Mushi-shi is a 46 episode Seinen with 3 OVAs and a live action Japanese film.
Let me start by saying that before I watched the anime for this, I read all 10 volumes of the manga and loved it! I was super-excited for the anime and I wasn't disappointed!
The show is episodic just like the manga, excepting that the anime doesn't even follow the order of the manga (not that it needs to since nothing is really connected much). The story follows Ginko, a mushi-shi who helps people with mushi problems. Mushi are these little living organisms that people normally can't see, they are all around us and are a part of life and nature but sometimes they can cause problems depending on what they are and how humans interact with them. (In my mind I associate them with bacteria--sorta).
Ginko just travels around helping people with their mushi problems. Some of the episodes focus on backstory about what happened to Ginko as a child, how he became a mushi-shi, etc. but they aren't the real focus of the story.
I've watched this show both subbed and dubbed and honestly, even though both are good, I prefer the dub...just because Travis Willingham (Col. Roy Mustang from FMA) plays Ginko...I love that man's voice...It's just perfect.
The OVAs are basically other episodes from the manga that just didn't end up in the main story of the anime. They're good episodes though...actually they're some of the coolest (for me at least).
Now for the live action film. I think it was done very well. It looked good, it followed well, and overall it was a really good adaptation. I was only confused at the end but I'm not going to spoil that for anyone--I'll let you be confused about why they did that too :D
|Ginko in the Live Action Movie|
Pros and Cons:
- "follows" the manga very well
- Travis Willingham
- Great story
- Unique plot
- Ginko is the best character ever :D (LOL)
- Ha! Yeah right!