List of Mushishi episodes
This is a list of episodes for the Mushi-Shi anime series. It premiered in Japan on October 23, 2005, but after 20 episodes, the series went on hiatus and resumed screening the six remaining ones on May 15, 2006. A special episode aired on January 4, 2014. A second series, Mushi-Shi -Next Passage-, started airing on April 5, 2014. The first half of the second series ended on June 21, 2014. The remainder of the series aired during the fall, preceded by a second special episode, "Path of Thorns", which covers the two-chapter final story of volume 7 of the manga.
Each episode tells a self-contained story and is not dependent on prior episodes for background. This made it possible for the producers of the anime to change the relative order of the stories. However, aside from a slight abridgment of the dialogue, this is the only major difference between the manga and the anime.
The first series features an opening theme song, "The Sore Feet Song" by Ally Kerr, and each episode features a different ending composed by Toshio Masuda. The opening song for the second season is "Shiver" by Lucy Rose.
|#||Title||Original air date|
|1||"The Green Seat"
"Midori no Za" (緑の座)
|October 23, 2005|
|Ginko investigates the case of a boy whose drawings, if drawn by his left hand, come to life.|
|2||"The Light of the Eyelid"
"Mabuta no Hikari" (瞼の光)
|October 30, 2005|
|Ginko gives aid to a little girl who spends her days locked in a warehouse because she can't bear sunlight.|
"Yawarakai Tsuno" (柔らかい角)
|November 6, 2005|
|A boy who somehow has horns growing on his head is fated to die like his mother, who suffered of the same problem, unless Ginko is able to figure out a cure.|
|4||"The Pillow Pathway"
"Makura no Kōji" (枕小路)
|November 13, 2005|
|A farmer whose dreams become reality seeks Ginko's help.|
|5||"The Traveling Swamp"
"Tabi o Suru Numa" (旅をする沼)
|November 20, 2005|
|Ginko investigates the case of a mysterious girl who is seen in a swamp which moves by itself.|
|6||"Those Who Inhale the Dew"
"Tsuyu o Suu Mure" (露を吸う群)
|November 27, 2005|
|Ginko's services are requested by a boy who lives on a distant island to investigate the case of a girl revered by the people there as a god.|
|7||"Raindrops and Rainbows"
"Ame ga Kuru Niji ga Tatsu" (雨がくる虹がたつ)
|December 4, 2005|
|Ginko encounters a man who has a strange habit of pursuing rainbows.|
|8||"Where Sea Meets Man"
"Unasaka yori" (海境より)
|December 11, 2005|
|While traveling along a beach, Ginko meets a man who hopes to find his long-lost wife.|
|9||"The Heavy Seed"
"Omoi Mi" (重い実)
|December 18, 2005|
|Ginko arrives at a village where there are unusual harvests, always occurring after natural disasters, and always involving the death of one of its inhabitants.|
|10||"The White Which Lives Within the Ink Stone"
"Suzuri ni Sumu Shiro" (硯に棲む白)
|January 8, 2006|
|A group of kids get themselves in trouble when they mess with one of the mushi-related items from Adashino's collection.|
|11||"The Sleeping Mountain"
"Yama Nemuru" (やまねむる)
|January 8, 2006|
|During his travels, Ginko meets an old mushishi who tells him the story of how he became the guardian of the mountain where he lives, and why he can't leave there for the remainder of his life.|
"Sugame no Uo" (眇の魚)
|January 15, 2006|
|An orphan is adopted by Nui, a white-haired female Mushishi. Ginko's origin is revealed.|
|January 22, 2006|
|Ginko arrives in a village where lives a girl who fell from a bridge three years before. Though she apparently survived the fall, she is not the person she used to be anymore, to the despair of the young man who loves her.|
|14||"Inside the Cage"
"Kago no Naka" (籠のなか)
|January 29, 2006|
|While traveling through a bamboo forest, Ginko encounters a man who somehow can't leave the forest, no matter how he tries. Curiously, his wife and child also share the same issue.|
|15||"Pretense of Spring"
"Haru to Usobuku" (春と嘯く)
|February 5, 2006|
|Ginko gets shelter in a cabin during the winter. The boy who lives there claims there is a place where spring blooms early and every time he goes there he ends up sleeping for days.|
"Akatsuki no Hebi" (暁の蛇)
|February 12, 2006|
|Ginko helps a boy who is worried about his mother because she is little by little forgetting her memories.|
|17||"Pickers of Empty Cocoons"
|February 19, 2006|
|Ginko is worried about the girl who handles the cocoons used as mailboxes by the Mushishi, as she is still searching for her sister who disappeared when they were children.|
|18||"Clothes That Embrace the Mountain"
"Yama Daku Koromo" (山抱く衣)
|February 26, 2006|
|Ginko gets his hands on a coat apparently possessed by a mushi. Hoping to figure out the truth, he starts looking for the coat's first owner.|
|19||"String from the Sky"
"Tenpen no Ito" (天辺の糸)
|March 5, 2006|
|Ginko helps a girl who has been missing since she grabbed a string she saw hanging from the sky. After she returns home, strange things start to happen to her.|
|20||"A Sea of Writings"
"Fude no Umi" (筆の海)
|March 12, 2006|
