Episode 10 Impressions: Mushishi Zoku Shou

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As Winter comes to a close in the world of Mushishi Zoku Shou, so does its Spring airing.  While the trip was a beautiful one, as the Spring season sprouts new life, so does prospects of its continuation.

e10mushishi7Synopsis
Ginko becomes slightly frustrated by the prospect of the early Spring and decides to hunker down for the passing mushi and the awakening Spring mushi. He was hoping to cross the koumyaku (light vein) line before then.

When he awakens later, he is greeted by a deep snow surrounding him and his tent. Despite his predictions of the passing Winter mushi, the Oroshibue (Winter Mountain Wind Whistle) have yet to migrate north and bring a chilling wind.

Much to his surprise, the nearby mountains have already blossomed of Spring while the mountain he’s on is still engulfed in snow. After he attempts to leave the mountain, he discovers that it’s in fact sealed and everything within is trapped. Perhaps the mountain lord is seeking to cause a forced reset and kill its inhabitants. Including Ginko.

e10mushishi5Thoughts
A truly great episode that definitely took a different route in storytelling. Once again I’m surprised by the level of detail, design, and depth to this world. The moment Ginko is drawn into the swamp, I was definitely unsure of what route they were taking with his story.

Not only that, but how they didn’t have him overcome the situation, but rather be taken along for the ride that he was thrown into. My only issue with the episode was that some atmospheric points drug out a tad too long. I had a few points where I went from being awe inspired, to just wondering if the video had lagged up. Though it’s something I can easily overlook.

What a great way to wrap up the first portion of Zoku Shou.  For fans of the series, you’ll be happy to know that this is just the first part of this season and it will continue in Fall 2014.

Episode 10: Depths of Winter

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IMPRESSIONS VERDICT:
Great

Goods:

  • Very scenic
  • Great storytelling
  • Unique to the series

Bads:

  • Some scenes drag out
  • Slow moments

Impressions are based on a single episode and don’t necessarily reflect the series as a whole. Unless dropped, we will continue to give updates on thoughts and impressions of the series as time goes by.

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