The BEST Episodes of Mushi-Shi
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Oct 4, 2019
Network: Tokyo MX
They are neither plants nor animals. They differ from other forms of life such as the micro-organisms and the fungi. Instead they resemble the primeval body of life and are generally known as "Mushi". Their existence and appearance are unknown to many and only a limited number of humans are aware of them. Ginko is a "Mushi-shi" who travels around to investigate and find out more about the "Mushi". In the process, he also lends a helping hand to people who face problems with supernatural occurances which may be related to the "Mushi".
#1 - The Pillow Pathway
Season 1 - Episode 4
Ginko hears a rumor around town that a man is has prophetic dreams every once in a while. He suspects that Mushi are living in his dreams. He gives the man medicine to keep them under control and says he will come back when he has used about all of them. When Ginko returns, the village is deserted and torn up. Ginko finds the man alone in is house. The man then tells him about what happened while he was away.
#2 - Those Who Inhale the Dew
Season 1 - Episode 6
Ginko is on another adventure as he is brought to a very peculiar island, by a young boy Nagi. Ginko is taken to see a girl, who the island inhabitants refer to as �Ikigami� and is said to be able to perform miracles however Ginko discovers that there is more to this.
#3 - The Heavy Seed
Season 1 - Episode 9
While on his journey, Ginko stumbles across a town that has yielded a great crop this year, thanks to their ancestors however it is said that they take someone in exchange. Ginko finds this peculiar and decides to investigate this further, by going to see the village "Saishu-sama" (chief mourner) who obviously has something to do with it.
#4 - The Sleeping Mountain
Season 1 - Episode 11
Ginko arrives at a village where the men are in a heated discussion about the mountain. After learning of Ginko's identity they ask for his help to find another Mushi-shi called Mujika, who happens to be the master of the mountain. While on his trek through the mountain Ginko stumbles across a boy who's also looking for Mujika. Later they manage to find Mujika but this isn't the end of it.
#5 - One-Eyed Fish
Season 1 - Episode 12
"Don't let yourself be blinded by fear and anger. Everything is only as it is..." A boy named Yoki, who's able to see Mushi, was found in the woods by some mysterious lady named Nui with only one eye. It turns out that Yoki was travelling with his mother when a mudslide crushed his mother and he was left all on his own. Yoki's leg later heals itself however he doesn't seem to have anywhere to go so he stays with the Nui and begins to learn some things about the Mushi known as "Tokoyami".
#6 - One-Night Bridge
Season 1 - Episode 13
Just managing to cross the treacherous Kazura Bridge, Ginko meets up with a man on the other side who takes him to meet a lady called Hana, who fell from the same bridge 3 years ago. Even though Hana survived, all she does is sit under the sun and nothing else and nobody seems to know what's wrong with her. Hana is feared to be a "Tanimodori", which are people whose minds and memories are wiped clean and they die on the night that the "One Night Bridge" shows up. From the info gathered Ginko knows that Hana is possessed by a Mushi called a "Nisekazura".
#7 - Inside the Cage
Season 1 - Episode 14
Ginko is approached by an odd man, while resting in the bamboo forest and then the man, Kisuke tells Ginko that he has been lost in the forest for 3 years. Ginko seems to have also become lost in the strange forest and decides to go off and figure something out about the forest. After managing to get out of the forest Ginko figures out that it's the work of a "Magaridake".
#8 - Sunrise Serpent
Season 1 - Episode 16
It is spring and Ginko is taking a boat through a river, when the boat's man, Kaji asks Ginko whether he could help his mum who's forgetting things and can't sleep. At first glance it may appear to be progressive amnesia however something isn't right and Ginko decides to do more investigation into the matter.
#9 - Clothes That Embrace the Mountain
Season 1 - Episode 18
This story is about a mysterious genius artist named Kai who left his family to become better known for his talents and as a parting gift his sister made him a Haori (Man's Kimono). One day he got bored and made a Haura (painting inside the jacket) on his Haori. His master saw this and recognized his talents, so he gave Kai jobs with clients and he quickly started to become well known for his work but his fame came at a price.
#10 - String from the Sky
Season 1 - Episode 19
Seijirou is fascinated by the stars and enjoys stargazing. One day he was by the riverbed with the village nanny Fuki when she notices a string coming down the sky and as she tries to pull all of a sudden she disappears, right before Seijirou's eye. Ginko is travelling through the mountains and is being followed by a peculiar girl. It turns out that it's Fuki, who has been exposed to a strong Mushi presence and can't be seen by anyone.
#11 - The Cotton Changeling
Season 1 - Episode 21
A lady named Aki discovered a green stain on her wedding gown, one year later she gave birth to a boy who, now grown up, has the same marks on his body. It turns out that the boy was originally born not as a human but as some shapeless green blob, which then turned into a human. Her husband asks for Ginko's help yet he is unable to save her son because it's the work of a "Watahaki".
#12 - Journey in the Field of Fire
Season 1 - Episode 24
"Build a fire - night comes... Light a fire - darkness comes... Hide the fire - flames arisen from corpses creep in..." Ginko meets another Mushi-shi, which happens to be a young lady called Yahagi and surrounding the village she lives in is a new variety of Mushi growing on the mountain's fields. It's becoming so bad that the village people are at risk and as a last resort they plan to burn the entire mountain but Ginko doesn't think that this is the right option.
#13 - The Sound of Footsteps on the Grass
Season 1 - Episode 26
Taku is a peculiar young boy who has always wondered who the people were that always passed by the mountains during the rainy seasons. One day he meets a boy named Isaza, while catching fish. It seems that not only Taku can see the Komiyaku in the mountains however Isaza seems to know a lot more about the mountain than him. "The world is filled with life unknown to man..."
#14 - Beneath the Snow
Season 2 - Episode 3
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.
#15 - The Hand That Caresses the Night
Season 2 - Episode 4
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?
#16 - Mirror Lake
Season 2 - Episode 5
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.
#17 - Cloudless Rain
Season 2 - Episode 7
A woman afflicted by a water-type mushi decides to make use of her condition to help those in need.
#18 - Wind Raiser
Season 2 - Episode 8
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.
#19 - Valley of the Welling Tide
Season 2 - Episode 9
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?
#20 - Depths of Winter
Season 2 - Episode 10
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?
#21 - Cushion of Grass
Season 2 - Episode 11
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.
#22 - Fragrant Darkness
Season 2 - Episode 12
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 unsettled feeling he has.
#23 - Lingering Crimson
Season 2 - Episode 13
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 vanishing of the latter.
#24 - Thread of Light
Season 2 - Episode 15
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.
#25 - Sea of Otherworldly Stars
Season 2 - Episode 16
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.