Unlike the 1001 TV Shows list, where I watch everything with my husband, I have two anime series going on at the same time. One that I watch by myself (which is currently the most recent JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure) and one that I watch with him. I don’t think I have mentioned this before in the blog as it has taken well over a year to finish watching Mushi-shi with him, which means we can now move on to another series.
The fact that this took a year is not to say that Mushi-shi was a bad series in any way. It’s just that, being one-shot episodes that are in a foreign language and require full concentration, we ended up forgetting it was in our to watch list for large periods of time. We both loved the Mushishi manga and this anime series is incredibly truthful to it, just with added creepy music and some beautiful moving animations for the mushi themselves.
If I was to compare the manga with the anime, I think it would be fair to say that the manga was marginally better. It’s just that, since each story was constrained to the 25 minute episode, it felt like there were some parts of some stories that didn’t get the fuller explanations or back stories. It’s an incredibly small point as the adaptation is exemplary when you consider that they had to being a whole mythology to life and a lot of the drawings in the manga resemble eye floaters.
For the purposes of crossing this off, we watched the original series of Mushi-shi only. I know that there was a follow-up series released a number of years later, but considering how long it took to get through this one I thought it best to get back to it at another point in the future. It means that we get to move onto another anime series, which is a short one from my list and (having already seen the first episode) might be one of those we actually finish in a jiffy.