Mushi no Me

蟲ノ目

Mushi no Me
TitleMushi no Me
Original title蟲ノ目
AliasesBug Eye
LengthMedium (10 - 30 hours)
DeveloperYotsutsuji Echo
Publishers Yotsutsuji Echo
Relations
Sequel
Mushi Mitsudoki

Description

Nijoukubou and her best friend Sanbara travel to a village found at the very center of Japan to unravel its myths and legends that all focus on insects.

But they both get dragged in a battle royal between 9 people and the insects within them.

Armed with a power that can only allow her to run away, Nijoukubou tries to survive during this game of death.

Protagonist

Nijoukubo
Nijoukubo二條久保 
Hair, Red
Eyes, Red
Role, University Student

Description

Affiliation: The Corporation
Bug: Dragonfly
Ability: Evacuation - Multi-Monitor. The weakest bug in Company history. Deploys a floating, movable tattoo-like symbol that acts as additional eyes, ears and nose for the user. While the Dragonfly itself is immune against all forms of physical interaction, it has zero fighting capabilities as well, forcing Nijoukubo to stay clear away from battles and rely on others to fight on her stead.

The protagonist of the story, Nijoukubo accompanies her best friend Sanbara on the latter's research trip on bug mythology. Inexperienced and unfamiliar with the supernatural or the workings of the twisted game she finds herself in, she mostly follows more experienced Sanbara's lead and acts in a supporting role.

Main characters

Hitotsuya
Hitotsuya一舎 
Hair, Green
Eyes, Amber
Body, Kid, Older Appearance
Clothes, Hat
Personality, Immature, Naive
Role, Orphan
Engages in, Cannibalism, Fighting, Metamorphosis, Self-harm
Subject of, Grief

Description

Affiliation: The Round Table
Bug: Caterpillar
Ability: Adaptation - Metamorphosis. Creates a cocoon that automatically adapts the users' body in response to the needs posed by the outer environment, allowing her body to "learn" from threats and come up with a counter. However, this adaptation process takes a relatively long time.

Due to both her very young age and the nature of her bug, she's the most childlike of the participants and isn't really capable of controlling her own powers, nor does she necessarily understand their repercussions.

Ichijiku
Ichijiku 
Hair, Green
Eyes, Green
Engages in, Fighting

Description

Affiliation: The Corporation
Bug: Spider
Ability: Retainers - Cluster. Ichijiku excels at puppeteering different lifeforms, humans and animals alike through the use of her web while also making use of their senses, making the villagers and small animals an effective network of spies and cannon fodder. However, the ability's limiting factor is being unable to put opponents stronger than herself under the influence. As secondary abilities of her web Ichijiku also camouflages herself and is able to direct long-range voice communications between other members of her group.

The second support-oriented member of the Corporation along with Nijoukubo, Ichijiku has known Sanbara for a long time and considers it an honor to serve her. Due to awakening to her Spider in a very young age, Ichijiku learned to use her web to get around instead of regular human functions like walking or talking, meaning she prefers to hang from the ceiling and uses her web to imitate talking.

Iojaku
Iojaku五百雀 
Hair, Grey
Eyes, Blue
Personality, Brave, Honest, Hotblooded
Engages in, Fighting

Description

Affiliation: The Round Table
Bug: Praying Mantis
Ability: Elimination - Conquesta. Iojaku is capable of producing an extremely sharp "line" which she then shapes into contours of different cutting weapons capable of shredding through most defenses.

A high schooler and the most hotblooded member of her group with a strong sense of duty, she tries her best to bring victory to Round Table, sometimes to a rather reckless degree. However, she also harbors deep respect for Nanahara and prioritizes her guidance and instructions, including the non-aggression pact with the Corporation.

Nanahara
Nanahara七々原 
Hair, Brown
Eyes, Brown
Body, Adult, Younger Appearance
Personality, Kind, Mature, Protective
Engages in, Fighting

Description

Affiliation: The Round Table
Bug: Rhinoceros Beetle
Ability: Rejection - My World. Nanahara wields an exoskeleton capable of projecting numerous, nigh impenetrable shields around herself and others that can also function as offensive tools due to their hardness. A bug excelling in both offense and defense.

Befitting of her bug, Nanahara has a gentle personality and is very protective of those around her and considers herself the guardian of the group's two younger members. She's also a long-time friend with Sanbara and prefers a non-aggression pact with all Corporation members, instructing both Iojaku and Hitotsuya to stay their hand as well.

Rokusaidou
Rokusaidou六斉堂 
Hair, Black
Eyes, Black
Personality, Cruel, Dishonest, Ore, Pretending
Role, Villain
Engages in, Fighting, Shapeshifting, Smoking, Supernatural Cloning

Description

Affiliation: The Association
Bug: Chironomid
Ability: Group Growth - Mass Game. While looking like human, Rokusaidou's entire body is made of minuscule flies acting in unison and constantly reproducing, serving various uses and allowing her an extremely wide variety of fighting strategies and very high survivability that rivals Sanbara's.

Nihilistic leading member of the Association and a bug researcher, Rokusaidou goes to great lengths in assuring victory for her group and doesn't shy away from playing dirty or using ruthless strategies to achieve her goals.

