History Manga / Mushishi

22nd May '18 10:00:18 PM Keeyla
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''Mushishi'' is a {{manga}} that ran for nine years, ending in 2008. It was adapted into an {{anime}} that ran for 26 episodes, ending in mid-2006. 2014 saw a TV special and a sequel series, ''Mushishi Zoku-shou'', which began airing in the spring 2014 anime season, running for an additional 20 episodes. Two OVAs, one of which had a theatrical screening, were also made. Most episodes are stand-alone stories, though a few interconnect with other episodes in an oblique manner.

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''Mushishi'' is a {{manga}} that ran for nine years, ending in 2008. It was adapted into an {{anime}} that ran for 26 episodes, ending in mid-2006. The spring 2014 anime season saw a TV special and a sequel series, ''Mushishi Zoku-shou'', which began airing in the spring 2014 anime season, running for an additional 20 episodes. Two OVAs, Three [=OVAs=] were also made: two in 2014 and one of which in 2015[[note]]The final one, "Suzu no Shizuku", is technically classified as a movie as it had a theatrical screening, were also made.run, however it looks no different than any other episode[[/note]]. Most episodes are stand-alone stories, though a few interconnect with other episodes in an oblique manner.
22nd May '18 9:51:33 PM Keeyla
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''Mushishi'' is a {{manga}} that ran for nine years, ending in 2008. It was adapted into an {{anime}} that ran for 26 episodes, ending in mid-2006. 2014 saw a TV special and a sequel series, ''Mushishi Zoku-shou'', which began airing in the spring 2014 anime season, running for an additional 20 episodes. An animated film was released the following year. Most episodes are stand-alone stories, though a few interconnect with other episodes in an oblique manner.

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''Mushishi'' is a {{manga}} that ran for nine years, ending in 2008. It was adapted into an {{anime}} that ran for 26 episodes, ending in mid-2006. 2014 saw a TV special and a sequel series, ''Mushishi Zoku-shou'', which began airing in the spring 2014 anime season, running for an additional 20 episodes. An animated film was released the following year.Two OVAs, one of which had a theatrical screening, were also made. Most episodes are stand-alone stories, though a few interconnect with other episodes in an oblique manner.
20th Apr '18 9:39:40 AM Willbyr
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''Mushishi'' is a manga that ran for nine years, ending in 2008. It was adapted into an anime that ran for 26 episodes, ending in mid-2006. 2014 saw a TV special and a sequel series, ''Mushishi Zoku-shou'', which began airing in the spring 2014 anime season, running for an additional 20 episodes. An animated film was released the following year. Most episodes are stand-alone stories, though a few interconnect with other episodes in an oblique manner.

Ginko is a ''mushishi'' -- a person who can see the small pseudo-nature-spirit entities known as ''mushi'', which both mystify and plague mankind. With little more than his wits and experience to guide him, Ginko [[WalkingTheEarth walks the earth]] (or more specifically Japan) helping humans who have become unpleasantly entangled with the ''mushi''. The ''mushi'' themselves are rarely sentient and occupy a nebulous zone between things that can be identified as life forms and things that cannot, such as a swamp that travels from location to location, or tiny heat-absorbing microbes. Usually the motivation for the ''mushi'' is as simple as survival or reproduction, such as a sound-eating ''mushi'' infecting a human, causing deafness; but because of their mystical properties, they tend to cause a variety of troubles when they interact with humans.

The series' [[{{iyashikei}} general tone is extremely mellow]] and in some ways seemed toned after a PBS docudrama. Though many civilians take offense at whatever ''mushi''-related troubles they have, Ginko sees problems to be solved by understanding rather than pests to be exterminated (even if he does often wind up killing the mushi from necessity). Personal tragedy and triumph tends to blossom for many of the individuals Ginko encounters, yet the overall theme seems to be a reverence for the mundane as well as the fantastic; people learn to appreciate such simple joys as the sound of their own heartbeat, for example.

Also, a LiveActionAdaptation [[TheMovie Movie]] was made by Creator/KatsuhiroOtomo (''Manga/{{Akira}}''), which won many independent film awards.

