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They exist in the most unexpected places - be it within your eyes and ears, under the floor and roof of your house, or the trees and flowers in your garden. They are everywhere and yet nowhere at the same time. Are they alive or not? Perhaps it is more apt to say they are beings who transcend the concept of life and death itself. They are mushi. Some wreak havoc in the lives of humans; while others bring them deliverance from suffering. Mushi are neither good, nor evil; for just like any other creature, they are merely striving to survive in this harsh, competitive world. Ginko - a lone wanderer with a reclusive personality, offers help and guidance to those plagued by mushi. This is the tale of his travels and exploits in a wondrous world populated by these mysterious entities.

Mushishi (蟲師) is a manga series written and illustrated by Yuki Urushibara, published in Kodansha’s Afternoon magazine from 1999 to August 2008. The color illustrations are gorgeous and if you are looking for a great mystery and psychological manga to read, this is the manga to start. Mushishi is absolutely awesome.

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Haunted by a space flight accident that claimed the life of his beloved wife, Yuri finds himself six years later as part of a team of debris cleaners on a vessel called the Toy Box charged with clearing space junk from space flight paths. The team consists of Hachimaki, a hot shot debris-man with a sailor’s affinity for the orbital ocean; Fee, a chain-smoking tomboy beauty with an abrasive edge; and Pops, a veteran orbital mechanic whose avuncular presence soothes the stress of the job.

Planetes (ΠΛΑΝΗΤΕΣ, プラネテス Puranetesu) is a Japanese science fiction manga series written and drawn by award-winning manga author Makoto Yukimura. The series was originally published by Kodansha in the manga magazine Weekly Morning from January 1999 to January 2004. Planetes is one of my favorite manga series. “It’s a realistic manga that makes you realize something about yourself, humanity, and the universe we live in.” (mangaupdates.com)

Natsume’s just an ordinary kid, except he can see spirits, just like his grandma Reiko could. Reiko, though, used to bully the spirits, and bound them to her will in the “Book of Friends”. Now that Natsume has inherited this book, a never-ending stream of spirits is coming after him. With the help of a spirit “cat” (who really just wants Natsume to die so he can have the book), Natsume spends his days dissolving the contracts that bind the spirits and trying not to get killed.

Natsume Yuujinchou (夏目友人帳) is a Japanese fantasy manga series by Yuki Midorikawa. It began serialization by Hakusensha in the shōjo manga magazine LaLa DX in 2005, before switching to LaLa in 2008. Chapters have been collected in fourteen bound volumes as of July 2012. Well, Midorikawa’s drawings are so beautiful! I have lots of love for Natsume Yuujinchou. ♥