I guess what I like about Mushishi and Kino is the episodic nature, the mature vibe, the dislike for unapologetic flashiness and the drama flavor yeah. I also like that it has it's own logic to the world...it's not in Tokyo or the Bahamas...it's not in this world...it's unspecific.
I liked what I saw of Kiba for example. I'm tough to please when it comes to Anime. There was this one with a girl with a spear protecting some boy...the visuals and vibe was cool but the story was soooooo boring.