|Ginko comes to a house which has a library full of mushi-related scrolls. There, he meets the girl who writes the scrolls, and hears the story of the curse that has been afflicting her family for generations.|
|May 15, 2006|
|Ginko is called to see a child who was developing a green rash through his body. He quickly figures that the child and his four brothers are not human.|
|22||"Shrine in the Sea"
"Okitsu Miya" (沖つ宮)
|May 22, 2006|
|Ginko investigates a village with a shrine rumored to give people another life.|
|23||"The Sound of Rust"
"Sabi no Naku Koe" (錆の鳴く聲)
|May 29, 2006|
|A girl is ostracized by her village because, according to a rumor, she is the cause of a strange rust that afflicts the houses and people there. Now it's up to Ginko to figure out the truth.|
|24||"The Journey to the Field of Fire"
|June 5, 2006|
|Trying to dispose an unknown type of mushi which threatens her village, the local mushishi decides to burn down the whole mountain where it lives. But Ginko does not agree with the idea.|
|25||"Eye of Fortune, Eye of Misfortune"
"Ganpuku Ganka" (眼福眼禍)
|June 12, 2006|
|Ginko encounters a woman who was blind when she was a child, until a mushi entered her eyes and granted her the ability of sight. Although her sight improved day by day, she began seeing more than she wished for.|
|26||"The Sound of Footsteps on the Grass"
"Kusa o Fumu Oto" (草を踏む音)
|June 19, 2006|
|When Ginko was a child, he lived for a while with the Watari, a group of nomads, which every year visited a mysterious mountain. Among the nomads, there is another boy, Isaza, who befriends the son of the family who owns the mountain, and their friendship grows despite them barely seeing each other.|
|Special||"The Shadow That Devours the Sun"
"Hi Hamu Kage" (日蝕む翳)
|January 4, 2014|
|A powerful mushi appears during an eclipse, drawing other mushi to form a huge shadow that blocks the sun over a small village. Looking for clues about the mushi, Ginko meets a child who is afflicted by a strange disease that manifests itself when she is exposed to sunlight, and it does not take long for him to find out that both facts are related.|
Mushi-Shi -Next Passage-
|#||Title||Original air date|
|1||"Banquet at the Forest's Edge"
"Nozue no Utage" (野末の宴)
|April 5, 2014|
|A sake brewer once lost his way home and chanced upon a strange ceremony. There, he tasted a sweet, glowing sake that he's never been able to forget. Years later, his son has followed in his footsteps and is trying to brew a sake to match his dad's. When he, too, encounters a late-night ceremony, he pretends to be part of it, meeting Ginko during the occasion.|
|2||"The Warbling Sea Shell"
"Saezuru Kai" (囀る貝)
|April 12, 2014|
|Near a village by the sea, a girl lives with her father on a secluded crag. She wants to make friends, but her father, for some reason, doesn't want her associating with the village people. When Ginko arrives, he finds a mushi that's an omen of disaster. Will the girl's father be able to forgive past events and help the village?|
|3||"Beneath the Snow"
"Yuki no Shita" (雪の下)
|April 19, 2014|
|Ginko visits a village where it snows most of the year to study snow mushi. He finds a boy with a strange affliction that causes snow to fall on him perpetually. He's become insensitive to the cold, and warmth is painful for him. It's dangerous for him to expose himself to the cold so much, but he doesn't even seem to care.|
|4||"The Hand That Caresses the Night"
"Yoru o Naderu Te" (夜を撫でる手)
|April 26, 2014|
|A young man has the power to lure animals to him using a scent issuing from his hand. He inherited this power from his father, and it makes hunting easier. But it makes the meat from his prey taste foul. More serious is the risk of losing his mind to the power and confusing family with prey. There's a cure, but will the boy be willing to give up his power?|
"Kagami ga Fuchi" (鏡が淵)
|May 3, 2014|
|Ginko encounters a young woman being followed by a mysterious, watery creature. The woman becomes weak, and her family believes it to be lovesickness. Ginko reveals the truth of the mushi attached to her, but the woman must decide whether to give up her body to the mushi, or to dispel it and continue living.|
"Hana Madoi" (花惑い)
|May 10, 2014|
|Ginko meets a woman with a striking beauty that lacks all five senses and according to the man who takes care of her, is over 80 years old and has lived in his family for generations. While investigating the mushi responsible for it, Ginko discovers an even darker secret involving the two.|
"Hi Teru Ame" (日照る雨)
|May 24, 2014|
|A woman afflicted by a water-type mushi decides to make use of her condition to help those in need.|
"Shimaki Tatsu" (風巻立つ)
|June 7, 2014|
|While on board a boat, Ginko meets a young man who has developed a connection to a flock of bird-type mushi able to create wind.|
|9||"Valley of the Welling Tides"
"Ushio Waku Tani" (潮わく谷)
|June 14, 2014|
