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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.
** 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.
control. Ginko tries to give advice that allows these people to live with their condition, with varying degrees of success.
** 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.


** 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 the following spring.

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** In "A Pretense "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 the following spring.



* CelibateHero: A strange case. Since Ginko can never settle down without drawing too many ''mushi'' in, he doesn't exactly have the chance for romance. Not that it stops the ladies from hitting on him, but he stands firm.



* ChickMagnet: There's a reason (well, okay, ''[[StupidSexyFlanders two]]'' reasons) Ginko is nicknamed "Pimp-ko" by the fandom.



* TheComicallySerious: Ginko.



* DangerousForbiddenTechnique: Aside from the myriad horrible uses a ''mushishi'' could put his knowledge to should he be inspired, there are the techniques that manipulate the Lifestream itself. Anyone who can do so has the power to become immortal, or create a seed that will ensure a truly bountiful harvest...at the low, low cost of someone's life. Doing so risks disrupting the balance of nature, and "The Heavy Seed" revolves around Ginko dealing with the legacy of such an abuse.

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* DangerousForbiddenTechnique: Aside from the myriad horrible uses a ''mushishi'' could put his knowledge to should he be inspired, there are the techniques that manipulate the Lifestream Light Vein itself. Anyone who can do so has the power to become immortal, or create a seed that will ensure a truly bountiful harvest...at the low, low cost of someone's life. Doing so risks disrupting the balance of nature, and "The Heavy Seed" revolves around Ginko dealing with the legacy of such an abuse.



* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Ginko in the first few chapters hardly looks like he normally does. He resembles a much more anime styled, lanky teenage version of himself, and he even has some stubble in ''The Light Of The Eyelids''. Additionally, as mentioned elsewhere on this page, there are instances of characters having contemporary styles of clothes in an early chapter.
* {{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.

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Ginko in the first few chapters hardly looks like he normally does. He resembles a much more anime styled, lanky teenage version of himself, and he even has some stubble in ''The Light Of The Eyelids''.Eyelid''. Additionally, as mentioned elsewhere on this page, there are instances of characters having contemporary styles of clothes in an early chapter.
* {{Elopement}}: Attempted in "One Night "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.



** "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 "The 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.



* ForebodingFleeingFlock: In "Singing Shell," a large number of normally-seagoing birdlike ''mushi'' take shelter in the shells that have washed up on the beach, prompting Ginko to warn the nearby fishing village that some kind of disaster will occur at sea.

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* ForebodingFleeingFlock: In "Singing "The Warbling Sea Shell," a large number of normally-seagoing birdlike ''mushi'' take shelter in the shells that have washed up on the beach, prompting Ginko to warn the nearby fishing village that some kind of disaster will occur at sea.



** Sui in "Light of the Eyelid" uses the light of the Light Vein to see within the dark storage shed she's confined in.

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** Sui in "Light "The Light of the Eyelid" uses the light of the Light Vein to see within the dark storage shed she's confined in.



* 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. The author's note in Volume 5 says that he's pictured as being in his late 20's, though.



** 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.Rain." If she stays in one place it'll cause floods, sickness, and famine. [[spoiler:Fortunately it's starting to weaken]].



** Played with in "The Pickers of Empty Cocoons". [[spoiler:Ito has been gone for about five years, but when she returns, she hasn't aged at all. However, since she came back incapable of speech, it's not known how long she perceived her time in the ''mushi'' passageway to be.]]

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** Played with in "The Pickers "Pickers of Empty Cocoons". [[spoiler:Ito has been gone for about five years, but when she returns, she hasn't aged at all. However, since she came back incapable of speech, it's not known how long she perceived her time in the ''mushi'' passageway to be.]]


* AlwaysNight: Izumi, from "A Sea Of Otherworldly Stars" lives alone in a world where there is no daylight, because of a ''mushi'' she came into contact with after falling down a well.

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* AlwaysNight: Izumi, from "A Sea "Sea Of Otherworldly Stars" lives alone in a world where there is no daylight, because of a ''mushi'' she came into contact with after falling down a well.



** 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, dark and 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]].



* 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. Instead, on Ginko's advice he reserves it to sell to ''mushi''-masters for use in their work.

