Rain has always manage to not only represent clean slates but also signifying sorrow. It creates a mood in storytelling of loss and character breakdown. With the glorious return of Mushishi Zoku Shou after a week hiatus, we get an interesting telling of a girl who knows all to well the power of rain.
After arriving at an extremely hot and dry climate, Ginko discovers a village that is facing a serious drought. He also notices that the village is putting a significant trust in a girl name Teru who people claim is able to call the rain. Or rather predict its soon arrival.
This story gets deeper as we get a glimpse into the past of Teru and the tragedy that befell her home town. An unending rain that swept in and destroyed crops and led to epidemics that cost the lives of her loved ones. Though it seemed that when she left the village to stay with her aunt, the rain followed her.
I’m so glad to see Mushshi Zoku Shou return. Continuing its amazing atmospheric storytelling. I have to note that this week was a rather different formula than they have been doing for most of this season. Admittedly up until this point it was feeling a bit repetitive in how it was laid out. That’s not to say it was bad, just predictable in its layout.
Typically, Ginko would arrive and immediately explain the mushi that was causing an issue. Instead this round we slowly learned about the issue while assuming it was being caused by a mushi. Though it wasn’t until the very end that Ginko pieced it altogether. I really liked that. I felt like I was a part of his investigation. I hope we see more episodes like this in the future.
Overall it was a clever use of the rain. Not only did the episode stress the dire of drought, but also the sorrow of Teru’s existence. Even though we spent such a small portion of time with Teru, she really was a solid person despite her troubling situation.
Episode 7: Cloudless Rain
- Nice change of formula
- Great depictions of sorrow and rain
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.