I just watched the first episode of this. I'm not sure what to think. The art is stunning and I highly appreciate the intent to appear like tradiational Japanese artwork, so that's what's good about it.
But the story so far has been extremely surreal. It's only one episode, but I can only stand so much of a show where I have no idea what the hell is going on 90% of the time.
Does it begin to make more sense, or is it always this surreal? I'm not sure if I'm going to bother watching further. I have a million other series to check out.
I loved Mushishi but anyone who claims it's similar is completely lying. So far it really just seems like yet another shinto demon hunter story.
Am I wrong?
Try watching the rest of that story, and then the next one to see if you like it.
It never makes sense.
Don't worry. It's that kind of supernatural show that tends to completely demolish your senses before revealing what's going on.
Some of the style choices and crazy events that happened will start to make a lot of sense when they conclude the arc. (It's like 2 episodes an arc.)
One of my favorite parts is in a later moment, where the 3 men disappear whenever they walk the room. Time skips ahead so they're already gone. I thought that was a nice touch, and didn't quite understand it until after we learned they were <span class="spoiler" onmouseover="this.style.color='#FFF';" onmouseout="this.style.color=this.style.backgroundColor='#000'" style="color:#000;background:#000">dead</span>
Alright I'll wait until the end of the first arc anyway, but I can kind of tell already what I think. Only if it changed a lot will I like it.
Magical fishes playing banjos trying to freak people out, that is the best part