Mushi-shi DVD Complete Collection (Hyb) - S.A.V.E. Edition
Robbie E. Lusk - May 18 2012
Travel across the land with Ginko.
In the anime Mushi-shi, literally meaning "spirit or mushi hunter or mushi master", we meet Ginko and he is one of these Mushi-shi a "Mushi Master". He wanders the lands in search of these strange creatures called the Mushi. As Ginko travels the across lands he studies the Mushi and teaches those he encounters how to live in harmony with these mysterious spirits. Their existence and appearance are unknown to many and only a limited number of humans are aware they even exist. Sometimes these Mushi are completely harmless to all, but in some cases they are very dangerous, if not deadly, to deal with. As Ginko says in not so many words in one episode, they are like a bothersome neighbor that you have to put up with and can't really do anything about it. You have to find the balance and go on with your life and accept the fact that they are real and you must deal with that fact.
The Mushi are more primitive than animal, plant or bacteria, yet they are closer to any source of life we as humans know. They are at the heart of all life, a living river of lifeforce. Ginko journeys through a world that resembles medieval Japan. The series is episodic in nature and there are a few recurring characters besides Ginko as he returns to those he's helped from time to time. His payment for his services? Just a few Mushi related items, strange and sometimes dangerous objects. As we see in one episode about a beautifully crafted inkstone.
Speaking of beautiful, the artwork and animation by Artland is phenomenal. The backgrounds in Mushi-shi look real at times, like you could jump right in and join Ginko. I do envy Ginko, what an amazing life he leads.
As the story goes on from one town and person dealing with a Mushi problem to the next etc, you find yourself wondering about Ginko as well. How did he get his unusual white hair and green eye color? Why can he not stay in one place for very long? As the answers come, you'll be delighted by this wonderful and gorgeous anime.
Of course alot of you know about this anime. However, if you are one of those on the fence about purchasing Mushi-shi. By all means please jump right in, but don't stare at the river of light for to long.
The series is 26 episodes long and is licensed by FUNimation in the U.S. There are several boxsets available, and the singles are still floating around out there too. It's an instant classic, and even though it's episodic, I think it's also a great 'gateway' anime. Something to enjoy with your friends and family alike.
So, journey across the land with Ginko and discover with him the epic beauty of the Mushi and experience first hand the danger of being a Mushi-shi.
Cameron G. Quilling - May 17 2014
A must have!
If you like fantasy, adventure, and mystery, you will love this anime. All episodes are animated beautifully, sound wonderful, and have a very intricate story. The S.A.V.E edition has a lot in each disc and is available for an affordable price. You will not be sorry you bought Mushi-Shi!!!