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.
His name is Tortov Roddle, and he is a traveler from Tortalia. Along with his unusually large companion of a pig, the slender Tortov travels from place to place, always finding a new and beautiful adventure at his destination. From islands carried on the backs of frogs, to delightful cafes, to movie theaters and giant bears, there's a wonderful story to tell in the diary of Tortov Roddle.
The Diary Of Tortov Roddle and Mushishi involve a traveler who is seeing beautiful landscapes. Both are slow-paced, peaceful, and sometimes strange. If you want to relax and to travel to another world, watch either of them!
Mushi-shi and Tortov draw on a similar theme of exploration and discovery, set in surreal worlds using beautiful animation both unique in design. Although Tortov is more a silent introduction to such a theme due to its short nature, it is still an experience almost equal to that of Mushi-shi. You cannot ignore one, having enjoyed the other.
From swordsmen to robots, from ancient tribal cultures to civilizations that reach the stars, there is one force that dominates all others: life. From birth to death, and rebirth again, it is life that permeates the soul and opens up to us the mysteries of the universe. Within this tale of the phoenix and those who would be touched by its beauty, we are shown the joys and tragedies that life sometimes hands us, and what we, as humans, must do to survive...
Hi no Tori and Mushishi both examine people's prejudices, morality, and beliefs. The story lines are unconnected but each allows a glimpse into people's minds by watching reactions to events out of their control.
Both series contain short drama stories connected by an overarching central character (Ginko and the mushi in Mushi-shi and the Phoenix in Phoenix) in what are otherwise unrelated stories. Both deal with how people act in the special situation created by the mushi or the promise of eternal life in Phoenix and explore the depths of humanity in the process. If you liked one, you should check out the other one.
While visiting her uncle for the summer, six year old Hotaru gets lost in the woods outside the village. Scared, the crying girl is eventually rescued by a gentle youkai named Gin, who is burdened with a curse that will cause him to disappear if ever touched by a human. Though they are barred from physical contact, the two become close friends. But after a few short years it becomes apparent that Gin ages more slowly than humans, so while Hotaru is growing up and changing, Gin remains in stasis. How will Hotaru adapt to the complicated emotions she develops as her and Gin's ages gradually converge?
Apparitions and the spirit world, with all its strange rules, wonders and beautifully told stories, is a main theme in both anime, though Horatubi no Mori e is essentially romantic and Mushishi is equally spiritual.
If you liked Hotarubi no Mori e or Mushishi, I recommend you check out the other because both of these poignant and touching anime will grab your heart. Hotarubi is a bittersweet movie that tells of a friendship that grows between a spirit and a girl which develops into something more. Mushishi is an episodic series involving the encounters a research scientist has with beings not of this world, and often these meetings resonate and stir the emotions. The slower pace of both anime evokes a sense of nostalgia, and they both will reach out and pluck at your feelings. If you saw one and liked it, be sure to check out the other.
In the war against neighboring countries, the Grand Duke’s warriors use dragon-like beasts called Touda as weapons. Touda are admired across the nation and villages take great pride in breeding them. Erin lives in one such village with her mother, Soyon, who is the best beastinarian in the country. However, life in the village is not so straightforward: Soyon is also an Ariyo, a woman of the Mist People - a race that is feared by humans for its mystical abilities. So that she and Erin can stay in the village, Soyon must flawlessly fulfill her duty capturing and disciplining the Touda; but while Erin wants nothing more than to become a beastinarian, she also feels sorry for the Touda and recognizes that there’s far more to them than meets the eye. Can Erin ever become an ordinary beastinarian when her deepest instincts tell her there is a better way to interact with the Touda?
Both lead characters set out on a epic journey of life learning about creatures that roam in their worlds. Mushishi is all episodic episodes where Kemono no souja erin is one long story. Both have lovely animation that fit well with the stories that are being told. If you liked one you should check out the other as they have a similar feel to each other.
These series both span a rather large amount of time, following a the lead while they learn to interact with and learn to deal with certain types of animals. With a very similar tone throughout the series, they fit well together.
Momosuke is a young man with a dream: to travel Japan and collect one hundred stories. He journeys from place to place, searching for tales of the paranormal and bizarre, hoping to collect tales to publish in his book. However, the calm of Momosuke's life soon is shattered by a chance meeting with three sinister beings: Mataichi the priest, Nagamimi the bird-caller, and the beautiful Ogin. Soon, Momosuke learns that there might be more to his newfound comrades than first meets the eye...
Requiem From the Darkness is in the same vein of both storytelling (short vignettes strung together by the main character) and subject matter (seemingly paranormal activity) as Mushishi. However, instead of helping people, this group seems to punish people for their sins. By watching and learning about the stories of other people, one slowly realizes they're actually learning about the main characters and their own sins.
I recommend Requiem for people who like Mushishi simply because Requiem also focuses on the aspect of traveling and facing off against exotic, supernatural forces. The characters are experienced at what they do, just like Ginko from Mushishi. The only difference is that they punish lives, not save them. Both anime are also told in a story-like way. The episodes stand well enough on their own to remain unlinked to each other.