Genres: Mystery, Fantasy, Historical, Supernatural, Seinen
Aired: ??? to ???
"Mushi": the most basic forms of life in the world. They exist without any goals or purposes aside from simply "being." They are beyond the shackles of the words "good" and "evil." Mushi can exist in countless forms and are capable of mimicking things from the natural world such as plants, diseases, and even phenomena like rainbows. This is, however, just a vague definition of these entities that inhabit the vibrant world of Mushishi, as to even call them a form of life would be an oversimplification. Detailed information on mushi is scarce because the majority of humans are unaware of their existence. So what are mushi and why do they exist? This is the question that a "Mushishi," Ginko, ponders constantly. Mushishi are those who research mushi in hopes of understanding their place in the world's hierarchy of life. Ginko relentlessly chases rumors of occurrences that could be tied to mushi, all for the sake of finding an answer. It could, after all, lead to the meaning of life itself.
Mushishi was awarded the Excellence Prize for manga at the 7th Japan Media Arts Festival in 2003 and the Kodansha Manga Award for general manga in 2006. The series was published in English by Del Rey Manga from January 30, 2007 to July 27, 2010, with the final 3 volumes released in a 3-in-1 omnibus. It was also published in Spanish by Norma Editorial in 2007 as Mushi-shi. Both releases are now out of print. Kodansha published the title digitally on September 1, 2015.