Mushikago no Cagaster is a web manga series published by Hashimoto Chicken penname on his official site “Chicken no Tamashii”. In 2010, Hashimoto also started releasing the series as a doujinshi at Comic Market conventions, and published nine volumes in total. The series was officially published in a seven-volume Tankōbon format by Tokuma Shoten starting on January 12, 2016 with the first two volumes, and next volumes published every next month. The series won French Prix Mangawa’s Shounen Manga Award in 2015. You can free Mushikago no Cagaster online watch and download.
Mushikago no Cagaster, or Cagaster of an Insect Cage is a Netflix original, and takes place in a post apocalyptic world, where humans are facing extincion after a disease (or something idk) turns some humans into massive, human killing insects. And we watch as Kidou, an executioner who's job is to deal with infected people, and Ilie, a girl that kidou saves and promises to take to her mother, the story then goes on, and we get more dept into these characters, and also get intoduced to some other characters who also has some backstory that connects with the other ones.
The story is what caught my eye when I was scrolling through Netflix. I love post apocalypse shows, and the idea of there being giant killing insects that does it made me jump right into it. Sadly, most of the time they are mainly only seen for lore reasons, and we don't get to see as much action as I wished with them.
The story doesn't finish, which makes me believe that we'll get a season 2 in the future, and allthough I didn't get as much insect vs executioner action as I wish I got, the story was still very interesting and had some cool twists and backstories were for the most part fun and interesting. 7/10
Now for me, the art was super inconsistent. Characters are full CGI, while the background is mainly drawn, something that resulted in that characters looked completely off compared to the backgrounds. Now fully 3D characters can be done and look well if done right (just look at Beastars), but for me, not only did they often walk in a very weird, robot-like style sometimes, but often, they would look so emotionless, like, well, robots!
Luckily, the backgrounds look stunning and sometimes I would just look at it and be like "woah, that looks cool!" And fighting animations, are for the most part really well done and entertaining. So even though it stays very inconsistent, I still think it was alright in the end. 6/10
Now I didn't really pay a lot of attention to the sound of it, and that's both a good thing and a bad thing. It's good because it means it fit the circumstances, but it's bad because it didn't really give me that much extra. I would've given it a 6, but it so happens that the opening song was actually pretty damn good in my opinion. It's like one of those "the more you listen, the more you enjoy it" type of song. So it lifts the sound rating up to 7/10
Now, the characters for me were pretty basic, but still decent. Kidou is your average emotionless killer with a tragic backstory that then slowly start caring about people.
Ilie, is a bit up and down for me, I can't reallty say alot about her without spoiling, but she also has some backstory, but i can't say alot more.
Then there's the side characters. I won't say anything on characters that come later because I ain't spoiling anything, just trust me when I say most of them are allright/decent.
Jin is allright I guess, he's basically a treasure hunter with barely any screentime.
Mario is awesome, really cool, and funny character, not really what you expect but yeah, awesome 10/10 would reccomend.
There is also another character that we don't get to see until a little before half way I think, I'm not gonna spoil anything but he's a really cool character with an interesting backstory, I'm not gonna say his name, but you'll definetly know who I'm talking about if I say he's a bit different from the others.
In general, good characters. 7/10
Allthough I didn't 100% get what I wanted, I still enjoyed watching the show. Fight scenes and story was really nice, and allthough everyone looked like robots trying to act human, they still were able to give some nice face expressions here and there in dull situations that made me laugh. Nothing I went out of my way to watch, but it was fun. 7/10
In the end, the show was pretty damn average, I really wanted it to be a suprise hit, and allthough it was good, it didn't offer a lot of the good stuff people want when they watch the show.
I would reccomend it, if you just wanna watch a nice, decent show with some nice story, fight scenes and, you know, INSECTS! It's not something I will force down people's throats, but if you come up to me and say: "I wanna watch this, what to you think?" I'd say: "It's decent, you should go for it" But don't expect something groundbreaking that sends you through the atmosphere, and you just wonder how something so amazing wasn't published before Feb 6 2020, because it won't live up to anything, it's decent, but nothing special!