Synonyms: Moyasimon, Tales of Agriculture
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 11, 2007 to Dec 21, 2007
Producers: Dentsu, Telecom Animation Film, Kodansha, Fuji TV, Shirogumi, Sony Music Entertainment, Fuji Pacific Music Publishing
Duration: 23 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or olderL represents licensing company
Score: 7.831 (scored by 13563 users)
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top anime page.
Popular Tagscomedy educational science slice of life
Mar 31, 2013
Rather than the usual bouncy music I normally associate with slice-of-life, Moyashimon's soundtrack is a little more eclectic. It can get a little repetitive, but between the few pieces they have to work with I think it manages to span the show's various tones and scenarios quite well, ranging from folksy-sounding traditional Japanese music to a more modern-sounding triumphant anthem. College is a time for experiencing variety, and I think that's what they were going for. I have no complaints.
When it comes to voice acting, the lack of an English dub means Japanese is your only option. Voice work and delivery are, of course, paramount in any comedy worth its frames, and that goes double if it's in a language you don't speak. Thankfully, the seiyuu cast here can belt out their lines with hilarious conviction. Of particular note are Tomomichi Nishimura, whose take on Dr. Itsuki is always a joy to listen to, and the talented Daisuke Sakaguchi, whose natural snark makes Sawaki's character a lot more fun.
I cited this show back in my Tatami Galaxy review as one of the few anime that addresses college life, and if nothing else it's laudable for that (as a quick aside I'll mention that Moyashimon, Honey & Clover and The Tatami Galaxy were all noitaminA shows, make of that what you will). This series is quieter, humbler and simpler than its younger cousin, but it still gives a well fleshed-out look at college life and the plethora of experiences that come with it. Like The Tatami Galaxy, Moyashimon downplays the academic side of college to focus more on the element of self-discovery, and it makes for a nice breath of fresh air without coming across as escapist fluff.
First and foremost, Moyashimon is a comedy. A few of the jokes in this show are a little too understated to have any punch, but for the most part the humor walks a fine line between down-to-earth near-believability and glorious bombast that makes it a delight. The art style is simple enough that it works well for their visual gags, the setting is distinctive enough to set up some scenarios you've never seen in an anime before, and the characters are fun and genuine enough that they're easy to get behind even and especially when they're being complete buffoons. Dr. Itsuki in particular takes his passion for biological sciences to delightful extremes, and the cartoonish microbes themselves can take simple science lessons and make them a helluva lot more fun.
Speaking of science lessons, the chemistry and biology in this show are well-researched, as are the elements of farming and business, so if you happen to enjoy getting a little trivia out of your entertainment they're a tasty treat on the side. If that doesn't interest you it might be a bit much to sit through, but they're generally kept brief, simple and funny. Even if you don't understand all the science and business talk, it shouldn't make the show as a whole any harder to follow.
If there's one thing that really elevates Moyashimon, though, it's the characters. Dr. Itsuki isn't just a fun guy to watch, he's also a surprisingly insightful mentor and the guidance he gives his students may turn out to be more helpful than they realize. An upperclassman named Mutou is still recovering from a breakup when that relationship had more or less defined her direction in life. Kawahama and Misato, a duo of upperclassmen who initially seem like comic relief buffons only interested in money and sake, end up showing a surprising level of maturity and supporting Sawaki when he needs it most, and Sawaki's best friend Kei goes through an arc I dare not spoil; suffice it to say it's an issue rarely touched upon by anime. If there's one recurring theme throughout Moyashimon, it's that you need to find your own path and determine your own future, and college is the perfect time to discover just what that future might be, and Dr. Itsuki's assistant Haruka Hasegawa stands out as a particularly poignant example of this, though again I won't spoil why.
Sawaki himself is a bit of a missed opportunity, unfortunately. There are hints at the beginning of the series that he used to really love seeing the microbes, and they bring that "forgotten passion" aspect of his character back for a heartwarming season finale while also raising the question of whether he has any worth outside his ability to see microbes, but between episode 2 and episode 11 what you see is mostly him being the straight man to all the weirdness that goes on around him. Does that make him unlikable? No, he's still a perfectly pleasant human being, if a bit weak-willed and easy to string along. I just don't think he should've been the straight man, that role exists primarily to play off of others and Sawaki could've been a much more fascinating character all on his own. There were still some nice little moments here and there, so I can't be too mad about it.
