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.
Legends tell of a floating island in the sky known as Laputa, upon which is rumoured to be treasure beyond a person’s wildest dreams. Sheeta is an orphan girl who is being hunted down because of her necklace, a rare Levistone, which legend says will lead the way to Laputa. One day she is saved by Pazu, a miner apprentice and also an orphan, and together they set out to escape from her would-be captors. Unfortunately, their friendship must go through endless trials in their quest to hide Laputa's location. What is Sheeta’s mysterious legacy, and what hidden motives do Sheeta’s enemies have in regards to finding Laputa?
Mushi-shi was renowned in Japan for its elegant background and the same could be said for any of Hayao Miyasaki's works. Therefore if you are into anime for the detailed and beautifully-done artwork, and you enjoyed the slower moving pace of one, then look to the other.
Alice is a preteen girl who believes in magic, much to the dismay of her parents and peers. But when she finds herself transported into a dreamlike world filled with magic, forest sprites, and witches, she finds out that magic is sometimes not all it’s cracked up to be. The witches of this world must capture forest sprites for use in casting their spells, and magical hierarchy dictates that those at the bottom must compete to get to the top. Dream or not, Alice must use her positive attitude to show these witches that magic should be used to spread happiness, first and foremost!
The fairies in Mahou Shoujo Tai Arusu are very much like the mushi in Mushishi, with Arusu being Ginko's equivalent (or vice versa). Both take an environmental, do-no-harm-unless-necessary stance on dealing with their respective creatures. Both anime also also evovle around some fantastical world settings.
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.