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  • The meaning of life may be within the medley of artistic expressions in a mushi... it is both about that which isn't and that which lives... art and nothingness... Zoku Shou has some themes that are possibly even more transcendental than the previous season... love, loneliness, existence... the music, the colour, all complement to create a canvas of beauty...

    Someone recently thought it might be too slow... but, the deliberate pace is wholly intended... if it was any faster it would not create the same atmosphere, a similar mental state, the wholeness that it results in... do note that the pace is set within the music too.

    Essentially, it is narrative... it is the art of storytelling... the wonder of a legend, but combined with all else - and darkness - it creates this state which it intended to convey.

    Then there is pathos too... contained within a constant mystery of these creatures, mushi, some would think hallucinations... their interaction with what could be, what is possible within a certain logic.

    It is mostly tragic, but within it what could be glimpsed as an alluring beauty... it is nature as it changes, as it moves.

    The only narrative left now, Mushishi Zoku Shou: Suzu no Shizuku, I yearn for...
  • This is an example of a truly remarkable and artistic masterpiece for the anime, and perhaps entertainment world in general.

    It is such an atmospheric experience, with many compelling characters and even more compelling and mind-blowing stories with each episode. It is episodic like the seasons before, but that kind of setup ultimately proves to be done masterfully and with great nuance.

    Ginko continues to be a fantastic and thoughtful protagonist who encounters these various Mushi-related incidences in some very resourceful and interesting ways.

    Some of the episodes in this series are absolutely breathtaking, containing a large amount of emotional baggage, as well as some twists and turns that keeps the viewer on edge. Some of the moments from this show are truly moving, and after viewing I feel that I have actually gained a lot from this series.

    Zoku Shou 2nd Season is equally as good as the first season for me, and there were so many moments where I was blown away. The writing is fantastic, and the slow pacing is done in such a remarkable and captivating manner. Some could view this as boring since yet again, this show isn't exactly an action anime, or even neatly fitting into any other usual genre people are accustomed to. Yet, the differences with this series are something that people should at least try and watch, for I feel that they could come to really appreciate the beauty in the writing of this show.

    The spiritual and mythological elements intertwining with these people's lives as well as the natural world around them are extremely moving and thought-provoking. This has proven to be one of the greatest series I have seen, period. Whether in the anime world or otherwise.
  • thomas_eijk13 January 2019
    No words I can produce can do justice to this piece of art. It is wholly the atmosphere of the series that captures me and has me coming back to it over and over, wishing there'd be more episodes. When I sit down to watch an episode I am taken away from my daily life, into the world of the Mushi, the music and the visuals are so incredibly calming to me. Every episode is a small story on its own, and every episode manages to make you care for the new characters in it alongside Ginko. It is also the time period of Japan in which this anime is set that makes me like it so much, before the Americans ever came over, rural Japan, I do have a weakness for it.
  • It is hard imagine an apter first episode than that of "Mushi-shi: Zoku-Sho". A self-contained story, it features a sake brewer who spends years perfecting his recipe to recapture a taste his father once described to him. He experiments with different sorts of rice, koji, and mould, until he creates a drink so polished it gives light.

    I mention this because the creators of "Zoku-Sho" have done the same thing. I never liked the original "Mushi-shi" as much as I wanted to. For all its deliberate storytelling, it struck me as just a bit shallow and lacking in atmosphere. But lo, the creators have refined their recipe precisely to my taste, even though it took them a decade.

    It is hard to overstate how craftily the series' look has been improved. In effect, only two changes have been made: the bloom has been toned down, and the colour palette has been extended beyond grey and faded green. So now, when the animators try to create a sparse and mysterious landscape -- pine groves in the morning mist -- it actually looks sparse and mysterious instead of grey and dull.

    But the biggest refinement has been narrative. Like the folk-tales that inspired it, "Mushi-shi" is really about humans -- about the choices we make and how we must learn to live with those. And God bless the writers for getting rid of the morals. No longer are the series' messages hammered down as if taught in elementary school. Instead, we are often left with a partially unresolved situation, an emotional uncertainty. The stories linger in your mind, rather than being digested and ejected from the rear end.

    "Mushi-shi: Zoku-Sho" is now my favourite chill-out anime. I watched it one or two episodes a night, before going to bed. Not because "Zoku-Sho" put me to sleep, but because it left me fulfilled enough to end my day. A heartier recommendation I cannot give.