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''Mushishi'' is a manga {{manga}} that ran for nine years, ending in 2008. It was adapted into an anime {{anime}} that ran for 26 episodes, ending in mid-2006. 2014 saw a TV special and a sequel series, ''Mushishi Zoku-shou'', which began airing in the spring 2014 anime season, running for an additional 20 episodes. An animated film was released the following year. Most episodes are stand-alone stories, though a few interconnect with other episodes in an oblique manner.

Ginko is a ''mushishi'' -- a person who can see the small pseudo-nature-spirit entities known as ''mushi'', which both mystify and plague mankind. With little more than his wits and experience to guide him, Ginko [[WalkingTheEarth walks the earth]] (or more specifically Japan) helping humans who have become unpleasantly entangled with the ''mushi''. The ''mushi'' themselves are rarely sentient and occupy a nebulous zone between things that can be identified as life forms and things that cannot, such as a swamp that travels from location to location, or tiny heat-absorbing microbes. Usually the motivation for the ''mushi'' is as simple as survival or reproduction, such as a sound-eating ''mushi'' infecting a human, causing deafness; but deafness. However, because of their mystical properties, they tend to cause a variety of troubles when they interact with humans.

The series' [[{{iyashikei}} general tone is extremely mellow]] and in some ways seemed toned after a PBS Creator/{{PBS}} docudrama. Though many civilians take offense at whatever ''mushi''-related troubles they have, Ginko sees problems to be solved by understanding rather than pests to be exterminated (even if he does often wind up killing the mushi from necessity). Personal tragedy and triumph tends to blossom for many of the individuals Ginko encounters, yet the overall theme seems to be a reverence for the mundane as well as the fantastic; people learn to appreciate such simple joys as the sound of their own heartbeat, for example.

Also, a A LiveActionAdaptation [[TheMovie Movie]] was made by Creator/KatsuhiroOtomo (''Manga/{{Akira}}''), which won many independent film awards.






* AnachronicOrder: You can watch the episodes completely out of order and still not miss anything important to the overall story. Especially since the series jumps around in terms of which story from which manga volume it adapts.
** Some stories connect in ways that make it recommendable to watch them specifically before another (like "The Light of the Eyelid" and "One-Eyed Fish"), but this is hardly a necessity.

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* AnachronicOrder: You can watch the episodes completely out of order and still not miss anything important to the overall story. Especially story, especially since the series jumps around in terms of which story from which manga volume it adapts.
** Some
adapts. That said, some stories connect in ways that make it recommendable to watch them specifically before another (like "The Light of the Eyelid" and "One-Eyed Fish"), but this is hardly a necessity.



** WordOfGod states that the series takes place in a fictional period between the Edo and Meiji eras, in which outside technology has arrived, but Japan remains a closed country. Therefore some anachronisms exist, such as Ginko using scientific equipment far in advance of what was generally available at the time (like a wooden microscope), not to mention his very Western-style clothing.

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** WordOfGod states that the series takes place in a fictional period between the Edo and Meiji eras, in which outside technology has arrived, but Japan remains a closed country. Therefore some anachronisms exist, such as Ginko wearing very Western-style clothing and using scientific equipment far in advance of what was generally available at the time (like a wooden microscope), not to mention his very Western-style clothing.microscope).



** Ginko is nowhere to be seen in "One-Eyed Fish". Instead we are introduced to a timid boy named Yoki who can see ''mushi'', and learn how he ends up under the care of a ''mushi'' master named Nui after becoming injured in the landslide that killed his mother. [[spoiler: Subverted - Yoki is who Ginko used to be.]]

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** Ginko is nowhere to be seen in "One-Eyed Fish". Instead we are introduced to a timid boy named Yoki who can see ''mushi'', and learn how he ends up under the care of a ''mushi'' master named Nui after becoming injured in the landslide that killed his mother. [[spoiler: Subverted [[spoiler:Subverted - Yoki is who Ginko used to be.]]



** In "A Pretense of Spring," a boy named Miharu falls asleep for months every winter after visiting a place that is miraculously full of life due to a ''mushi'''s influence. Then, something goes wrong and he is asleep for over a year. Ginko investigates the false spring and they both end up in a coma. Thankfully, they wake up a year later.

