, others in the wild, so I enjoyed the journeys. Ginko wasn't really developed here, we learned about his work and abilities but not really about him.
Leandro Guimarães Faria Corcete DUTRA
Beautiful & poignant as the best manga can be.
Hadrian
Excellent atmospheric story. Flowing art style. This is the kind of manga I really enjoy.
Kate
Jul 15, 2011 Kate rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 8-mushishi
Mushishi follows the story of Ginko, a wandering mushi master who helps those affected by mushi, creatures that fall somewhere between animal and plant life. The series is episodic in nature, although as the stories progress, the reader learns how Ginko came into his work and more about the mushi themselves.

The artwork is exquisite - simple, calm, and often understated, yet compelling in the way it tells the story. The story itself can be haunting at times, using the mushi as a vehicle to tell J
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Despair Speaking
Sep 05, 2012 Despair Speaking rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
If you have patience and love stories that are made up of mini stories that are connected with the main character, then Mushishi would be a great read for you. Ginko is refreshing (for me at least) and his quick mind usually reaches the right conclusion before the situation escalates to the point that the person in trouble can no longer be saved. The problem is whether the customer is willing to cooperate or not. I think there was a handful who didn't and looked what happened to them. But I'm ge ...more
Feather Mista
Aug 16, 2012 Feather Mista rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Bicheros
Recommended to Feather by: Su anime
Los japoneses tienen una relación muy especial con el medioambiente, que lleva a que sus expresiones artísticas exhuden un aire mucho más natural. En el caso del manga no sólo se ve todo el tiempo, sino que los autores tienen una extraordinaria habilidad para transmitir sensaciones térmicas, olores y hasta colores, aun cuando la mayoría de sus comics son en blanco y negro. Mushi-shi se trata de un manga que se contempla más de lo que se lo disfruta. Claro que la desprolija traducción no ayuda mu ...more
Ivon
(view spoiler)

Mungkin anda akan menyukai Mushishi apabila:

- Bosan pada fantasi bertema sihir, pedang, perang, variasi dari ELF dan ORC
- Menyukai bentuk-bentuk mikro organisme
- Menyukai panel-panel "hening" dalam manga, seperti di manga Yotsubato dan Vagabond
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K.N.
I didn't find this very exciting until I got to the third and fourth chapter. What can I say, I like the grotesque!

Ginko's a mysterious protagonist, and there's not much to go off of right now due to the monstermushi-of-the-week format, but it's light and entertaining.

If all the chapters were as body-part laden as chapters three and four, I would have given a higher score.

(view spoiler)

Seriously though, manga soaked in Japanese history, culture, and
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Claire
Jan 04, 2016 Claire rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
As predicted, I finished reading this manga today.
It really bothered me, on the epileptic front, so that it explains my lukewarm rating. Not that it was flashy, but in depicting seeing flashing lights no one else does. It's actually pretty interesting - personally I just react in this way.

I do find it a fascinating series, and plan to pick up the next one this evening, it's just... um. xD Sugoi.

This year I'm starting slowly, but expect to pick up the rate soon enough.
Nyie Rombeng
ini mungkin perpaduan suspense & mystery story.
saat kedua tema diatas digabung,hasilnya adalah unbreakable case into storyline.
mushishi bukanlah cerita yang menghibur seperti manga kebanyakan,readers.selain tokoh mushi yang bersifat mysterious man,jalan cerita mushishi cukup sulit diikuti,karena diperuntukkan para pemikir.
sangat tidak direkomendasikan untuk readers yang murni mencari hiburan dalam memilih bahan bacaan:(
Rachel
Jun 25, 2009 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, manga
I really did not get the first story, but I loved the artwork. The rest of the stories in the manga were really interesting and I found that I was unable to put the book down. Now I really want to see what the rest of the series is about. For a description of the book, I would recommend the official one on goodreads as it is hard to describe.
Greenkat96
Jun 06, 2014 Greenkat96 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After reading this first book I immediately had to find the rest. When I began reading this I was instantly in love with the plot and it became one of my favorite series. The story really gets you thinking and in the end explains it so well. I greatly recommend this to everyone this is a great and memorable story.
William Murakami-brundage
Urushibara has produced a beautifully crafted series of short stories revolving around meddlesome spirits and how they intertwine with our physical world. The B&W art is well-done, and the Mushi (spirits) are unique and bizarre - fans of Pan's Labrynth and other fantastical world-merges may find this especially compelling.
Celia
Sep 02, 2015 Celia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quería probar un seinen de ficción cuyo argumento me llenase. De momento solo me ha convencido el dibujo y la premisa argumental, pero me falla la falta de fondo y el formato repetitivo de las historias que contiene. Espero que en los siguientes tomos explique más y la trama se enriquezca.
Ren
Dec 15, 2013 Ren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My favorite manga, it's really slow paced and relaxing to read, but also intriguing and keeps you looking for the answers with Ginko. It puts to light that nature is not on our side, and we are all just floating along with where it takes us.
Hemangini Patel (MyPetridish)
I have seen all the Mushishi Anime series but nothing amazes me as much as the written form and the graphics that goes with it . Much detailed and well explained. Mind blown.

