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Supposed Licensing for anime[edit]

According to the Animesuki license database is appears Funimation has plans to license the series. It's possible this may change later, but I put this in after watching the Anisuki list for several days to make sure. Katsuhagi 22:29, 10 October 2006 (UTC)

Episode summaries[edit]

I can handle writing the episode summaries for the new episodes as they come out and I watch them, but I'd rather not have to go back and rewatch all of the episodes again to write the summaries for 1-6. Anyone care to take this task? Thanks. --Cyde Weys talkcontribs 07:39, 10 December 2005 (UTC)

I don't remember the names. --HiS oWn 00:02, 21 December 2005 (UTC)
Not a problem. I will fill in the names whenever I next get to go home and rewatch the subs. Thanks for the episode summary! --Cyde Weys talkcontribs 00:27, 22 December 2005 (UTC)
I've been busy so I didn't get any other episodes done until now. My writing skills are a little rusty, so feel free to butcher it for grammar and syntax. --HiS oWn 23:10, 3 January 2006 (UTC)
Again, not a problem. At this rate (with me doing the new episodes and you covering the backlog) we should be all caught up on Mushishi within a month. I appreciate your help! --Cyde Weys votetalk 23:16, 3 January 2006 (UTC)

Would it be a good idea to make one page for each episode, with a more detailed summary on each of them, signification of the episode (maybe it would not be considered neutral; but in a trivia, I think it would be okay) and general informations, with an image? I would be happy to make these pages, so I'm wondering if anyone doesn't want them! (but I won't be able to start within the month...) I can also put informations on characters and on Mushi. (Mushishi is my favourite anime, I've fansubed them in french, and I think there is not enough information on Wikipedia for an anime this great!) Thanks for your comments! --BahaFura 02:13, 10 May 2007 (UTC)

We have a page now at List of Mushishi episodes that hadn't been created at the time of this thread. I think that page can contain all of the useful information, so I don't see a need for articles for individual episodes. My personal opinion is that fleshing out the plot summaries to four or five lines apiece, without commentary, would greatly improve that article. If you'd like input, let me know. Dekimasuよ! 04:27, 10 May 2007 (UTC)
Okay, I will start whenever I have time(in a month...) Thanks if anyone wants to help! --BahaFura 23:12, 10 May 2007 (UTC)
Keep in mind there used to be much more detailed episode summaries back when the 'List of' page was first created, so you may wish to dredge them out of the page history to use as a base. Always easier to edit existing summaries than create new ones... --Gwern (contribs) 16:34 11 May 2007 (GMT)

Encyclopedia value of episode summaries[edit]

Despite the fact that Mushishi is very episodic, I would argue that a summary of every episode isn't very encyclopedic. What are some other people's thoughts on this matter? Are episode summaries good and legitimate information for Wikipedia? --Zaorish 06:17, 17 March 2006 (UTC)

If not summaries, what would you suggest as an alternative to make this a more complete and informative article? I'm not intending to be argumentative; I'm just curious. --Feiminn 06:57, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
I'm guessing more information about the manga, production notes and information? See FLCL. --HiS oWn 23:18, 21 March 2006 (UTC)

List of Mushishi episodes[edit]

The episode summaries are starting to be a bit long. I suggest splitting them off to a new page soon. --SeizureDog 23:07, 7 May 2006 (UTC)

Relation between manga and anime[edit]

I added the correlation for episodes 8-14 and added the episode title for 14 (Haru to Usobuku). Hope you don't mind - I was just floating along and saw it incomplete and felt the urge to write it in. Please feel free to reinterpret the title in English if you'd like. I got the correlation from my own copies of the manga - I have volumes 1 to 6. If you'd like anything else from there I'm quite happy to help. You'll see me barking around on the net. -wao ( 09:37, 31 January 2006 (UTC))

That would be great. --HiS oWn 17:56, 6 February 2006 (UTC)
Can anyone provide manga correlations for episodes 16 onward? --Feiminn 01:17, 13 March 2006 (UTC)


Is there any hard info in the anime or manga on when the stories are set? Anime episode 2 shows a hypodermic syringe, which would mean a date after 1853, and Ginko's clothes look European. Besides, there's his hair and eye colour.