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** In "A Pretense of Spring," a boy named Miharu falls asleep for months every winter after visiting a place that is miraculously full of life due to a ''mushi'''s ''mushi''[='s=] influence. Then, something goes wrong and he is asleep for over a year. Ginko investigates the false spring and they both end up in a coma. Thankfully, they wake up a year later.



* AwesomeAnachronisticApparel: [[InvertedTrope Inverted]], as Ginko wears modern clothes in a feudal setting. In the manga, this is inverted with Biki (the cousin of the blind girl locked in a storehouse) as well.

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* AwesomeAnachronisticApparel: [[InvertedTrope Inverted]], {{Inverted|Trope}}, as Ginko wears modern clothes in a feudal setting. In the manga, this is inverted with Biki (the cousin of the blind girl locked in a storehouse) as well.



* BerserkButton: Ginko doesn't really do "berserk" exactly, but seeing anyone give in to despair or attempt suicide ''really'' upsets him. He flips out in "[[spoiler: The Sleeping Mountain]]" due to this. People losing their humanity or becoming ''mushi'' seem to unnerve him as well, probably because that subject is a bit CloseToHome.

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* BerserkButton: Ginko doesn't really do "berserk" exactly, but seeing anyone give in to despair or attempt suicide ''really'' upsets him. He flips out in "[[spoiler: The "[[spoiler:The Sleeping Mountain]]" due to this. People losing their humanity or becoming ''mushi'' seem to unnerve him as well, probably because that subject is a bit CloseToHome.



** Many ''mushi''-infected people are granted powers that prove useful--until the ''mushi'' grows in power and gets beyond the infected person's control. For example, there is a man whose dreams appear to be prophetic. Instead his dreams are infested with ''mushi'' that [[RealityWarper make his dreams]] [[PowerIncontinence into reality]]. Ginko tries to give advice that lets people live with their condition, with varying success.

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** Many ''mushi''-infected people are granted powers that prove useful--until the ''mushi'' grows in power and gets beyond the infected person's control. For example, there control.
** There
is a man whose dreams appear to be prophetic. Instead his dreams are infested with ''mushi'' that [[RealityWarper make his dreams]] [[PowerIncontinence into reality]]. Ginko tries to give advice that lets people live with their condition, with varying success.



** Ginko himself is a walking example. He can see in the dark, watch TheLifestream, and has power over small ''mushi'', but on the other hand he's minus an eye, is potentially a danger to everyone around him, and [[spoiler: will probably eventually be consumed by the Tokoyami.]]

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** Ginko himself is a walking example. He can see in the dark, watch TheLifestream, and has power over small ''mushi'', but on the other hand he's minus an eye, is potentially a danger to everyone around him, and [[spoiler: will [[spoiler:will probably eventually be consumed by the Tokoyami.]]Tokoyami]].



* CollectorOfTheStrange: Dr. Adashino, Ginko's be-monocled pal, is an avid collector of ''mushi''-related odds and ends - the stranger the better. It comes back to bite him in "The White Which Lives Within the Inkstone" when [[spoiler:some [[SnoopingLittleKid snooping little kids]] go through his collection and end up afflicted with a ''mushi'' that slowly freezes their bodies from the inside out]]. Things work out all right thanks to Ginko's efforts, but judging by Adashino's behavior in later episodes, the lesson doesn't quite stick - in ''Zoku-shou'' he goes so far as to try rummaging through Ginko's travel case while Ginko is sleeping.

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* CollectorOfTheStrange: Dr. Adashino, Ginko's be-monocled pal, is an avid collector of ''mushi''-related odds and ends - the ends--the stranger the better. It comes back to bite him in "The White Which Lives Within the Inkstone" when [[spoiler:some [[SnoopingLittleKid snooping little kids]] {{Snooping Little Kid}}s go through his collection and end up afflicted with a ''mushi'' that slowly freezes their bodies from the inside out]]. Things work out all right thanks to Ginko's efforts, but judging by Adashino's behavior in later episodes, the lesson doesn't quite stick - in stick--in ''Zoku-shou'' he goes so far as to try rummaging through Ginko's travel case while Ginko is sleeping.



* CreepyChild: The Hitotake. Though [[spoiler: they're not so much children as they are a viral parasitic HiveMind...]]

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* CreepyChild: The Hitotake. Though [[spoiler: they're Hitotake, although [[spoiler:they're not so much children as they are a viral parasitic HiveMind...]]



