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Mushishi: The Complete Collection (S.A.V.E.)

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Studio: Funimation
  • Release Date: Nov. 8 2011
  • Run Time: 625 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005HVWWB2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,360 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

Product Description

Between this world and the next, there is a point where it becomes impossible to distinguish between plant and animal, between life and death. It is a place man was never meant to tread… This is where you will find the mushi. Neither good nor evil, they are life in its purest form. An unseen river reshaping the path of man, through their very presence we are changed. Vulgar and strange, they have inspired fear in humans since the dawn of time and have, over the ages, come to be known as “mushi.”

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Mushishi is one of my favourite anime series of all time - if the rating was for just the show rather than the product, it would get 5 stars every time. If you haven't watched it yet, it has my full recommendation.

However, S.A.V.E. series being what they are, the video quality while not terrible and perfectly watchable, isn't particularly high either. It shows up somewhat grainy. Fine for most people's purposes, but if you're looking for super high quality video from your DVDs then give this set a pass and shell out the extra money.

The DVD case is also incredibly flimsy and prone to breaking - you don't have to look hard to find people who've had problems with it. Mine actually arrived in the mail broken (though the DVDs themselves were fine, thank god), for which Amazon can certainly be attributed partial fault having shipped it out, but it's something to be aware of all the same. DVD cases come cheap enough and you should be able to replace it if you need to, but it's an annoyance.

This is by far the lowest priced way to get the complete series on DVD, but you'll get what you pay for basically.
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By Iz on Feb. 14 2014
This series is brilliant in the way it shifts colour and reflects thought in the story-making,as well as being beautifully crafted visually. It doesn't fit easily into any category, whether anime or written literature. It is itself, and it is entrancing. Each episode carries its own magic woven of emotion and neglect, of wisdom and foolishness, and it doesn't matter if it is portraying people in another land and of differing stations, because it always speaks of humanity. I really do love this series. I'm more than glad to have had the opportunity to own it.
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By GREG REID on Oct. 4 2013
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This is a stand alone endeavor. Crafted with love and originality, with a complete disregard to formula. There is, and never will be an experience such as this. Well done to everyone involved and many many thanks for this treasure.
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It was perfect, In excellent condition and well packaged. Would recommend this to everyone!
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
Peaceful and Pretty Jan. 19 2012
By RavenRing - Published on Amazon.com
Ginko is a Mushishi - an expert on Mushi, odd spirit-like creatures not everyone can see and that occasionally cause harm to unwary humans. Ginko travels Japan studying Mushi and helping solve problems related to them, such as a village paralyzed by rust mushi, or a bamboo mushi that traps travelers in its forest. Each episode stands on its own, telling of a different place with different mushi, with Ginko observing and assisting when needed.

This is a very languid, beautiful series. Ginko does have a backstory that is eventually revealed, but the series focus is individual episodes. The scenery and mushi combine to create a delightful viewing experience, and the stories are engaging, quickly drawing you in to the world they create. Watching this show made me feel relaxed and I came away from each episode with a contented, peaceful feeling. Not that the stories are boring - since Ginko is a healer-like character, most of the stories involve people who are suffering from their contact with the mushi. But the resolutions are normally uplifting and satisfying.

If you are looking for an action show, this is not it. If you are looking for a show that has an continues storyline, this is also not it. But if you want a show that you can just watch and enjoy on an episodic basis, that has emotional stories and beautiful scenery, please give this show a try. So far everyone I've showed this series to has enjoyed it, and I hope you will too!

Random Trivia: "Mushi" is the Japanese word for "bug", which is what the mushi of this show often resemble.
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Elegantly paced series with richly told stories ~ July 19 2012
By Christopher Barrett - Published on Amazon.com
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This is among the most popular manga series in Japan being voted number one by the Japanese fans at several recent conventions. Unfortunately I have not read the manga, deciding to get right into the anime thanks to a $15.99 price on Amazon. This set continues the excellent lineup of releases on the S.A.V.E. series by Funimation. As a note: I watched this series in the original Japanese with English subtitles.

Speaking of subtitles, Funimation has outdone themselves in this set. I almost wonder if another studio had prepared them. The reasoning is that Funimation rarely explains certain words underneath the subtitles. In episode 7 they use this a few times to explain one of the character's name. The translation is quite good overall and the subtitles are very easy to read.

The backgrounds are gorgeously painted with a kind of soft watercolor style to them. They almost seem like a blend of watercolor painting and old Chinese ink and silk painting. There is a lot of green in the series, it's often used as a sign of life and vitality. The characters are all pretty straightforward in their design and drawing, so it does leave a lot of the characterization up to the dialogue. The animation is crisp and it looks great on a 46" HD TV. Everything is presented in widescreen as well.

The story is the true wonder of this series. The episodes tend to stand alone with one story arc each. Early on the stories seem a little lighthearted and the Mushi (the little spirits) seem quite non-aggressive. It almost seems like these Mushi get mixed up in the human world and so some bad things occur because of this interaction. But it seems at first that this interaction is coincidental. As the series moves along, we encounter more frightening Mushi, and many characters who are affected by them have permanent afflictions. A few even die (though most of these are revealed in flashbacks).

The stories are incredibly engaging, and the characterization of the supporting characters is nothing short of spectacular. The supporting characters only have one episode (for the most part) to make an impact on the viewer, and they do. I equate their characterization to Japanese Haiku. Their stories are told in few words, but their stories and their actions seem to grip the audience and resound with them. It's quite pleasing to watch and I never had the feeling that an episode was 'slow' or 'boring'. Instead I enjoyed getting to know these characters for their brief time on screen. I felt empathy for many of them, and I am sure most viewers will also.

I have always enjoyed anime, and I do fondly remember the amazing 80s and the pretty good 90s. With a few exceptions the 2000 - 2009 years suffered a bit (maybe because of the Japanese economy, Korean outsourcing of animation, etc...), but I have encountered some spectacular series lately, and I am hopeful that this decade may signal a new golden age of anime. These days we are seeing more and more series translated and released in the US, and quality series such as Mushi-Shi are shining stars of modern anime. I highly recommend this series to anyone enjoying a stately paced series with lots of the supernatural and little action. Even my partner who isn't really into anime enjoys it. It's marvelous.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Good for the price Oct. 13 2013
By Anorea - Published on Amazon.com
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It's not pretty. It's not high-quality. It's a S.A.V.E box set.
It's not ugly. It's not bad-quality. It's a S.A.V.E box set.
It's the complete series over several disks.

If you don't have much money, but you want the physical anime, and you want it now, this is great.
If you want something beautiful and high-quality, save up for the real box set.
Recommended: Sure!
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Mushishi--Awesome April 23 2012
By Sinistmer - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great series--the artwork is beautiful, and the plots are fascinating to watch. I find it very relaxing to watch, mainly because the pacing is so different from most series. Overall, it's a treat to watch.
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Amazing... Feb. 23 2012
By Laura S. - Published on Amazon.com
I wasn't sure what to expect when I first watched this anime but I quickly fell in love with the animation, music and stories. I found it to be very low key and strangely soothing to watch after a stressful day at work. And I liked how each story could stand on its own, yet still be connected as Ginko's journey continued. Really enjoyed how the "flashback" stories were woven in - made for a rather unique ending. Highly recommend it if you want a break from the flashy, fast paced, hyper-active anime.