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Mushishi, Volume 1 (Mushishi #1)

4.26 of 5 stars 4.26  ·  rating details  ·  4,009 ratings  ·  108 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, h
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Paperback, 229 pages
Published January 30th 2007 by Del Rey (first published November 2000)
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Suzie
Jan 11, 2009 Suzie rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
Brandon Wesley
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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Selena
This is... a hard one to describe. It's a bit like xxxHolic and Nightmare Inspector combined, but not at the same time. It's got the episodic story telling and the bitter-sweet endings and the mythological feel, and yet somehow it feels a bit unfair to compare this with those two manga. It's hard to explain.

Basically, it's about a traveling "mushishi" (someone who deals with creatures called "Mushi") named Ginko who helps people with their mushi-related problems. Ginko's a bit of an enigma, and
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Kate
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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Federiken Masters
Aug 27, 2012 Federiken Masters rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Bicheros
Recommended to Federiken 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
Despair Speaking
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
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:(
Ivon
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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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Anne Freya
The stories were quite bizarre and creepy. And it somehow reminded me of xxxHolic by Clamp, Parasyte by Hitoshi Iwaaki, Nurarihyon no Mago by Hiroshi Shiibashi and Natsume Yuujincho by Yuki Midorikawa. They are good, but not my cup of tea (at the moment), but who knows maybe I'll really like it in the future... After all, people's taste can changes over the years. :) Or maybe I'm just not in the mood for this kind of plot right now. However, I especially liked the last story about swamp, it left ...more
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.
Greenkat96
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.
Hadrian
Excellent atmospheric story. Flowing art style. This is the kind of manga I really enjoy.
Travis Mueller
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
Jessica
Mushishi volume 1, revolves around a Mushishi named Ginko, who studies Mushi a type of "spirit" if you will. Ginko, unable to stay in on place because he attracts too many Mushi, travels during the Edo/Meji period helping those plagued by mushi. The first volume is split into a five different cases.

Story one, a young child who has the ability to create Mushi whenever he draws with his left hand.

Story two, people from a snowy village are losing their hearing, and one child is growing horns from
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Kirsten
I really enjoyed this manga, which was a belated Christmas gift from my younger brother. The basic idea is that there are creatures called Mushi, which are a bit like fairies, a bit like ghosts, and a bit like microscopic organisms. They are unspeakably ancient, and when they come into contact with humans, the results are often tragic. A young man named Ginko is a Mushishi, someone who studies and attempts to assist those who are afflicted by Mushi, and this episodic manga follows several of his ...more
Aleah
I read this on the recommendation of a good friend. She's an avid manga reader and I wanted to see what all the fuss was about! I don't know if Mushishi is indicative of other manga, but it definitely left me open to the possibility of reading more. Especially now that I've figured out how to read them (it's not as simple as reading them backward).

These stories revolve around the idea that there are ancient spirits that live in the world along side humans, these spirits are called Mushi. Most pe
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Katharine Kimbriel
I was enthralled with the anime made from the first six books of this series, so I had to try the manga. The same delicate, thoughtful peek into Japanese folklore and superstition is here, the surprising turns the stories take. This is an episodic series of tales about the wandering of a Mushi-Shi, or Mushi Master, named Ginko, and the strange and unusual mushi he finds helping -- or hurting -- humans through inadvertent interaction.

Mushi are very close to the base of the tree of life, part plan
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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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Ben
Jul 24, 2013 Ben rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: manga
Not my cup of tea.

This series of barely connected stories felt repetitive after the second one. A wandering expert in semi-supernatural proto-bugs wanders some vaguely interdeterminate era of Japan encountering people with unusual problems, and then helps them out, usually with an application of some medicine. The pattern is then duplicated in the following story with a different flavour of bug.

The main character is a flavourless individual with almost no background or much in the way of persona
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April
Basically --and this is not a very good explanation-- the world is full of little creatures that exist between life and death, in dreams or sometimes in hidden places in the heart of nature. They can be good or bad, but they really aren't either one consciously because they are just an ancient part of the way the world is. The problem is often their existence threatens that of humans and someone ultimately has to do something to protect human lives.

