Earlier this year I began watching the show known and Mushi-Shi, and I instantly became captivated with the content, soundtrack, and Seiyuu (Japanese term for voice actors). What really interested me however was the underlying spiritualism intertwind with ancient medicine. I'm not exactly sure how much press this show has received on this site because I'm new, but I think I'd like your help to perhaps look at it a little closer. Here is a small blurb I snagged from AniDB.net: "They are neither plants nor animals. They differ from other forms of life such as the micro-organisms and the fungi. Instead they resemble the primeval body of life and are generally known as "Mushi". Their existence and appearance are unknown to many and only a limited number of humans are aware of them. Ginko is a "Mushi-shi" who travels around to investigate and find out more about the "Mushi". In the process, he also lends a helping hand to people who face problems with supernatural occurances which may be related to the "Mushi". [Source: Animenfo]" My point for bringing this series to the light is the overt "Japanese-ness" of the series and while it uses the guise of science to describe these spiritual organisms, I still find there to be a great sense of shinto atmosphere lurking about. Mainly I find it in the reverence for the departed, but also in the sense of another world coexisting quietly, and unknowingly to the rest of humankind. Another interesting aspect is how the lead character, Ginko, smokes constantly. Smoke and fire is often used throughout many world religions against super natural forces to cleanse and purify. What hard evidence has other viewers found to be direct links to religion? What undertones have you all noticed and what aspects have you enjoyed/disagreed with? I think this is a wonderful series that has much insight into the human condition. I feel that a great many of you could really enjoy and benefit from the down to earth, wholesome nature of this show I have grown to love.