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Mushi-Uta (ムシウタ Mushiuta?) is a light novel series by Kyouhei Iwai, with illustrations by Ruroo. There is also a short story light novel series called Mushi-Uta bug that is serialized in The Sneaker magazine. A manga adaptation by Seijuro Miz is serialized in Shōnen Ace magazine. An anime television series adaptation directed by Kazuo Sakai began airing on July 5, 2007.

Story

Mushi-Uta's story takes place in the near future. Ten years before the story's opening, strange insect-like creatures known as "Mushi" began appearing. The Mushi are able to consume people's dreams and thoughts in return for supernatural powers. At the end of episode one, protagonist Daisuke "Kakkō" Kusuriya encounters a young girl named Shiika Anmoto. The two, in time, become quite close. However, unbeknownst to Kakkō, Shiika is an escapee from a secret prison known as GARDEN where those possessed by the Mushi, known as the Mushitsuki, are held. GARDEN's military force, the Special Environmental Conservation Executive Office, dispatches its finest killer to track down Shiika. However, they are faced with resistance from the Mushibane resistance organisation, led by the secretive "Ladybug".

Characters

Daisuke Kusuriya (薬屋 大助 Kusuriya Daisuke?)
Voiced by: Shintaro Asanuma
The main protagonist, he is believed by most hosts to be the most powerful among them. His alias is "Kakkō" (かっこう?, lit. Cleridae). Years ago, he shot Shiika's mushi, and promised her to make her dream come true. However, he does not seem to realize that Shiika was the girl he made the promise to. He has a sister named Chiharu, whose whereabouts are currently unknown. His mushi can syncronize with his gun and his body, increase the range and power of the gun and grant him super human strength, speed and durability. It is hinted that the more powerful he makes the bullet, the more his dreams or energy is drained. He has feelings for Shiika and treasures her dearly.
Shiika Anmoto (杏本 詩歌 Anmoto Shiika?)
Voiced by: Kana Hanazawa
Thought to be one of the most dangerous host. Her mushi, "Fuyuhotaru" (ふゆほたる?, lit. "Winter Firefly"), was killed by Daisuke years prior to the main story. After she regained her memories and emotions, she escaped GARDEN, and was found by Daisuke. She now lives in Rina's house and goes by the alias "Snow Fly" (スノウ·フライ Sunō Furai?) within Mushibane. Her mushi power is unspecific where the mushi shines like a bright ball and is able to cause heavy impacts with high velocity tackles. Furthermore, it can create a snow storm that kills other mushi in it, presumably by high atmospheric pressure. She is stabbed by a mushi and ends up in the hospital. At the end of season 1, Kakkou tells her that "Next Christmas, wait for me at the planetarium. I can't meet you yet, but I will definitely go."
Rina Tachibana (立花 利奈 Tachibana Rina?)
Voiced by: Hitomi Nabatame
Daisuke's classmate, and the leader of Mushibane. After seeing Shiika, she let her stay in her house. She has a crush on Daisuke, unaware of his true identity or his feelings for Shiika. According to Daisuke, she reminds him of his older sister. Her alias is "Lady" (レイディー Reidī?) and her mushi power is to summon her giant ladybug nicknamed "Nanahoshi" (means 7 stars). She is able to ride Nanahoshi to fly. Her most powerful attack used on a berserk Centi seems to be a highspeed sonic slash.
Keigo Haji (土師 圭吾 Haji Keigo?)
Voiced by: Daisuke Hirakawa
Leader of the SEPB branch on Ouka city. His sister lives by eating away his dreams, a fact only known to him and Daisuke.
Tōko Gorōmaru (五郎丸 柊子 Gorōmaru Tōko?)
Voiced by: Reiko Takagi
Haji's ditzy secretary. She mainly serves to lighten the mood when Haji and Kakkō (or other SEPB members) are talking in a serious tone.
Azusa Horizaki (堀崎 梓 Horizaki Azusa?)
Voiced by: Yukari Tamura
A double agent working for both Haji and Mushibane. Her true intention is to defeat Kakkō and take his place as Haji's right hand, whom she is in love with. Her alias is "Minmin" (みんみん?), and her mushi power involves spying as her cicada acts as a tapping device. It also has the ability to shoot small lasers and somehow grants Minmin the power to fly and float. Her mushi is later killed by Shiika's mushi, Fuyuhotaru.

