Moyashimon (Tales of Agriculture) Review


Director – Yuchiro Yano

Animation Production – Shirogumi Inc.

This is the type of show that I very much enjoy,  it is the definition of a niche show that takes a concept and builds an anime around it. The director Yuchiro Yano it not very well known but one of the other shows he has directed (Mujin Wakusei Survive) has me interested.

Moyashimon microbe

The show involves science/micro biology set in an agriculture university in Tokyo. The focus of the show is centered around a young man who can see microbes. This ability makes him a wanted man as others want to utilize it for various scientific and monetary gains. However it is a light hearted show with plenty of comedy while making the science aspects interesting.

 Other notable points about this show is the exploration of university life in Japan and what an agriculture university would be like. It manages to throw in the theme of  choices in life which is relevant to almost all the characters in the anime. 

It is a short show leaving plenty of questions unanswered while there is no second season announced. They go so far as to say that after the 11th episode that it was the final episode of the series. The problem with a short episode count with these sort of shows (slice of life) is that there isn’t enough time to develop characters. But the comedic and bizarre elements of the show along with the science aspect are what I enjoy about it.  I can’t recommend this to everyone but if what you have read so far interests you it is a must watch.

Side note Shirogumi is a animation and special effects studio. Only other previous anime work has been on Antique Bakery. They have worked on movies and game cut scenes such as in Soul Calibur 3, Baten Kaitos and FF7 Dirge of Cerberus.

Rating – B+

Genre – Comedy, Slice of Life Episodes – 11 Year – 2007

Currently not licensed in the U.S.