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Old 2008-05-01, 15:30   Link #861
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Bad News

http://plaza.rakuten.co.jp/lsdrug/diary/200804270000/
http://ameblo.jp/heatwing/entry-10091845828.html#cbox

Apparently, the latest volume of Afternoon Monthly has announced that Mushishi, the manga, will end serialization soon, and that Volume 10 will likely be the final tankoubon.

Why?

Are sales off? Is merchandise and DVD sales unsatisfactory? Have the Union of Harem, Fanservice, and Graphic Violence Mangakas banded together to prosecute Urushibara, because their work seems wanton and uninspired in comparison to Urushibara's? Has the Culture Minister, as he sat his office reading To Love, thought, "Gods forbid that Japan produces more works like Mushishi rather than the usual eyecandy and boys bouncing into breasts."

Why?

Hopefully more information will be forthcoming soon, but unless the reason is the Author has cancer or has to go take care of a family member who has cancer... There Will be Blood, and Tears.
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Old 2008-05-01, 16:01   Link #862
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"All things eventually come to an end" - one of the things that I learned from YKK two years ago.

If that's true, let's just hope that it's the author's own decision and that it would be given some kind of closure. Since the first season covered up to volume 5 of the manga, perhaps the remaining material would be enough for another season?
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Old 2008-05-01, 16:19   Link #863
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Even more important... just how is it going to end? Mushishi may have a continuous story, but it's also rather episodic in nature.

Is it just going to be a story encapsulating the overall theme of everything that has come to pass, after which Ginko journeys on to the next village just like always, or will it be something more lasting and final?
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Old 2008-05-01, 18:05   Link #864
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Even more important... just how is it going to end? Mushishi may have a continuous story, but it's also rather episodic in nature.

Is it just going to be a story encapsulating the overall theme of everything that has come to pass, after which Ginko journeys on to the next village just like always, or will it be something more lasting and final?


I want this to be the final chapter.

Or even better, a Bangaihen ala Emma of at least 2 volumes.

Or even better, a second/spin off series, ala the Kino series.
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Old 2008-05-02, 07:06   Link #865
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Sometimes writers grow tired of their own creations and feel a need to move away from them, if not end the story. It's a natural part of the creative process. The writer has outgrown her characters and feels a need to explore other possibilities. That's something to celebrate, in my opinion. For example, Ursula Le Guin wrote The Farthest Shore thinking it would be the last Earthsea novel she'd write, but she returned 20 years later with Tehanu. It contained new ideas and a new style of writing that I enjoyed.

Mushishi is one of those stories I don't feel a particular need for closure. Ginko is a wanderer, and I'm content to imagine him wandering for all time.
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Old 2008-05-02, 08:32   Link #866
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Yeah, but it'd be f***in' sweet if he ended up traveling with Tanyuu or if he finally had a home to return to (every now and then) from his travels.
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Old 2008-05-02, 12:46   Link #867
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Sometimes writers grow tired of their own creations and feel a need to move away from them, if not end the story. It's a natural part of the creative process. The writer has outgrown her characters and feels a need to explore other possibilities. That's something to celebrate, in my opinion. For example, Ursula Le Guin wrote The Farthest Shore thinking it would be the last Earthsea novel she'd write, but she returned 20 years later with Tehanu. It contained new ideas and a new style of writing that I enjoyed.

Mushishi is one of those stories I don't feel a particular need for closure. Ginko is a wanderer, and I'm content to imagine him wandering for all time.
Yes, I can understand that. It's possible that is why Mushishi is ending, and the only way I think most fans would be able to accept.

Hence my wish to see a new or spin off series.
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Old 2008-05-02, 15:53   Link #868
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Tanyuu = Good end.
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Old 2008-05-04, 21:17   Link #869
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You got it wrong, my friend.

Tanyuu = True End.


/wishful thinking
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Old 2008-05-05, 05:05   Link #870
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Same thing, hopefully.

Just thinking of a Bad End involving Tanyuu is damn depressing enough.
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Old 2008-05-05, 05:27   Link #871
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You got it wrong, my friend.

Tanyuu = True End.


/wishful thinking
*Agrees totally*
I'll be waiting for that stroke of genius that rounds up all that we've seen of this fantastic universe within a single short story.

And no way would Tanyuu get a Bad End. Urushibara isn't one for epic lulz.

I hope.
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Old 2008-05-05, 05:44   Link #872
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And no way would Tanyuu get a Bad End. Urushibara isn't one for epic lulz.
I was actually thinking of something more depressing involving a curse, a death, and a very dangerious mushi about to wreak havok.
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Old 2008-05-05, 05:51   Link #873
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I was actually thinking of something more depressing involving a curse, a death, and a very dangerious mushi about to wreak havok.
This time he won't have memory loss to cure him of his second loss of an important lady in his life, though.

Plausible, but so bitter it's not even sweet. I doubt that possibility, as said.
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Unless there's already another carrier. I think she did suggest the possibility that it wouldn't be finished in her lifetime.
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Old 2008-05-05, 06:07   Link #875
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Unless there's already another carrier. I think she did suggest the possibility that it wouldn't be finished in her lifetime.
I remember something like that as well. I thought she stated it as a fact too.

Oh well, she definitely needs an heir to the Mushi she has, so I won't be surprised if Urushibara actually gives her one the next time Ginko sees her, since we need some form of resolution to her story as well...

Meh, no way would such a mundane plot thread come up in such an extraordinary manga. Let's leave it to the artist shall we?
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Old 2008-05-05, 06:33   Link #876
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since we need some form of resolution to her story as well...
See i don't think we actually do. If the last chapter for the manga is simply just another Mushishi story, then that means Urushibara is leaving Tanyuu's fate to our Imagination. Sure i'd rather see Tanyuu's story end in the manga, and i like to believe Urushibara knows that's what a huge collection of her fanbase wants to see.

Also i'm surprised this hasn't been mentioned yet. Enough material now for a second season?
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Old 2008-05-05, 13:09   Link #877
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See i don't think we actually do. If the last chapter for the manga is simply just another Mushishi story, then that means Urushibara is leaving Tanyuu's fate to our Imagination. Sure i'd rather see Tanyuu's story end in the manga, and i like to believe Urushibara knows that's what a huge collection of her fanbase wants to see.

Also i'm surprised this hasn't been mentioned yet. Enough material now for a second season?
Should be, at least for a 12 episode one. The question is whether a short second series would be financially viable.
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Old 2008-05-06, 01:38   Link #878
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A second season is certainly welcome. I just can't get into the manga for some reason. It needs the right presentation, the right mood. The anime has spoiled me utterly.
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Old 2008-05-06, 06:17   Link #879
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Yeah. Like Gunslinger Girl (season 1), Mushishi's one of those series with good enough manga origins but the animated adaptation really brings out the full potential.
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Old 2008-05-08, 20:01   Link #880
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Well all good things must come to an end. As for an ending for Mushishi I think the idea with Tanyuu is a very welcoming ending in my opinion. However if it is just another normal story I'd be satisfied with that too because I can never really hate Mushishi. I just can't bring myself to hate it.
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