RIP Brian JacquesBrian Jacques, renown author of the Redwall series, died of a heart-attack over the previous weekend. He was 71 years old and had sold of 20 million books worldwide.RIP Brian Jacques by Red-Desert-Writings
Here are a few outside sources.
EW Source: http://shelf-life.ew.com/2011/02/07/brian-jacques-redwall-dies-71/
BBC News Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-merseyside-12380763
I can say, for myself and many others, that he will be sorely missed. His stories of anthropomorphic woodland creatures in medieval times never failed to inspire, and they always spoke of Good over Evil, and the trials of trying to do good against all odds. I've read every one and still read them occasionally (Taggerung is my favorite by far).
Brian Jacques was the first man to truly show me just how wonderful books could be, and how one could create worlds and lovable characters by mere words on paper. I can but scarcely describe just how inspiring this man has been to me, and I can only urge you to read or re-read his works in memory.
As quoted from Crunchroll, Mushishi’s story is:
“They are creatures only known as ‘Mushi,’ whose abilities range well into the supernatural. While their existence and appearances are unknown to the humans around them, there are a few like Ginko who is a ‘Mushi-shi’ that travels around to investigate and find out more about the ‘Mushi.’ During the course of his discovery and understanding, he helps those who are troubled by the Mushi themselves…”
To me it has been truly a calming and gorgeous anime and manga, much similar to Grim’s Fairy Tales in its story by story episode. The artistic qualities in both the anime and manga have captivated me, and the music and pacing of the anime is soothing. However, there is an element of horror in the clashes between the mushi of the natural world and humans. It is not the blood and gore of the modern era horror and more the mystery and desire to resolve these conflicts, conflicts which do not always end for the good of man. I would recommend this series to both anime fans new and old, those who need something to relax to or just inspire them about the natural world.
In honor of this amazing series getting a 2nd season, I wish to feature some of the amazing arts that both the first season and the manga have inspired.