|Date(s):||November 1999 – August 25, 2008|
|Medium:||manga, anime, live-action movie|
|Country of Origin:||Japan|
|External Links:||Entry on the Manga at ANN's Encyclopedia|
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Mushi-shi began as a ten-volume manga series set in a fictional time between the Edo and Meiji eras in Japan and centered around the adventures of the wandering mushi master, Ginko, as he tries to help people who are impacted negatively by the mushi. Mushi are mysterious amoral living beings. Neither good nor evil, they are more primitive than micro-organisms, yet can have profound effects on humans and animals.
The manga was adapted into an anime series, a few special extended episodes, and a live-action movie.
The series has a fairly quiet English fanbase. On Tumblr most fans celebrate the show via GIFs and by making fanart. This art is almost always focused on Ginko, who is often depicted with at least one kind of mushi. The fic output in English is quite small on AO3. Most of the fics are gen, with a small minority of slash and het works. Nearly all the shippy fics include Ginko, who is most often paired with Adashino, the male doctor.
Fanworks Archives and Challenges
Subject is Maho, a major character in the episode "Tender Horns" (s01e03). Artist is CORVIDAY - (April 15, 2018): "my full piece for the mushishi zine, “Sore Feet”! (@mushishifanzine) love everything about this series and show but had to draw something for one of my fav eps in particular 🌱" (Accessed July 8, 2020)
- Shining Silver, Shining Gold by opalmatrix Tanyû has things her own way for Obon
- Dust and Bones by 7PhoenixAshes A Mushi-shi and a medicine seller take refuge in a remote mountain village—a village whose inhabitants are vanishing one by one into the night, and where a horror of the villagers' own making waits in the valley below. (NOTE: this is a possibly-abandoned WIP, but the author has already completed the biggest mystery)
- English-language works currently make up 157 out of 184 works in the fandom. Archive of Our Own. (Accessed 02 July 2020.)