** "Light of the Eyelid" has a little girl afflicted by a ''mushi'' that made her eyes so sensitive to light that she was eventually locked away in a shed to live out her days in darkness. Unfortunately, this particular ''mushi'' thrived in darkness, [[spoiler:and slowly ate away at her eyeballs until they were completely gone.]] The part where [[spoiler:Ginko takes out his fake eye to replace one of hers]] also has this effect on another character.

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** "Light of the Eyelid" has a little girl afflicted by a ''mushi'' that made her eyes so sensitive to light that she was eventually locked away in a shed to live out her days in darkness. Unfortunately, this particular ''mushi'' thrived in darkness, [[spoiler:and slowly ate away at her eyeballs until they were completely gone.]] gone]]. The part where [[spoiler:Ginko takes out his fake eye to replace one of hers]] also has this effect on another character.



* GreenAesop: A lot of the stories tell about living in harmony with the environment, as pollution can cause all ''mushi'' to leave - with possibly worse effects on the people than when the ''mushi'' were present.

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* GreenAesop: A lot of the stories tell about living in harmony with the environment, as pollution can cause all ''mushi'' to leave - leave, with possibly worse effects on the people than when the ''mushi'' were present.



* GroundhogDayLoop: A guy has been living in a "long, happy nightmare" since his encounter with a time-warping ''mushi''. Ginko warns him not to go through it again but then [[spoiler: his wife is mortally wounded and they can't get back to their village in time. He goes through with her and now she's the one experiencing deja-vu..]].

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* GroundhogDayLoop: A guy has been living in a "long, happy nightmare" since his encounter with a time-warping ''mushi''. Ginko warns him not to go through it again but then [[spoiler: his [[spoiler:his wife is mortally wounded and they can't get back to their village in time. He goes through with her and now she's the one experiencing deja-vu..]].



* HalfHumanHybrid: Oniko, children between a ''mushi'' and a human, which are very rare and inherit traits from both parents. In "Inside The Cage" Ginko meets a woman and her daughter, who are descended from Magaridake, ''mushi'' that look like white bamboo. Though they look completely normal, both were born inside bamboo shoots and need water from ''mushi'' to survive.

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* HalfHumanHybrid: Oniko, children between a ''mushi'' and a human, which are very rare and inherit traits from both parents. In "Inside The Cage" Ginko meets a woman and her daughter, daughter who are descended from Magaridake, ''mushi'' that look like white bamboo. Though they look completely normal, both were born inside bamboo shoots and need water from ''mushi'' to survive.



* HumanSacrifice: Io in "The Traveling Swamp" was sacrificed by her village, in the hopes of ending an onslaught of massive floods by [[MarriageToAGod appeasing the river god with a bride.]]

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* HumanSacrifice: Io in "The Traveling Swamp" was sacrificed by her village, in the hopes of ending an onslaught of massive floods by [[MarriageToAGod appeasing the river god with a bride.]] bride]].



* IllGirl: In "Hidden Cove" a girl named Yura has had heart trouble since she was very young. She's also developed a kind of {{telepathy}}, thanks to the influence of that episode's ''mushi'', and uses this power to connect with her former caretaker - the only person she trusts to help her through her pain.

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* IllGirl: In "Hidden Cove" a girl named Yura has had heart trouble since she was very young. She's also developed a kind of {{telepathy}}, thanks to the influence of that episode's ''mushi'', and uses this power to connect with her former caretaker - caretaker, the only person she trusts to help her through her pain.



* KillAndReplace: This is the modus operandi of the Watahaki ''mushi'' - entering the womb of a pregnant woman and destroying her fetus in order to take its place. The Kuchinawa takes this several steps further by eating and replacing ''gods''.

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* KillAndReplace: This is the modus operandi of the Watahaki ''mushi'' - entering ''mushi''--entering the womb of a pregnant woman and destroying her fetus in order to take its place. The Kuchinawa takes this several steps further by eating and replacing ''gods''.



* TheLifestream: Many references are made to a river of light that only Ginko and certain other special people can sense. This river is the primal life force that the ''mushi'' come from, and strengthens and bolsters nature when it is near the surface of the earth: normally it's deep underground..

