Thursday, October 31, 2013

Mushishi Episode 9: A Chip off the Old Block

     I'm rewatching Mushishi on DVD and blogging it. Previous post here. First post here. You can watch this episode and the rest of the series legally (and free) on Youtube. For those looking for a brief refresher, there's a list of brief episode descriptions here.

     The majority of Mushishi is dominated by philosophical discussion, but it has been largely obfuscated thus far. This episode, however, shifts it to the forefront, with two men discussing morality in a hut serving as the climax of the episode and the investigation and curing of mushi being left out entirely. The viewer is required to accept a lot at face value. Both traditional storytelling and the hallmarks of previous series entries are highly warped and even disregarded so we can have twenty minutes of people talking. If you can take that step, though, this episode has perhaps the most to say of any others up to now.

Breaking taboo, yet moving towards light.