I'll quickly mention that second season of the show does exist, and while I don't consider it to be as good as the first season it is still more of a good thing, same great characters and all, so if you enjoy the first season, I shouldn't have to tell you to give the second a chance. I may end up giving that season its own review eventually, though I can't say when. I do hope that if there's ever a third season it'll set things back on the right track. The source material is still ongoing, so it's definitely possible.
Moyashimon is simple but effective look at college as a time to learn about yourself and find direction in life. It's not as complex or ambitious as The Tatami Galaxy, but its cast lovable and relatable characters more than make up for that. It's always charming and never boring. Give this show a chance and see if it strikes any chemistry with you. read more
Mar 31, 2009
The original manga, created by Ishikawa Masayuki, began serialisation in Kodansha's Evening magazine in 2004, and in 2008 it won the Tezuka Osamu Cultural Grand Prize as well as Kodansha's General Manga Award. The anime adaptation, directed by Yuichiro Yano (Mujin Wakusei Survive, Patapata Hikousen no Bouken), and produced by Telekom Animation Film and Shirogumi Inc, was released in October 2007.
The story takes place at an agricultural university in Tokyo (something which I'd never heard of before, and I was surprised to find that it does actually exist), and centres around a first year student named Sawaki Souemon Tadayasu, who is attending the university along with his childhood friend Yuuki Kei. Sawaki, who is from a family of tane-kōji-ya (mold-starters, or yeast producers), isn't really interested in attending university, and has simply tagged along with Kei (who's family runs a sake brewery, and are long time customers of the Sawaki family).
They are taken under the wing of the highly eccentric professor Itsuki Keizo, and old friend of Sawaki's grandfather, and are given a crash course in fermentation on their first day (you'll understand when you watch the first episode).
Now, one would expect this to be a normal comedy, however Moyashimon has one big difference - Sawaki can see and interact with microbes, germs, viruses and bacteria, and all without the use of equipment of any sort. Only a few people know of his ability and, as far as anyone is aware, he is the only person in the world with it.
Cue the shenanigans.
The character designs are very good in this show. Each character is very clearly an individual, however the real stars of the show are the microbes themselves. Their design was pure genius as they are both cute and funny at the same time (especially with their big cheesy grins). The backgrounds are nicely detailed, with the university environs having a strangely authentic feel to them. The animation throughout the series is very smooth, and the usage of CG, especially for the microbes, is almost seamlessly tied in with the normal animation.
One thing I did like about the style of the show was that it wasn't afraid to go for the overly dramatic in certain scenes, and this actually enhances the comedic moments which often follow.
Sound is another good area for this series. The effects are well used, and serve to enhance the various scenes. The thematic music is nice and quirky, and is often highly reflective of the fact that this show isn't really meant to be taken seriously. The OP, "Curriculum" by Ifu Sarasa, is an extremely catchy pop song, and I never get tired of watching the video that goes with it as it is extremely well choreographed. The ED, "Rocket" by Polysics, is just as good, just as catchy, and very well choregraphed too.
The voice actors are very well chosen for their respective roles. Sakaguchi Daisuke does extremely well in the role of Sawaki, and manages to bring a certain long-suffering, and slightly bored quality to the character. The other seiyuu are also just as good, but then the cast for this show is extremely talented in the first place having worked in shows as diverse as Aria, Genshiken, .HACK//, Negima, Baccano! and Bamboo Blade. Almost every member of the cast has had a leading role in a popular series, and even the Aspergillus Oryzae are voiced by Touma Yumi (who plays Urd in Ah! Megami-sama).
The characters are very good throughout the series. Sawaki is fairly used to disbelief at the start of the show, so it comes as a shock to him that other people are not only aware of his ability, but also accept it. A good portion of the show sees him being dragged along by events and other people, and while at first he seems like he has no backbone, one should remember that he finds it very difficult to trust people, and so tends to take the easier option of just going along for the ride. Kei has his own, more fundamental, problem to deal with, and as the show progresses Kei seems to fade out as a character (although once the reason for his problem becomes clear, then it all begins to make sense).