Other than that, it seems to be before any modernisation of rural Japan.

Zhochaka 22:43, 20 September 2006 (UTC)

FUNimation has Mushishi?[edit]

ANN just reported that FUNimation is sending C&D's to a number of shows; some, like xxxHOLiC, are known FUNi properties, but Mushishi was also on that list. I think this is strong credence for indicating it has been licensed. -- 07:05, 7 October 2006 (UTC)

Let's not speculate until we have something official, OK? No hurry to report it - C&D indicators have failed before. --Gwern (contribs) 16:19, 7 October 2006 (UTC)

Movie-related Links[edit]

I'm not familiar with this series but I wanted to pass along these links for the editors of this article to use as needed:

Hope those are useful! -- 9muses 22:45, 1 January 2007 (UTC)

Explanation of the word "mushi"[edit]

I've always had a problem with how the word "mushi" was simply translated as "bug" or "insect", because it seems like it means more than that. I found the following page that confirmed this for me and expanded on the meaning of mushi:

I suggest we include some of that on this page, or even make Mushi as a separate topic. -- Nickistre 17:01, 17 February 2007 (UTC)

I just noticed that Mushi already exists as an 80s hardcore punk album... -- Nickistre 17:04, 17 February 2007 (UTC)
I don't think that it should be a standalone page, because it would be a dictionary definition, an example of what Wikipedia is not. However, you're right that translating the "3 mushi" kanji as just "bug or "insect" is misleading. If there's a way to incorporate reliable information about it into the article, it should be done. Dekimasuが... 17:31, 17 February 2007 (UTC)

Licensing is official[edit] I'm not sure how to best update the page; anyone know the best way? Paradox7 03:13, 20 June 2007 (UTC)

I've decided to be bold and have given it a shot. Please feel free to correct any of my mistakes! 13:12, 21 June 2007 (UTC)

Guest Cast List[edit]

Might I suggest the Guest Cast list and episode list be combined? Like make one list with the Episode name/manga relationship and the guest cast for that episode. -SeaFox (talk) 00:43, 6 January 2008 (UTC)

Given the nature of the anime focusing really on one character it might be good idea to put that in in List of Mushishi episodes. I know it's completely non-standard, but the format of the anime is also non-standard and i think this good reason to ignore the rules on general guidelines for episode lists. Still, I'd say only the notable characters the anime focuses on for each episode should be listed, which is 1-2.じんない 20:24, 19 March 2009 (UTC)
I also agree that the Guest Cast should be in List of Mushishi episodes as it is per-episode information; and not information about Mushishi as a whole.
-- Wex 20:59, 20 March 2009 (UTC)

Dub Easter Egg - where to note it?[edit]

Ok, here's my dilemma. At AnimeExpo 2008 I had a friendly chat with Mike McFarland, actor for Funimation and voice of Koro in Episode 7, where he revealed an easter egg on the second DVD of the Funimation dub. Apparently Mike's father had passed away recently and he dedicated that episode to him. I'll have to recheck the exact context when I get home but if you go to the scene selection menu, choose episode 7 and then use the remote arrows to click to the right you will find a hidden icon that, when clicked, shows the dedication. My question is, where should this go? New section on the main page? Sidenote on the episode guide? StryyderG (talk) 20:27, 17 March 2009 (UTC)

I'd have to do some looking into it; but I'd think a 'trivia' section at the end of the page would be the right place for that. Assuming it's real of course. You will also have to find a viable reference for its existence; the 'fact' that it exists isn't enough unless that 'fact' comes from a trusted source.
-- Wex 21:09, 20 March 2009 (UTC)
The DVD itself should be enough to verify the statement. As to why it was put on there, that would require an secondary source.じんない 21:34, 20 March 2009 (UTC)
That's a problem. I got it straight from Mike himself so I have no written source on this. I didn't even know about it until he told me. I might be able to contact him on Myspace and get an official comment from him that can be quoted.
@Wex - my apologies, I didn't expound entirely. I have the dvd and when I heard about it, I checked and it is there. StryyderG (talk) 17:21, 27 March 2009 (UTC)

Characters and plot[edit]

Due to the unusual nature of 1 reoccuring and 1 only very slightly reoccruing character should we just roll these 2 sections into one?Jinnai 15:55, 2 June 2009 (UTC)

Who writes this?[edit]

"technology of the 19th century but with Japan as still a country closed to foreign exchange.[citation needed]" From the article.

