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Tsukishima Jinbei is a warrior who aims to be the best, under the belief that a weak warrior isn't a warrior at all. His father was scouted out by a representative to join the Mushibugyou and told to go to Edo with the instructions that he'd know what to do once he got there. Shortly after arriving at Edo, he hears a scream and goes to check it out... to find a giant spider-like creature devouring some citizens of Edo. Being a warrior, there's no way he could stand this...

Mushibugyō (ムシブギョー?) is a manga series written and illustrated by Hiroshi Fukuda, which was serialized in Shonen Sunday Super from 2009 to 2010. Fukuda later made Jōjū Senjin!! Mushibugyō, a retelling of the original series, which ran in Weekly Shonen Sunday from 2011 to 2017. An anime television series adaptation premiered as a part of the Spring 2013 Anime season. It is being simulcasted with English subtitles by Crunchyroll.


Tropes associated with Mushibugyou:

  • Absurd Cutting Power: Koikawa can perfectly Clean Cut anything with a weapon even if that weapon happens to be a saw.
  • Anime Hair: All over the place but Mugai gets a special mention. Sephiroth looks tame compared to him.
  • Babies Ever After: In the manga ending, Haru, Hibachi, & Kuroageha have each given birth to 3 children respectively for Jinbei.
  • BFS: Mugai wields a massive zanbato/halberd. It can also grow in size.
    • The current leader of the Insect Hunters Mugai's brother also wields one.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: The bugs that the Mushibugyou face are huge, ranging from man-sized to a fortress-class monstrosity.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: Kishuu's Lord Yamagatake.
  • Big "WHAT?!": Jinbei is prone to saying this any time something remotely shocks him.
  • Bishounen: Nagatomimaru.
  • Child Mage: Tenma.
  • Cooldown Hug: The Magistrate gives one to Jinbei.
  • Cowardly Lion: Tenma, despite being a part of the Mushibugyou. He is afraid of bugs.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Koikawa and Mugai. And it's an intertwined past, too.
  • Dark Secret: The western half of Japan has fallen to Sanada Yukimura and his insect army, the Insect Magistrate is the only reason why Edo is not yet overwhelmed by giant insects. The peace that Jinbee sees everyday is a lie.
    • Worst is the only path between them towards Edo is Kishuu, which, should it fall, all hope is lost.
  • Depower: After being hit with special weapon of the Insect Hunter, the Magistrate is incapable of using her Walking Wasteland power. Since she would really like to not have that power in the first place, it's a mixed blessing.
  • The Edo Fireball: Happens with regularity. There is a yearly giant beetle rampage, and Mugai takes it down every time.
  • Evil Redhead: Sanada Yukimura
  • Gag Boobs: Oharu, and they'll make sure you won't forget.
  • Handicapped Badass: Jinbee's father is still capable of kicking ass despite being barely able to walk. In the anime, this is for a given value of "handicap", since in the training episode the man is standing, walking, running, and swimming. His sole handicap appears to be a non-bending knee.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: The Insect-Men.
  • Historical Villain Upgrade: The only series that so far dared painting Sanada Yukimura in a negative light.
  • Hot-Blooded: Jinbee and Genjuurou Tsukushima.
  • Idiot Hero: Jinbee. Most of his wins are out of pure determination.
  • I Shall Taunt You: Jinbee (of all people) exploiting Sanada's pride, forcing the Crucifix Insects to fight the Mushibugyou and preventing the titanic insects from killing the people en masse.
  • Jidaigeki: Takes place in the Edo period but features insectoid versions of Sanada Yukimura and his Ten Braves
  • Kaiju: What the Insects are.
  • Knight in Sour Armor: Koikawa, Mugai, Nagatomimaru and the Insect Magistrate herself are all this, for different reasons.
    • They grow less sour after spending time with Jinbee.
  • Love at First Punch: This is how Jinbei's parents got together, according to his father. They met while each carried a sackful of name plaques from dojo challenging, and then had a duel for over a year against each other. During this time his father proposed, they got married, chose baby names, and she gave birth. Jinbee was probably born holding a sword.
  • Magnetic Hero: Jinbee
  • Ms. Fanservice: Oharu is almost constantly under the Male Gaze.
  • Momma's Boy: Koikawa loved his mother and went berserk killing his father's entire gang (earning his title Killer of 99) thinking they killed her.
  • Mystical White Hair: The Insect Magistrate being a poisonous person and is very mysterious.
  • Nice Hat: The Insect Magistrate and the leader of the Insect Hunters.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Hibachi with a little assistance from Jinbei manage to defeat the leader of the Crucifix Insects said to be the strongest of their number... except all they did was beat his 'shadow' and in doing so forced him to retreat where he stumbles upon the Insect Magistrate and Mugai's group that were supposed to be hidden until she at least got her powers.
  • One-Winged Angel: The Ten Crucifix Insect Men, who all revert from freakish humanoid insects to human looking insect hybrids when they take on their most powerful forms.
  • Pillar of Light: Anything sufficiently awesome, of course.
    • The Fuji Hammer tends to do this.
    • The Insect Magistrate has a purple-cored version of this.
  • Poison Is Corrosive: The Insect Magistrate uses corrosive poison as a personal Force Field, protecting from attacks on all sides.
  • Poisonous Person: The Insect Magistrate.
  • Power-up Full Color Change: The Insect Magistrate's hair and clothes turns purple after activated her poison powers.
  • Suggestive Collision: Jinbei ends up into this a lot with Oharu. One particular instance would be a literal case of Thanks for the Mammary were it not for the lack of groping.
    Jinbei: Thank you, Oharu-dono!
  • Superpowered Evil Side: Jinbee of all people has one, courtesy of a single strand of the Magistrate's hair. (He looks like Bleach's Hollow-Ichigo.)
  • The Symbiote: Sanada's Crucifix Insects are human underneath their insectoid appearance. They are capable of detaching the symbiote if they believe that their human form will gain them an advantage in combat.
  • Technicolor Toxin: The Insect Magistrate's ultra-deadly toxin manifests as purple fog.
  • The Thing That Goes "Doink": Tenma has one in his flashback to when he received Tamekichi and Matsukichi.
  • Throw Down the Bomblet: Hibachi, who primarily uses bombs.
  • Tsundere: Hibachi
  • Walking Wasteland: The Insect Magistrate, and it shows. Each summer she must retire to a remote island inside what looks like an acidic crater lake inside an inactive volcano. Where she dwells, there is absolutely no life around for miles.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: Haru is shown to be this trope due to always wearing a kimono and to be truly kind and gentle.
  • You Killed My Family: The reason why Koikawa hates the Insect Hunters.
    • This is also the reason why Insect Hunters hate the Insect Magistrate.