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Some of the times when the episodes ended unhappily (for new folks, Ginko isn’t a miracle-worker: he can’t always fix everything, and sometimes Bad Things™ happened to people who got caught up in mushi-related incidents) ended up depressing me enough that I didn’t finish the series, but I tend to be very sensitive to stuff like that, so that shouldn’t be taken as an argument against watching it. It is still a very good series. If you all can handle a show where sometimes solving the issue at hand won’t always magically make everything better (and sometimes may even make things worse), because… well… life is sometimes sucky like that… then you should definitely watch this.
And I don’t want to scare folks off: they don’t ALL turn out bad. I’d say that more often than not Ginko manages to make things better for everyone involved by the end of the episode. It’s just the cases where he wasn’t able to manage it that ended up getting to me after a while.
The episodes with endings that didn’t end as positively as I hoped were not ‘bad’ at all though. They stuck with me even more (the same as you), and I take it as part of the course of nature that Mushishi is trying to depict. This series isn’t exactly here to tell a story with endings that have all lose ends tied up properly. It can be open-ended, it can end in unexpected ways, but it’s part of Mushishi’s beauty too.
Oh Mushishi…it’s one of the few anime series I’ve deemed worthy of purchasing over the years, so news of a second season after 7 years was just as thrilling as it was surprising. I was already super happy about this one hour special, which was perfect perfect perfect- I nearly cried listening to some parts of the soundtrack again- SO EMOTIONAL. I also really loved how they had an albino girl here, and addressed some issues of albinism (aversion to sunlight) that were caused by mushi in this case. AAAAAAH GINKO IT’S SO GOOD TO SEE YOU AGAIN. Truly the greatest hero of all- a hero who sometimes fails, making him human and all the more loveable. Something I was reminded of while watching this episode was that many of the voice actors just speak naturally as they would in real life rather than doing cute or cool ‘anime’ voices, which is something I’ve always found to be really lovely and refreshing.
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