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Mushishi, Volume 3 (Mushishi #3)

4.39  ·  Rating Details  ·  917 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews
They live on the shadowy border between the possible and the impossible–ancient life-forms known as mushi. Rare is the individual who can see them, but those with that special ability, the mushishi, can counter the creatures’ deadly effects on humans. After a young boy is orphaned in the forest, he is saved by a reclusive female mushishi. But the lake near the mushishi’s h ...more
Paperback, 243 pages
Published February 19th 2008 by Del Rey (first published December 18th 2002)
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Katharine Kimbriel
May 30, 2011 Katharine Kimbriel rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anime and manga lovers, lovers of unusual fantasy short fiction
Recommended to Katharine by: Marla
This is a beautifully drawn series of vignettes about Mushi, a primitive life-form that is much closer to the line between plant and animal than other forms of life. Not everyone can see mushi, but anyone can accidentally intersect with them – usually with problematic results. Our guide on this journey is Ginko, a Mushi-shi or Mushi-Master. Ginko moves through a world tinged with mushi – he smokes constantly, because without the smoke, mushi would swarm around him, making life for other humans m ...more
Dec 12, 2009 Rachel rated it it was amazing
As the series goes on, at least one of the stories (in Vol. 2 & 3) seem to be horror manga, which I'm not normally fan of, but it is interesting to read all the same. I like how I got more background into the main character. I liked the story about the inkstone and the slightly creepy story "The Heavy Seed" about the extra tooth and the rice harvest. Though I must say, I think one of the most interesting parts in this series is the extra information in the back that explains why the author w ...more
Conan Tigard
Nov 18, 2015 Conan Tigard rated it liked it
Mushishi: Volume 3 is an interesting collection of stories about mushi. I enjoyed a few of the stories, but sometimes find them hard to follow. More than anything, I think that this is because of the translation and adaptation. More than once, I have noticed that I have problems with this with books that William Flanagan has worked on. His name sure sounds English, so I wonder why he cannot make the English flow as fluently as it should.

As for the stories themselves, like I said earlier, I like
Angel Prieto
Jan 05, 2015 Angel Prieto rated it really liked it
Cuatro hermosas historias fantásticas, suaves, agradables de leer y con un sentimiento de lo natural, que con sencillez lo hacen pasar a uno un rato ameno, las historias cortas y mágicas siempre han sido mis favoritas,y estas cuatro las disfrute:
-La voz del oxido
-Desde mas allá del mar
-El blanco que vive en el tintero
-El pez Tuerto
El volumen tres de Mushishi es como todos los otros, los recomiendo ampliamente, es un manga que como novela gráfica es apetecible para los que quieran marcarla en
The ideas of the mushi in this are so creative. I like reading the stories for that reason. So if you are a fan of short stories that have little in common with one another than this is a great manga to read.

The personal connections with the people in each story are always well done and the same is true for this volume. I love the mysteries and the protagonist such as there is, Ginko, is smart as all get out. Plus visually the drawings' backgrounds seem almost storyboarded like for a sweeping m
Travis Mueller
Jan 06, 2015 Travis Mueller rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
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Nov 06, 2010 Graziano rated it really liked it
The Cry of Rust or The Sound of Rust
Ginko has to find out why a strange rust afflicts people and houses in a village. The village’s people think a girl is the cause of the rust.
The girl, Shige: ‘Whenever my voice was heard, the people around me would get patches of rust.’ (p. 17) But ‘This isn’t rust. It’s a Mushi called Yasabi.’ (p. 20)
‘Shige ... acted like a normal kid ... But her voice ... had a quality that attracted the things (Mushi) that caused the illness (the rust).’ (p. 34)
Ginko: ‘I w
Jul 28, 2014 Hollowspine rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
This has to be my favorite thus far. Though I'm sure that could change as soon as I read the next one, since they do seem to grow in my appreciation more and more as I read on. I was so bored with manga in general when I started to read this series, I just picked it up on a whim, drawn by the cover art and thinking that it could be no worse than some of the other things I had picked up recently. I couldn't have imagined at that point the world that would suck me in so completely. I now have to p ...more
Actual Rating: 4.5

Aaaand we're back to making it difficult for me to read things. In this case, it's not because of the lettering. This time, it was because they put the word bubbles far too close to the binding, which would cut off half the bubbles. In Japanese it would've been fine because of the way it would have been written, but for English, not so much. I have to mark it down a bit for having to struggle to read dialogue (and it happened more than once).

