Anime Recommendation – Mushishi

 

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3 Wordsto describe this anime: spiritual,
historical, and slice of life

Plot:

“Mushi”: the most basic forms of life in the world.
They exist without any goals or purposes aside from simply “being.” They are
beyond the shackles of the words “good” and “evil.” Mushi can exist in
countless forms and are capable of mimicking things from the natural world such
as plants, diseases, and even phenomena like rainbows.
This is, however, just a vague definition of these
entities that inhabit the vibrant world of Mushishi, as to even call them a
form of life would be an oversimplification. Detailed information on Mushi is
scarce because the majority of humans are unaware of their existence.
So what are Mushi and why do they exist? This is the
question that a “Mushi-shi,” Ginko ponders constantly. Mushi-shi are those who
research Mushi in hopes of understanding their place in the world’s hierarchy
of life.
Ginko chases rumors of occurrences that could be
tied to Mushi, all for the sake of finding an answer.
It could, after all, lead to the meaning of life
itsef….

http://myanimelist.net/anime/457/Mushishi

My
Thoughts:

This anime is absolutely remarkable in a number of
ways.  One, the spiritual messages align
with my beliefs, so it became one of my favorite animes, along with Fullmetal
Alchemist Brotherhood. Because Ginko is
the character we travel with, we see the world through his eyes; we are
able to understand that although people may suffer from Mushi, Ginko teaches us
that it is not the Mushi’s fault.  All
life deserves to exists, and thus, Ginko does not automatically  eliminate the Mushi, but finds ways in which
humans may coexist with Mushi.  Two, the
stories are melancholic, beautiful, and real. I’ve noticed in the comments
section that whenever a seemingly a happy ending occurs, people are constantly
commenting, “yay, a happy ending,” but that’s not what this show is about. The
characters aren’t thinking, “yes, a happy ending.” Their past is a part of
them, and they will have to live with it, but time goes on and they move
forward.  It’s realistic because this
anime shows how life has both “good” and “bad.” Third, Ginko is a magnificent
character: he is compassionate,  wise,
serious, but comical, and even a dork.
Fourth, the music is mysterious and gives another worldly vibe. I guess
the only downside is that I wish the minor characters looked distinct from one
another. Sometimes they look the same, which I think if the creators designed
them differently, it would increase my appreciation.

Recommend
to:

I recommend this to people who are interested in an
anime series which calms you with music, story, and characters.  I don’t recommend this to people who are in
constant need of action, but if you’re willing to see the beauty of this show,
you’ll also find that this show does have plenty of suspense and thrill.

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