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* TheLifestream: Many references are made to a river of light that only Ginko and certain other special people can sense. This river is the primal life force that the ''mushi'' come from, and strengthens and bolsters nature when it is near the surface of the earth: normally it's deep underground..underground...



* MamaBear: The VictimOfTheWeek in "Cotton Changeling" is full prepared to stab Ginko to protect her children. Too bad [[spoiler: she was protecting a parasitic ''mushi'' who was responsible for the death of her actual child...]]
* MayflyDecemberRomance: It does not appear to be a MayflyDecemberRomance at first, however [[spoiler: Ginko quickly deduces that Saho in "Floral Delusion" has lived for hundreds of years thanks in part to the landscaper who loves her and his ancestors.]]

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* MamaBear: The VictimOfTheWeek in "Cotton Changeling" is full prepared to stab Ginko to protect her children. Too bad [[spoiler: she [[spoiler:she was protecting a parasitic ''mushi'' who was responsible for the death of her actual child...]]
* MayflyDecemberRomance: It does not appear to be a MayflyDecemberRomance at first, however [[spoiler: Ginko [[spoiler:Ginko quickly deduces that Saho in "Floral Delusion" has lived for hundreds of years thanks in part to the landscaper who loves her and his ancestors.]]ancestors]].



** "Pickers of Empty Cocoons" shows a ''mushi'' that inhabits enclosed spaces in areas close to the lifestream, mostly silkworm cocoons, linking them together through a [[TeleportersAndTransporters labyrinthine network of extra dimensional silk tunnels.]] Anything that's enclosed with them gets carried along through the tunnels, a characteristic which the ''mushishi'' take advantage of by sealing the ''mushi'' into a specialized pair of cocoons which can then be used as a sort of pre-modern email.

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** "Pickers of Empty Cocoons" shows a ''mushi'' that inhabits enclosed spaces in areas close to the lifestream, mostly silkworm cocoons, linking them together through a [[TeleportersAndTransporters labyrinthine network of extra dimensional silk tunnels.]] tunnels]]. Anything that's enclosed with them gets carried along through the tunnels, a characteristic which the ''mushishi'' take advantage of by sealing the ''mushi'' into a specialized pair of cocoons which can then be used as a sort of pre-modern email.



On the other hand, Yahagi should have been able to recognize - as Ginko does - that [[spoiler:burning a ''mushi'' which emerged from a volcanic rock]] would probably at best be unhelpful and at worst could be catastrophic. Whether burning the mountain was the best option or not, it is colossally stupid of her not to admit right away that [[spoiler:she'd swallowed one of the ''mushi'' that resulted from the fires, and her overconfidence in her ability to deal with the ''kagebi'' despite their unusually large numbers results in several villagers dying from exposure to them]]. If she'd swallowed her pride and asked for Ginko's help, they probably would have worked out that [[spoiler:the larval "weed" form could be killed by the false ''hidene'' fire sooner]].\\

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On the other hand, Yahagi should have been able to recognize - recognize, as Ginko does - does, that [[spoiler:burning a ''mushi'' which emerged from a volcanic rock]] would probably at best be unhelpful and at worst could be catastrophic. Whether burning the mountain was the best option or not, it is colossally stupid of her not to admit right away that [[spoiler:she'd swallowed one of the ''mushi'' that resulted from the fires, and her overconfidence in her ability to deal with the ''kagebi'' despite their unusually large numbers results in several villagers dying from exposure to them]]. If she'd swallowed her pride and asked for Ginko's help, they probably would have worked out that [[spoiler:the larval "weed" form could be killed by the false ''hidene'' fire sooner]].\\



* SufficientlyAnalyzedMagic: The study of ''mushi'' is more or less treated as a science. A science that just happens to analyze things that can live in your dreams or eat silence.

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* SufficientlyAnalyzedMagic: The study of ''mushi'' is more or less treated as a science. A science science...that just happens to analyze things that can live in your dreams or eat silence.



* TheVirus: One of the ''mushi'' Ginko encounters has the ability to [[spoiler: enter soon-to-be-pregnant women and replace their unborn fetus with a copy of itself, which spawns clones that the fetus' unwitting parents raise to maturity.]]

