Anime Mushishi: Zoku Shou | The Next Passage (Season 1)

Anime Fall 2014 Mushishi Zoku Shou The Next Passage
The story features ubiquitous creatures called Mushi (蟲?) that often display what appear as supernatural powers. It is implied that there are many more lifeforms more primitive than “normal” living things such as animals, plants, fungi and bacteria, and Mushi is the most primitive of all. Due to their ethereal 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. 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 overarching plotline.

Type: TV (10 episodes x 24 minutes)
Studio: Artland
Aired: Apr 5, 2014 to Jun 21, 2014
Watch Online: Crunchyroll | Funimation

Mushishi Episodes

2014-04-05 ・ Episode 1: Banquet at the Forest’s Edge
2014-04-12 ・ Episode 2: The Warbling Sea Shell
2014-04-19 ・ Episode 3: Beneath the Snow
2014-04-26 ・ Episode 4: The Hand That Caresses the Night
2014-05-03 ・ Episode 5: Mirror Lake
2014-05-10 ・ Episode 6: Floral Delusion
2014-05-24 ・ Episode 7: Cloudless Rain
2014-06-07 ・ Episode 8: Wind Raiser
2014-06-14 ・ Episode 9: Valley of the Welling Tides
2014-06-21 ・ Episode 10: Depths of Winter

Mushishi Episode Synopsis

Episode 1: Banquet at the Forest’s Edge

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.

Episode 2: The Warbling Sea Shell

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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?

Episode 3: Beneath the Snow

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.

Episode 5: Mirror Lake

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.

Episode 6: Floral Delusion

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.

Episode 7: Cloudless Rain

A woman afflicted by a water-type mushi decides to make use of her condition to help those in need.

Episode 8: Wind Raiser

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.

Episode 9: Valley of the Welling Tides

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?

Episode 10: Depths of Winter

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?

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