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.