Sanbara
Sanbara三荊 
Hair, Violet
Eyes, Violet
Personality, Confident
Engages in, Fighting, Shapeshifting, Teasing

Description

Affiliation: The Corporation
Bug: Stag Beetle
Ability: Evolution - Egoist. The strongest bug in Company history. Sanbara's ability allows her to transform her own body willingly and on the fly as the situation demands, providing overwhelming fighting prowess and adaptability.

Nijoukubo's best friend and the one who also dragged her to Osakabe village in pursuit of bug mythology. Sanbara's prideful nature, intelligence and confidence has easily made her the popular "queen" of schools she's been to, however she treats Nijoukubo as her equal.

Watanuki
Watanuki四月一日 
Hair, Pink
Eyes, Pink
Personality, Loyal, Reserved, Silent
Engages in, Fighting
Subject of, Resurrection

Description

Affiliation: The Association
Bug: Earthworm
Ability: Revival - Reset. Resurrection ability that automatically triggers on the user's death, returning her body and mind to a previous point in time.

A silent and withdrawn girl, Watanuki mostly follows Rokusaidou's lead and holds unwavering loyalty towards her. Much like Rokusaidou, Watanuki shares a similar interest towards bugs and their research.

Yagisawa
Yagisawa八木沢 
Hair, White
Eyes, White
Clothes, Dress, Eyepatch, Ribbon Hair Accessory
Items, Wheelchair
Subject of, Death

Description

Affiliation: The Association
Bug: Centipede
Ability: Parasitism - Living Behind. A dangerous bug that gives its host great powers at the cost of destroying their body and mind.

Newest and youngest member of the Association trio who likewise shares the other two's interest in bug history and research. The terrifying price of her Centipede and the difficulties in controlling it forces Yagisawa to be hospitalized most of the time, with Watanuki being her primary caretaker. She has also developed a friendship with Hitotsuya, and the usually introvert latter views Yagisawa with affection.

Side characters

Hozumi
Hozumi八月一日 
AliasesJoushi 上尸
Hair, Brown
Eyes, White
Body, Short, Younger Appearance
Clothes, Hat
Personality, Serious

Description

Affiliation: The Three Worms
Bug: Tick
Ability: Sharing - Cloud. A bug focused on information processing with zero fighting capability. <hidden by spoiler settings>Capable of simultaneously sharing different senses, memories and experiences, including one's own between multiple people.

Leading member of the Three Worms (三尸), neutral supervisors of the death game taking place who keep record of all battles and notable events. Poses a rather serious attitude and holds rules above all else.

Rikudou
Rikudou六道 
Hair, Red
Eyes, Red
Personality, Airhead, Energetic, Kind, Naive, Overconfident, Talkative
Engages in, Fighting
Subject of, Accident

Description

<hidden by spoiler settings>Affiliation: The Corporation
Bug: Snail
Ability: Extremity - Little Maria. A power holding properties of a little sun that excels in the manipulation of light.

Like her ability, a cheerful person radiating happiness and childlike curiosity wherever she goes. Participant in the previous death game and like an elder sister to still young Hozumi and Nanahara. She's good friends with the elder of the Tsukumo sisters and even manages to make the otherwise serious and pragmatic Rokusaidou warm up to her.

Fighting Tsumabira causes her ability to accidentally evolves to next stage, turning her into a living sun that risks destroying the Earth, forcing the elder Tsukumo sister to use her Defrag.

Tsukumo Older Sister
Tsukumo Older Sister九十九 姉 
Hair, Grey
Eyes, Grey
Clothes, Earrings, Tailcoat, Top Hat
Personality, Altruistic, Kind, Pacifist, Pragmatic
Engages in, Self-sacrifice
Subject of, Death

Description

<hidden by spoiler settings>Affiliation: The Round Table
Bug: Fly
Ability: Optimization - Defrag. Gives the user the ability to always make the right decision regardless of the situation.

A woman with a strong sense of justice. With the Fly's power giving her a natural disposition towards good decision making, she founded the Corporation subsidiary Round Table in an attempt to create a new organization with more humane approach to bug research and their users. She's a friend of Rikudou and like Nanahara, instructs her own members to hold a non-aggression pact with Corporation members.

Her developed true ability of Defrag is shaping the world according to the user's wishes by ignoring the laws of causality, with the price of such action being the user's own unavoidable and instantaneous death.

Tsukumo Younger Sister
Tsukumo Younger Sister九十九 妹
Hair, Grey, Twin Tails
Eyes, Grey
Body, Younger Appearance
Clothes, Top Hat
Personality, Arrogant, Genre Savvy, Manipulative, Siscon
Role, Villain
Engages in, Disguise, Fighting, Shapeshifting, Supernatural Cloning

Description

<hidden by spoiler settings>Affiliation: The Round Table
Bug: King Fly
Ability: Duplication - Mirror House. An ability dealing with all forms of duplication, ranging from forcefully creating a space as a form of teleportation, creating copies of herself and perfectly duplicating other bug users' powers.

Younger of the Tsukumo sisters and also a participant in the previous death game. She holds deep respect and love for her elder sister, and after the latter's death attempts to realize the ideal world free of suffering of bug users in her own twisted way, manipulating and using all the current participants to further that end. She's also capable of using her sister's Defrag without restraint by sacrificing one of her own clones.