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Old 2014-04-12, 22:16   Link #101
Kaoru Chujo
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Was this show always this good? People treating each other well is always great to see. And so is averting disaster. As others have said, the headman crying and the mushi flying were both good scenes. But I also particularly liked the scene when the headman came to the door and stood outside the door-curtain asking the fisherman and his daughter to come back. I also liked how economically and effectively they placed and revealed the pearl.

I only watched a few episodes of the first series, and they never really reached me. Ginko still doesn't do that much for me, except maintain the quiet, solid mood. I guess that's something.

In any case, these first two eps have been excellent.
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Old 2014-04-12, 22:47   Link #102
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Was this show always this good? People treating each other well is always great to see. And so is averting disaster. As others have said, the headman crying and the mushi flying were both good scenes. But I also particularly liked the scene when the headman came to the door and stood outside the door-curtain asking the fisherman and his daughter to come back. I also liked how economically and effectively they placed and revealed the pearl.

I only watched a few episodes of the first series, and they never really reached me. Ginko still doesn't do that much for me, except maintain the quiet, solid mood. I guess that's something.

In any case, these first two eps have been excellent.
Go back and give the original series another chance, if you have the time. I watched the first couple of episodes ages ago and it didn't catch on with me for whatever reason, but I went back a few years ago and it blew me away how good the series is. I still think the first three-four episodes of the original series are fantastic in retrospect, but if it isn't clicking for you, stick it out. These last two episodes of the new season are the standard quality level from the first season, and there are a handful of truly exceptional episodes that are even better than this. It's one of the best anime I've ever seen.
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Old 2014-04-12, 23:08   Link #103
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Was this show always this good? People treating each other well is always great to see. And so is averting disaster. As others have said, the headman crying and the mushi flying were both good scenes. But I also particularly liked the scene when the headman came to the door and stood outside the door-curtain asking the fisherman and his daughter to come back. I also liked how economically and effectively they placed and revealed the pearl.

I only watched a few episodes of the first series, and they never really reached me. Ginko still doesn't do that much for me, except maintain the quiet, solid mood. I guess that's something.

In any case, these first two eps have been excellent.
I actually don't think these first two eps, good as they are, would rank in the elite tier of the first series. Yes, it's always been this good - and it's incredible how little has changed between the two seasons considering almost 9 years have passed.
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Old 2014-04-13, 01:20   Link #104
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Was this show always this good? People treating each other well is always great to see. And so is averting disaster. As others have said, the headman crying and the mushi flying were both good scenes. But I also particularly liked the scene when the headman came to the door and stood outside the door-curtain asking the fisherman and his daughter to come back. I also liked how economically and effectively they placed and revealed the pearl.

I only watched a few episodes of the first series, and they never really reached me. Ginko still doesn't do that much for me, except maintain the quiet, solid mood. I guess that's something.

In any case, these first two eps have been excellent.
Yes. It was. But there was a variety of angles they would present the content from. Perhaps the ones you tried just hapoened to not work with you at the time or you were unlucky or something, whereas the angles of presentation for eps 1 and 2 of season two just did work?
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Old 2014-04-13, 05:28   Link #105
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Ginko is a character that you slowly grow attach to since he's rarely the focus of the show. He doesn't grow as a character and only one episode in season 1(ep 12) dealt directly with Ginko's origin.

He's mostly there as the catalyst and info dump for the mushi.

As for the good endings, you'll definitely see some pretty tragic ones soon if the first season was an indicator.
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Old 2014-04-13, 06:39   Link #106
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I actually don't think these first two eps, good as they are, would rank in the elite tier of the first series. Yes, it's always been this good - and it's incredible how little has changed between the two seasons considering almost 9 years have passed.
I agree, these first two episodes don't even rank among Mushishi's best. I'd say they're average for the series, but average by Mushishi standard is still ridiculously good. If you like them, I don't see any reason why you wouldn't like the first season. Every episode is different so you're going to like some more than others (I'm sure we all have our favorites), but they're all fantastic in their own way. Mushishi is one of those rare episodic series that manages to remain constantly great.

Please, Kaoru, do give the first season another try. It's a masterpiece no anime fan should miss.
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Old 2014-04-13, 08:33   Link #107
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The only bad thing about Mushishi is that every episode is so perfect and self-contained there isn't much to discuss every week.
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"There's really not much else I can say about Mushishi anymore except go watch it."
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Yeah, I had the feeling that every week most of the posts would consist of "wow, that was great". But it really was. And that ending was quite powerful as well.
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Seriously this is so good that we're going to run out of superlatives to describe it...
That is my main gripe with this series, That I lost for words but praises.