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* BoozeBasedBuff: In the story "Banquet at the Forest's Edge", a ''sake''-maker ''sake'' brewer 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. Instead, on Ginko's advice he reserves it to sell to ''mushi''-masters for use in their work.



* GuiltFreeExterminationWar: Some ''mushishi'' less enlightened than Ginko have this view about all ''mushi'', seeing them as pests or threats to be exterminated. Tanyuu in "A Sea of Ink," who scribes and archives ''mushi'' lore as a means of binding the dangerous ''mushi'' trapped inside her, grows more and more frustrated with the prevalence of this attitude, and bonds with Ginko because he's one of the few who shares stories of harmless and/or beneficial ''mushi''.
* 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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* GuiltFreeExterminationWar: Some ''mushishi'' less enlightened than Ginko have this view about all ''mushi'', seeing them as pests or threats to be exterminated. Tanyuu in "A Sea of Ink," Writings," who scribes and archives ''mushi'' lore as a means of binding the dangerous ''mushi'' trapped inside her, grows more and more frustrated with the prevalence of this attitude, and bonds with Ginko because he's one of the few who shares stories of harmless and/or beneficial ''mushi''.
* 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 said ''mushi'' to survive.



* HeroicSacrifice: Narrowly averted, though only through another character's not-quite-so-heroic sacrifice. In the final story, Ginko [[spoiler: risks his life to save a teenage girl who was chosen as a mountain-master but was rejected when she returned to her family and began to miss them even after returning to her mountain. He's about to be disintegrated into the lifestream (which he's fine with since his days were numbered anyway) when the girl takes his place because she couldn't stand being away from the mountain -- because she ''was'' the mountain.]]

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* HeroicSacrifice: Narrowly averted, though only through another character's not-quite-so-heroic sacrifice. In the final story, Ginko [[spoiler: risks his life to save a teenage girl who was chosen as a mountain-master but was rejected when she returned to her family and began to miss them even after returning to her mountain. He's about to be disintegrated into the lifestream Light Vein (which he's fine with since his days were numbered anyway) when the girl takes his place because she couldn't stand being away from the mountain -- because she ''was'' the mountain.]]



* IdenticalGrandson: Played with in "Shrine in the Sea." A particular island has a ''mushi'' called Uminaoshi that can seemingly reincarnate a person into a child form so they can be reborn to someone else, such as their daughter. [[spoiler:Turns out that the 'reincarnations' actually ''are'' that person, at least physically; the ''mushi'' reduces someone to an embryonic state and allows them to be reborn if the egg is ingested. But since they have no memories of their 'past' lives, are they ''really'' the same people? There's no way to prove the reborn even have the same soul.]]

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* IdenticalGrandson: Played with in "Shrine in the Sea." A particular island has a ''mushi'' called Uminaoshi Ryuuguu no Nushi that can seemingly reincarnate a person into a child form so they can be reborn to someone else, such as their daughter. daughter; people who go through this are dubbed 'Uminaoshi.' [[spoiler:Turns out that the 'reincarnations' Uminaoshi actually ''are'' that person, at least physically; the ''mushi'' reduces someone to an embryonic state and allows them to be reborn if the egg is ingested. But since they have no memories of their 'past' lives, are they ''really'' the same people? There's no way to prove the reborn even have the same soul.]]



* InterruptedSuicide: In "The Pillow Pathway", [[RealityWarper Jin the swordsmith]] overdoses on the medicine Ginko gave him after his ''mushi'' powers overwhelm him, but Ginko intervenes in time to save him. [[spoiler:The epilogue reveals that Jin ultimately stabbed himself with his own sword, after slipping further and further from sanity.]]
* 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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* InterruptedSuicide: In "The Pillow Pathway", [[RealityWarper Jin the swordsmith]] overdoses on the medicine Ginko gave him after his ''mushi'' powers overwhelm him, but Ginko intervenes in time to save him. [[spoiler:The epilogue reveals that Jin ultimately [[DrivenToSuicide stabbed himself with his own sword, sword]], after slipping further and further from sanity.]]
* 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''.mountain masters.



* 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 light, called the Light Vein, 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...



* 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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* 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 family of gardeners who loves her and his ancestors]].love her]].



** "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, Light Vein, 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.