The most memorable characters though, are definitely the eccentric and mysterious Itsuki Keizo, and the microbes themselves (who have their own quirks and prejudices too).
Each of the characters is portrayed in a very realistic manner, and I found it ironic that many of the traits they displayed were as familiar to me as my own hand - as they may be to anyone else who has attended university, lived in a dorm, or had dealings with a professor who seems more than a little off-the-wall. .
This is very much a comedy show aimed at a more mature audience, and I enjoyed it immensely. Younger viewers may not like much of the more subtle humour or the quasi-educational stance the show sometimes takes, although these are often amusing in their own way. This hopefully won't dissuade anyone from watching the show as, aside from the whole deal with Sawaki seeing microbes, this is one of the most realistic university based comedies I've seen, and at times harks back to the classic Animal House.
Moyashimon is a hugely underrated show for many reasons, but for those of you want something lighthearted, funny (in a sometimes surreal and nauseous way - you'll understand if you watch the show), and a little more "real" than the norm, then you should give this a try.
However I would advise hypochondriacs and people who are obsessive about cleanliness to steer clear :) read more
Feb 7, 2008
Besides the initial premise, which involves our hero being able to see, and communicate with, microbes, we're faced with a cast of delightful characters, from the leather-clad lab assistant, the saki-obsessed sempai and the rather odd collection of friends and co-students to the slightly insane (and dare I say lecherous) professor.
The first couple of shows might leave you feeling a bit like you've just sat through a science lecture as we delve into the world of microbes (with the advantage of some delightful microbe-enhanced food jokes). Word of warning... it might be best not to eat while watching this.
Once the cast is established, it switches into full-blown comedy, with some serious laugh-out-loud (and possibly taboo) scenes playing themselves out.
Without a doubt one of the best and funniest off-the-wall comedies to come out in recent times. If you're looking for something different, you could do far worse than watch this.
Mar 6, 2008
1. Unique. How many other anime out there feature a kid at an agricultural college who can see microbes?
2. Interesting Characters. All of the main characters are interestingly eccentric, but not annoying, tiresome, or too over-the-top.
3. A nice, fun, sweet little story. It's not the funniest comedy out there, but it had enough laughs in it to make every episode a relaxed, enjoyable experience.
4. Ecchi-esque, but not ecchi at all. You'll just have to watch it to understand.
1. Minor plot points. For example, the plot twist involving the main character's best friend came out of nowhere and didn't seem to fit in. Also, some relationships didn't have enough time to develop as much as I'd hoped.
2. Too short. I would have loved to see another 12 episodes or so. read more
Jun 17, 2009
Moyashimon had an interesting premise. At first glance, you may think it as a run-of-the-mill school slice-of-life anime, or worse, a poorly done microbiology lesson packed into an 11-episode series. To tell the truth, there were times when the show could have gone all the way to either direction, but I'm sure glad it didn't. There wasn't any over-arching plot to it at all--just a group of friends living their college lives; with the clincher that one of them has a very unique ability. Many were complaining about that ''plotless-ness'' approach it had to its very enticing concept but frankly, that was the great thing about the show. Shows like Moyashimon don't really need an over-arching plot to tell their tales. Moyashimon is already strong enough to stand on its own, without the need for convoluted, cliche-stricken, and conspiracy-laced fiction. The show's story is robust in its simplicity. And, a dark and brooding feel would effectively ruin the show.
Art-wise, the show could hold its own against its counterparts. It had good enough animation, fine settings, and lovely character designs. While everything else about it wasn't exactly things to write home about, the series' character designs were gorgeous. Especially the ladies. They all looked good. Even if they were based on the original manga's designs, they made their transition to anime very, very smoothly. I, for one, can't just stop myself from pausing for a few seconds just to take in the beauty of Hasegawa, Oikawa, and Mutou(Man, I wish they were real ;_;). Also, the different microbe designs were fun to look at as soon as you get used to them. They're very quirky and unique and I was pleasantly surprised that their appearances were based on real microbes; not just something pulled out of the artist's rear end.
