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Philosophical manga : Supernatural encounters between life and death

Ginko is a wandering expert on the strange phenomena associated with Mushi, ghostly beings between life and death. Mushishi like Ginko are in harmony with nature and learn from it where extraordinary events take place.

Be it a lonely boy with a remarkable talent, a man with premonitions that will become reality, a light-sensitive girl, a horned boy or the inhabitants of an entire village who suddenly lose their hearing. Ginko tries to help.

The perpetrators of the mysterious incidents that Mushi, are neither good nor bad, although they often have unpleasant side effects. They are neither a plant nor an animal and cannot be sensed with the usual five senses. The ability to perceive these beings slumbers in everyone, but has to be trained. Their existence is vague. According to Ginko, they are close to the essence of all life.

In the tradition of Japanese horror manga

Yuki Urushibara presents in her manga series "Mushishi"(Manga Cult, up to 2 volumes, 227 pages each, 15 € each) the organic ones Mushi in the tradition of Japanese horror manga and with borrowings from body horror as parasitic creatures that come along in the form of molluscs, liquids and even living, wandering swamps.

With casual accuracy, the artist draws her gloomy pictures in brisk manual work with hatching and simple raster film patterns. The dense layout, the clear character design, the backdrops reminiscent of the Japan of yesteryear and the historical decor give the manga a haunting, melancholy atmosphere.

Mushishi Ginko roams a credibly staged world. The trustworthy main character creates an unobtrusive connection between the stories. The narrative is remarkably deliberate. Yuki Urushibara embeds philosophical reflections on the way of life of people in the depth of her stories, which only open up to those who are fully involved in their poetic creation.

Filmed by the "Akira" director

"Mushishi" was very successful in Japan. The ten-volume series received the 2003 Japan Media Art Festival Excellence Award and in 2006 was honored with the recognized Kodansha Manga Award in the general category.

In addition, none other than the director of the anime milestone "Akira", Katsuhiro Otomo, took on the material and created an impressive real film cinema experience that is only suitable for those familiar with the subject. In his adaptation, the veteran director combined story modules from different volumes to create a complex work of art that was shown in this country in 2007 as part of the “Fantasy Film Festival”.

Hiroshi Nagahama was a little more cautious with the subtle narrative, who converted the manga series for Studio Artland into an anime TV series almost at the same time as Otomo's real film project. The anime director, who is currently working on an adaptation of the horror manga "Uzumaki", preserved the melancholy atmosphere and leisurely episodic nature in "Mushishi".

However, it did not stay with the first season, which depicts a total of 26 chapters of the manga. This was followed by two specials, a second season and the final film "Mushishi: Bell Droplets".

With the first two volumes of the manga, part of the media universe is now available in German in this country. Those who appreciate calm, picturesque titles like “Spirit of Wonder” by Kenji Tsuruta should not miss Yuki Urushibara’s poetic exploration of the riddles of nature, life and the visible and invisible things.

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