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Mushi-shi / Mushishi: Zoku-Sho



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Genres: adventure, mystery, psychological, slice of life, supernatural
Themes: folklore, iyashikei, mythology, nature, spirits
Objectionable content: Mild
Running time: 25 minutes per episode
Number of episodes: 26
Vintage: 2005-10-22 to 2006-06-18

Plot Summary: They are neither plants nor animals. They differ from other forms of life such as the micro-organisms and the fungi. Instead they resemble the primeval body of life and are generally known as “Mushi”. Their existence and appearance are unknown to many and only a limited number of humans are aware of them. Ginko is a “Mushi-shi” who travels around to investigate and find out more about the “Mushi”. In the process, he also lends a helping hand to people who face problems with supernatural occurrences which may be related to the “Mushi”. (from ANN)

Mushi-shi: The Next Chapter / Mushishi: Zoku-Shō


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Genres: adventure, drama, mystery, psychological, supernatural
Themes: folklore, iyashikei, mythology, nature, spirits
Running time: 25 minutes
Number of episodes: 20
Vintage: 2014-04-04 to 2015-12-20
Opening Theme: “SHIVER” by Lucy Rose

Plot Summary: Mushi; the life-blood of nature. They exist everywhere in various forms: micro-organisms, fungi, bodies of water. Sometimes, they’re even mistaken to be plants, animals, or spirits. But regardless of their appearance, they exist, nonetheless, living the only way they know how. At times, their actions can cause strange or unexplainable phenomena. Enter Ginko, the Mushishi (mushi master), as he continues encountering, studying, and dealing with the mysterious mushi along his journey into the unknown. (from ANN)

Mushishi: Zoku-Shō: Suzu no Shizuku (movie)


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Vintage: 2015-05-16

Plot Summary: The anime adaptation of the final Mushishi manga arc. Ginko stumbles upon a young girl in a mountain with branches and leaves growing out of her body. He later realises that she is the lord of that mountain but finds it strange that a human like her was chosen as the lord. He later meets her older brother who has continued to search for her ever since she disappeared while she was accompanying him on a stormy day. The story is about that girl, Kaya, and how she is torn between continuing her duty as a mushi lord and returning back to her loving human family. (from ANN)

Mushishi Zoku-Shō Tokubetsu-hen: Odoro no Michi (special) Vintage: 2014-08-20

Mushishi Anime Gets 2nd Season in April

posted on 2014-01-04 11:15 EST
Mushishi: Zoku-Shō announced during weekend’s TV special

I enjoyed the OVA, so I was happy that this got a new series. I like that there is a wandering main character, but the episodes are stand alone.

I enjoyed the first story and I am looking forward to the rest!

Episode 3 –


The snow mushi were very pretty and as unique as the snowflakes they resembled. Ginko meets a man possessed by the snow mushi and although the man doesn’t realize it, he is suffering from frostbite. But after the loss of his little sister, it seems Toki doesn’t really want to live either. As much as I love winter myself, I don’t think I would want to be snowed on constantly like that.

Episode 4 –


That one was a bit on the creepy side! But I’m glad things turned out well in the end. However, the thought of the father still wandering around the forest scares the heck out of me.

Last Episode of Mushishi: The Next Chapter’s 1st Half Airs on June 20

posted on 2014-06-14 20:01 EDT

Mushishi: The Next Chapter Slated for Fall After Special Airs in August

posted on 2014-06-28 00:07 EDT

Episode 8 –


Although Ginko warned Ibuki never to call the Torikaze at night, he forgets and whistles for them. Thankfully, nothing happened, so he whistles again. The ship ends up sinking. Ibuki manages to get home, but his gift is rejected. Food is more important for his family.

Eventually, like the ship, holes appear all over the house from the snake-like mushi. When a strange illness is reported, Ginko sees that the cause are mushi called Yobiko. When he finds out that this is Ibuki’s house, Ginko realizes what happened. He uses a whistle to call the Yobiko to him and leads them out of the house and back to the shore where they live.

Ibuki returns home to find Ginko with his family and his mother recovered from her illness. Ibuki promises not to whistle anymore, but when Ginko leaves, he sees that the Yobiko are returning to Ibuki’s house. He runs back as well and finds that the Yobiko have indeed returned to the house and that Ibuki is sitting in a tree outside, whistling. After giving Ibuki a good talking to, Ginko leaves the final decision of what to do up to Ibuki.

At dawn, Ibuki whistles for the Torikaze. They feed on the Yobiko, but in the process, they tear apart Ibuki’s house. Ibuki disappeared and was never seen again. One day, Ginko hears a whistle and sees a ship moving with the help of the Torikaze. It seems that Ibuki is alive and well after all.

Now that this has truly shaped up into “a thing” I am disappointed that Funi didn’t end up with it. The only “silver lining” is that there’s a chance that the multi-$100 dubbed set that we might get will have Willingham reprising his role as Ginko.

Mushishi: The Next Chapter Special’s Ad Streamed

posted on 2014-08-14 11:30 EDT
Special to run on August 20; “Second Half” set to air this fall

Mushishi: The Next Chapter Anime’s 2nd Half Previewed in TV Spot

posted on 2014-09-25 07:38 EDT
Series continuing April anime premieres on October 18

Crunchyroll to Stream “MUSHI-SHI The Next Passage” Part 2

October 18, 2014 8:46am CDT
Airdate set for October 18 at 11:00am Pacific Time

Australia’s Madman Ent. Adds Mushishi: The Next Chapter on DVD

posted on 2014-11-11 23:57 EST

Mushishi Gets Stage Reading With Augmented Reality Visuals, Anime Cast

posted on 2014-12-13 14:20 EST
Anime director Nagahama to helm live show with original script

Mushishi: The Next Chapter Gets Film in Early Summer

posted on 2014-12-20 11:40 EST
Special compilation of main manga’s last arc “Shizu no Shizuku”

Yuko Sanpei, Mitsuru Miyamoto, Yui Ishikawa to Join “Mushi-shi” Stage Event

January 16, 2015 7:45am CST
To be performed at Spiral Hall in Tokyo in March 18-29

Mushishi Stage Reading Adds 9 More Anime Cast Members

posted on 2015-01-18 23:00 EST
Stage reading adapts 6 chapters from original manga

“Mushi-shi: Suzu no Shizuku” Film Hits Japanese Theaters May 16

March 19, 2015 4:30am CDT
Special episode “Odoro no Michi” will be also screened

Updated “Mushi-shi: Suzu no Shizuku” Anime Movie Visual Debuts

April 29, 2015 5:45pm CDT
Adaptation of the final two chapters of Yuki Urushibara’s manga series will be screened at 10 theaters across Japan from May 16

Mushishi: The Next Chapter Film Previewed in Teaser Trailer

posted on 2015-05-16 01:00 EDT
Main manga’s final chapters retold in theaters on Saturday

Kodansha Publishes “Mushi-Shi” Art Book

June 20, 2015 3:59pm CDT

The Fandom Post: Ten Years Later: Mushi-Shi Anime Series

Posted by Mastilo von Plume - October 31, 2015 at 12:00 PM

FEATURE: Cruising the Crunchy-Catalog: “MUSHI-SHI The Next Passage”

July 10, 2016 2:05pm CDT
Stories of struggle, hope, and humanity flourish in this adaptation of Yuki Urushibara’s supernatural manga

Mushishi’s Ghostly Soundtrack Inspires 5-Night Performances

posted on 2018-11-11 13:45 EST by Lynzee Loveridge

Funimation Adds Mushi-shi The Next Passage Anime & More to Catalog

posted on 2020-06-15 16:16 EDT by Alex Mateo