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Mushishi, Volume 1 (Mushishi #1)

4.25 of 5 stars 4.25  ·  rating details  ·  3,562 ratings  ·  93 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...more
Paperback, 240 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...more
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...more
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...more
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
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
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:(
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...more
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...more
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...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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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.
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...more
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
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...more
Grace
I really enjoyed reading this volume! It is a manga about a Mushishi named Ginko who travels around helping people in situations involving mushi that take his interest.
Patty
This is an interesting and fantastic series...one can see why it has won the coveted Kodansya Manga of the Year Award! Combining a sense of mystery, horror and the fantastic with the mood swings of humans (no matter who they are) each story can present a new facet of humanity and what it means to be human in even the most UN-human circumstances. The main character, Ginko, is shrouded in mystery...and we get very few peeks into his past and why he's developed the way he is, but he is a man with g...more
Erika Schoeps
1.5 stars. Blech. Why does this book have so many good reviews and ratings? I think it's premise, and background are original and intriguing, but besides that, this manga falls short. The main character has no personality whatsoever, and he exists only to move the plot forward. The main character is the only recurring character, and I found it hard to care about the people described in the tales within because we only encountered them for so long. The plot is unique but annoyingly convoluted and...more
Genevra Littlejohn
Slower than many of its counterparts in the genre, and following no set path, this series is the story of a man who studies monsters in the oldest sense of the word; the creatures he follows are occasionally so far from human as to be unrecognizable. Some of them are as trivial as the spots of light you see when you blink too fast; some of them take on the forms of rivers or swamps or mountains, and hold tremendous power. But rather than being just about the mushi, the stories here are really ab...more
Squib2012
an interesting and unusual premise - a wandering investigator seeks out mushi, supernatural beings and phenomena which range from the harmless to the infectious. Mushi are much different from the supernatural we have become accustomed to in the West, as they are closer to natural phenomena, in that they aren't malicious or evil - which is not to say that they don't make life more complicated.

It's a journey of discovery, as Ginko (the investigator in question) finds himself encountering people fr...more
Nick Fagerlund
This is an episodic series about a wandering... fixer? Basically, it's a continuous set of very low-key quasi-horror stories in a setting that resembles old Japan. (Unsure about eras; my history is shaky. Not Warring States.) A dude named Ginko wanders the land plying his trade as a Mushi-shi; he helps people (usually) and seeks to increase his knowledge about the ancient and bizarre Mushi, pseudo-plants and pseudo-animals that predate everything we think of as "life."

Very atmospheric and bitte...more
Rebecca
The world has many hidden life forms called mushi, something like the base of all life. Ginko is a traveling mushishi, or 'mushi master', and he solves various problems that the mushi cause by interacting with humans.

First of all, this is a pretty, pretty series, and very episodic and encompassing. The down side is that the first manga volume maps nearly exactly to the anime -- as in, I can't see seeing both. I only hope that there's stuff that didn't make it to the anime, otherwise I'm just go...more
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