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Mushishi  
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Description
They exist in the most unexpected placesóbe it within your eyes and ears, under the floor and roof of your house, or in the trees and flowers in your garden. They are everywhere and yet nowhere at the same time. Are they alive or not? Perhaps it is more apt to say they are beings who transcend the concept of life and death itself... They are mushi.
Some wreak havoc in the lives of humans; others bring them deliverance from suffering. Mushi are neither good, nor evil: for just like any other creature, they are merely striving to survive in this harsh, competitive world. Ginko, a lone wanderer with a reclusive personality, offers help and guidance to those plagued by mushi. This is the tale of his travels and exploits in a wondrous world populated by these mysterious entities, that not everyone can see.

Note: Was awarded an Excellence Prize for manga at the 7th Japan Media Arts Festival in 2003, won the Kodansha Manga Award for general manga in 2006 and was placed in 9th on Japan's Agency for Cultural Affairs's list of best manga. The anime adaptation further won grand prizes in the categories of television series and best art direction (for Takashi Waki) at the 5th Tokyo Anime Award competition held at the Tokyo International Anime Fair in 2006.

Type
Manga

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Associated Names
蟲師
กีฏจารย์กับอาถรรพ์แมลงพิสดาร
충사
Bug Master
Mushi-shi

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Latest Release(s)
c.35 by J.A.C. Group (1986d ago)
c.34 by J.A.C. Group (2036d ago)
c.33 by J.A.C. Group (2123d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
10 Volumes (Tankobon - Complete)
10 Volumes (Aizoban - Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1
Ends at Vol 6, Chap 1

User Reviews
N/A

Forum
5 topics, 14 posts
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User Rating
Average: 9 / 10.0 (686 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.89 / 10.0
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Last Updated
May 4th 2015, 1:40pm PST


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Year
1999

Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Afternoon (Kodansha)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Kodansha USA (8 Volumes - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #721 increased(+19)
Monthly Pos #823 increased(+152)
3 Month Pos #871 decreased(-15)
6 Month Pos #878 increased(+39)

List Stats
On 1181 reading lists
On 1489 wish lists
On 834 completed lists
On 72 unfinished lists
On 430 custom lists

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Forum Posts
Whoever came up with the "Bug Master" title translation needs to be smacked upside the head 308 days, 3 hours, 13 minutes ago
Mushishi Anime Gets 2nd Season in April 504 days, 23 hours, 36 minutes ago
anime or manga? 796 days, 1 hours, 33 minutes ago
Ending Discussion.... 1232 days, 15 hours, 51 minutes ago
Manga to Anime Rundown 3167 days, 20 hours, 54 minutes ago

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One of the very best   
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by Bas
March 24th, 2006, 11:01am
Excellent artwork, strange, atmospheric stories, an enigmatic but engaging protagonist, this is a must-read to be savored.
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Unique   
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by barbapapa
November 1st, 2005, 12:33am
Very special manga, sketchy art, beautifully simple tales about beings called mushi. Dreamy mood comparable with YKK or maybe Saikano (but less dramatic)
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