History Manga / Mushishi

23rd Jan '17 7:23:30 PM eowynjedi
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* AnachronismStew: 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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* AnachronismStew: AnachronismStew:
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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 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.



** Teru the rainmaker. She makes the best of her condition by traveling to places stricken by drought and relieving them, but before she realized her condition the endless rain caused rot and sickness wherever she lived.



** In "The Depths of Winter," Ginko finds himself trapped alone on a mountain where winter mysteriously refuses to end even as neighboring mountains are visibly thawing.

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** In "The Depths of Winter," Ginko finds himself trapped alone on a mountain where winter mysteriously refuses to end even as neighboring mountains are visibly thawing. Even though he can see he's climbing down, he keeps going in circles because the mountain lord has sealed the area.



* IJustWantToBeNormal:
** Ginko, although he accepts the necessity of his wandering lifestyle, occasionally gets wistful for the idea of settling down and having a normal existence. He felt this more strongly when he was a boy and continually attracted disaster because of the ''mushi'' that hang around him.
** Teru, the girl who attracts rainstorms because of a mushi that's clinging to her, begs Ginko for a solution because she's sick of having to move all the time.



* MagicalUnderpinningsOfReality

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* MagicalUnderpinningsOfRealityMagicalUnderpinningsOfReality: A lot of strange everyday happenings are actually caused by ''mushi''.



* TheMentor: Suguro, a mushishi who finds the young Ginko after he was abandoned by another mushishi who used him to drum up business. Suguro deplores such methods, explains some of Ginko's questions and begins teaching him how to become a good mushishi himself (including how to make the special cigarettes to repel ''mushi''). And although he sends Ginko away after a terrible mistake, he does tell the boy that there must be a place for him in the world and not to give up hope of finding it.



* PeekABangs: Ginko's haircut covers one eye. [[spoiler:Or rather, the empty socket.]]

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* PeekABangs: Ginko's PeekABangs:
**Ginko's
haircut covers one eye. [[spoiler:Or rather, the empty socket.]]



* QuicksandSucks: Ginko's troubles in "Depths of Winter" reach a nadir when he finds the mountain lord and it summons a bunch of wind ''mushi'' to knock him into a swamp that rapidly pulls him down. Once at the bottom he realizes he can still breathe. [[spoiler:All of the animals of the mountain are hibernating in there too; the mountain lord is keeping them safe until it has enough kouki to recover--once it spits him out, Ginko realizes it basically mugged him for his own supply.]]



* TearsOfBlood: A variant occurs in "Valley of the Welling Tide," in which a woman cries tears of ''milk'' just before her ''mushi''-induced death.

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* TearsOfBlood: TearsOfBlood:
** Young Ginko bleeds from his ''mushi-''occupied eye socket when he tries to cross the light river.
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A variant occurs in "Valley of the Welling Tide," in which a woman cries tears of ''milk'' just before her ''mushi''-induced death.


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* ThisIsUnforgivable: Suguro, the benevolent mushishi who takes in young Ginko for a brief time, calmly tells him to leave because [[spoiler:he can't forgive Ginko for accidentally breaking the egg of the new mountain lord]].
7th Nov '16 5:56:02 PM LadyYuki
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* CityOfCanals: Ginko visits a village like this in "Hidden Cove".
5th Sep '16 12:28:45 PM Morgenthaler
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* DejaVu: One chapter involves Ginko meeting a man who is lured by a mushi, that causes him go through a GroundhogDayLoop over and over. The result being the man is constantly having a lingering feeling of deja vu, but since the loop begins at his childhood he doesn't remember what is causing it.
18th Aug '16 8:28:37 AM fruitstripegum
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* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: Apart from Ginko, most other ''mushishi'' are shown to prefer killing ''mushi''. Even Ginko will kill a ''mushi'' if it is endangering someone's life, but he prefers not to.



* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: Apart from Ginko, most other ''mushishi'' are shown to prefer killing ''mushi''. Even Ginko will kill a ''mushi'' if it is endangering someone's life, but he prefers not to.
25th Jul '16 9:37:21 AM JoieDeCombat
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** Similarly, victims of a shadow-''mushi'' can trade places if they're touched by another person's shadow. [[spoiler:No-one knows how long Mikage was trapped, and Akane returned unaged after many decades.]]