Try it.
Angel Prieto
Jan 02, 2015 Angel Prieto rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excelente, lo recomiendo.
David Stewart
Nov 06, 2015 David Stewart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Entire series review -

I’ve never been drawn to manga (Japanese comic books), despite my love of Japanese pop-culture and appreciation of certain animes (Japanese animated movies and shows). It’s always seemed so…ridiculous. I say this as a man who loves ridiculous and absurd things. Why something both Japanese and ridiculous does not appeal to me is a mystery. Nevertheless, I decided to give Mushishi a shot, partially because I had watched some of the adapted anime and partially out of a desire
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Burney
Feb 18, 2017 Burney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not a huge fan of shojo, but I have been trying to branch out and read different types of manga. I must say that Happy Cafe surprised me in a good way. It has elements of your stereotypical shojo plot, but the writing and the slightly different art style makes it something more. There are pages in this book you will most definitely "Awwwwwww!". Uru is adorable, and her quirky coworkers make you love the cafe even more.
Brynn
Mar 06, 2015 Brynn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

For a long time I've maintained a pretty casual and surface-level attraction for manga. Anime is a different story, ever since I became ensnared with Miyazaki's movies as a kid. Manga I found harder to get into - the right-to-left thing fascinated me when I suckered my dad into getting me a subscription to Shonen Jump when I was about nine; I thought it made me just about the coolest person ever to be able to read it backwards like that. I enjoyed the Naruto and One Piece chapters, while the oth
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Carol Rodríguez
Dec 10, 2016 Carol Rodríguez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Primer contacto con el manga de "Mushi-shi". Vi el anime hace mil o dos mil años y lo tengo muy olvidado, así que estoy redescubriendo la historia.

Historias cortas, mitología japonesa, sucesos paranormales y un personaje principal enigmático y con carisma. ¿Qué más se puede pedir?
Travis Mueller
Jun 23, 2014 Travis Mueller rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
I have seen all of the first season of this anime (when I read this, I ended up learning that there is a second season currently airing in Japan, which I'm excited to see sometime) and it is remarkable how closely the episodes follow the manga. And even though I've seen the first few episodes several times I really like this volume. The first story seems especially distinctive, both in the manga and the anime. This makes sense since the author's afterword reveals that it was originally submitted ...more
Graziano
Mushi ‘have existed since the dawn of time’ (from the cover)

The Green Gathering or The Green Seat: Ginko investigates the case of a boy whose drawings, because of Mushi, come to life. Since ancient times Mushi have induced fear among humans. Mushi are called Green Things and ‘they’re very close to the original forms of life ... it was after them that the life we see began to branch out.’ (p. 20)

The Soft Horns or Tender Horns: Ginko has to cure a boy with growing horns, otherwise he will die. Thi
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Yuki Urushibara is a Japanese manga artist from Yamaguchi Prefecture. She is best known for the series Mushishi, for which she received an Excellence Prize for manga at the 2003 Japan Media Arts Festival and the 2006 Kodansha Manga Award for general manga. She is also known by the pen name Soyogo Shima (志摩 冬青 Shima Soyogo).
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