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.
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.
Momo is a sympathetic death god who cries every time she sees a touching moment. Though she brings death, she also allows the victim to complete their last wish before taking them away. Accompanying her through her adventures is a winged black cat named Daniel. With a huge scythe in tow, Momo strives to touch the lives of humankind and overflow the world with pure kindness, by fulfilling the soon deceased’s tasks.
These two anime have a very similar feel. They have a slow, poetic, slice-of-life pace. In both animes each episode is a separate incident or case that focuses on life, death and the will to live. If you enjoy one, you will appreciate the other.
His father thinks he’s a failure, his students think he’s eccentric yet magnificent, and the impoverished farmers of his town think he’s an insufferably idealistic spoiled rich boy. Before renowned Showa-era poet and author Kenji Miyazawa became famous, he lived in a small town, struggling with personal philosophies that no one around him understands, and writing novels without resorting to selling out.
Both animes are atmospheric and explore the unusual and quiet beauty of nature. Spring and chaos through existantial poems, and Mushishi through humans' interaction with nature and both deal with things that aren't seen by the naked eye.