* OddlyNamedSequel: The second season of the anime is called "Mushishi: Zoku Shou," or "Mushishi: Next Passage."



** After [[spoiler:Ginko gives up his glass eye to her]], Sui in "Light Of The Eyelid" sports this hairstyle as well.
* 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 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.
* PromotionToParent: Suzu from "Pretense of Spring" and Tatsu from "Hand That Caresses the Night" are both in charge of their younger brothers, with no parents in sight.

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** After [[spoiler:Ginko gives up his glass eye to her]], Sui in "Light "The Light Of The Eyelid" sports this hairstyle as well.
* PoorCommunicationKills: Most of the events of "The Wind "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 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.
* PromotionToParent: Suzu from "Pretense of Spring" and Tatsu from "Hand "The Hand That Caresses the Night" are both in charge of their younger brothers, with no parents in sight.



* SealedEvilInACan: Tanyuu, Ginko's friend who is introduced in "A Sea of Ink" has an especially dangerous ''mushi'' sealed in her body; it makes her leg black and prevents her from walking on it. [[spoiler:The sealed ''mushi'' has been passed from it shows up every few generations, each host gradually wearing it down by siphoning it a little at a time into scrolls. Previous hosts were all but completely paralyzed.]]

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* SealedEvilInACan: Tanyuu, Ginko's friend who is introduced in "A Sea of Ink" Writings" has an especially dangerous ''mushi'' sealed in her body; it makes her leg black and prevents her from walking on it. [[spoiler:The sealed ''mushi'' has been passed from it shows up every few generations, each host gradually wearing it down by siphoning it a little at a time into scrolls. Previous hosts were all but completely paralyzed.]]



* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: Women seem attracted to Ginko for his reliability and helpful, caring nature. In particular Suzu in "Pretense of Spring" likes him because he's good with her little brother Miharu, who also reckons she got lonely without a man around the house.

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* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: Women seem attracted to Ginko for his reliability and helpful, caring nature. In particular Suzu in "Pretense of Spring" likes him because he's good with her little brother Miharu, who also reckons she got lonely without a man around the house. Masumi from "Mirror Lake" out and out flirts with him after her issue with the Mizukagami ''mushi'' is resolved.



* SupernaturalProofFather: Izumi's father from "A Sea Of Otherworldly Stars" may count. He insists that his daughter didn't fall down a well and disappear, but rather that she was kidnapped.

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* SupernaturalProofFather: Izumi's father from "A Sea "Sea Of Otherworldly Stars" may count. He insists that his daughter didn't fall down a well and disappear, but rather that she was kidnapped.



* TotalEclipseOfThePlot: In the ''Hihamukage'' special, a particularly powerful ''mushi'' strikes during a solar eclipse, drawing other smaller ''mushi'' to it and blocking out the sun for far longer than the eclipse should have lasted.

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* TotalEclipseOfThePlot: In "The Shadow That Devours the ''Hihamukage'' special, Sun", a particularly powerful ''mushi'' strikes during a solar eclipse, drawing other smaller ''mushi'' to it and blocking out the sun for far longer than the eclipse should have lasted.



** 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.
** The stepmother of the ferryman who can summon bird/wind ''mushi'' in "The Wind Raiser" is more concerned that he can't make money than the fact that he could have died when the ship he worked on sank.

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** Reki, the boy in "The Seat Of The Lightning", "Lightning's End", 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.
** The stepmother of the ferryman who can summon bird/wind ''mushi'' in "The Wind "Wind Raiser" is more concerned that he can't make money than the fact that he could have died when the ship he worked on sank.



** It's possible for something or someone to become a NatureSpirit by killing one and eating its flesh. [[spoiler:After hearing that this is the only way that Mujika can get rid of his FlyingDutchman status and stay with her, his lover Saku goes out to kill the resident mountain god to do just that, and dies in the process.]]
** Ginko ''almost'' did this as a kid when [[spoiler:he found an egg which was the new mountain-master. He briefly considered taking that power for himself, then accidentally dropped it. Fortunately the ''mushi'' took it back and found a new master. Unfortunately for Ginko, the man he was staying with wasn't pleased with what had almost transpired and told him to leave.]]