The country is closed due to isolationism. Foreign exchange is a place to exchange money. DUH

I can google that for you.... — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:12, 3 February 2014 (UTC)

The matter is neither about technology nor foreign exchange, but if Urushibara said it. Where he said "Urushibara stated that Mushishi is set in an imaginary time between the Edo and Meiji periods, with technology of the 19th century but with Japan as still a country closed to foreign exchange."? It needs a source. Google it before commenting on something you don't know. Ah, I almost forgot... DUH for you too. Gabriel Yuji (talk) 21:58, 3 February 2014 (UTC)
In common usage Foreign exchange is Foreign exchange, not isolationism.
The article uses technology not me. The statement was unsourced, becacuse that is not what the statement says. I googled it, read the review, looked to wikipedia to fill in any more peices, and find this trash.

"Foreign exchange allegations 'as bad as Libor', says regulator"[1]

Thank you for defending something that is both un-sourced, and poor English.
and just for laughs, here is the source, which uses "isolation"

“ In the notes in the back of Volume 1 Urushibara says she originally planned for some of the stories to have a contemporary setting, but mainly they ended up not “set at any particular time. Japan still in time of isolation, maybe? Or it feels like an age set between the Edo and Meiji periods. That’s the image I get anyway.” ” [2]

Now, it really really was not hard to find the first translated words, which I will quote for your edification:

"but when Japan is still a "closed country"" -Urshibara, Page 2, Notes, Volume 1, Mushishi Manga[3]

Now to find the Japanese.... :)

As you might know, Wikipedia is a free encyclopedia. You may feel free to edit if you find something wrong. :) Gabriel Yuji (talk) 23:23, 4 February 2014 (UTC)
It's worht to mention I'm not defending anything but the "citation needed" use. I don't know who wrote this sentence (it can be checked in the article's history, though). I don't said I agree with the sentence, and it was well written. I only put I tag where it's needed. You can rewrite the sentence (of course, putting the source) as you know more than me on the subject. :) Gabriel Yuji (talk) 20:18, 8 February 2014 (UTC)


--KrebMarkt 07:11, 6 May 2010 (UTC)

--Gabriel Yuji (talk) 03:05, 3 February 2014 (UTC)

--Gabriel Yuji (talk) 22:08, 20 April 2015 (UTC)


--Gabriel Yuji (talk) 22:08, 20 April 2015 (UTC)

Next Chapter/Passage

--Gabriel Yuji (talk) 22:08, 20 April 2015 (UTC)

List of Manga Chapters[edit]

I was wondering if someone could make the layout/design for a list of manga chapters and I would be willing to fill them in with names and summaries. I think it's unfair the anime got this but not the original medium, the manga. Plus, with the final volume coming up there is no better time. Gakenomushi (talk) 13:03, 26 July 2010 (UTC)

See Help:Table for our docs. You could either start with one of their empty examples, or more helpfully, just copy the code of a fully-filled in example from Wikipedia:Featured lists#Manga, and tweak the contents/details from there. Let me know if I can provide further minor help :) -- Quiddity (talk) 17:08, 26 July 2010 (UTC)

Hm, since all of the chapters stand alone most of those formats don't work as well I would think. Is there a way I could give you the summaries and then let you do it? Sorry, I'm quite new at this... Gakenomushi (talk) 18:29, 27 July 2010 (UTC)

