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.
Like most boys his age, the young Renton thinks of nothing but reffing – riding trapar waves on a board – and idolizes Holland, the leader of the renegade group of reffers named Gekko State. As an orphan of a famous hero, he lives a boring life with his grandfather until the beautiful Eureka crashes, literally, into his life. Now, with the help of his newfound friend and crush, Renton finds himself living amongst the crew of Gekko State. The errands are hard and the bullying is fierce, but with Eureka by his side, Renton just might find the courage to tough it out and even save the world!
Okay, so this may seem a little bit of a stretch. One's got advanced mechas and airships, the other is set in the Edo Period. But, there's a few things that tie these two together. Both involve a strange, otherworldly species that takes many forms, and the protagonist (Eureka or Ginko) interacts with this species in a way that is different from anyone else around them. A lot of the plot is based on the relationships between humans with each other and humans with the world around them.
Tohru Honda is a compassionate girl who is down on her luck. Her mother having recently died, she has been forced to camp out in the woods for shelter. However, things start to turn around once she is invited to live with class hunk Yuki Sohma and his family... but all is not as it seems! Yuki's family is burdened with a dark curse which causes them to turn into the animals of the Chinese zodiac once hugged by a member of the opposite sex... and Honda may be the only one who can help them.
Although Mushishi is a bit more of a horror/psychological thriller type of anime and Fuse Teppou Musume no Torimonochou more of a historic/action/adventure type there's something in the atmosphere of the two that connects them, the soundtracks aswell. Also the main male charac ters of the two are a bit melancholic pale-haired dudes.
Tetsuro was orphaned at a young age when his mother was killed by Count Mecha. He dreams of one day earning, or stealing enough money to board the Galaxy Express 999 - the intergalactic train that would take him to the robot planet, where he could cast away his humanity in his quest for vengeance against Count Mecha. Tetsuro soon finds a shortcut towards his desires when he meets the enchanting Maetel while running from the police. Tetsuro finds himself drawn towards this woman that eerily resembles his mother, especially when she offers to take him on the Galaxy Express 999 with her. So begins Tetsuro's intergalactic journey to fulfill his wishes, whatever those wishes may be in the end.
Mushishi takes place during an older time in Japan, following the travels of a man who can see creatures called Mushi, while Galaxy Express 999's film takes place in a fantastical version of space where you can ride a train across the universe. Galaxy Express 999 is something of a growing up story, while Mushishi is a story about the mysterious things Ginko, the protagonist, sees on his journies.
Differences aside, these two works both discuss human nature and the nature of life in a very philosophical way; Mushishi often deals with tragedy and the flaws of human nature, and Galaxy Express 999 explores not only human nature but emotions as well. In addition, both envoke an incredible sense of wonder and awe I've not really seen in anything else. I highly, highly recommend Mushishi to Galaxy Express 999's movie (or TV series) -- these are definitely not to be missed.
On a day like any other, average middle-school-student Yurie Hitotsubashi got the surprise of a lifetime – she became a goddess! Unfortunately, even with her newfound powers, Yurie still can’t manage to find the courage to confess to Kenji, her crush. With Yurie’s fame comes others’ fortune; Matsuri, caretaker of the local shrine, names Yurie the shrine’s new goddess and becomes her manager – for yen and glory! Along with Yurie’s faithful best friend Mitsue, the trio set forth on an adventure to find out what it really means to become a goddess.
Both Kamichu and Mushishi have a world of fantasy within them. Mushishi appeals to an adult audience a bit more, while Kamichu leans towards a Ghibli-like fantasy world. Yet without a doubt, you'll find a familiar flow; there is no pressure on the viewer, and everything comes out naturally. You can't really put a genre on these two.