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** It's possible for something or someone to become a NatureSpirit [[NatureSpirit mountain master]] by killing one and eating its flesh. [[spoiler:After hearing that this is the only way that Mujika can get rid of his FlyingDutchman status and stay with her, his lover Saku lover, Saku, she goes out to kill the resident mountain god master to do just that, and dies in the process.]]
** Ginko ''almost'' did this as a kid when [[spoiler:he found an egg which was the new mountain-master.mountain master. He briefly considered taking that power for himself, then accidentally dropped it. Fortunately the ''mushi'' took it back and found a new master. Unfortunately for Ginko, the man he was staying with wasn't pleased with what had almost transpired and told him to leave.]]


* RealSongThemeTune:
** Ally Kerr's "Sore Feet Song" serves as the first anime's opening theme.
** The tradition is continued in the second season with "Shiver" by Lucy Rose.


The series is now available on [[http://www.hulu.com/mushi-shi Hulu]] and [[https://www.youtube.com/show/mushishi Youtube]].

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The series is now available on [[http://www.hulu.com/mushi-shi Hulu]] and [[https://www.youtube.com/show/mushishi Youtube]].
Hulu]].



* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Ginko in the first few chapters hardly looks like he normally does. He resembles a much more anime styled, lanky teenage version of himself, and he even has some stubble in ''The Light Of The Eyelids''. Additionally, as mentioned elsewhere on this page, there are instances of characters having contemporary styles of clothes in the first couple chapters.

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Ginko in the first few chapters hardly looks like he normally does. He resembles a much more anime styled, lanky teenage version of himself, and he even has some stubble in ''The Light Of The Eyelids''. Additionally, as mentioned elsewhere on this page, there are instances of characters having contemporary styles of clothes in the first couple chapters.an early chapter.



** Nui in "One-Eyed Fish" uses weak ''mushi'' in place of lamps. Sui in "Light of the Eyelid" uses the light of the lifestream to see within the dark storage shed she's confined in.

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** Nui in "One-Eyed Fish" uses weak ''mushi'' in place of lamps. Sui in "Light of the Eyelid" uses the light of the lifestream Light Vein to see within the dark storage shed she's confined in.



** There's Ginko, of course. [[spoiler:It's because he came into contact with a certain kind of ''mushi'' as a child.]] His mentor, Nui, also had white hair, [[spoiler:for the same reason]].

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** There's Ginko, of course. [[spoiler:It's because he came into contact with a certain kind of ''mushi'' as a child.]] His mentor, Nui, also had white hair, [[spoiler:for [[spoiler:because of the same reason]].''mushi'']].



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]].\\
Still, she wasn't wrong to point out to Ginko that [[spoiler:the ''hidene'' were more manageable than the previously unknown larval stage that they'd burned]], and if the villagers had been more diligent about listening to her warnings, no one [[spoiler:but herself]] would have been harmed.

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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'' ''hidane'' fire sooner]].\\
Still, she wasn't wrong to point out to Ginko that [[spoiler:the ''hidene'' ''hidane'' were more manageable than the previously unknown larval stage that they'd burned]], and if the villagers had been more diligent about listening to her warnings, no one [[spoiler:but herself]] would have been harmed.



* UnnamedParent: Very few parents in this series are named, usually being credited as '(character)'s mother/father.' [[spoiler:Among them, notably, is Yoki's, or rather, Ginko's mother.]]



* WhatTheHellHero: On two separate occasions Ginko tells a village ''mushishi'' that they should evacuate their people as a way of dealing with a crisis. Both times the ''mushishi'' in question rightly point out that the village will starve if they abandon their crops. Beyond this practical consideration, Ginko fails to understand the emotional attachment the villagers have to their land, which while an understandable kind of ValuesDissonance between a perpetual wanderer and settled agriculturalists, doesn't win him any points. Especially after he insults the villagers from "Journey to the Field of Fire".
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: Certain ''mushi'' can make you immortal -- at a price.