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** Similarly, victims of a the shadow-''mushi'' shown in "Lingering Crimson" can trade places if they're touched by another person's shadow. [[spoiler:No-one knows how long Mikage was trapped, and Akane returned unaged after many decades.]]
25th Jul '16 9:33:22 AM JoieDeCombat
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* HumanSacrifice: The girl who traveled with the 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: The girl who traveled with the swamp 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.]]



* PoorCommunicationKills: Most of the events of "The Wind Raiser" might have been avoided if Ginko had explained to the young sailor ''why'' he shouldn't whistle at night, instead of just telling him that "something bad will probably happen." Because of the vague warning, when the young man man slips up and absent-mindedly lets out a whistle after dark, he assumes that nothing's happened and goes right on whistling... leading to a chain of events that isn't resolved until after a good bit of damage has already been done.

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* PoorCommunicationKills: Most of the events of "The Wind Raiser" might have been avoided if Ginko had explained to the young sailor ''why'' he shouldn't whistle at night, instead of just telling him that "something bad will probably happen." Because of the vague warning, when the young man man Ibuki slips up and absent-mindedly lets out a whistle after dark, he assumes that nothing's happened and goes right on whistling... leading to a chain of events that isn't resolved until after a good bit of damage has already been done.



* ReiAyanamiExpy: Io from "The Traveling Swamp." She is a traveling swamp spirit who was used as a human sacrifice, and as a result, she becomes emotionless and her hair even changes to green. [[spoiler:However, she is able to return to her life as a human in the end thanks to Ginko's timely interference.]]



** 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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** The 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.
25th Jul '16 9:28:27 AM JoieDeCombat
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* CreepyChild: The Watahiko. Though [[spoiler: they're not so much children as they are a viral parasitic HiveMind...]]

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



* KillAndReplace: This is the modus operandi of the Watahiko ''mushi'' - entering the womb of a pregnant woman and destroying her fetus in order to take its place.

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* KillAndReplace: This is the modus operandi of the Watahiko Watahaki ''mushi'' - entering the womb of a pregnant woman and destroying her fetus in order to take its place.



** In "Cotton Changeling", [[spoiler:the Watahachi parasite attempts this on ''itself'' in order to force itself into hibernation rather than be killed by Ginko. It doesn't die, but its power is diminished enough for Ginko to carry it off in a bottle.]]

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** In "Cotton Changeling", [[spoiler:the Watahachi Watahaki parasite attempts this on ''itself'' in order to force itself into hibernation rather than be killed by Ginko. It doesn't die, but its power is diminished enough for Ginko to carry it off in a bottle.]]
25th Jul '16 9:21:58 AM JoieDeCombat
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* BoozeBasedBuff: In the story "Banquet at the Forest's Edge", a ''sake''-maker creates an artificial version of the river of life (his dad got to taste the real thing and has been trying to recreate it for years). The other ''mushi''-masters are amazed, but warn him not to sell the stuff as it grants the ability to see ''mushi'' to people who normally can't, which would cause panic.

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* BoozeBasedBuff: In the story "Banquet at the Forest's Edge", a ''sake''-maker creates an artificial version of the river of life (his dad got to taste the real thing and has been trying to recreate it for years). The other ''mushi''-masters are amazed, but warn him not to sell the stuff to the public as it grants the ability to see ''mushi'' to people who normally can't, which would cause panic.panic. Instead, on Ginko's advice he reserves it to sell to ''mushi''-masters for use in their work.
18th Jul '16 1:27:10 AM SpaceBird
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* TheComicallySerious: Ginko.
8th Jul '16 1:25:03 AM Morgenthaler
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* TheObiWan: Quite a few characters. Saishu to Sane in "The Heavy Seed", Mujika to Kodama in "The Sleeping Mountain", Jii-sama to the twins Aya and Ito in "Pickers Of Empty Cocoons." [[spoiler:And in his childhood, Ginko himself was mentored by a woman named Nui, in "One-Eyed Fish."]]
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