The less complicated something appears to be, the more complicated it actually is. “Mushi” is a case in point; it’s regarded as the world’s most basic life form. Most people aren’t even aware it happens because it’s so commonplace and lifeless. It’s far from the tangled web of good and bad people and things. There are many different ways to look at it, from plants to rainbows to diseases to anything else you can imagine.
Mushishi are people who study them in order to learn more about the origins of life. One of the “Mushishi,” Ginko, spends a lot of time in the forest thinking about the mysterious nature of this simple being. He’s even willing to go after rumors about “Mushi” if it means getting to the bottom of the matter. Who knows, maybe in the end he’ll find out what life’s all about.
It’s incredibly intriguing to learn more about the origins of life and how it manifests. Because “Mushishi” is not the only anime that shows a happy life, here are some examples of happier anime.
1. Natsume Yuujinchou (Natsume’s Book of Friends)
Takashi Natsume’s life is distinct from that of other 15-year-old boys, who are consumed with fantasies and conversations about girls. He’s hiding something strange and disturbing about Youkai (spirits). He’s been pursued by eerie spirits for as long as he can remember. It turns out that his late grandmother, Reiko, had left him a book called “Book of Friends,” which contains information on the spirits she had tamed. Natsume has inherited some of his grandmother’s abilities thanks to the book. That’s why he’s plagued by these vengeful spirits who yearn to be set free.
Natsume, who has no parents or a comfortable place to call home, is having a hard time dealing with both Youkai and the strange loneliness. The cat spirit Madara sticks with him for reasons of his own, which is a blessing in disguise for him.
This manga tells the story of Natsume Yuujinchou and Madara, his self-declared bodyguard. With Natsume’s grandmother’s contract as a guide, they are on a mission to free the spirits that have been bound by it.
2. Kino no Tabi: The Beautiful World (Kino’s Journey)
Kino, a 15-year-old traveling solo on a talking motorcycle named Hermes, has no plans to return home anytime soon. They travel the world together, eager to experience new cultures and places. There is proof in their lives that life is a journey worth embarking on, regardless of what may lie ahead of you.
The customs they encounter along the way are equal parts fascinating and perplexing. The inserting people they meet have various goals in life as well. People have different reasons for wanting to live: some want to live for their jobs, others want to live for the happiness of others, and still others want to live so that their dreams come true.
Kino and Hermes don’t follow a set itinerary when they travel; instead, they follow their instincts and go wherever they feel drawn to go. In fact, they observe rituals and traditions from afar, believing that life is beautiful just the way it is.
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Hermes, a talking motorcycle, is friends with Kino, a 15-year-old traveler. There is no plan for where they will go next as they travel around the world together. Life is nothing more than an endless journey full of surprises.
The “Medicine Seller,” a notorious occultist known for being deadly and enigmatic, is on the loose in feudal Japan. His mission is to track down and kill “Mononoke” demons before they can do any damage. When he finally does come across one of the spirits, he is powerless to extinguish it right away. Before he can use the powerful Exorcism sword against it, he must first understand its Form, Reason, and Truth. To defeat these ghosts, he’ll need to conduct in-depth psychological research and conduct extensive archival work.
Later, he stops at a prehistoric-style inn and meets Shino, a pregnant woman. However, as soon as she enters, she discovers that it is controlled by Mononoke as the Zashiki Warashi. The inn owner finally agreed to give her the last available room after much deliberation. Before Zashiki can kill someone, the Medicine Seller uses his hunter instincts to begin his research to find its Form, Reason, and Truth.
4. Mononoke Hime (Princess Mononoke)
Parts of the Emishi village have been destroyed by a fierce demon boar, and the damage is still being done. Ashitaka, a prince-to-be, swears to defend his people at all costs. He kills one of the beasts, but as it expires, he curses the arm of the prince. As a result, Ashitaka’s humanity is slowly being eroded by demonic powers.
According to the village elders, he should seek medical help in the west. Tatara, also known as the Iron Town, is where he ends up. His involvement in the feud between Lady Eboshi of Tatara and Princess San, on the other hand, has him thrown into chaos. In contrast to Lady Eboshi, who wants to clear the forest for human habitation, Princess San is concerned about the well-being of forest spirits and their natural habitat.
Ashitaka tries to mediate between himself and the two men, but he’s plagued by his own demons. With the help of Mononoke Hime, we can better understand the relationship between technology and nature.
In fact, Kimihiro Watanuki, a unique human being, loathes his unique ability. For the first time in his life, he has the ability to see ghosts and other paranormal beings. This annoys him to no end, and he longs to be free of this curse. On the other hand, one day on his way home, he finds himself compelled to go inside a strange house.
