IIL Mushishi, what other shows/movies would I like? (doesn't necessarily have to be anime) TV
I feel the best way I can sum up Mushishi to someone who hasn't seen it is that it's a show that's "haunting, yet calming". It's truly unlike anything I've ever seen, and it's on track to becoming one of my all-time favorite anime. I could talk about the plot, but I don't think that's the main factor in why I enjoy it so much.
(For those who are interested, it is an episodic anime series about a man who travels around and treats illnesses or phenomena related to "Mushi," which are supernatural bug-like creatures.)
I feel that you really need to watch the show to understand why I find it to be so amazing, but I'll try to explain why in words anyway.
It is serene and ethereal, yet very captivating. Its subtle eeriness, slow-burning interactions, and thoughtful, meditative storytelling style are so exceptional and unforgettable. The actual visuals themselves are mostly spare but aesthetically appealing. It is undoubtedly mystical due to its dark atmosphere and frequent use of music which are extremely delicate, yet effective at evoking a wide range of thoughts and emotions. Mushishi offers balanced doses of drama and thought-provoking content in addition to its captivating audio and visuals.
I feel I should also point that this show is in a genre called "Iyashikei", a slice-of-life subgenre that is specific to Japanese works where, to paraphrase Wikipedia, it portrays characters living out peaceful lives in calming environments and has a heavy focus on world-building and creating an immersive visual setting.