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* TheVirus: One of the ''mushi'' Ginko encounters has the ability to [[spoiler: enter [[spoiler:enter soon-to-be-pregnant women and replace their unborn fetus with a copy of itself, which spawns clones that the fetus' unwitting parents raise to maturity.]]maturity]].



** Reki, the boy in "The Seat Of The Lightning", whose mother once ''tied him to a tree during a thunderstorm,'' and refuses to love (or acknowledge) him even after [[spoiler: he repeatedly allows himself to get struck by lightning so their house won't get burned down]]. In this case there is no favorite; his mother is simply incapable of loving him, and believes that she's just not emotionally equipped to be a mother.

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** Reki, the boy in "The Seat Of The Lightning", whose mother once ''tied him to a tree during a thunderstorm,'' and refuses to love (or acknowledge) him even after [[spoiler: he [[spoiler:he repeatedly allows himself to get struck by lightning so their house won't get burned down]]. In this case there is no favorite; his mother is simply incapable of loving him, and believes that she's just not emotionally equipped to be a mother.



* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: Ginko has stark white hair, green eyes, pale skin (at least more so than any of the other men in the show) and wears Western clothes. Very few people ever question this.

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* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: UnusuallyUninterestingSight:
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Ginko has stark white hair, green eyes, pale skin (at least more so than any of the other men in the show) and wears Western clothes. Very few people ever question this.



* VagueAge: Because of a combination of the art style, episodic nature, and deliberately vague time period of the story, it's impossible to tell how old Ginko is. In fact, [[spoiler: Ginko himself doesn't know how old he is, because the memory of his childhood was destroyed by the ''mushi'' that gave him his name. He reckons he was about 10 when that happened, though.]] While he certainly ages and many years must go by in-story (his trench coat frequently changes color in the anime, and sometimes he's wearing a different shirt, not to mention the many times the narration indicates that periods of months or years have passed) he always looks more-or-less the same (it should be noted that Ginko does appear younger in earlier volumes of the manga than in later ones, but this seems more like ArtEvolution than anything). As such, he could be anywhere between 20-50.

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* VagueAge: Because of a combination of the art style, episodic nature, and deliberately vague time period of the story, it's impossible to tell how old Ginko is. In fact, [[spoiler: Ginko [[spoiler:Ginko himself doesn't know how old he is, because the memory of his childhood was destroyed by the ''mushi'' that gave him his name. He reckons he was about 10 when that happened, though.]] While he certainly ages and many years must go by in-story (his trench coat frequently changes color in the anime, and sometimes he's wearing a different shirt, not to mention the many times the narration indicates that periods of months or years have passed) he always looks more-or-less the same (it should be noted that Ginko does appear younger in earlier volumes of the manga than in later ones, but this seems more like ArtEvolution than anything). As such, he could be anywhere between 20-50.



** Teru, the woman followed by rain in "Cloudless Sky." If she stays in one place it'll cause floods, sickness, and famine. [[spoiler: Fortunately it's starting to weaken]].

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** Teru, the woman followed by rain in "Cloudless Sky." If she stays in one place it'll cause floods, sickness, and famine. [[spoiler: Fortunately [[spoiler:Fortunately it's starting to weaken]].



* WeirdnessMagnet: It's not too uncommon for people, such as Ginko and Nui, to be born with the tendency to attract ''mushi'', which naturally brings a lot of oddity to their lives - if not outright danger. The best way to keep it under control is to [[FlyingDutchman keep moving]] and smoke a lot of ''mushi''-tobacco.

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* WeirdnessMagnet: It's not too uncommon for people, such as Ginko and Nui, to be born with the tendency to attract ''mushi'', which naturally brings a lot of oddity to their lives - lives, if not outright danger. The best way to keep it under control is to [[FlyingDutchman keep moving]] and smoke a lot of ''mushi''-tobacco.


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12th Mar '18 5:37:05 PM LadyYuki
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* {{Elopement}}: Attempted in "One Night Bridge" by a pair of young lovers named Hana and Zen, in order to escape from [[ParentalMarriageVeto her disapproving mother]] and the threat of an ArrangedMarriage. Sadly, Hana hesitates while trying to cross the eponymous bridge, causing her to lose her footing and fall. And that's just the start of the story.



