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The author of the book: Yuki Urushibara
Edition: 講談社 (Kodansha)
Date of issue: October 22nd 2004
ISBN 13: 9784063143614
Format files: PDF
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This is a beautifully drawn series of vignettes about Mushi, a primitive life-form that is much closer to the line between plant and animal than other forms of life. Not everyone can see mushi, but anyone can accidentally intersect with them – usually with problematic results. Our guide on this journey is Ginko, a Mushi-shi or Mushi-Master. Ginko moves through a world tinged with mushi – he smokes constantly, because without the smoke, mushi would swarm around him, making life for other humans miserable or even dangerous.
These stories were inspired by old superstitions and legends of Japan. We have mushi that can trigger resurrection in humans, and mushi that can cause the very elements to change their nature. This volume contains one story that might be frightening to children (“Eye’s Fortune, Eye’s Misfortune”) when a character loses her eyes in a grotesque manner. The artist admits that she fears losing her sight, and so change or injury to sight does reoccur as a theme in her work. A second story, “The Snake of Dawn,” was merely sad when I saw it as anime. But here it brought back additional pain from my own life, making it a heartbreaking tale, even as the characters are making the best of it at the end.
We see all of the mushi as Ginko makes his way through a world tinted by the presence of The Other. Ginko is a rare mushi master, convinced that it is not always necessary to kill mushi. His goal is to help humans live with mushi – and avoid the most dangerous of their breed.
This is sort of like someone writing out the riddles in Patricia McKillip’s The Riddlemaster of Hed. If you enjoy the manga, you should rent some of the anime – they did a beautiful, award-winning interpretation of the original work. Remember that manga are black & white illustrated digest-sized Japanese comic books, so you’ll be admiring line work, not colorization.
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Read information about the authorYuki Urushibara is a Japanese manga artist from Yamaguchi Prefecture. She is best known for the series Mushishi, for which she received an Excellence Prize for manga at the 2003 Japan Media Arts Festival and the 2006 Kodansha Manga Award for general manga. She is also known by the pen name Soyogo Shima (志摩 冬青 Shima Soyogo).
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