Creator/Studio: Yuki Urushibara
No of eps: 26
Summary: Ginko is a “mushi-master”, meaning that he can interact with nature spirits called “mushi”. He uses this gift to help others who have come in contact with these spirits.
Review: If I could describe this anime in one word, it would be: gorgeous. The backdrops are splendidly drawn and vibrant. I really felt as though I was in another world. This is almost as good as anything Studio Ghibli tends to produce.
Ginko is an interesting character because even though he is human, he seems very alien due to his gifts. He is slightly unpredictable, but he has the best intentions of his clients at heart. As the series continues, you want to know more about him and the people he encounters.
What truly makes this show unique is that it’s actually episodic. Each story is complete in itself and is not connected to an arc like most anime. In fact, it should be noted that the stories are actually out of order. Despite this, the stories are not confusing because there is no evidence of the depiction of time and the separation between stories makes them feel independent. There are no other recurring characters besides Ginko, so it’s more like an anthology.
Sub/Dub: I’d say the dub is really good here. Travis Willingham is excellent as Ginko and this is one of his best performances.
Music/Score: The music gives the show a very spooky feel. At times, there is actually very little music at all. The opening song is sung in English and very relaxing.
Violence: (3/10) For the most part, there is very little violence, despite the show’s spooky feel. In one episode, however, there is a mushi who burns down a house in order to save itself from Ginko.
Language: (2/10) A few curse words, but nothing dramatic.
Religion: (7/10) As I stated, this series focuses chiefly on nature spirits. It’s indicated that Ginko had to sacrifice his eye to the spirits to gain his knowledge, similar to Odin in Norse mythology.
Drugs/Tobacco: (1/10) Ginko is never seen without a cigarette in his mouth.
Related Media: There is a manga and the stories in the anime are from this version. They are actually in a different order from the manga. Katsuhiro Otomo of Akira fame directed an award-winning live-action adaptation as well.