Mushishi Under the Microscope- Is Mushishi fatalistic?

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Justin from Organization Antisocial Geniuses was kind enough to invite me to write for his site an editorial and so I did. Go over to his site to read my latest piece of work where I break down the rants regarding Mushishi. No doubt I love the series, but do the complaints stand to reason?

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3 thoughts on “Mushishi Under the Microscope- Is Mushishi fatalistic?

  1. The short answer is no, by the Betteridge’s law 😛

    It is a nice highlight of the aspects of the series, and I love the picture you have chosen 🙂

    Whenever the reflection in the water is obscured, people will see a part of themselves in the reflection, hence, in part, the perceived fatalism.

    Detachment is a good trait. It does not imply not caring, lack of emotion, etc.

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    • I always learn something new from sempai! 🙂 Is Betteridge Law something from sociology class?

      Glad you like the picture! I had trouble choosing since there are so many great ones.

      “Whenever the reflection in the water is obscured, people will see a part of themselves in the reflection, hence, in part, the perceived fatalism.” Is this an observation from life or a quote from somewhere else? – Could be or perhaps is an idealogical point.

      Detachment is good professionally. I also thought that when we say someone is detached from their surroundings is meant to be perceived as a disconnection with feelings. Since I’m not a native speaker, is there a different word for what I describe?

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      • Oh, the law is known by several names, but here is the gist https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betteridge%27s_law_of_headlines

        As for the reflection, that’ part is from social psychology. When things are uncertain, sometimes people may project their own perceptions.

        Yes, that’s what detachment means in general, but it also has a more spiritual interpretation, especially in Asian religions. As for a better word, I am not a native speaker either, but “apathy” might be a good alternative to describe someone who does not care, but detachment and not caring are different. You may say that Ginko is detached, but he is certainly not apathic, as you highlight in your article.

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