Episode 9 Impressions: Mushishi Zoku Shou

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A mother’s love transcends all adversity in any life. When a child is in danger, a mother will go at any length to protect them. In many cases, so far as to sacrifice their own life. This is a lesson Ginko will learn as he faces his recent mushi, the Chishio.

e9mushishi3Synopsis
As Ginko nearly loses his life to an injuring while traversing the frozen mountain ranges, he’s saved by the father of a nearby family of crop raisers. This ends up being an odd concept for Ginko as the area they are living in is wracked with an inhabitable amount of freezing temperature. Though it seems the father manages to keep the crops living since he never sleeps and constantly works the fields.

After Ginko connects his abnormality with a mushi affliction, he struggles to present the information to the father since it could cost him his life. However the man’s father doesn’t want the information to reach his son since the reason for his affliction ties back to his mother.

e9mushishi2Thoughts
Such a wonderful and tragic story to behold. Similar to the last few episodes, I’m enjoying the new pace of storytelling that is going on. Instead of explaining a mushi and fixing it, we’re instead dealing with Ginko overstepping the boundaries of hospitality.

It’s sad, but at the same time Ginko is both doing his job as a Mushi-shi as well as repaying the debt of his life being saved. While selfishness is in play, and tragic pasts, there’s still the issue in play that the father’s life is in danger.

I also really enjoyed the flashback storytelling as it really tugged at some heart-strings of a mother protecting their child. It was a bit creepy, but also tragic.

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IMPRESSIONS VERDICT:
Great

Goods:

  • Good drama
  • Tragic tale
  • Great Visuals

Bads:

  • None

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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