I have forgotten now how I came to watch Mushishi Zoku Shou. But whatever that reason is, I surely don’t regret it.
How can you put something so beautiful and masterfully put together into words? It’s an experience that stands alone at the top, an experience like no other. Before its premiere I took a moment to ponder. Will the writing still be magnificent? Will the elegant and mystical atmosphere still feel the same? Would the Fates really allow something so wonderful to happen? There was really no reason to think it wouldn’t be the same, however, these were some of the small doubts that crossed my mind. How wrong I was. After nearly a decade since the franchise has left the airwaves, Mushishi returns in all its glory and continues where the first season has left off in adapting the wonderful manga by Urushibara Yuki.
If I were to describe Mushishi in just a few words, it would have to be ‘story-telling masterpiece’. Mushishi held this title and I’m proud to say that Mushishi Zoku Shou holds it as well.
After all the action and drama that anime can flaunt, Mushishi gives us a refreshing retreat, a break from the hustle and bustle of trite anime antics, and presents to us its own brand of action and drama enveloped in its unique and perhaps unpredictable storytelling.
We follow Ginko, the main character, in his travels across Japan where he meets people affected by mushi, strange, ethereal creatures that coexist silently with every other living being. Interacting with different mushi has its implications and Ginko, as a mushishi, offers his help to those troubled by mushi to the best of his ability. The setting itself offers a horizon of opportunities. It is a captivating feat that each episode can be the darkest of tales reminiscent of Edgar Allan Poe (Fragrant Darkness, Lingering Crimson) or even the most lighthearted of stories (Banquet at the Forest’s Edge). The story fills out every edge of possibility and leaves room for even more.