Synonyms: Moyasimon, Tales of Agriculture
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 12, 2007 to Dec 21, 2007
23 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Score: 7.771 (scored by 16098 users)
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comedy educational science slice of life
SynopsisEnter Tadayasu, a freshmen college student who can see and talk to cute, chibi bacteria and other microscopic organisms. It's not all fun and games like it sounds though, because it gets him into all sorts of trouble. Join Tadayasu as he enters his first year at the Agriculture University, what crazy events await him?
Related AnimeAdaptation: Moyashimon
Side story: Moyashimon: Kin Gekijou Deluxe, Moyashimon CGI Anime
Sequel: Moyashimon Returns
Characters & Voice Actors
Moyashimon, a rather educational little series about micro-organisms and their effects on humans. Tied up with some punchy drama and comedy, is this specimen worth examining closer, or is it just too small to scale?
Sawaki, a quiet guy from a small country town heads off to an agricultural university in the city to study about everything green and natural. Sawaki is not your average guy however, as he has the unique and strange ability to see and recognize microbes, invisible to everyone else. After his power is discovered by an oddly spoken professor, Sawaki is quickly introduced into a microbe research facility. From there he goes to live out his university days as you could expect, making friends, learning new things and becoming a person of interest for the various other amoeba enthusiasts.
The show is quaint and charming with a strange sense of modesty and humor to it. Everything glides along at a breezy and relaxed pace and for the most part, the show feels right on the money. Characters are introduced well, the few relationships are built solid, and the few changes and challenges that arise prove for some entertainment, though slightly lethargic outcomes.
The series does actually hold some tangible, and rather emotive social drama. The characters are largely responsible for the enjoyable social aspects to the show, and it is a decent cast. Sawaki himself is a like-able and simple kind of guy, and while he seems like a bit of a push over at times, he compliments some of the other, more outrageous personalities well. For the most part the interactions feel natural and funny. You may even be surprised that there’s an odd jab at romantic tendencies here and there. While not really a leading effort, the characters and their relationships are a definite highlight of the show.
I have learned a lot from this show, and unless you’re a regular in the chemistry lab you can expect to learn a lot yourself. Moyashimon is chock full of interesting little examples of how microbes work and what they are. Discussing everything from how fermentation acts out, to how fungi can lead to infection, it’s all rather interesting without ever becoming over bearing. It borders on being nerd-centric at times but for anyone who doesn’t take themselves too seriously, it can be a charming and intelligent little show.
Visual presentation is a little up and down. While character models look generally well designed and pretty, sudden stumbles in animation quality and definition can result in an ugly frame every now and then. The relaxed, organic color theme makes for some nice use of tones though, and the settings, while unimaginative, give a good sense of space and atmosphere. The use of simple 3D for the microbes is a clever and unique touch, but their simple designs and shapes can become jumbled when you’re trying to differentiate them. It’s not a bad looking show, but there’s nothing stunning except maybe the odd pretty face.
Sound is adequate, with an unique choice of opening and ending themes. I say unique because they were both horribly sung by some slightly tone deaf vocalists but, oh well. Voice acting is a little better, with some nice comedic out cries for the humorous sections. During some of the more emotive scenes however, the voice work can come off as rather flat, and inexpressive. The high-pitched squeaks of the microbes is cute at first, but don’t be surprised if you find it growing annoying very fast.
Moyashimon is a very unique series, as varied and interesting as the microscopic organisms it probes. The educational aspect of it can be quite fascinating, and the enjoyable social aspects that arise are a pleasant surprise. The dull presentation and relatively awkward setup may be enough to turn people away, but it’s really not a bad show. If you’re open to something a little bit different, it’s worth a shot.
Easy to enjoy, easy to watch, and you don’t even need a microscope. read more
If you're like me in that you tend to look for those quirky, odd, and oft times underrated anime, then rejoice, for Moyashimon: Tales of Agriculture may be right up your street.
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
Agriculture, mood, feeling. The slice of life element with some occasional comedy.
both are good slice of life about agricultural studies in Japan
While both shows are slice-of-life with an agricultural basis, Moyashimon focuses more on bacteria/microscopic organisms and various types of brewed drinks, whereas Silver Spoon looks more at farm animals and dairy.
Those interested in both relaxing and informational shows with fun and quirky characters should check it out.
There is a lighthearted mood present in both series of Moyashimon and Gin no Saji. Then, there's the school life setting along with the characters and themes. (involving agriculture)
In Moyashimon, there is the addition of supernatural themes inserted in. However, both series follows a format of agricultural style in terms of its themes. There is also lighthearted comedy as well.
Slightly educational slice-of-life comedies that take place at an agriculture school. Several characters have the same personality, and the feeling you get while watching them is identical.
Both revolves around a protagonist in an agriculture school.
Both shows are slice-of-life stories that focus on agricultural schools, and the life of the characters who go there. They both have quirky characters, and comedic moments.
Their main differences is that Gin no Saji focuses more on food while Moyashimon focuses more on science.
There are only a select few people who can see the small creatures that are always there but most people can't see. Both animes are somewhat light hearted and have an earthy feel... if that makes sense.
They both are about men who can identify and interact with creatures that influence everyone's daily lives despite being invisible.
Both stories are about "other forms" of life, Mushi in Mushishi and Microbes in Moyashimon.. We are invited to those beautiful world, exploring it, enjoying it and we can study many things from those stories..
There is a different where Mushishi is more of drama, Moyashimon more oriented at comedy.. Both are great stories ! but I think Moyashimon is little underrated here..
Two rare gems in the anime world, these two series are often overlooked in terms of their qualities. Let's break this down and check out their similarities and why they are likeable:
Both series involves a main character who can see what others cannot. Talk about uniqueness and having that special gift/curse. (however you look at it)
Both series have a bizarre yet entertaining environmental feeling to them that makes the series likable.
While both series have different genres, they both involves supernatural themes and deserves some more attention that they should be.
Opening Theme"Curriculum (カリキュラム)" by Sarasa Ifu
Ending Theme"Rocket" by POLYSICS
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