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* WhatTheHellHero: On two separate occasions Ginko tells a village ''mushishi'' that they should evacuate their people as a way of dealing with a crisis. Both times the ''mushishi'' in question rightly point out that the village will starve if they abandon their crops. Beyond this practical consideration, Ginko fails to understand the emotional attachment the villagers have to their land, which while an understandable kind of ValuesDissonance dissonance between a perpetual wanderer and settled agriculturalists, doesn't win him any points. Especially after he insults the villagers from "Journey to the Field of Fire".
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: Certain ''mushi'' can make you [[spoiler:The head priest in "The Heavy Seed" is turned immortal -- at a price.thanks to Ginko feeding his recently-deceased body the Narazu seed- though the head priest agreed to consume the seed, in order to watch over his village.]]


** In "Sunrise Serpent," Sayo's condition leaves her restless and unable to sleep for more than a few seconds at a time, but after [[spoiler:she learns [[SecretOtherFamily what was really keeping her missing husband away from home,]]]] the shock is so much that she runs until she collapses from exhaustion, sleeping for several days.



* SealedEvilInACan: The girl-of-the-week in "A Sea of Ink" has an especially dangerous ''mushi'' sealed in her body; it makes her leg black and prevents her from walking on it. [[spoiler:The sealed ''mushi'' has been passed from it shows up every few generations, each host gradually wearing it down by siphoning it a little at a time into scrolls. Previous hosts were all but completely paralyzed.]]
* SecretOtherFamily: One VictimOfTheWeek's husband did this to her and her son. [[spoiler:Good thing she can't remember it.]]

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* SealedEvilInACan: The girl-of-the-week Tanyuu, Ginko's friend who is introduced in "A Sea of Ink" has an especially dangerous ''mushi'' sealed in her body; it makes her leg black and prevents her from walking on it. [[spoiler:The sealed ''mushi'' has been passed from it shows up every few generations, each host gradually wearing it down by siphoning it a little at a time into scrolls. Previous hosts were all but completely paralyzed.]]
* SecretOtherFamily: One VictimOfTheWeek's husband did this [[spoiler:In "Sunrise Serpent", Kaji and his mother Sayo discover that his missing father had settled down to raise a new family in the city. This devastates Sayo so much that her condition worsens to the point where she remembers nothing except her son, their home, and her son. [[spoiler:Good thing she can't remember it.a few personal effects.]]


* CruelToBeKind: Ginko takes Aya into a part of the ''uro-''passageways used by mushishi so she can see how hopeless a labyrinth it would be to someone taken into a random section without guidance. Aya is forced to accept that her sister, sucked into them five years ago, is unlikely ever to find her way out, nor would she find the letters Aya continually sends through deteriorating cocoons. [[spoiler:However, the epilogue reveals that Ito ''does'' emerge from a silk weaver's tub of cocoons some years later with one of Aya's letters tucked into her clothing.]

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* CruelToBeKind: Ginko takes Aya into a part of the ''uro-''passageways used by mushishi so she can see how hopeless a labyrinth it would be to someone taken into a random section without guidance. Aya is forced to accept that her sister, sucked into them five years ago, is unlikely ever to find her way out, nor would she find the letters Aya continually sends through deteriorating cocoons. [[spoiler:However, the epilogue reveals that Ito ''does'' emerge from a silk weaver's tub of cocoons some years later with one of Aya's letters tucked into her clothing.]]]



* 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, Sumi, the only person she trusts to help her through her pain.



* UnfamiliarCeiling: This has happened to Ginko a few times. The story "Valley of the Welling Tide" begins with a man finding him unconscious on a snowy mountain and bringing him back to his village.

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* UnfamiliarCeiling: This has happened to Ginko a few times. The story "Valley of the Welling Tide" begins with a man finding him unconscious on a snowy mountain and bringing him back to his village.home.



* 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 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. The author's note in Volume 5 says that he's pictured as being in his late 20's, though.



** Similarly, victims of 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.]]

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** Similarly, victims of the shadow-''mushi'' shown in "Lingering Crimson" can trade places if they're touched by another person's shadow. [[spoiler:No-one [[spoiler:No one knows how long Mikage was trapped, and Akane returned unaged after many decades.]]


** 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=] 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.the following spring.



* BigScrewedUpFamily: "Lost in the Flowers," adapted as the episode "Floral Delusion" in ''Zoku-shou'': [[spoiler:Generations of a family keep a strange yet beautiful woman, found as a baby in an ancient cherry tree, alive and healthy for over three hundred years by "grafting" her head onto different bodies.]]