Sound-wise, there isn't really anything to write about, except for the awfully catchy OP and ED songs. The OP was full of energy and it suited the brilliant live-action sequence very well. It was just so full of life and spirit that it almost betrays the fact that the show itself was slow-paced. Meanwhile, the ED was equally vibrant, and with its unique sound, you could find yourself listening to it nonstop without realizing it.
Moyashimon's characters were good as well. They filled their roles well and did their jobs for a comedic slice-of-life anime. Sure, they weren't completely fleshed out and only two or three were somewhat developed, but their quirks and funny antics more than made up for that lack of development. The whole dynamic among the two upperclassmen and Hasegawa for example, showed how funny a show about microbiology can be. Plus, there were hints of a pseudo-romance that were pulled off well without being overbearing. Some of them were very surprising--you'll know when you watch it--that could have been pulled out of the moon or something, but nevertheless entertaining. Moments of character fanservice were done tastefully--not showing too much nor too little--but they were still awfully hot and weren't out of character, unlike the gratuitous fanservice other shows throw around.
The series, despite being seemingly grounded on microbiology, doesn't turn into a giant snorefest by drowning you in terms only PhD students can understand. It' safe to say that it's really not about science, but how the characters blend in with each other and how microbiology is just a device used to bind them all together in a tightly packed can of comedic slice-of-life. If you want to watch it for the scientific technobabble, this show is not for you. Character interaction is the show's strong point and ultimately the best reason for anyone to watch it. Moyashimon is the only proof that microbiology could still be fun, after all. read more
Jun 19, 2008
There is no denying Moyashimon is a highly original concept, the story follows Tadayasu Sawaki who has the ability to see microbes with the naked eye, as he enrolls at an agricultural university. One of the key theme of the storyline is manipulation as many of the characters only take interest in him because of his ability. Unfortunately this promising concept is let down by a shoddy plot, that is paced terribly. Over a quarter of the series is taken up by the Spring Festival arc that does next to nothing to progress the story. As a result of this, the series has to conclude everything and come up with a worthwhile ending in the last three episodes. Something that fails miserably, characters are given their own storylines but there are no serious attempts to conclude any of them.
The animation is also not particularly solid, the series cant decide if it wants a realistic look or a comedic one. This is shown best by the character designs, some characters lkike Sawaki and Harsegawa would fit into any realistic anime whilst others, Itsuki, Kawahama and Misato in particular are hard to even take seriously, the fact Moiyashimon is a comedy is no excuse for such extremities in character design. The backgrounds and environments are decent enough, but much like NHK, there's nothing to stand out from the crowd.
Moyashimon is an easily forgettable audio experience, the background music is bland for the most part and does nothing to evoke the viewer. The opening theme "Curriculum (カリキュラム)" by Sarasa Ifu is a nice piece that suits the series well, unlike the ending theme "Rocket" by POLYSICS which is just a mess really. The voice acting rescues the audio experience with excellent performances from all the seiyuu's.
One of Moyashimon's strongest points is it's cast, almost entirely on the grounds of character personality and not their lame storylines. A lot of the character's personalities clash in a way that ensures maximum comedic effect, Sawaki and Hassegawa in particular. Above the characters are funny, interesting and just plain likable. A special mention is in order for the microbes, they really make the show.
Moyashimon is a really enjoyable show, but entirely from a comedic point of view, there is an abundance of laughs and its unusual nature gives a charm that keeps the viewer's attention 'til the end. Be warned though, trying to take it seriously will just get you lost in scientific jargon and be left confused. The episode count doesn't do the show justice, it should have been longer to make the character's storylines worthwhile, that or it should just be eleven episodes of all out comedy
Feb 7, 2012
The animation varies. It looks great in some places, okay in others, bad in some.
The sound is good; the voice actors are talented and they do a good job while the background music was nothing special.
