It isn't unusual for a person to feel that the world around them is strange and has unexpected secrets lying just beyond their sight. However, for most people this is just an occasional sensation that greets them upon awakening or chases them into sleep. For the mushi researcher Ginko, it isn't a feeling at all; it is a knowledge which guides his travels and motivates his life. Found in the cracks between what is conceivable and what is not, are the varied life forms collectively known as mushi. They surround us and affect us, but their intensely different nature makes them unrecognizable to most. Ginko brings these life forms into perspective for the lives of those most affected and most in need of an explanation.
Legend says that if the flesh of a mermaid is consumed, the body becomes immortal. However, with the small chance of immortality comes a high chance of being poisoned, morphing and mutating into a monster beyond comprehension. Yuta is a wanderer: one of the few who has eaten the flesh and survived, and lived to tell about it -- for 500 years. By chance, Yuta meets a young woman named Mana who also shares the same fate, and together, they wander the land, searching for a mermaid who can free them from their immortal lives.
Both anime has travallers moving from place to place having to solve the problems created by humans when they unintentionally or intentionally mess with creatures they are not suppose to. If you liked arc/episodic based, slow paced and great stories in one you will probably like those in the other.
Both these animes have a leading character who can see mushi or youkai and their story on how they deal with the odds. They are both very well packed into a slow paced anime with beautiful soundtrack. If you enjoyed either of these animes then check out the other.
In a dark and dystopic future, the environment of Earth has been destroyed by its human inhabitants. The remainder of mankind live in a physical “gap” between what is known as the lower level, and the unknown sky above. In this dreary and mechanical existence, the melancholy Ura works to restore the memories of the past, as part of the Archive Excavation Department. Along with Riko, his sole companion, Ura will soon discover a mysterious remnant of the past which may prove that there is more to their existence than meets the eye...
While Mushishi and Pale Cocoon might not share many resemblances, they are both really different from the norm. For some reason the characters reminded me a lot of each other. Both anime also have a slower pace and a refreshing story. Well... refreshing as in different, since both have a gloomy atmosphere at times.
In the streets of Tokyo, a new menace has surfaced: Shounen Bat, a young boy who wears golden roller skates and a baseball cap, and likes to whack people on the head with a golden baseball bat. These seemingly unconnected and random attacks soon become a police investigation... but after all is said and done, is there a pattern to this chaos?
Mushishi and Paranoia Agent both do an excellent job of offering stand alone episodes that are someone held together. For Mushishi that bonding agent is the mushi. For Paranoia Agent that bonding agent is lil slugger/ shounen bat. Both shows are also slow and prefer to usually tell the narrative more subtly with key music and visuals. They both require you to think.
At Count D's pet shop, you can acquire any form of animal, from an ordinary canary, to more.. "exotic" creatures. Made to sign a contract before purchase, Count D claims no "responsibility for actions incurred" if the purchaser does not follow its instructions completely, as results can be fatal. Patrons of this shop are able to get the rarest of creatures, but often, their purchases are coupled with demons from their past that won't go away easily.
Both series have a somewhat dreamlike quality to them. They may be different- PSOH is strictly horror where Mushishi is slice of life type fair yet both seem to have lessons learned A LA Twilight Zone style.