Terminology

Mushi (?)
Mysterious parasites that appeared ten years ago. Feeds off the dreams of its human host and provides supernatural powers in exchange.
Host (虫憑き Mushitsuki?)
People who have been infected by Mushi. Once possessed, the Mushi will feed until its host dies.
Fallen (欠落者 Ketsurakusha?)
Hosts whose Mushi has been killed become Fallen. They lose their dreams, memories, emotions and are unable to do anything of their will unless ordered. By far Shiika is the only fallen who regained her memories and emotions.
Special Environmental Preservation Bureau (特別環境保全事務局 Tokubetsu Kankyō Jimukyoku?)
Also known as 特環(SEPB), this is an organization established by the government that employs Hosts to capture other Hosts, in order to prevent existence of Mushi from being known.
Bugwing (むしばね?)
A resistance force consisting of Hosts fighting against SEPB for the sake of freedom.
GARDEN
A top-secret facility created by the government to quarantine the Fallen.
The "Oringinal Three"
Three mysterious being that are the source of all mushi phenomena. They consume dream like mushi when they create mushi and grant them to a host. Each of them create a different type of mushi, and have different preferences on dreams to consume. Neutralizing these individuals is supposed to be the top objective of the SEPB, though later volumes revealed that SEPB may have a different priority than what they claim to hold.

Episode list

# Title Original air date
01 The Beginning of the Dream
"Yume no Hajimari" (夢ノ始マリ)
July 5, 2007 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
A Mushitsuki by the name of Yuki is hunted down and killed by the Special Environmental Conservation Executive Office. The Mushibane almost save him, but eventually fail. In the second half of the episode, Kakkō is introduced to his new school as Daisuke Kusuriya, and the episode concludes with the meeting between Kakkō and Shiika.
02 The Dream's Bond
"Yume no Kizuna" (夢ノ絆)
July 12, 2007 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Kakkō and Shiika start to get to know each other better, whilst Kakkō's classmates start to get somewhat curious about his relationship with Shiika. The episode also shows us Shīka's background, how she discovered her powers as a Mushitsuki and her arrest by SEPB.
03 Prisoners of the Dream
"Yume no Torikotachi" (夢ノ虜タチ)
July 19, 2007 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Daisuke and Shiika meet again at the city's Kaihin Park. Unknown to the pair, both Mushibane and SEPB are there too. SEPB surrounds both groups and attempts to detain them, although Mushibane manage to fend them off.
04 Crushed Dream
"Kudakechiru Yume" (砕ケ散ル夢)
July 26, 2007 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
While struggling to protect Rina, Centi's mushi enters the maturation process and becomes a giant monster, and she finds no option but to take it down in order to save Centi's life.
05 A Chance Meeting of Dream
"Meguriau Yume" (巡リ会ウ夢)
August 2, 2007 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
After the incident at the park, Shiika ends up finding shelter at Rina's place. While getting used to her new life, she and Kakkō reminisce about the day when they first met.
06 Targeted Dream
"Newawareta Yume" (狙ワレタ夢)
August 9, 2007 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Rina grants Shiika's request to visit her school, while one of her friends starts to experience some strange phenomena.
07 Dream Labyrinth
"Yume no Meiso" (夢ノ迷路)
August 16, 2007 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Three new hunters from SEPB are sent into Ōka to aid in the search for Shiika. Meanwhile, Asami also discovers the truth about her.
08 Unfulfilled Dreams
"Mihatenuyume" (見果テヌ夢)
August 23, 2007 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Kasuo pursues Asami into digital space, where Kakkō narrowly saves her. Asami and Kasuo escape from digital space, but Kakkō is left behind. The next day, Kasuo destroys Asami's Mushi, causing her to become one of the Fallen.
09 Fragment of Dreams
"Yume no Kakera" (夢ノ欠片)
September 13, 2007 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Shiika and Daisuke go on a date to the planetarium, but when they are seen together by Rina, each girl realizes the other's feelings for him. In the same occasion, both Daisuke and Rina discovered Shiika's true identity.
10 Passing Dreams
"Surechigau Yume" (スレ違ウ夢)
September 20, 2007 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Rina learns from Minmin about GARDEN's location, and determined to rescue the fallen imprisoned there by herself, she leaves Shiika to the care of her Mushibane fellows. Knowing she is actually walking into a trap, Daisuke tries to dissuade her.
11 Endless Dream
"Owaranai Yume" (終ワラナイ夢)
September 27, 2007 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
While Rina is surrounded by Haji's forces at GARDEN, Shiika ends up alone to defend herself against Minmin and Kabuto. Just when Kakkō is about to fight Rina's mushi, who entered in maturation, one of the Originals appears before him.
12 Dreaming Firefly
"Yume Miru Hotaru" (夢ミル蛍)
October 4, 2007 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Kakkō manages to retrieve Rina from inside her mushi, but it was too late for her. While he struggles against Nanahoshi, Haji ends up seriously hurt and a wounded Shiika fights to stop her mushi from going berserk too.

Moon Phase announced a second season way back in 2007, but due to some politics with Kodokawa Shoten and ZEXCS it's not going ahead as of yet. However It should air sometime in the future.

Soundtrack

Opening theme
"Mushi-Uta" (ムシウタ?)
  • Vocal: Akatsuki
  • Lyrics: Bee'
  • Composition: Katsuhiro Kurosu
  • Arrangement: Katsuhiro Kurosu
Ending theme
"Sayonara" (サヨナラ?)
  • Vocal: Hiromi Satō
  • Lyrics: Hiromi Satō
  • Composition: Hiromi Satō
  • Arrangement: Masaki Suzuki

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