Manga of the Month - September 2011
Story and art by Yuki Urushibara
Anachronistic clothing, ghost stories, fantastic biology, folk tale, travel, walking smoking advertisement
Ginko smokes a lot and sometimes done say bad words. Not much you can do about it. Additionally, if Japanese mythology offends you, not much you can do about that either.
A fare few of you are probably already familiar with Mushishi, whose biological fairy tales left your television sets feeling a little warmer, a little colder, for the ware. However, there is something to be said for Yuki Urushibara's original work that the animated adaption doesn't so much "Remove" as "Lack." Mushishi has always felt more natural, more at home being read than being watched; experienced through the flick of a page, a beautiful, strange world depicted in sparse, strong brushwork, black against white. Hauntingly simple and refined, sometimes frightening, sometimes heartwarming, but always curious. Perfect left next to your bed, for those long nights you didn't feel like sleeping anyway.
Mushishi is completed at ten volumes.