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Mushishi: Zoku-Sho 

Mushishi: Zoku Shou (original title)
They existed long before anyone can remember. They are simple and strange in nature, not resembling any other plant or animal in this world. In ancient times, people revered these bizarre ... See full summary »
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Mika Doi ...  Narrator / ... 22 episodes, 2014
Yûto Nakano Yûto Nakano ...  Ginko 21 episodes, 2014
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They existed long before anyone can remember. They are simple and strange in nature, not resembling any other plant or animal in this world. In ancient times, people revered these bizarre creatures and called them "Mushi." People once again began to believe in the existence of these "Mushi" when they began affecting their lives in inexplicable ways. The one who connects the world of "Mushi" to the world of humans-they were called the "Mushi-shi." All life exists not to hinder others in this world. They are simply there to live as they were meant to. (Source: Aniplex USA)

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Follows Mushishi Tokubetsu-hen: Hihamukage (2014) See more »

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A Subtle but Major Improvement
10 August 2020 | by Shostakovich343See all my reviews

It is hard imagine an apter first episode than that of "Mushi-shi: Zoku-Sho". A self-contained story, it features a sake brewer who spends years perfecting his recipe to recapture a taste his father once described to him. He experiments with different sorts of rice, koji, and mould, until he creates a drink so polished it gives light.

I mention this because the creators of "Zoku-Sho" have done the same thing. I never liked the original "Mushi-shi" as much as I wanted to. For all its deliberate storytelling, I found it just a bit shallow and lacking in atmosphere. But lo, the creators have refined their recipe precisely to my taste, even though it took them a decade.

It is hard to overstate how craftily the series' look has been improved. In effect, only two changes have been made: the bloom has been toned down, and the colour palette has been extended beyond grey and faded green. So now, when the animators try to evoke a sparse and mysterious landscape -- pine groves in the morning mist -- it actually looks sparse and mysterious instead of grey and dull.

But the biggest refinement has been narrative. Like the folk-tales that inspired it, "Mushi-shi" is really about humans -- about the choices we make and how we must learn to live with those. And God bless the writers for getting rid of the morals. No longer are the series' messages hammered down as if taught in elementary school. Instead, we are often left with a partially unresolved situation, a moral uncertainty. The stories linger in your mind, rather than in your stomach shortly before being ejected from the rear end.

"Mushi-shi: Zoku-Sho" is now my favourite chill-out anime. I watched it one or two episodes a night, before going to bed. Not because "Zoku-Sho" put me to sleep, mind, but because it left me fulfilled enough to end my day. A heartier recommendation I cannot give.


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