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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.

- Excellence Prize for Manga at the 7th Japan Media Arts Festival (2003)
- Kodansha Manga Award - General Manga (2006)
- 9th place on Japan's Agency for Cultural Affairs 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 Awards held at the Tokyo International Anime Fair in 2006.


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Associated Names
Bug Master
Trùng Sư

Groups Scanlating
J.A.C. Group

Latest Release(s)
c.35 by J.A.C. Group over 8 years ago
c.34 by J.A.C. Group over 8 years ago
c.33 by J.A.C. Group over 8 years ago
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Status in Country of Origin
10 Volumes (Tankobon - Complete)
10 Volumes (Aizoban - Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1
Ends at Vol 10, Chap 5

User Reviews

5 topics, 15 posts
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User Rating
Average: 9 / 10.0 (786 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.9 / 10.0
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Last Updated
March 6th 2018, 8:27pm PST



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Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Afternoon (Kodansha)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Kodansha Comics (8 Volumes - Complete; Digital)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #583 decreased(-12)
Monthly Pos #854 increased(+80)
3 Month Pos #1144 decreased(-51)
6 Month Pos #1106 increased(+2)
Year Pos #1148 increased(+37)

List Stats
On 1278 reading lists
On 1679 wish lists
On 1018 completed lists
On 82 unfinished lists
On 516 custom lists

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Forum Posts
Whoever came up with the "Bug Master" title translation needs to be smacked upside the head about 1 year ago
Mushishi Anime Gets 2nd Season in April over 4 years ago
anime or manga? over 4 years ago
Ending Discussion.... over 6 years ago
Manga to Anime Rundown over 11 years ago

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Eerie and beautiful   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by serobins
April 28th, 2009, 11:10pm
Take your time reading Mushishi. The manga moves at a slow pace, but it made me shiver more than once. I've never read any stories like these. They were strange, eerie, and haunting. The art is amazing. Human figures blend into the surrounding landscape, as though they are only one more part of nature and not separate from it at all. In fact, in many ways, the landscape and the seasons are the focus of the stories and the art. This won't be for everyone, but I've rarely read anything that sparked my imagination more. It even gave me a few weird dreams.
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A must read to be sure   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Shingi
January 27th, 2009, 1:02am
This series has really entranced my attention so far. It's style and flare is from my experience completely unique and something that shouldn't be missed.

The stories are contained within a single chapter, giving it great ability to sit and only read a little while on a lunch break or whatnot, but having the full effect of a complete story that even gives you things to think about.

It draws you in and really engages you in the story line - you find yourself on the edge of your seat, and hoping that the problem in the chapter is solved happily.

A highly recommend read - no matter what type you normally read ... if you pass this up, you're REALLY missing out.
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Grand master level   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by mystichead
January 23rd, 2009, 2:32pm
I cannot describe much in words how great this is
-art: style, approach, quality, uniqueness topnotch

-content and story: although mostly connects them in a delicate and beautiful web-like fashion .....this is remarkably at a master level, extremely entrancing, and intellectual while very easy to understand....the concepts can lightly touch philosophical questions..and causes one to ponder unconsciously....truly unique here as well

Character: although mostly Ginko, the almost perfect charcter, is described and shown in a very rare masterful form which captivates the audience and keeps the story alive for a long ride(usually stuff like this ends fast since it hard come up with material)...the other characters of the each episode are depicted with true human like emotion....showing the depts of psychology....

I can go on and it for yourself

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Nothing else like it   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Pammeh
January 14th, 2009, 4:44pm
Set in sketchy lineart and carried out in a dreamy, ethereally measured pace, Mushishi is unlike all that genre-cliche manga out there. You want epic battles, cool weapons, cute romances, raging drama, etc? It's probably best to look elsewhere.

What Mushishi does, and does brilliantly, is set up a world that its protagonist, Gin, takes the reader through step-by-step. With stately pace and beautiful depictions, the reader is immersed into a world quite unlike our own. This isn't done with melodramatic flair; rather, Gin's usually unruffled attitude really drives home the point that this strange place IS his home, he and everyone else he encounters belong in it, and the reader is the outsider getting a glimpse into it.

It's the creation and exploration of the world inhabited by mushi that makes Mushishi so fabulous.
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Nothing short of brilliant   
Rating: 9.9 / 10.0
by Crenshinibon
December 20th, 2008, 5:34pm
It's been a while since I've last read Mushishi (I have yet to get a chance to pick up the sixth volume), but I was suddenly struck by the urge to write a comment.

The fact of the matter is that Mushishi succeeds at a level far greater than almost everything else out there. It has a defined, intentional premise that allows the author a lot of creative freedom due to its episodic nature, and yet not a single story has been lacking. The art is a simple style, but still strikingly beautiful in a stark sort of way. Ginko has a strong, developed personality that remains consistent and well-pronounced throughout his encounters. It's an absolute delight to experience every time I crack open one of the volumes.
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Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by Schmuyle HaukSendorf
October 8th, 2008, 9:40am
This marvelous illusion of a profound Japan is my favorite manga among those which embody an unique world - next to Tsuruta's Spirit of Wonder. Wonderfully inspired and enchantingly depicted, this stories -often eerie, always beautiful- leave a moving impression in the reader. Fascinating.

... Last updated on October 8th, 2008, 9:42am
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One of the best manga and anime   
Rating: N/A
by edguitar2121
April 5th, 2008, 6:23pm
One word Amazing!! Mushi shi is cutting edge that will make you want more. What makes Mushi shi so great is the story, artwork and creativity. The story of Mushi shi is smart such as how and why these Mushi can mess with your body and using true elements of the human body. Also the artwork is truly amazing and creative such as how the Mushi are shaped and drawn it truly is creative. Mushi is a must read and a must watch. Watch and read both the manga and the anime I highly recommend it
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by G-17
December 8th, 2007, 12:22pm
One word.... Beautiful.

Everyone should be reading this. The anime is just as good (better in some ways).
I've so far bought two volumes from DelRey and have another two on 'pre-order'.

Yuki Urushibara is getting lots of attention worldwide because of Mushishi, and I personally think she deserves every bit of it.
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I wish..   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by weltall2
September 26th, 2007, 3:29am
I can only say one thing for now..

I wish they would scanlate more chapters..

I don't even have the power to comment how great it is up to now.. Ahhhhhh... relaxing...

Oh yes it did not take 10 because compared to the anime its not that good (misses sound effects and maybe animation). Like I said I do not have the power to comment. Too sad its not getting much attention T.T

... Last updated on September 26th, 2007, 3:30am
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Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by kamasutra69
August 12th, 2007, 11:40pm
no plot but very good story and very interesting main char.
and less dramatic?
are you sure man
this is pure drama
usually touching.
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