Mushishi (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0807832/?ref_=ttpl_pl_tt ) is a japanese anime series. The mushi are a form of life that is neither plants nor animals. Mushi-shi, humans that are able to see Mushi and learned to deal with the effects they sometimes have on humans (such as sickness, mutations, or even in disappearing), travel the country, such as Ginko – main character. The series differs from typical sci-fi stories. But in regards to the topic I see its strength in broaching the issue of ambiguity we confront with encountering the nonhuman other, and the ways this encounter changes us as humans as well. The challenge to human unity here lies in understanding, that in moving beyond the believe in human exceptionalism, we are confronted with a difference that we might as well find in ourselves.
I should add that I could not find the reading materials in the folder.