An open letter from Ed Sizemore:
The April Manga Moveable Feast (MMF) will focus on Mushishi, published by Del Rey. This is a wonderful manga about Ginko, a wandering master of primitive life forms called mushi. He travels Japan desiring to learn more about them. Along the way, he aids those who have been affected by mushi in one form or another.
This is a series that deserves as much attention as we can bring to it. For those unfamiliar with the title, it’s tempting to think it’s simply another supernatural manga featuring weird, bug-like creatures. However, I believe it’s actually a penetrating, yet gentle look at the human condition. I find it to be a quiet, unpretentious series that’s easy to overlook or take lightly.
While I love this series, please feel free to disagree with me. The whole purpose for the MMF is to encourage debate among reviewers and bloggers. Healthy debate helps to improve our analytic skills and makes us better writers and thinkers.
I will be posting an introduction to the series and the MMF on Sunday, April 25. I will follow that up later in the week with a review of Mushishi that focuses on the cosmology of the series and compares it to the cosmology of Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos. (Yes, my mind travels strange passages.) So please plan to post your reviews during the week of April 25-May 1.
Don’t forget to forward a link to myself or Johanna, so that we can post it on MangaWorthReading.com. If you don’t have your own site and wish to participate, we can post your review here.
David and Matt have set the bar high as previous MMF hosts. I hope I can live up to their examples. If you have any questions, or need more information, please don’t hesitate to email me or comment here. I promise a prompt reply.
I look forward to reading everyone’s reviews and thoughts on this delightful series.