|Mushishi volume 8/9/10 review||1 out of 1 user found this review helpful.|
|Review error, meant for volume one.||2 out of 2 users found this review helpful.|
M: Mini review time! A little against form I read this little manga a while back, but recently I remembered it and felt like giving it a little bit of recognition, recently I went on vacation and read a interesting little piece called Mushishi a short collection of only loosely related stories following a mushishi, something I’ve yet to pronounce correctly and his little adventures hunting mushi, little vague explain bacteria that are the earliest forms of life blah blah bla blah, his explanation is tedious and explains very little besides well that they are responsible for anything not normal. Besides that there is no real core story besides that each story is unrelated besides that it’s the same main character at the helm, an interesting man to say the least who is clearly an anachronism, being in a trench coat and smoking a cigarette in what seems like feudal japan.
The good about it is also the bad with it, the series is slow and relaxing, no real tense rising action, it’s all low energy and nicely just enjoyable. The main character is defiantly fun to see what he will do at least early on. It is creative with its one trick, and it knows how to make something as boring as fantasy medicine essentially interesting. It’s not at all like a ground breaking form of fiction just mildly present time suck. The art I like a lot for a manga so it’s nice.
The reverse is the same it’s the same. Because there is No core story line there feels like zero reason to keep going, the effect begins to weaken
and near the end it feels like just you’re barreling through it just to say you finished it and move on to something with more depth. The main characters mysterious appeal begins to wear down when you realize it’s not that he is mysterious only because there is nothing to him, and the mushi trick of oh it’s just magic bacteria begins to wear away and become from pleasantly slow to long and tedious.
It’s a good read but having begun the second never finishing it it’s clear that a one volume thing would have be for the best. I advise a quick look and maybe you’ll like it more, but don’t feel odd when this begins to drive you mad, this little fun bit gets a 3.5 magic-micro-organisms out of 5