Anime Review: Mushishi
Mushishi, at its core, is a series of beautiful folk-like tales about human compassion and acceptance.
Very mature, easy to watch, artistically crafted anime.
“Do not allow yourself to be blinded by fear or anger, everything is only as it is…”
As the anime progresses, you’d realize that the mushi isn’t necessarily the enemy or something to conquer or overcome. In fact, despite being the title of the anime, the mushis have never been the central character of any episode. They are just a way for us, humans, to understand ourselves a little better. At first, it may seem like the mushi is bringing us along for a ride. But there will come a point in the anime where you realize it has been you driving, alone, all along, and life truly isn’t as intimidating to go through as you think.
Episode 5 — Travelling Swamp
There will be people, things, experiences that give you the desire to live. However, one shouldn’t overcomplicate or overromanticize life like that. The desire to live is every living being’s natural instinct, it will carry itself out. To experience loss or death is undoubtedly painful, but never forget these experiences still remain within the realm of life. And as such, life will go on.
Episode 6 — Those Who Inhale the Dew
Feeling alive is like a wave of freshness washing over you. It doesn’t last very long because it isn’t supposed to. It can only be found in the very moment it is presented to you, and as a result, is an end to itself. So it shouldn’t be a surprise to know, that at some point in our lives, we have all risked all sorts of things just to feel that freshness. Because in the end, all of us want the same thing: to be content that we have been alive.