A smartly-written original story by Yuki Urushibara, told with simple yet mesmerizing imagery. When you read this manga you will start questioning: Is it a Japanese ghost story? Is it a fable of strange events and supernatural beings? Is it a heartwarming tale of compassion, friendship and love? Mushishi is all of these things and more.
The story tells about journey of Mushishi or Mushi Master, Ginko, collecting and doing some research about mushi. He meets and sometimes aid people suffering from problems caused by mushi. Mushi is refers to insect in japanese. Described as “neither good nor evil, they are live in its purest form.” Only few who possess the ability to see and interact with mushi.
I like the concept of mushi. There are many stories about the power of nature over humans, but not many where nature is potrayed this neutrally. It is less about exorcising demons and more about telling people “if they don’t want their house washed away, they should move from the flood zone.”
Although the storyline is very calm and flat, It is also poetic and quite addictive. A memorable tale that will leave an impression on readers long after they turn the last page, Mushishi is one of the best manga I’ve read in ages.
I’m in love with the water color of cover spread, truly brings Mushishi’s world to life.