Wednesday, July 18, 2012
“They dwell, unseen in the shadows. A host of creatures completely different from the flora and fauna familiar to us. An invisible world of life within our own. Since the dawn of humanity, these phantoms have inspired fear in those who cannot understand, and have, over the ages, come to be known as Mushi.”
Mushi-Shi is a 26 episode Drama/Mystery/Supernatural anime based on the manga by Yuki Urushibara, published by Kodansha, and licensed by Del Rey. Director Hiroshi Nagahama and studio Artland (Gunslinger Girl II, Demon King Daimao) are responsible for the anime, with FUNimation as the American licensor.
I actually took the time, this time and watched the series in both languages, so let’s see how this goes. With the English version, the voice acting is really top notch performances. Travis Willingham (Full Metal Alchemist) was a big surprise for me as Ginko, because he brought a softer tone to his voice then the only other character I’ve been used to seeing him as, FMA’s Roy Mustang. This is the same effect that Last Exile had with Johnny Yong Bosch’s character Claus, except, Willingham makes Ginko more believable in his knowledge and curiosity of the Mushi. As for our other characters, Chuck Huber, Luci Christian, Laura Bailey, Brina Palencia, Vic Mignonga, and others bring forth a cast of fairly colorful characters with their stories. The down side to this dub, is voice actors tend to play a role in several episodes, and you can tell when this happens. For instance, Brina Palencia plays four characters throughout the series (not counting the child form of one of her roles in the same episode). Compared to the Japanese, I couldn’t find anyone with doubled roles. This makes it so much better because you don’t have the moment where “Hey! I know who that is!”. As for good old Ginko, Yuto Nakano (Casshern Sins) makes Ginko sound younger then Willingham’s interpretation. If I had to have a preference, the it would be the dub for me. But both versions are well done so, to each his own.
The other downside to Mushi-Shi, besides it’s characters, is it’s soothing nature. Mushi-Shi isn’t meant to be an exciting or thrilling action packed like a lot of series around, now a days. And it isn’t one you can just sit down and marathon during the day. Mushi-Shi is more for those times when you come home from a long day or work or school. When you can curl up on the couch with some Hot Chocolate (I hate tea and coffee) and just want to relax for the night. Kind of like curling up with a good book, in bed, in order to fall asleep.
If you’re looking for something similar, but maybe with more excitement, then Cowboy Bebop and Wolf’s Rain are ideal choices. But, for something more mysterious, but not as good in the story department, xxxHolic and Umineko no Naku Koro ni isn’t a bad choice either.
Until next time, otaku on my friends.