Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Mushishi Episode 5: Birds of a Swamp-Encrusted Feather

     I'm rewatching Mushishi on DVD and blogging it. Previous post here. First post here. You can watch this episode and the rest of the series legally (and free) on Youtube here. List of brief episode descriptions here.

     I'll admit, I was caught a little off guard. Usually there are so many angles to write from with this series that my greatest difficulty is finding which one is the most prevalent. Episode 5 presented far fewer, few enough that at first I struggled to find any at all. To be fair, though, I was distracted by the excessive amounts of gorgeous scenery shots.

My desktop background at the time of publishing.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Mushishi Episode 4: Deal With It

     I'm rewatching Mushishi on DVD and blogging it. Previous post here. First post here. You can watch this episode and the rest of the series legally (and free) on Youtube here.

     This episode represents a significant departure from the rest of the series so far. It contains a lot of firsts for the series: the first hints of tension between Ginko and another human, the first time Ginko's lack of knowledge has been given a focus, and very notably the first time Ginko outright fails to help someone (though that is best attributed to the patient, not him). But perhaps more important than any of these is the first direct statement of one of the series key themes: coexistence.


Thursday, July 4, 2013

Mushishi Episode 3: Letting Go

     I'm rewatching Mushishi on DVD and blogging it. Previous episode post here. First post in the series here. You can watch the series legally (and free) on Youtube here.
     Also of note: from here on I will assume you've watched the episode, as my curt, poorly integrated synopses were incredibly dry to write and (I imagine) read.

     Episode 3 has always been confusing to me. Only after watching it for the fifth time do I really understand how the cure in the story worked, and if you ask me about it a couple weeks from now I probably won't be able to tell you. Fortunately, the other elements of the story are a little less convoluted. I think.

     I hope.

. . .What do you know that I don't, ma'am?