Getting past the 'how is buying a super-special aphrodisiac, advertized as something will turn your intended target into a sex slave that will not be able to resist you, any different than date rape?' question (no joke, the protagonist and a couple supporting characters actually pursue said aphrodisiacs for 2/11 episodes), the story is kind of all over the place. I enjoyed the bits on how it's like to go to an agricultural school and the science behind certain microbes and the process of fermentation. I just wish it focused on that... Instead we get this sort of runaround with supposed character development that never goes anywhere. What I learned from the last episode was that apparently I was supposed to be wondering about what the protagonist should do with his life instead of inherit the yeast business, which he never really raised an objection to in the previous episodes, so this internal conflict really felt shoehorned in, along with everything else. Usually character development hits you out of nowhere and then it ends which makes it feel like "here, have this arbitrary excuse for us to tell you about this thing we forgot to mention early on." These moments come to no real conclusion of epiphany so you end up just taking in this worthless info and moving on. Something about all this worthless information made it hard to stomach when the show started to ask me to start caring or enjoy the fan service.
But speaking about fan service, there's this elephant in the room I'd like to address. Unfortunately I cannot talk about this without getting into .... spoilers (?) though one would assume you need a plot before you can spoil it. The protagonist gets kissed by his best friend (male) after he figures out the mysterious cute girl he's been seeing around lately is said friend. I can't even fathom what the lead in to that moment was. I think I rewatched the part right before it about five times, and I still have no clue. Maybe it's my delicate North American sensibilities but, I usually don't kiss my best friends on the mouth as a joke, be them boy or girl. Usually I enjoy seeing guys or girls kiss; I won't deny that. But, then they never really address it, even though it's kind of important. Later on when one of the characters does comment on the guys kissing situation it's in homophobic rage, and the one who is going on that homophobic tangent is a girl who had a one-night-stand with another girl (she's not gay! It all the aphrodisiacs fault!). And all this is just one Big-lipped Alligator Moment stuffed inside another one. It all left me kind of confused and pissed off at the same time. I was too busy trying to deal with these emotions to even enjoy any of it.
So what I wanted was a quirky science show about life in an agricultural university ... what I got was How Not to Do Character Development the TV show. The only thing worthwhile I got out of this show was the science, and believe me, I loved those portions, but I got nothing else. read more
Jun 3, 2011
What if there’s something that you could see with your bare eyes in which normal people can’t with theirs? What if these things were microscopic microbes? What if everything around you is filled with microbes? What if when eating you saw these microbes, what will you do; will you still eat it or not? What if you’re going to a place and you saw all these microbes floating everywhere, will you still proceed? What if a person approached you and you saw that he is covered in microbes; can you still act normally? What if you took a shower, brushed your teeth, put on some clean clothes, done all the hygienic measures you could do but still, microbes are everywhere surrounding you, will it make you uneasy knowing that you already did all what you could’ve? What if you’re very sleepy but you saw microbes lying on your bed, would you ignore this and still sleep comfortably or will you rather stay awake? But what if these microbes are not those occult-looking microbes you normally see in science classes, instead they are cute and adorable pet-like creatures, would it freak you out or will it be fun?
For the answer, go look for an electron microscope or better yet, just watch Moyashimon.
Moyashimon is the story of Tadayasu Sawaki, a freshmen university student who is taking up Agriculture. Since he was a child, he has this weird ability to see microorganisms with his bare eyes. As the incoming heir to a family business, he was sent to a university specializing in Agriculture, little that he knows that this university life would turn out to be an “un-normal” one just like he is.
Studying in a university normally includes living in a dormitory, a couple of mischievous juniors, a lover, an eccentric professor, and of course, there would always be fun. If you’re a college or a university student, you could surely relate to this, well, that is if it was normally. Because in Moyashimon there’s an inclusion; and that would be the not-so-normal everyday life that rotates around microbes.
With a total of 11 episodes, Moyashimon is all about the lives of our characters. It is about a boy who can see microorganisms. It is about the not-so-normal university life as an agriculture student. It is about a weird professor. It is about an S&M doctorate chick. It is about two juniors who have a debt of 10,285,000.00 yen without including the tax. It is about stealing genetically modified vegetables. It is about sake. It is about the fermentation process. It is about culturing different classes of microbes. It is about how cute and funny these microbes are. It is about a weird school festival. It is about a bunch of fake aphrodisiac. It is about a trap and a yuri. It is about everything you wouldn’t find in a normal university. It is random.
