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Mushi-Shi Volume 1 [DVD]

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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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  • Producers: Hiroshi Nagahama, Shin Hieda, Hiroyuki Ooizumi
  • Format: Animated, Dolby, Dubbed, PAL
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Revelation Films
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Oct 2007
  • Run Time: 161 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000OIOJD2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,121 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Mushi are neither plants nor animals, instead they resemble the primeval substances of life. Few humans are actually aware of their existence and among them is Ginko, a Mushi-shi who travels around investigating them. In the course of his research he aids those plagued by supernatural phenomenon caused by the Mushi.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely essential. 24 Jan 2008
Mushi-Shi is one of those shows that people either love or hate. If you're after loads of action, fan service and crazy comedy, you may as well stop reading and move on. For everyone else, however, this is a stunning piece of work that has to be seen.
Let's start with the most obvious thing; the visuals. The backgrounds in this show are among the best I have seen- certainly the best for any TV show. Not only is the amount of detail staggering, but the imagination that has gone into designing the world is awe-inspiring.
Despite this, the best thing about this show is the story. It follows a man named Ginko who is a Mushi-Shi, or Mushi Master, as he travels around and helps people who have problems with Mushi. These are strange beings, somewhere between living animals and inanimate objects, and often interact with humans. Sometimes this leads to problems, and that's when Ginko steps in to try to help.
Each episode is stand-alone; there is no overarching plot (so far). This means that each episode focuses on completely new people, and new Mushi too. The range of ideas in this first volume is very impressive, with nothing ever feeling reused. I have also seen the second volume and the ideas there are just as brilliant, which hopefully means that the whole series will feature lots of great stories.
The voice acting for the show is spot on, and I didn't see any problems with the subtitles either, which include Japanese honourifics (i.e. Ginko-san), something I have never seen on DVDs before. Also, they include some footnotes on the names of Mushi, which generally combine a couple of Japanese words. This really helps you get into the show, and kudos to whoever took time to make a worthy set of subtitles.
The music for each episode is also flawless.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fine story-telling 25 Feb 2009
Mushi-Shi is an anime that i would describe as a rarity. The engaging yet calm and wonderfully paced stories of each episode yield much satisfaction, with little more than a beautifully drawn scene and quality voice acting from both the Japanese and English production teams.

Unlike many of the manstream anime series that we see all too often relying on flashy cut scenes, unbalanced (and usually pointless) comedic characters and predictable story arcs, Mushi-Shi gently flows from episode to episode giving the viewer new and interesting perspectives on the world around the main character Ginko, (The travelling Mushi Master) and little by little we learn more about him and the Mushi who inhabit their place between worlds.

The Mushi creatures themselves are often strange and unusual in design, but suited the story of each episode and are created with the quality and detail we have come to expect from the the Japanese imagination.

It can be said there are no samurai fights, no battles on ethereal planes against dark gods or bored kids who find a notebook from another realm, but the show is every bit as enthralling as any of the more popular series available, and is even more enjoyable by simply telling a good story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended!! 13 Mar 2008
I watched this anime about a year ago now, and now that I'm finally able to buy it I'm delighted.

Though if you're a fan of constant action this may not be the anime for you.

Mushishi is by far the most beautifully animated series I've seen. Everything about this series is perfect to me, plus the music score is amazing and very authentic and suited to the show.

I would highly recommend this show to everyone, and seeing as it's soooo damn cheap here on amazon you might as well just buy it!!! +O+O+O+O (I hope volume 4 is out soon :3)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "They dwell unseen in the shadows... 31 Dec 2012
This volume contains episodes 1 - 5.

Fan service and zany action is fun at times but often a little overdone in the anime world, sometimes it's nice to watch something uniquely beautiful.

The first episode starts with a brief prelogue explaining that beings which are neither beast nor plant exist, they are the Mushi. We are quickly introduced to a boy with a wonderful gift - things he draws with his left hand come to life. His gift has led to a self imposed exile after his late grandmother insisted that he stay away from folk who may interpret his gift as dangerous. This isn't his only gift, he can see strange creatures that seem invisible to others, the Mushi. Ginko, a visiting stranger with the same gift to see the Mushi explains that they are the purest form of life and ancient in their existence. Episode 1 is an introduction to the idea of Mushi and the Mushi-Shi (Mushi Master) Ginko, the following 4 epsiodes are very independant of each other and not particularly linked other than by the idea of Mushi and the wanderer Ginko (although episode 5 refers to previous events). Throughout the volume we learn more about the Mushi and the powers of those who see them as Ginko travels and visits those who see.

After the first epsiode, I was worreid that this would be full of exposition, anime is sometimes guilty of spoon-feeding the audience, especially when there is an overseeing character who can come along and 'explain' at length, and it's often so obvious it's embarrassing. But Mushi-Ishi doesn't do that at all - after showing us the concept of Mushi they remain fairly enigmatic and encourages more questions than it answers, leaving you intrigued and wanting to pursue the series. It worked, I'll be working my way through the next 5 episodes soon.
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