Where are the summaries coming from? (We can't accept copyrighted content. See Wikipedia:Copyright#Using copyrighted work from others for details)
However, if you've written the summaries by yourself (or found them at a site that has a suitable open license, then) :- The easiest way would be to start the list in a user sandbox (eg User:Gakenomushi/Sandbox). I've watchlisted that page, so feel free to experiment there, and I'll help out if I can. Or ask at my talkpage for technical queries.
Specifically: I found at the Anime project's styleguide, the pointer to this template: Template:Graphic novel list (scroll down to "Examples" for a clearer idea). So if you can give me an example for a single volume of the Mushishi manga, of which variables are needed, (eg is it published in English as well as Japanese?) I can help fill out the Sandbox with the appropriate empty templates. (Hopefully that makes sense. I've been here too long and tend to think in our wikijargon! ;) -- Quiddity (talk) 21:29, 27 July 2010 (UTC)

I wrote the summaries myself, from seeing episodes, seeing summaries, etc. But they are different. If I copy and paste the summaries to that sandbox, could we somehow make it into the page we need? Gakenomushi (talk) 12:52, 28 July 2010 (UTC)

Yup, go for it. WP:Be bold is one of our official guidelines. It sounds like a case of just moving chunks of text around, once it's all in one place. :) -- Quiddity (talk) 19:09, 28 July 2010 (UTC)
Thank you! I put all of the summaries I have finished there. (Volumes 1-7). Let me know how I can help. Gakenomushi (talk) 15:13, 29 July 2010 (UTC)
How many volumes are there in total? (Anime News Network seems to suggest that there were 8 English graphic novels, and 9 Japanese volumes. (I might be another day or two before I have much more time. just fyi :) -- Quiddity (talk) 23:26, 29 July 2010 (UTC)
It's rather difficult to say. In America they released the first seven volumes and then an omnibus containing 8-10. On I find a Volume 1-7, 9, 10, and the omnibus, but no just volume 8. And no I understand being busy. Gakenomushi (talk) 13:11, 30 July 2010 (UTC)

Manga Impact[edit]

Manga Impact: The World of Japanese Animation, 6 December 2010, ISBN 978-0714857411; pg 67:

Ginko With his white hair and fresh face, Ginko travels through Japan to search for 'Mushi', tiny creature, invisible to the naked eye, which can nest in human bodies, causing all manner of problems. Ginko is a 'Mushishi', a Mushi hunter, but his disinfection technique is much less harsh than that of the American ghosthunters.
Ginko, a man whose heart is as clear as his one good eye, was created by Urushibara Yuki and first appeared in 1999 in Kodansha's [] magazine. The series has won many prestigious awards for both the peculiarity of the subject matter and the quality of its graphic design and was adapted for animation by [] studios in 2005. The result is a refined series, both in terms of its atmosphere and its use of computer graphics.
Mushishi is set in a verdant Japan where progress seems absent and men live in close contact with the forces of nature. In each episode, Ginko encounters a new case, and his ability to take action and free the patient from the Mushi lies in knowing how to talk to people and absorb their story; he lost his own memory after an encounter with a Mushi.
In an industry flooded with hyper-kinetic products, the relaxed atmosphere of Mushishi is unique. The series is equally surprising for its abundance of dialogue and descriptions that take precedence over action. The effectiveness of the result is highly dependent on the beauty of the design, the light variations and the clarity of the colors, which are all extremely natural.
These are gifts that Bugmaster (2006), the live-action feature by Otomo Katsuhiro, does not possess in equal measure. Although it may be a sincere and interesting attempt to move between animation and live action, it does not succeed in communicating the original's sense of wonder.
C.C. [Carlo Chatrian]

--Gwern (contribs) 19:49 23 December 2011 (GMT)

Official movie site[edit]

An anon-editor correctly tagged this External link as "incorrect" (the domain is no longer related to Mushishi).

I tried accessing the copy, but a 2006 version and a 2008 version have different content. I cannot read it, so am not sure which is preferable (possibly both?). Thoughts (and further research) welcome. –Quiddity (talk) 18:16, 13 July 2013 (UTC)

Mushi-shi The Next Passage dub[edit]

Does anyone know if Funimation plans on dubbing the second series? (talk) 07:51, 22 September 2014 (UTC)