Moyashimon in all 11 episodes is pure funny randomness. Though random as it may look, unlike other comedy anime, Moyashimon had its characters developed charmingly and it is in this area where Moyashimon truly stands out from all the generic comedies out there. The characters where nowhere near generic and they even have unique character designs that totally differentiates them from the usual characters. The characters are: Sawaki, a short guy or “midget” as his friend call him who can see microorganisms; Professor Itsuki, a very eccentric laboratory instructor; Hasegawa, the professor’s assistant who is into S&M but becomes “childish” when drunk, as what she have said; Yuuki, a childhood friend of Sawaki who is very mysterious and is into sake; Kawahama and Misato, two juniors who are geniuses when it comes to microbes and the fermentation process but are idiots with everything else; Oikawa, an obsessive-compulsive who is into older guys; Mutou, a former beauty pageant winner who is the president of the “UFO Club”; and of course, it wouldn’t be complete without the microbes gathering around Sawaki and their leader A. oryzae which is basically used to brew yeast. As you can see, Moyashimon with its characters is a light-hearted world filled with fun and microbes.
If the idea of microbes somehow scares you, in Moyashimon, microbes are represented by cute chibi creatures which are well structured depending on its features (i.e. bacilli is oval and long, etc). Though some microbes are harmful as they are branded, they themselves admitted that they don’t want to cause harm instead they just want to interact with humans thus they always have that huge grin on their faces. They vary in colors too for easier identification. In the opening song, 3-D microbes were shown which is very cute especially the part where A. oryzae swings his head. In the anime itself, they are often seen floating and riding the shoulders of Sawaki presented by the same but now 2-D animation. In the ending song however, they have the same structure still but is now represented by cute clay models. Simply put; bacteria have never been so adorable.
If the microbes are so cute, then you should hear the soundtracks. Accompanied by the said microbes are the opening and ending songs and it really really really fits the jolly and light-hearted atmosphere of Moyashimon. The beats, the music, and the vocals is extremely good and there’s nothing that could be more of fitting than the song “Curriculum” by Sarasa Ifu. As good as the opening song is the ending song. The techno and very catchy beats of the song “Rocket” by POLYSICS accompanied by the cute actions of the microbes is very very catchy which could easily make a listener smile. The two are simply one of the best in the history of anime soundtracks. Try to listen and let’s see if you won’t be swaying your head like A. oryzae with the beat.
Moyashimon is at its best, very funny. Watch the first episode and within five minutes you’ll already be laughing and it doesn’t end at that, it will grant you a lockjaw for being insanely funny with its randomness for 11 episodes. Might it be the microbes or the actions of the characters, it will always keep you entertained. There’s no dull moment in Moyashimon that even the opening and ending songs are also packed with fun. Moyashimon is that jolly.
Randomness fun as Moyashimon might be, it isn’t all about mindless comedies, but in all seriousness, it is very informative with the certain explanation on processes and information about a microbe. It even has an extra segment called “Microbe Theater” in which a certain microbe that was introduced during the anime will be further looked onto. A must see for those taking up microbiology or even just to those who are interested in learning more about common microorganisms.
However, if there’s anything wrong with Moyashimon is the fact that it doesn’t have a season 2. I’m sure fans that have watched this have always craved for more. Only the creators didn’t comply and that would be the only wrong decision made in Moyashimon. But still, it is very good. And for an 11 episode anime, I am very satisfied with what it presented. Only if there’s a season 2 then it would be satisfaction guaranteed but heck this is already good as it is so why look further? Moyashimon is simply learning while having fun. Give Moyashimon a chance and I’m sure that it won’t fail you.
Who would’ve thought that microbiology could be so much fun?
