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MUSHI-SHI: THE NEXT CHAPTER #1 -- Special Review

Not so much a new chapter so much as a direct continuation...

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It’d be real easy to read in some subtext here. Something about certain liquors being actual ‘spirits’ which only a select breed of creative types can handle imbibing for inspiration. Or something like that. This felt like the mellow MUSHI-SHI version of those scenes in MOULIN ROUGE where Kylie Minogue was the Green Fairy of absinthe…

I caught the extended preview (OVA? Ashcan? Zero issue?) for MUSHI-SHI’s return that ran a couple months back. Now that this new iteration has been officially subtitled “the Next Chapter” in some parts, I can’t help but chortle a little. I had some idle hope that my wish could finally be fulfilled here, and we’d see Ginko headline a longer-form serial that actually moves forward. But no - - it’s going to be as episodic as the first iteration. So, this isn't the next chapter so much as it's just another one. A few years of improved animation will be the only major difference.

There isn’t really anything wrong with that, of course. Anime’s certainly got enough serials that relentlessly plot. If you want to a show that you can just pick up at any time, relax as the atmosphere washes over you, and truly step into another world, then you can’t go wrong with MUSHI-SHI. Much like COWBOY BEBOP, it's more-or-less installation art ideally suited to late night viewing.

Still, if I’m being brutally honest, the show can get a little repetitive. It can even get so low-key that searching for the point - - like in this fable of golden sake, for example - - can feel akin to critiquing ambient music. It’s so beside the point, actually, that it might as well be in another universe. You know, the kind you like to step into when you watch this.

Watch this first episode and decide for yourself.

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Kino88on April 22, 2014 at 8:23 a.m.
I'm actually glad they didn't go and make it a serial, This is one show I don't feel should change, I do agree that depending on your mood this show can Sometimes seem a bit too sleepy, but then that's what makes it Such a stand out, I would almost go so far as to call a form of meditaion Rather then conventional anime,

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