Otherwise, this book was excellent.

Anna Kļaviņa
Jan 12, 2012 Anna Kļaviņa rated it liked it
Shelves: manga, read-in-2012
"Don't let yourself be blinded by fear and anger. Everything is only as it is..." (Nui to Ginko)

From the beginning I wondered if Ginko is oni-ko (descendant of human and mushi) or at least foreigner (Dutch, British, American etc) due to his green eye colour and blond/grey hair. (Especially his clothes made me wonder if he isn’t Japanese.) However in chapter 15 “The fish gaze” it was revealed why he has grey hair, green eye colour and why he is missing one eye and also that his real name is Yok
Jan 30, 2016 Claire rated it really liked it
I seem to have read this and exchanged it for Volume 4 a while ago, but my memory has receded since then! I've been greatly enjoying this series, though. The problem is that I was kind of distant from the computer for the last period of time while I've been handling this series.
May 19, 2013 Hannah rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga
There are so many reasons I love this series. The dense natural imagery, a strong yet ambiguous sense of place and time, a main character whose backstory is withheld and revealed slowly, bit by bit. The question of whether one is doing the right thing, and not knowing the answer. The feeling that you've gotten to know someone just by hanging around them for a long time, watching and observing. No one is good or evil, not even the strange creatures that Ginko studies. "A wise mushishi chooses und ...more
Jun 16, 2008 Joy rated it it was amazing
Urushibara's stories continue to have the terrifying logic of fairy tales, as characters bring hard but inevitable ends upon themselves as a result of their actions. And the dreamlike setting--where Ginko travels in modern clothing, but everyone else seems to be living in a non-industrialized Japan--only makes that more effective. The standout story here was definitely "The Fish Eye." It's exactly the sort of deepening of the backstory that I was wanting at this point of the series.
Mar 22, 2009 Lord rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga, supernatural
Original supernatural manga with fantastic artwork continues with the best volume so far. We also get to know something from the Ginko's past with the awesome last story. The only complain I have is against Del Rey because the pages at the beginning of this book are supposed to be in color. They look really ugly in black & white. One would think that when manga costs 13 bucks, it could have a few color pages like in japanese original.
Jul 23, 2009 April rated it really liked it
Hauntingly fantastic just like volumes 1 and 2. (See my other review:

In addition to Ginko's current attempts to deal with mushi in various corners of rural Japan, this volume also provides his back story, which, like everything else thus far, is both sad, chilling, and brilliantly devised.
Jun 27, 2009 Caroline rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2009, manga
More excellent stories following Ginko's travels around Japan, with some excellent backstory into the man himself. I really liked getting some history on Ginko, it gives him a more human spin, which at times he almost seems supernatural in his wisdom. I especially liked "The Cry of Rust" and, of course, "The Fish Gaze."
Mar 07, 2008 Paxnirvana rated it really liked it
Restrained art style, historical setting. The stories are creepy, odd, subdued, more than a little fatalistic at times and yet very aware of human failings and also human strengths. Very enjoyable.
CJ - So, you wanna play with magic?
Now that I have a better understanding of what the Mushi are, I find myself enjoying this more. Still there are parts where I'm very confused.

Really liked Ginko's origin story.
Apr 26, 2008 Susan rated it liked it
The translation in this volume was a little awkward in places.
Leandro Guimarães Faria Corcete DUTRA
This one was more sad than scary, but still very beautiful.
May 09, 2008 Kaywee rated it it was amazing
omg so good as good as the 1st and 2nd keep it up!
Feb 18, 2011 Courtney rated it really liked it
Finally! An origin story for Ginko! Yay!
Juli Anna Herndon
Sep 29, 2015 Juli Anna Herndon rated it liked it
even better than the first two volumes
Apr 22, 2008 Snow rated it liked it
read for fun
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