Samurai fight against insects with superpowers.
Many people (myself included) largely dismissed this series at first glance. It looked like a standard shounen fighting show: boy fights monsters, gains powers, makes friends. The only difference being, of course, that the opponents are even dumber than usual. This first impression was largely correct: Mushibugyo is a shounen fighting show to its core, complete even with the yelling out of attack names.
But what it does, it does very well. It has more heart to it than most shounen fighting shows. Calling out the move names actually makes sense in this series because the characters are all idiots. I say that in the most charitable sense of the word. Plus, Mushibugyo has one of the best anime romances in years. Anime romances tend to be awful so that isn’t saying much, but I’ll still throw that out there.
I typically hate shounen fighting shows, but this one I recommend.
- Storytelling – B – Well paced, good interspersal of comedy, knows where the story is headed, good romance.
- Voice – A – The art style takes some getting used to but once you do it is both memorable and likable.
- Characters – C – Not complex by any means, but consistent and memorable.
- Attention Grab – B – Usually fighting leaves me bored, but not in Mushibugyo. The fights don’t last too long and end before they get stale.
- Production – B – Interesting style but it’s nice when you get used to it.
- Overall – B
Recommendations – Katanagatari, Nurarihyon no Mago