The stories themselfs are not so much related to each other, in most of the stories Ginko comes to a village or meets some people someplace and there is some mysterious problem they face, which the Mushi - Master tries to solve, and the nice touch here is that although he is a Mushi - Master, he does not always know what he´s dealing with and must go through trial and error to find the right remedy and sometimes there is no cure, the mystery remains unsolved.
These stories are very influenced by Zen and the Calm, philosophical Flow you associate with that school of thought, there is no rush but quiet, meditative quality to both the manga and the Anime.
The colours and use of light in the Anime is Fantastic and the way they bring out the many shades of colour and light on finds in nature is brilliant. The soundtrack is fabulous, full of bells, wonderous percussion and other beautiful sounds. In fact the Mange and Anime are very close in spirit with each other, you have the same stories and the characters look and feel the same.
So if you are interested in japanese comics and Cartoons or Manga and Anime, you might like this series also I think Mushishi might appeal to many who are perhaps not so interested in the Fast- Action, Boys- Toys Anime which you have a lot of, but might prefer these kind of stories which are quiet, meditative and very humane.
There is also a live action film which is quite nice but to my taste doesn´t quite capture the wonder and the spiritual quality of the Manga/Anime.
Anyhow I love it and it´s one of my favorite Manga/Anime.
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The manga was adapted into an anime television series in 2005. The Artland production was directed by Hiroshi Nagahama. A live-action feature film adaptation, directed by Katsuhiro Otomo, premiered on March 24, 2007.
The story features ubiquitous creatures called Mushi that often display supernatural powers. Mushi are described as beings in touch with the essence of life, far more basic and pure than normal living things. Due to their ephemeral nature most humans are incapable of perceiving Mushi and are oblivious to their existence, but there are a few who possess the ability to see and interact with Mushi. The Mushi depicted in the anime look very similar to floaters.
One such person is Ginko (ギンコ?), the main character of the series. He employs himself as a Mushi master (蟲師 mushi-shi?), traveling from place to place to research Mushi and aid people suffering from problems caused by them. The series is an episodic anthology in which the only common elements among episodes are Ginko and the various types of Mushi. There is no over-arching plotline. ( source wikipedia )