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* BigScrewedUpFamily: "Lost in the Flowers," adapted as the episode "Floral Delusion" in ''Zoku-shou'': [[spoiler:Generations of a family keep a strange yet beautiful woman, found as a baby in an ancient cherry tree, alive and healthy for over three hundred years by "grafting" her head onto different bodies.]] The Minai clan, as detailed in "Path of Thorns," can also count as this, [[spoiler:considering they replace the souls of their Mushishi with an artificial ''mushi'' made from Kouki, as seen with the current head of the family, Kumado.]]



* ColourCodedEyes: Ginko has lovely, vivid blue-green eyes, as did Nui. [[spoiler:This, as well as their silvery heads of hair, are a result of being exposed to a ''mushi'' named Tokoyami.]]* TheComicallySerious: Ginko.

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* ColourCodedEyes: Ginko has lovely, vivid blue-green eyes, as did Nui. [[spoiler:This, as well as their silvery heads of hair, are a result of being exposed to a ''mushi'' named Tokoyami.]]* ]]
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TheComicallySerious: Ginko.



* ForeignLanguageTheme: The opening themes of both seasons, "The Sore Feet Song" and "Shiver", are both English.

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* ForeignLanguageTheme: The opening themes of both seasons, "The Sore Feet Song" and "Shiver", are both in English.



* SealedEvilInACan: The girl-of-the-week in "Drowning in a Sea of Letters" has an especially dangerous ''mushi'' sealed in her body; it makes her leg black and prevents her from walking on it. [[spoiler:The sealed ''mushi'' has been passed from mother to daughter for generations, each host gradually wearing it down by siphoning it a little at a time into scrolls. Previous hosts were all but completely paralyzed.]]

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* SealedEvilInACan: The girl-of-the-week in "Drowning in a "A Sea of Letters" Ink" has an especially dangerous ''mushi'' sealed in her body; it makes her leg black and prevents her from walking on it. [[spoiler:The sealed ''mushi'' has been passed from mother to daughter for it shows up every few generations, each host gradually wearing it down by siphoning it a little at a time into scrolls. Previous hosts were all but completely paralyzed.]]



* SmokingIsCool: Subverted. Though the smoke from Ginko's pipe has the effect of warding off the ''mushi'' that are attracted to him, it does not contain normal tobacco (or any type of narcotic, for that matter); and he couldn't stop even if he wanted to, lest he be swallowed up by a swarm of ''mushi''.

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* SmokingIsCool: Subverted. Though the smoke from Ginko's pipe cigarettes has the effect of warding off the ''mushi'' that are attracted to him, it does not contain normal tobacco (or any type of narcotic, for that matter); and he couldn't stop even if he wanted to, lest he be swallowed up by a swarm of ''mushi''.


* AngstySurvivingTwin: "Pickers of Empty Cocoons" deals with a woman whose twin sister was kidnapped five years earlier by a ''mushi'', and her attempts to contact her despite everyone telling her that it's a lost cause.

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* AngstySurvivingTwin: "Pickers of Empty Cocoons" deals with a woman girl whose twin sister was kidnapped five years earlier by a ''mushi'', and her attempts to contact her despite everyone telling her that it's a lost cause.



* ArtInitiatesLife: Shinra, the boy from "The Green Seat", has this power, but only when using his right hand.

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* ArtInitiatesLife: Shinra, the boy from "The Green Seat", has this power, but only when using his right left hand.



** 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.

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** In "The Depths "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.



* GuiltFreeExterminationWar: Some ''mushishi'' less enlightened than Ginko have this view about all ''mushi'', seeing them as pests or threats to be exterminated. Tanyuu in "Drowning in a Sea of Letters," who scribes and archives ''mushi'' lore as a means of binding the dangerous ''mushi'' trapped inside her, grows more and more frustrated with the prevalence of this attitude, and bonds with Ginko because he's one of the few who shares stories of harmless and/or beneficial ''mushi''.

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* GuiltFreeExterminationWar: Some ''mushishi'' less enlightened than Ginko have this view about all ''mushi'', seeing them as pests or threats to be exterminated. Tanyuu in "Drowning in a "A Sea of Letters," Ink," who scribes and archives ''mushi'' lore as a means of binding the dangerous ''mushi'' trapped inside her, grows more and more frustrated with the prevalence of this attitude, and bonds with Ginko because he's one of the few who shares stories of harmless and/or beneficial ''mushi''.