And I bet, This thread will ended up filled with that. A Praise thread, if you like.
Mainly.
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Old 2014-04-13, 10:35   Link #108
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This series, along with Kino no Tabi, has always been in my top 5 anime of all time and I don't think it will ever change.

I really don't want to repeat anything in this thread, but seriously I don't think I can speak anything else besides praising the episodes.

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I only watched a few episodes of the first series, and they never really reached me. Ginko still doesn't do that much for me, except maintain the quiet, solid mood. I guess that's something.
Try it again, I think you miss a lot of great stories which will only be told later in the first season. In my case, epidode 4 of the first series was the first episode that truly grabbed me, and starting from episode 8 onwards, I only see praises everywhere for the series.
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Old 2014-04-14, 08:56   Link #109
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just finished episode 1. It's so great to see Mushishi make a return!
the first episode basically contains all basic information needed to explain what the series is about, but in terms of emotional impact, I don't think it delivers as well as some of its older episodes. I know it varies, that there will definitely be better episodes. I just question whether it's wise to use this as a starting episode to draw in new viewers.
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Old 2014-04-14, 09:05   Link #110
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Definitely a better second episode.
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Old 2014-04-14, 19:58   Link #111
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Man, 4 years after watching the first season, I still don't know why I like this show. I always try to objectively pin down why I like what I like and why I don't like what I don't like, and evaluate shows without bias. I've run Mushishi through my usual gamut of litmus tests, but they all turn up mostly blank. And reading through threads like these, I find out a lot of people seem to be in the same boat I am.

The only thing I can think of is that unlike nearly anything else I've seen, Mushishi doesn't seem to have any kind of agenda. It's not trying to push a certain theme, or tell a certain story, or even sell. There's no real plot, or theme, or moral divisions, or philosophy. It just is, like some kind of unbiased documentary. There seem to be messages and stories under every rock, but in the end, they all end up just being threads in some large tapestry of unknown purpose.

And it never tries to teach me anything, but I always feel like I learn something anyway.
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Old 2014-04-14, 22:40   Link #112
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I actually don't think these first two eps, good as they are, would rank in the elite tier of the first series. Yes, it's always been this good - and it's incredible how little has changed between the two seasons considering almost 9 years have passed.
It's one of those series where I always ask myself if I still have the energy, or if I'm in the proper mindset to enjoy or 'consume' a 'serious' show like this after a long day.

And guess what? The answer has been, and is always yes... even when I'm doubting it would be so.

Once that opening starts, all of a sudden I'm in. I have no idea what it is. The themes certainly aren't light-hearted or universally enjoyable—not always, as sometimes it can be bittersweet and even sad. But it's not a heavy show that wears down my mood. I can sit back and listen to these characters just speak in their carefully focused and calm manner and just be drawn to it, as they reflect and even despair at their mysterious predicament. Slices of life unravelled, both the good and the bad, and a little bit of hope at the end.

This show is like crack, but in a good way.

Years have passed, and this show still affects me as if I were still watching it nine years ago. Truly, a very precious gem as far as TV shows go.
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Old 2014-04-15, 00:37   Link #113
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Rather than crack, for me Mushishi is like meditation. It requires a little effort but takes you to amazing places.
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Old 2014-04-15, 00:41   Link #114
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Meditation... Actually, that would indeed be a better word to describe the overall experience.

I use "crack" to describe how much I find it hard to let go when I'm drawn to it.
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Old 2014-04-16, 04:01   Link #115
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Not bad....gives something like the warm feeling I feel from stuff like Cossette no Shouzo
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Old 2014-04-16, 18:07   Link #116
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Even though the first two have been rather tame so far, Sadder episodes are coming.
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Old 2014-04-17, 02:27   Link #117
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I just want to say that I'm really glad to see new Mushi-shi episodes. This series is just so calm and relaxing sometimes. Plus I dig that opening.
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Old 2014-04-17, 02:48   Link #118
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Try it again, I think you miss a lot of great stories which will only be told later in the first season. In my case, epidode 4 of the first series was the first episode that truly grabbed me, and starting from episode 8 onwards, I only see praises everywhere for the series.
For me it was episode 2 ("The Light of the Eyelid") that hooked me, but episode 4 ("The Pillow Pathway") was definitely one of the best of the series. What a punch in the gut...
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Old 2014-04-17, 12:55   Link #119
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I was hooked right away, but it was also episode 4 that made me realize what I was watching was no ordinary anime. It left me utterly speechless with awe. I wasn't expecting to see that kind of stories in this series.
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Old 2014-04-18, 05:35   Link #120
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just finished episode 2, mulling over what the flock of birds means besides hope of being finally being released from the past. ok, maybe that's just what it means.
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