|Ginko falls unconscious on a snowy mountain. He is helped by locals who somehow manage to grow their fields despite the weather, mainly because of a worker with unabated stamina. But at what cost does this vigor come?|
|10||"Depths of Winter"
"Fuyu no Soko" (冬の底)
|June 21, 2014|
|On his way to answer a summons, Ginko is trapped on a mountain that has been sealed by the mountain lord, and is experiencing an eternal winter because of some trapped snow-mushi. Why has the mountain lord sealed the mountain, and how will Ginko escape this eternal winter?|
|Special||"Path of Thorns"
"Odoro no Michi" (棘のみち)
|August 20, 2014|
|At the request of Tan'yuu, Ginko sets off to investigate a phenomenon that might be related to a dangerous mushi, much to the chagrin of Kumado Minai, the current head of a long line of mushishi, who's in charge of the area. As Ginko and Kumado get to the bottom of the Path of Thorns, the secret of the Minai line of mushishi is revealed.|
|11||"Cushion of Grass"
"Kusa no Shitone" (草の茵)
|October 19, 2014|
|After his encounter with Nui and before becoming a mushishi, young Ginko moved from place to place, due to his condition of attracting mushi. At one point he found himself instructed and cared for by a mushishi named Suguro, in the lands of a dying Mountain Lord. Ginko wonders about his place in the world and the natural order, as Suguro worries that the new Mountain Lord hasn't yet appeared.|
"Kaoru Yami" (香る闇)
|October 26, 2014|
|A man feels something vaguely familiar, yet terrifying, as he smells the scent of flowers at night. As an old man, walking through the woods, he finds a tunnel, and is compelled to enter it. While going through it, he reminisces about important events in his life up to that point, but it seems there is something he can't quite recall. Perhaps long ago, the visit of a traveler looking for shelter on a rainy day, might help shed light on the unsettledness he feels.|
"Nokori Beni" (残り紅)
|November 2, 2014|
|At dusk, about to go home after playing with her friends, a young girl named Akane found a shadow without a caster. On that same day, she disappeared. Several years later, Ginko is told the story of Mikage, a girl who appeared with no memories at Akane's village shortly after the vanishment of the latter.|
"Komori E" (隠り江)
|November 9, 2014|
|Yura and Sumi, the former's caretaker, were close friends. Eventually, as they were moved apart, Yura could still feel Sumi's presence. However, whenever that happened, she'd become like an empty shell, worrying her father. As Ginko comes to know of the case, he proceeds to offer them advice, as the condition is caused by a mushi that can connect people's minds.|
|15||"Thread of Light"
"Hikari no O" (光の緒)
|November 16, 2014|
|A young boy named Gen troubles his father by being too rough with other kids, who pick on him due to his absent mother. The child, too strong for his age, also claims to be able to see strange creatures that no one else sees. As Ginko arrives at Gen's place, the story behind Gen's strength is revealed as the mushishi recounts the day he met a woman who'd woven a mysterious seamless garment.|
|16||"Sea of Otherworldly Stars"
"Koten no Hoshi" (壷天の星)
|November 23, 2014|
|Izumi is alone in a world that mirrors our own. Having forgotten how she came to be there, she remains trapped while her family searches in vain. Her father believes she has been kidnapped, while her mother and sister Mizuho believe that she is still inside the house, even though they cannot see her. Ginko crosses into the other world to try to save her.|
"Mizu Aomu" (水碧む)
|November 30, 2014|
|Ginko encounters Yuuta, a boy who is excellent at swimming and fishing but has webbed hands and cold skin. After discovering the boy's unnatural affinity for water, he sets out to treat the rain mushi causing his strange behavior.|
"Ikazuchi no Tamoto" (雷の袂)
|December 7, 2014|
|Multiple lightning strikes have been observed hitting the same tree, and Ginko investigates. He meets a strange boy who attracts lightning to himself due to a mushi's influence. His mother believes he is doing it to spite her and struggles with the fact that she doesn't love her child.|
"Doro no Kusa" (泥の草)
|December 14, 2014|
|Shigeru's daughter (Yuri) is found dead in the mountains. A painful skin infection breaks out in his village. Ginko can cure the disease of the villagers but Shigeru has a much more serious case. It turns out that he and the son of his deceased brother brought back the mushi causing the problem to the village when they broke a taboo.|
|20||"Tree of Eternity"
"Tokoshie no Ki" (常の樹)
|December 21, 2014|
|A restless man, Kanta, on his way home to his wife and young daughter (Futaba), sits down to rest in a forest. He is tired and thirsty so he eats a red fruit that was lying on the ground near him, and gives thanks to the plum. Some time after this, he starts having vivid memories both in his dreams and while awake of times going back before his birth. He goes looking for a huge tree but finding it does not make him happy.|
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