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Mushibugyo

Guest Author - Lesley Aeschliman

Mushibugyo is an anime based on a manga by Hiroshi Fukuda.

The series is set is set in the 6th year of Kyouho (1721). By decree of the 8th Shogun, a petition box was established for citizens to express their wishes. Due to requests made in the petition box, the Bug Magistrate's Office was established; it is the duty of this office to eliminate the giant bugs that terrorize Edo.

The main character of Mushibugyo is Tsukishima Jinbe, a passionate young man who has come to Edo. His father had been summoned to Edo to join the Bug Magistrate's Office, but is no longer able to travel after having to cut off his leg to pay for something that Jinbe did when he was younger. While Jinbe has enthusiasm as a samurai, he doesn't have quite the same skill or courage as his father.

When he arrives in Edo, he meets Oharu, a young woman who works at a tea shop neat the Bug Magistrate's Office; her parents were killed by a giant bug when she was younger. When Oharu is taking Jinbe to the Bug Magistrate's Office, they encounter a large bug, and it captures Oharu. Even though the Bug Magistrate's Office has been summoned, Jinbe wants to prove himself and tries to rescue Oharu.

At the end of the first episode, Jinbei is invited to join the Bug Magistrate's Office. There, he works with Hibachi, Mugai, Koikawa. Ichinotani, and Matsunohara.

Mushibugyo is a series that seems to be populated by characters that fit very particular tropes. Jinbei is the enthusiastic, yet dorky protagonist. Oharu is the girl with big breasts that serves as "fanservice bait." Hibachi is the tough female, while Koikawa is the large and scarred delinquent.

I have to say that there just wasn't much to grab me as I watched he first episode of Mushibugyo. The characters didn't resonate with me, the animation was mediocre at best, and I just didn't find myself terribly invested in the story that I was watching. It really didn't help that during the climactic fight with the large bug, it was so dark that I could hardly see what was happening; however, this could be due to the fact that I watched this episode on a small Crunchyroll screen on my computer instead of being able to see a larger image on my television.

That's not to say that Mushibugyo is a bad series; it just isn't something that I personally enjoy. If you're an anime viewer who enjoys stories set during feudal Japan that includes "fanservice" and a rather hapless hero, then you might find enjoyment in Mushibugyo.

Personally, I would recommend Mushibugyo to anime viewers who are 15 or 16 years of age and older.

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Mushibugyo?2013Takayuki HamanaSeven Arcs PicturesN/A
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