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Book Title: Mushishi 4|
The author of the book: Yuki Urushibara
Date of issue: 2014
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Read full description of the books Mushishi 4:1) Picking the Empty Cocoon. A story about Aya and Ito, twin girls who take on the family occupation of tending a sort of message service for mushishi. Double cocoons of wild silkworms are gathered and rewoven into two separate cocoons and a mushi called an uro is introduced to it. The uro lives in empty spaces, but leaves if the space is opened, taking contents of the space with it. The uro will move between the rewoven cocoons and take messages with them. The uro also seem to have some sort of extraspacial cave system that abuts with the real world in places. Ito was taken away by an uro and Aya blames herself, continuing to send out messages through the uro in the hopes of someone finding her sister. Ginko visits Aya to get a replacement cocoon and takes her into an uro cave to convince her to give up on her sister and move on with life. But after this main story there is a short bit that reveals that Ito comes out of a silkworm cocoon, unaged and missing her memory, but was returned home because of Aya's letter. I felt like this was one of the more poignant stories, enjoyable though sad. I have mixed feelings about the afterward though, since it feels like a forced happy ending. Though given how many people who have spent time with mushi ultimately dissolve I wonder if it even turned out well or not.
2) One-Night Bridge. A young man and woman tried to elope from their village by crossing a high bridge over a valley. The woman fell through the bridge and should have died, but she was found seemingly alive though not at all like her old self. The region also has reports of a bridge that appears for just one night across the valley every 20 years or so. Ginko becomes embroiled in local matters. He determines the area is home to nisezakura, a type of mushi that resembles vines and feeds on sunlight. Confined to a valley with little sunlight, they take over bodies of dead animals and use them to gather more energy and when they have enough they migrate across the valley in a great mass that resembles a rope or vine bridge. The villagers sabotage the real bridge and the woman's corpse stops moving as the mushi leaves it, so Ginko and the man try to leave via the one-night bridge. But the man hesitates because of guilt and turns back, but causing the bridge to give way beneath him and he falls. A final scene shows him coming out of the woods as another valley returnee. Kind of an interesting story, but I never really got how the valley was a barrier to travel. Especially since characters go down to the valley bottom to search for things, couldn't they just cross over and up the other side rather than needing a bridge? Also, it is another "she was dead all along" story like one in volume 3. I'm a bit annoyed with how those stories toy with your emotions.
3) Spring and Falsehoods. Ginko finds shelter in winter at the home of a young woman, Suzu, and her much younger brother, Miharu. Miharu has the ability to see mushi so Ginko agrees to stay and teach him some. Suzu reports that in years past Miharu had found plants alive in winter that should have only been present in spring, but that he had then fallen asleep until spring. Ginko says it is like reports of a mushi called usobuki. Miharu again falls asleep and Ginko finds him, but decides he must move on as he is attracting mushi. He comes back the next winter and learns that Miharu has slept the whole year. Investigating he discovers the true form of the usobuki but succumbs to their energy drain. Suzu rescues him and he and Miharu awake when spring comes. Ginko moves on though Miharu entreats him to stay for Suzu's sake. I like the subtext in this story; it is obvious that Suzu has a crush on Ginko, and Ginko's parting words to Miharu imply that he probably returns the feelings somewhat.
4) In the Cage. Ginko comes across a man who is unable to leave a bamboo grove near a village. The man has a wife and daughter but is ostracized by the town, including his sister. He tells Ginko of a local legend about a man whose wife gave birth to a bamboo shoot, which was the woman he eventually married. He didn't fully believe the story until his own daughter was born in a similar manner. Ginko does some experiments and determines there is a magaridake in the grove, a mushi that resembles a stalk of white bamboo that parsitizes bamboo. The mushi exerts control over its offspring (the wife and daughter) and anyone who carries or has drunk the water it produces (the man). Ginko tells this to the man who accepts his fate, but his wife overhears and taking pity on him chops down the magaridake. The man, looking for his wife, wanders out of the grove with his daughter but is rejected by his sister in town and returns to live with his wife as before. But Ginko visits him about a year later and learns that both his wife and daughter had died a few months later without the water from the magaridake to sustain them. But then the man sees a shoot of white bamboo and hears a sound like babies crying coming from the grave of his wife and daughter.
5) The Sound of Trodden Grass. A story about a boy named Taku whose family owns the land of a mountain near the light flow. He becomes friends with Isaza, a young member of a group called the Watari who follow the light flow and trade information with mushishi. Taku meets a young Ginko after he is taken in by the Watari for a time. But then the light flow changes and the Watari leave with a warning of coming disaster. The mountain erupts as a volcano but Taku stays behind to rebuild. A dozen years later children in the area are sickly, though progress is being made. Ginko shows up at Isaza's request and provides medicine and advice to help people out. Taku recognizes him, but Ginko only seems to recall when he sees a pool that had held the former mountain master, a great catfish with grass growing from its head. I like this story for not following the usual formula of Ginko showing up, identifying a mushi causing trouble based on symptoms and then providing a solution; it is a bit too much like a medical drama at times. Also, Ginko is not a central character in this story, and it is interesting to see him from a different perspective like that. Though as a result this story feels very much like Ginko's origin story (which was not at first obviously about Ginko), and so I had thought at first it would be the origin story of Adashino-sensei, since the young Taku looks like him. But the resemblance is just because lots of this author's characters look alike.
Bonus Manga. A Story of a Long Time Ago, Fox Spirit Owner Chapter. A short story from the author's grandmother who witnessed an apparent contest of wills between a man rumored to be a fox spirit owner and a Buddhist monk.
Read information about the authorYuki Urushibara is a Japanese manga artist from Yamaguchi Prefecture. She is best known for the series Mushishi, for which she received an Excellence Prize for manga at the 2003 Japan Media Arts Festival and the 2006 Kodansha Manga Award for general manga. She is also known by the pen name Soyogo Shima (志摩 冬青 Shima Soyogo).
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