* ParentalMarriageVeto: In "One-Night Bridge," Hana's mother is very much against Zen marrying her daughter, causing the two lovers to decide to elope. It... doesn't go well.
12th Nov '17 10:33:26 AM JoieDeCombat
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* AndNowForSomeoneCompletelyDifferent: Ginko is nowhere to be seen in "One-Eyed Fish". Instead we are introduced to a timid boy named Yoki who can see ''mushi'', and learn how he ends up under the care of a ''mushi'' master named Nui after becoming injured in the landslide that killed his mother. [[spoiler: Subverted - Yoki is who Ginko used to be.]]

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* AndNowForSomeoneCompletelyDifferent: AndNowForSomeoneCompletelyDifferent:
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Ginko is nowhere to be seen in "One-Eyed Fish". Instead we are introduced to a timid boy named Yoki who can see ''mushi'', and learn how he ends up under the care of a ''mushi'' master named Nui after becoming injured in the landslide that killed his mother. [[spoiler: Subverted - Yoki is who Ginko used to be.]]]]
** Ginko also makes little more than a token appearance in "The Sound of Footsteps on the Grass," which instead focuses on a young man whose family has assumed the responsibility of caring for a mountain through which a Light Vein flows, and his encounters with the wandering Watari people who frequently pass through the area.


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* ParentalAbandonment: In "The Hand That Caresses the Night," it's mentioned in flashback that Tatsu and Usuke's mother abandoned their family because of the effect their father's mushi affliction was having on his personality.
7th Nov '17 5:23:35 AM DienShihGeng
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** It gets worse in "Eye of Fortune, Eye of Misfortune". [[spoiler:A woman's ''mushi''-infected eyes jump out of their sockets and wriggle away!]] The author finds eye damage especially {{squick}}y.

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** It gets worse in "Eye of Fortune, Eye of Misfortune". [[spoiler:A woman's ''mushi''-infected eyes jump out of their sockets and wriggle away!]] The author finds eye damage especially {{squick}}y.squicky.
2nd Aug '17 5:57:29 PM nombretomado
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* TheFairFolk[=/=]FantasticFlora: ''Mushi'' are pretty much the XMeetsY of these two tropes. Sometimes with FesteringFungus thrown in.

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* TheFairFolk[=/=]FantasticFlora: ''Mushi'' are pretty much the XMeetsY JustForFun/XMeetsY of these two tropes. Sometimes with FesteringFungus thrown in.
28th Jul '17 11:18:51 PM AbsoulHero
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''Mushishi'' is a manga that ran for nine years, ending in 2008. It was adapted into an anime that ran for 26 episodes, ending in mid-2006. 2014 saw a TV special and a sequel series, ''Mushishi Zoku-shou'', which began airing in the spring 2014 anime season, running for an additional 10 episodes. An animated film was released the following year. Most episodes are stand-alone stories, though a few interconnect with other episodes in an oblique manner.

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''Mushishi'' is a manga that ran for nine years, ending in 2008. It was adapted into an anime that ran for 26 episodes, ending in mid-2006. 2014 saw a TV special and a sequel series, ''Mushishi Zoku-shou'', which began airing in the spring 2014 anime season, running for an additional 10 20 episodes. An animated film was released the following year. Most episodes are stand-alone stories, though a few interconnect with other episodes in an oblique manner.
28th Jul '17 5:37:46 PM AbsoulHero
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''Mushishi'' is a manga that ran for nine years, ending in 2008. It was adapted into an anime that ran for 26 episodes, ending in mid-2006. 2014 saw a TV special and a sequel series, ''Mushishi Zoku-shou'', which began airing in the spring 2014 anime season, running for an additional 20 episodes. An animated film was released the following year. Most episodes are stand-alone stories, though a few interconnect with other episodes in an oblique manner.

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''Mushishi'' is a manga that ran for nine years, ending in 2008. It was adapted into an anime that ran for 26 episodes, ending in mid-2006. 2014 saw a TV special and a sequel series, ''Mushishi Zoku-shou'', which began airing in the spring 2014 anime season, running for an additional 20 10 episodes. An animated film was released the following year. Most episodes are stand-alone stories, though a few interconnect with other episodes in an oblique manner.
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* VertigoEffect: Used in the episode "The Sleeping Mountain" when Ginko wakes up feeling that something is wrong.
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