History Headscratchers / Mushishi

17th Oct '14 7:59:42 PM sonyadora
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*So in the "Path of Overgrowth" special from the second season, is the Sanekui mushi the same kind that Tanyuu has sealed inside her? And what's the deal with the growing number of "abnormalities" Kumado talks about?
8th Apr '14 11:47:54 AM dotchan
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** This is more WildMassGussing, but Ginko probably sussed out that the blacksmith would literally rather die than give up any daylight working hours.
16th Mar '14 10:54:41 AM JoieDeCombat
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*** The bit about Shinra's powers bringing happiness to the world is something of a DubInducedPlotHole. In the Japanese dialogue of the anime, all the mushi tell Renzu is that Shinra will be born with a power that can change the world of living things, and that having her transform into mushi in order to watch over him for his entire life would be best for the world.
20th Jan '14 9:06:14 AM Logeres
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* In Episode 4, Ginko tells the blacksmith that the mushi that infect his dreams can't stand sunlight. Wouldn't it have been a better idea to advise him to sleep during the day if possible, instead of giving him medicine that apparently only reduces the frequency of the dreams a little?
1st Jul '13 10:46:20 AM JoieDeCombat
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*** Ginko didn't lose his eye under the same circumstances that Sui lost hers; the circumstances under which he came to have only one eye are shown in a later episode. The reason he didn't do the "glass eye into functioning eyeball" trick more than once to give himself and Sui both two good eyes is probably due to it requiring the injection of mushi-goo, though. Biki's milder infection was cured much more simply, so there's no guarantee that it would be possible to obtain enough of the gunk without letting someone get infected to the degree that Sui was, and Ginko's hardly going to destroy anyone's eyes for the purpose of being able to make fake ones when he and Sui both at least have one functioning eye apiece.
1st Jul '13 2:19:53 AM Broeckchen
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** Also, she already started forgetting simple body functions like sneezing and the rumbling of a hungry stomach. So it's not that far-fetched that she'd forget the whole principle of reproduction as well. Add to that that the last time she has practiced said principle was apparently quite a while ago and she didn't seem to recall it often, which would have been the only way to keep it in her memory.
13th May '13 10:36:48 AM ProMole
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*** That't not unlike salmon, right? They leave their young in the land, when they grow up they'll go to the sea as well. It's the circle of life for Walking Swamps!
12th Mar '13 12:13:47 AM mightyjack
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*** Ginko's manner actually doesn't depart greatly from the way many doctors are trained to conduct themselves with patients: being polite, courteous, and caring but ultimately professional.
8th Mar '13 10:00:58 AM philip1201
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** Episode 2: If Ginko can make a glass eye into a real one so easily, why not fix his OWN eye? And maybe he doesn't have a spare on him, but it would have been nice if he'd left Sui with two eyes instead of just one.

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** Episode 2: If Ginko can make a glass eye into a real one so easily, why not fix his OWN eye? And maybe he doesn't have a spare on him, but it would have been nice if he'd left Sui with two eyes instead of just one. one.
*** Ginko mentions the phlebotinum he uses to make the eye real is the essence of the eye-infecting mushi. Presumably, they only contain enough essence to cure/create one eye. If it's explained later in the series, never mind, but that's probably why he only has one eye himself: only one of his eyes was fixed by whoever took the eye mushi out of him. Of course, that means they could just get Sui infected again, then repeat the process without her going into the light, thus acquiring more of the essence without losing an eye, which means they could get both of their eyes back, but it wouldn't be easy.
1st Feb '13 5:31:11 PM thunderwoman
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**Episode 2: If Ginko can make a glass eye into a real one so easily, why not fix his OWN eye? And maybe he doesn't have a spare on him, but it would have been nice if he'd left Sui with two eyes instead of just one.



*** It's vague. What I got out of it was that the Ginko and Tokoyami are symbiotic, or that they're really not separate ''mushi'' at all, but parts of one bigger yin/yang organism. Nui seems to think of them as separate organisms, and the Ginko feed on the pre-digested leftovers of the Tokoyami. It would almost make more sense to me if they were one organism though, and the Tokoyami is just a magical darkness exuded by the Ginko to help catch and digest its food. Like the mucus coating around a fish or something. What's not clear to me is whether after he touched Nui, Yoki/Ginko was inside the Tokoyami, looking at the Ginko within, or whether he was in that sort of mystical dimension that the Koki float around in that shows up in other episodes and he was able to clearly see the Ginko as a whole organism rather than just silver light in there because: magic or something.

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*** It's vague. What I got out of it was that the Ginko and Tokoyami are symbiotic, or that they're really not separate ''mushi'' at all, but parts of one bigger yin/yang organism. Nui seems to think of them as separate organisms, and the Ginko feed on the pre-digested leftovers of the Tokoyami. It would almost make more sense to me if they were one organism though, and the Tokoyami is just a magical darkness exuded by the Ginko to help catch and digest its food. Like the mucus coating around a fish or something. What's not clear to me is whether after he touched Nui, Yoki/Ginko was inside the Tokoyami, looking at the Ginko within, or whether he was in that sort of mystical dimension that the Koki float around in that shows up in other episodes and he was able to clearly see the Ginko as a whole organism rather than just silver light in there because: magic because...magic...or something.
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