Kimihiro meets Yuko, a mysterious and seductive woman, inside the house. In exchange for a hefty sum, she promises to assist him in getting rid of his eerie gift. In order to help others, she wants him to work at her “wish-granting store.” xxxHOLiC follows Kimihiro and the mysterious Yuko on an unexpected journey through a bizarre series of events. It’s possible that Kimihiro will grow to appreciate his abilities and decide to make Yuko his long-term partner.
6. Aria the Animation
The anime takes place in the year 24th century and explores human life on Mars, now known as Aqua. Aqua’s Neo Venezia is a tolerant floating city dedicated to world peace. It may sound futuristic, but despite the fact that it looks that way, the city is still rife with outdated systems. Gondolas are the primary mode of water transportation for this city. This means that it is a modest recreation of the city of Venice on Manhome (previously called Earth).
A number of gondola tour companies were set up to ensure that residents and visitors to Neo Venezia recipe received the same level of courtesy. Aria Company is the name given to these individuals or entities.
The plot centers on the exploits of Akari Mizunashi, a troubled adolescent who works for the Aria Corporation. She was formerly an Undine (tour guide) on Manhome and is now one on Aqua. A new world is opened up to Akari as she learns about it. She meets other Undine, city dwellers, and tourists. Along the way, she learns a number of valuable lessons and sees numerous miracles performed by humans.
7. Ookami to Koushinryou (Spice and Wolf)
In the small town of Pasloe, Holo was revered as a powerful wolf deity for his role in boosting the annual harvest. In time, though, as the villagers became more self-sufficient, Holo faded from memory and was reduced to mere folklore.
When Holo runs into a traveling merchant named Kraft Lawrence, she offers to become his business partner in exchange for a ride to Yoitsu, where she lives. The astute trader recognizes Holo’s unique ability to assess a person’s character and thus accepts her offer. Lawrence is now self-assured after working with an effective negotiator. However, as he gets down to business and starts putting his ideas into action, a snag appears.
As the title suggests, Ookami to Koushinryou explores the idea of an economical romance in an unusual way A humorous plot, as well as witty dialogue, will be evident throughout the story.
8. Haibane Renmei (Charcoal Feather Federation)
A young woman, who has yet to be identified, is falling from the sky, head first. After failing to get through the hem of her robe, the crow takes off. A young Haibane emerges from a cocoon in the village of Old Home. It’s the same girl who’s falling from the sky in the video above.
Under the tutelage of the wiser Haibane, Reiki, she has blossomed. As soon as she awakens, all she remembers is the sensation of falling through the air. Since Rakka’s dreams take place within the cocoon, she is named after the Japanese word for “falling,” Rakka (“falling”).
Rakka has a halo around his head and small gray wings for wings. She coexists with Reiki and a slew of other Haibane in her current residence. Unfortunately, she is not permitted to leave the village or even approach the outer walls. While Rakka is in excruciating pain in the course of the story, she discovers her calling before attempting a daring escape to see the world for herself.
9. Bakemonogatari (Ghostory)
In her third year of high school, Koyomi Araragi meets a strange man named Meme Oshino who lives in a deserted building and saves her from being attacked by vampires in the past. He became human again, but his vampiric traits like superhuman healing and keen vision remained.
However, his attempt to return to a normal life has been a failure. He’s always in the middle of some bizarre situation, and his only option is to save the people around him from supernatural dangers. His classmates and other people who turn out to be unnatural beings later on are part of this category as well.
Araragi runs into Oshino again as the story progresses, and a new plot emerges. Bakemonogatari is a wonderful story about friendship and anti-romance. It’s well worth your time to watch it.
Daigo Kagemitsu is a vengeful samurai lord who will stop at nothing to maintain his position of authority over the people. Because his land is dying, he intends to give up on Buddhism and make a pact with the demons in order to save it from extinction. The 12 demons respond to his prayers and grant him the power he seeks, but at a cost to them. When Kagemitsu’s son is born without a nose, eyes, ears, limbs or skin, he will still live. The price is Kagemitsu’s son.
Because of the child’s health, he is abandoned in a river. Fortunately, a medical expert saves him and equips him with weapons and prosthetics. As a result, he’s able to live and fight another day. Despite his inability to perceive sight, sound, or touch, he continues to grow and develop, and he is driven to avenge the demons who used him as a sacrifice.
He begins to reassemble himself as he takes down demons one by one. For many years, he goes demon hunting all by himself. Eventually, he meets Dororo, an orphan boy, and the two become close. Together, they set out on a quest to overthrow the demons and save humanity.