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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
Bug Master
Mushi-shi

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Latest Release(s)
c.35 by J.A.C. Group (2248d ago)
c.34 by J.A.C. Group (2299d ago)
c.33 by J.A.C. Group (2385d 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 (721 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.89 / 10.0
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Last Updated
February 10th 2016, 4:33pm PST


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Year
1999

Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Afternoon (Kodansha)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Kodansha Comics (8 Volumes - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #676 increased(+178)
Monthly Pos #949 increased(+88)
3 Month Pos #1154 decreased(-6)
6 Month Pos #1128 decreased(-10)

List Stats
On 1195 reading lists
On 1551 wish lists
On 883 completed lists
On 78 unfinished lists
On 469 custom lists

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Forum Posts
Whoever came up with the "Bug Master" title translation needs to be smacked upside the head 570 days, 8 hours, 9 minutes ago
Mushishi Anime Gets 2nd Season in April 767 days, 4 hours, 32 minutes ago
anime or manga? 1058 days, 6 hours, 29 minutes ago
Ending Discussion.... 1494 days, 20 hours, 47 minutes ago
Manga to Anime Rundown 3430 days, 1 hours, 50 minutes ago

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Different and special   
Rating: 9.9 / 10.0
by elianthos
March 2nd, 2007, 10:21am
Fascinating settings and concept, thought-inducing, with a supernatural flavour, all of it handled in a sober, quiet way. I've watched the anime for this too, and I'd recommend both versions.
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One of the very best   
Rating: N/A
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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