Every chapter involves Ginko, a mushi shi (or s
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Matt
Mushishi is the story of Ginko, who goes around remote parts of Japan more or less exorcising the mushi, who come into people's lives and present them with weird existential feelings of dread:)

I should be up front about this, that I love manga with supernatural, ghostbusting qualities, because I think that "scary" manga reveal much more interesting sides of character's personality, and of Japanese culture, than do ordinary stories, and this manga, or at least this volume, certainly satisfies.

Her
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Sam
Oct 24, 2007 Sam rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: comics
A nice, non-standard manga - the author worked on it independently and submitted it to a manga contest, then went back to their day job. When it won the contest, the author was surprised, then spent the next two years working on the follow-up stories. It feels rough in some places, but it's refreshing to see some manga that's venturing into different territory, rather than depending on the old "Ohmygosh I have super powers! Now what should i do with them?" plotline that you see in other manga.

Mu
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Mike
Quick thoughts: Much more unique and interesting than the book description makes it sound. Mushi are paranormal creatures of varying types that can have numerous harmful effects on humans and must be carefully studied and treated by specialists called Mushishi. The stories are deliberately paced, contemplative and subtle. The mush are fascinating, imaginative and disturbing all at the same time. Great start for the series.
Caroline
Ginko is a Mushishi, or Mushi Master, who travels Japan helping people who are plagued by primordial creatures called mushi. This is is one of the more interesting manga series I've read in a while, and each episode of this has a unique take on these mysterious creatures. It's a nice mix of horror and fairy tales, told in a very mellow and enjoyable way. It's fairly episodic, and so far there isn't much information on Ginko's origins and why he became a Mushishi. Hopefully some of these details ...more
Anna Matsuyama
After reading first volume I decided to watch first anime episode but ended watching episode after episode. Today I continue watching anime and after I have decided to see movie as well.
Summary is misleading leading to believe that mushi are evil or at least hostile to humans but that’s not true.

[...] their (Mushi) existence, when intertwined with the existence of humans or animals or plants, causes strange phenomena to occur. It's not like the Mushi are intentionally trying to make people sic
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Malaak Abu-Hilal
Couldn't really explain my feelings after reading or watching something from that manga/anime... I simply put it at the top of my top 10 manga I've ever read.
I fell in love with every story. Stories with weird people , reactions, and lessons .
Glorious ...yes that's the word.
Larry Wentzel
Ginko, a master of handling mushi (ghostly/ethereal creatures), wanders from place to place in a nonspecific era of Japan, saving people from mushi who have endangered them, without killing off the mushi themselves.

Yuki doesn't always tell happy stories; sometimes the stories end with a stalemate, as humans learn to live with the consequences of their encounters with mushi, and sometimes the stories end badly. The thing that appeals to me the most about this manga is the lack of violence. If any
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scarlettraces
having watched the anime (which is excellent and highly recommended), i wasn't prepared for how dense and muscular, if that's the right word, the art is - although the stunning watercolour cover should have been a clue. you get the feeling that the pictures came first with this story, although the narratives are strong too. it really doesn't feel like a first work and i confidently expect it to get even better. (the author's note at the end explains that the fourth story, The Light in the Eyelid ...more
Beth Chandler
Marvelous stories; the art isn't quite up to the excellence Urushibara shows in the later volumes. All these stories are reproduced in the anime (which I saw first) but this is worth it for anime fans for the "extras" and commentary on the stories, and to revisit these amazing tales and Ginko's world again.

This manga series, except for the last omnibus version (7-8-9) is extremely hard to find, but if you can, I highly recommend it to any manga fan who likes stories that don't involve giant mech
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anenko
I’d heard wonderful things about Mushishi (maybe it was the anime, and not the manga?) but I wasn’t overly impressed with the first volume.

I liked the *potential* of the world in Mushishi more than I did the individual stories. The chapters were brief glimpses into strange lives and happenings, whereas I would have liked a deeper look at each mushi and host’s story. I would have liked to learn a little bit more about Ginko, the story’s main character. Very little information is shared about Gin
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