Mushishi Analysis Part 2: Ginko the Mushi Master

For an episodic series like Mushishi, with its emphasis on harmony and humanity, to be engaging, it needs a protagonist who is in tune with nature and of impartial view while also being empathetic towards its denizens. One who stands between the flowing, natural world of the mushi and the fickle, uneven world of flawed villagers, capable of…

Mushishi Analysis Part 1: A Shinto World

Mushishi is widely regarded as one of the best TV anime ever made, and with good reason. The strong audio presentation, with its haunting piano pieces and chillingly fitting ambient sounds, melds with the exceptionally detailed and atmospheric environments and often excellent animation to create a world that feels both authentic and spiritual. However, one of the most under-discussed…