** First off, of course, there's Ginko, whose white hair is just one of the signs that indicate his status as a being who attracts ''mushi''. [[spoiler:In fact, coming into contact with one as a child is what gave him the white hair in the first place.]] His mentor, Nui, also had white hair.

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** First off, of course, there's There's Ginko, whose white hair is just one of the signs that indicate his status as a being who attracts ''mushi''. [[spoiler:In fact, coming course. [[spoiler:It's because he came into contact with one a certain kind of ''mushi'' as a child is what gave him the white hair in the first place.child.]] His mentor, Nui, also had white hair.hair, [[spoiler:for the same reason]].



** Played with in "The Pickers of Empty Cocoons". [[spoiler:Ito has been gone for about ten years, but when she returns, she hasn't aged at all. However, since she came back incapable of speech, it's not known how long she perceived her time in the ''mushi'' passageway to be.]]

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** Played with in "The Pickers of Empty Cocoons". [[spoiler:Ito has been gone for about ten five years, but when she returns, she hasn't aged at all. However, since she came back incapable of speech, it's not known how long she perceived her time in the ''mushi'' passageway to be.]]


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

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


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* CruelToBeKind: Ginko takes Aya into a part of the ''uro-''passageways used by mushishi so she can see how hopeless a labyrinth it would be to someone taken into a random section without guidance. Aya is forced to accept that her sister, sucked into them five years ago, is unlikely ever to find her way out, nor would she find the letters Aya continually sends through deteriorating cocoons. [[spoiler:However, the epilogue reveals that Ito ''does'' emerge from a silk weaver's tub of cocoons some years later with one of Aya's letters tucked into her clothing.]


* MagneticMedium: Ginko's reason for being on the move all the time.

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* MagneticMedium: Ginko's reason for being on the move all the time. This seems to be a trait of some, but not all people who can see ''mushi''--the first mushi-shi he met as a child also attracted them, as does another man who attracted them in his youth.


* GuiltFreeExterminationWar: Some ''mushishi'' less enlightened than Ginko have this view about all ''mushi'', seeing them as pests or threats to be exterminated. In "Drowning in a Sea of Letters," Ginko comforts a girl binding a ''mushi'' trapped inside her with stories of harmless and/or beneficial ''mushi''.

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* GuiltFreeExterminationWar: Some ''mushishi'' less enlightened than Ginko have this view about all ''mushi'', seeing them as pests or threats to be exterminated. In Tanyuu in "Drowning in a Sea of Letters," Ginko comforts who scribes and archives ''mushi'' lore as a girl means of binding a the dangerous ''mushi'' trapped inside her her, grows more and more frustrated with the prevalence of this attitude, and bonds with Ginko because he's one of the few who shares stories of harmless and/or beneficial ''mushi''.


* BeautyMark: Ame, the wandering lute player from "Eye of Fortune, Eye of Misfortune", has a tiny mole near the corner of her left eye.

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* BeautyMark: Ame, Amane, the wandering lute player from "Eye of Fortune, Eye of Misfortune", has a tiny mole near the corner of her left eye.


* {{Dojikko}}: Sayo, as her son claims.

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* {{Dojikko}}: CuteClumsyGirl: Sayo, as her son claims.


* TheComicallySerious: Ginko.
* ConspicuouslyLightPatch: Notably averted in "The White Which Dwells Within the Inkstone" when a roof tile is broken by a large hailstone.

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* ColourCodedEyes: Ginko has lovely, vivid blue-green eyes, as did Nui. [[spoiler:This, as well as their silvery heads of hair, are a result of being exposed to a ''mushi'' named Tokoyami.]]* TheComicallySerious: Ginko.
* ConspicuouslyLightPatch: Notably averted in "The White Which Dwells Within the Inkstone" when a roof tile is broken by a large hailstone.
Ginko.



* GreenEyes: Ginko has lovely, vivid blue-green eyes, as did Nui. [[spoiler:This, as well as their silvery heads of hair, are a result of being exposed to a ''mushi'' named Tokoyami.]]

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