Watch & Learn: MUSHI-SHI #13

Topic started by No_name_here on June 29, 2011. Last post by Zaber 3 years, 9 months ago.
Post by No_name_here (871 posts) See mini bio Level 11

Looking back would’ve turned you into a pillar of salt in the Book of Genesis, but in MUSHI-SHI, it’ll make a bridge cave out underneath you.

There’s perhaps a legitimate question of how Ginko can receive letters if he’s constantly wandering, but I’ll let it slide. Let’s just imagine that he’s got a P.O. box somewhere in this indeterminate feudal era. I did got an odd bit of pleasure out of seeing the poor girl’s mother berating him for giving her a diagnosis she didn’t want to hear. The “normals” are so often just awed by the mere notion of a Mushi master that it's refreshing to see one of them who knows their whole deal and isn’t impressed. Ginko’s excuse about not wanting to “treat her like a thing” doesn’t really hold next to the mother’s rather reasonable attitude about cutting the girl off so as not to prolong the misery.

It’s been a while since I’ve praised any story for making me feel bad, but this particular episode really got under my skin. The measure of a good tragedy likely lies in whether it can get you invested enough to wish characters were acting in their better interests, and I was doing that for Ginko’s particular patients here. The girl idling in some sort of living death for three years is a uniquely terrible fate to suffer. You wonder if it could’ve been prevented if her parents weren’t as controlling of her love life, because that’s what ultimate makes the boy suffer the same fate, too. Plus, it’s a terrible fear to have that you won’t have the strength of character to endure just a moment of testing. The kid only needed to hold it for a couple more minutes and he would've been spared twenty years of limbo.

So sad, yet so good at it.

Watch this episode “One-Night Bridge" below, decide for yourself and then read my comments on the previous episode here.

Tom Pinchuk’s the writer of HYBRID BASTARDS! & UNIMAGINABLE. Order them on Amazon here & here. Follow him on Twitter: @tompinchuk

Post by TheSmie (1 posts) See mini bio Level 5

sadness indeed

Post by Rxanadu (83 posts) See mini bio Level 7
Probably one of my favorite episodes, right here.  Forgot about the strands that take over corpses.  Sounds like something out of one of those old movies where aliens take over human bodies.  Kind of a sad way to go, too.   
Also, you may not have noticed this, but let's just say we're lucky Ginko doesn't snap his fingers in any of the forests.  
Post by Rexic (99 posts) See mini bio Level 19
well the message thing is explained in a later episode.i hope no one spoils how(even though you can probsbly guess it.(
Post by zaldar (1,366 posts) See mini bio Level 15
hmm so this one deals with assisted suicide in a way?  Interesting...wish I had time to check this one out.  Maybe some day.
Post by Contra (28 posts) See mini bio Level 9
A great episode.
Ginko said it was because the Mushi was a living thing, and he didn't want to do anything to it; but really it comes down to while your brain knows shes dead, and you could force yourself probably, to end it; your heart sees a girl.  Ginko still sees a girl.  He's worked out it's life cycle as you see, so knows they can leave their hosts.  
As stated above, it's assisted suicide of a person with no brain activity.  While morally you can debate if you are for or against it; being for it and being the one asked to do it are very different.  
And the mother was just blindly holding into hope everththing would go back to normal somehow; the way most people in that situation would.  It's why crackpot remedies, spiritial healers and various things that won't help are done: desperation.
Post by Zaber (24 posts) See mini bio Level 15
aw, its sad! 
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