Feb 2, 2010
Moyashimon works in a similar way. The idea behind the show is simple, innovative, and original. A first year university student is capable of seeing microbes and micro-organisms (even viruses), distinguishing them, and even picking them out. The art design of the microbes was cute, fun, and gay (I use that term under the classical definition), and the character that went along with the microbes was entertaining. The show itself builds it's entire base around this idea, the characters themselves wouldn't even matter (aside form Itsuki), and this is probably Moyashimon's greatest flaw.
See, there's no problem with the above statement, considering the focus of the show is on the microbes, it's alright to have a fairly generic cast, you don't mind it all that much. Beyond that, you have one or two main characters which dialogue can revolve around, and bring in amusing supporting characters like the microbe monster, or the two second years, and the show is pretty amusing, entertaining and enjoyable. Moyashimon however, failed to notice it's own setup, and was obliterated as a blast with a 10 mile radius was set off. It appears that the directors decided to plot bomb the series in the end to help finish the story in the short 11 episodes.
Now, that too, I can appreciate. If you want to finish a story as it's meant to be told, if you want to report the appropriate ending as it's written in the manga (I haven't read the manga, I'm only going by the progression of the episodes, that we definitely missed some things in between), that's fine. But Moyashimon suffered from it. We weren't properly introduced to really develop empathy for the actual characters. The attention is on the microbes (though they say very little) and Sawaki, the boy with the gift. You can't just shove a bunch of problems in, completely unexplained by the storyline, and expect the viewer to empathize with their position, much less celebrate the resolution. To an outsider, it's just killing time.
That being said, Moyashimon started out wonderfully. I eagerly awaited watching the next episode, I became endeared to the microbes and their personality, and the Kiviak in the first episode certainly left a lasting impression of Itsuki, and the experiences Sawaki and the others would experience in this university. The various educational experiences were friendly to an outsiders perspective, and one doesn't find themselves confused trying to follow what's going on. The show continued with much the same tenacity, and even when the reported plot bomb did go off (a seperate side-story for pretty much every character), the one important plot point (being Sawaki's and the microbes) keeps you interested and somewhat groan free. Beyond that, it leaves you satisfied and contented with the ending, and overall pleased with how you've spent your time.
The soundtrack was poignant, the OP and ED were cute, the art style was great, especially considering the microbes, the story was palatable and the characters were generic but functional. Overall, you can enjoy this series for what it is, as what it is, is fairly enjoyable.
See what I did there? That's called going full-circle ;) read more
Jan 15, 2010
Rating stories in slice of life animes are somewhat pointless, save rating the concept. The concept here is undoubtedly unique, I have yet to see, or even hear about another anime centered around agricultural shenanigans. The story basically comprises of Sawaki and his other first year friends attempting to fit into university, and meeting a delightful cast of characters along the way. There are small dashes of pseudo-romance, but the main focus is comedy.
On comedy, this show performs. It is absolutely hilarious, although somewhat mature at times, being subtle at points. If I were to have to put it into a category, it would be mature-slapstick. Slapstick with actual intelligence behind it. There are also inserts of educational information littered throughout the series. These are usually enjoyable, but it depends on whether one enjoys these quirks or not. Personally, I loved them, it is a great thing for one to have.
Some other things that one may also find somewhat comedic are the microbes themselves, as they look ridiculous. They are basically personified, magnified versions of the biological selves. They have high-pitched, chibi-like voices and when I thought about microbes being depicted in this way I could not help but giggle.
The art is solid, but nothing special. It is not the focus of the series, but it does the job well enough and is not garish in any aspects that I should so bee inclined to find that it ruined the comedy or the atmosphere of any particular scene. The female characters are attractive enough, (leather anyone?) and the design of the faces makes for great facial expression.
The sound, was quite forgettable for me, writing this review some time after I have watched the series I must confess that I have forgotten practically all of its soundtrack and BGM. Although this isn't exactly a bad sign, it isn't a great one either. I did recall that the ED was somewhat ridiculous and included rockets of some sort.
However, as I did not recall it failing the show in any capacity, I can safely say that the majority of viewers will not be irked by the soundtrack, nor BGM.
