It really is a pain thinking up topics for posts that are essentially just rambling | Mushishi Episodes 1-10
So one of the better things about Mushishi is how there is hardly any wasted material, even though the show doesn’t need to be as efficient as it is to establish its mood. The easiest way to be relaxing and calm, yet subtly melancholy is to be Natsume Yuujinchou; insert greenery, have very little go on and keep a muted soundscape and colour scheme. Mushishi is a lot more focused than that. I’d say that it is, in terms of the finesse with which it goes about unveiling its world, rivalled by very very few in anime.
A lot of people have likened Mushishi’s mood to a lot of different things, but the comment that sticks out to me as the most accurate and representative is that one from that review on MAL. ‘Mushishi, in spirit, resembles a cave painting’. That’s an accurate assessment, but its so accurate an assessment as to basically be the thing its assessing; it holds understanding but not much explicit information.
Magi is a great show, and it has great OP/ED sequences. Not because they’re phenomenally choreographed or anything, and certainly not because the singing is great, but because they offer so much promise, and really, that’s where Magi engages perfectly; in the background, in the imagination, the sense of adventure, even though the adventure has been delayed every episode for fourteen episodes now. It’s no easy feat, to be sure, promising something in an OP or ED.
Well, actually the first ED existed more for mood whiplash, which in this case, is not a bad thing. It makes the rather hopeless-feeling events on screen hit harder. It’s just more memorable when followed by a bubbly ‘nozomite iiyou, yuubi bouenkyou‘.