The characters, one of the shining, focal points of the series. The majority of viewer's favourites would be no other than the seemingly geriatric Itsuki, Keizou (who was apparently tinkering with potatoes all the way back in WWII). He is possess amazing athletic prowess, and great knowledge, and is, absolutely, amazingly, hilarious. A wise old sensei at one moment and a cunning deviant the next. An unpredictable enigma that takes orders from no one, but it is a kindhearted joker in a most unsuitable shell.
Hasegawa, the apparent tsundere is actually not that. As they have no place in a pure slice of life comedy. Her leather outfit speaks rebellion and that is what she is. Initially rejecting Sawaki's ability and being a very badass slice of life character overall, accentuated by the metric tonne of makeup; femme fatal if I ever saw one.
Sawaki, the show's protagonist is a young man who seems to have accepted people rejecting his ability and now in this new environment, whereby his ability is accepted, embraced, and thoroughly abused for the sake of science; he is not exactly overjoyed at all times, but one can safely say he is enjoying himself. His demeanor isn't bubbly or talkative, but can get extremely involved in particular things. Not so much a cynic, but almost, his early personality is quite laid back and simply follows along with whatever happens to be going on at the time. He later picks up and becomes a vey likable character, his shining moment being at a festival.
In terms of enjoyment, I enjoyed it, immensely. The hijinks, the ridiculous university activities and quirks. The adorable microbes, all contributed to this fiesta of nonstop comedy. With aphrodisiacs, sake brewing, a 3 day festival involving paper fan beatings and the most disgusting food ever to grace this planet, one will be rollicking in their seat.
A very, very enjoyable anime.
Mar 30, 2009
That is how I should sum up Moyashimon. It has a good grip on comedy but there's not enough of it going through the whole 11 episodes. There's some educational elements injected here and there but the lessons didn't attract my interest both in whatever they're teaching and the story itself. What did interest me is it's difference in whatever was being subbed at the time. Let's see, it's called "Tales of Agriculture". Yes. It sounded boring but it did pique my interest.
The simplicity in both art and sound works for the anime for some odd reason. Almost everyone can tell that they busted their budget on the OP which is the best thing going for this anime.
The second best thing going for this anime is the lead character. The funny scenes usually involve him and something gross happening. The other characters are just there to fill up the screen so there's really nothing going for them.
It isn't bad "BAD" but anyone can live without watching this unique piece of anime that seems to have lost its direction halfway through. However, if you're like me who has a tendency to lean towards the "road less travelled" then just try it out. It wouldn't kill you.
Oct 17, 2012
The story is based around Sawaki who can see microbes which look more cute and cuddly than what they do under a microscope. Sawaki joins an Agricultural University with his friend Kei where he meets a motley crew of strange individuals which includes his professor and his graduate student, the violent yet insecure, Hasewara who is probably the most interesting character.
Anyone who has been to or is at university will identify with Sawaki as he starts off very innocent but with the help of his friends is able to stand on his own feet and adapt to life at university.
Despite the strong characters Moyashimon has a major weakness which is the story doesn't really happen. We are teased with potential stories such as Hasekawa's arranged marriage, the transformation of Kei into a loli gothic transvestite or a potential romance between Sawaki and Oikawa yet nothing materiales. Instead we learn about how fermentation make sake, miso and other fermented food and drinks.
However, the characters and comedy save the day making Moyashimon highly watchable and a lot of fun. read more
Oct 25, 2010
However, the story for this series is dismal, the pacing is wrong and the episodes are disconnected thin excuses for narratives. The story goes nowhere and is forced to rely on it's characters, all of which are weak bar the microbes, which get nowhere near enough screen time.
I'm biased; I think slice-of-life is a waste of my time, but to be honest I wasn't expecting some run-of-the-mill coming-of-age life-decision-making cutsie univeristy trash when I read the synopsis.
Really dissapointing use of a great idea.
I liked the series, and still do, just because of the premise. But I hate it for dragging itself out for 11 goddam episodes. A 1- or 2-episode OAV would have been fine, and wouldn't have had to make up stupid plot element to fill time.
I can't but feel bad about the harshness of this review because the animation is good, the microbes are awesome as I said, and the OP and ED are wicked. However... what a shame about the rest. read more
May 11, 2013