Posted by psgels on 23 December 2007 with categories: Anime Reviews


There are more than enough anime-series with high-school antics. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said about university-antics series. I could be mistaken, but 2007 only featured two of them: Nodame Cantabile, which aired earlier this year, and Moyashimon. Incidentally, both were noitaminA-series. Basically, Moyashimon takes place on an agricultural university. The selling-point is the strange ability of the main character, though: the ability to see bacteria, depicted as cute stuffed-toy-like creatures.

The great thing is that Moyashimon would have been an excellent series, even without the germs. It’s got enough material to remain fresh for eleven episodes, and some of the best jokes of the series don’t involve any germs at all. The major good point for this series is the script: the dialogue has been cleverly written to not only teach a few things about germs, but also showcase some hilarious situations in which the characters end up in. If it wasn’t for Suteki Tantei Labyrinth, I’d label Moyashimon as the most eccentric series of the year, but unlike with Labyrinth, I mean this in a good way.

As this series takes place in college, it also means that the characters are refreshingly different from the high-school-kids, and they’ve all gone out of their puberty. The result is that the series doesn’t seem to care about stereotypes beyond the main character, and all but him are immediately fresh and different from usual. I especially liked the antics of the two upperclassmen that Sawaki, the main character, befriends. There’s a bit too much useless fanservice here and there, but that’s just a very minor problem.

The major problem with this series is that it could have been more. Some scenes drag on a bit too much, and it really feels like the cartoony germs had much more potential than what they showed in the series. The final episodes are also not something to look forward to, as they suddenly introduce a dramatic element that gets nowhere, resolves nothing and has a rather bad conclusion. The scriptwriters of this series are really talented, and I wish they’d have more opportunities to show it.

Still, what they do manage to show here is excellent. Moyashimon is a short, well-scripted and imaginative comedy about campus-life at an agricultural college, with perhaps a few humps and bumps along the way. It’s a shame that there doesn’t seem to be a noitaminA-show scheduled for the Winter-Season, because this timeslot always offers refreshingly different and yet excellent series.

3 Responses

  1. Galen says:

    There is a noitaminA show in Winter – Hakaba Kitaro.

  2. i-k says:

    this series was a surprise. normally school series are boring to me, but the germ gimmick was great. The university setting was nice to see for once as well.

  3. Stars says:

    Surprisingly funny, the microbes antics were great to watch but the educational bits in the beginning made my eyes glaze over.

    Good short series for a laugh, but unfortunately it felt too short to get into the deeper story it was setting up for.

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    (Saturday, Sep 5. 2015 01:21 AM)
    Rin Tohsaka owes her existence to Asuka Langley.
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    (Saturday, Sep 5. 2015 01:16 AM)
    And read the TV Tokyo story outline that was presented by the Eva Committee and see how much of the story was perfectly planned from the beginning and that aside from some religious imagery cake-dressings the core themes were already preset from the initial phase and not straw-grasping by observant fans.
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    @Aidan: That’s generally the criticism I hear of Nasu fans, great to see they cope by passing it on to other works. It’s exactly what Evangelion ‘did’ that makes it one of the best, and what it did was to deconstruct the whole medium and introduce themes and styles of story presentation that were new to the genre. Its legacy is the effect of its greatness, not the cause.
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    @jerkocaust: you award has the choice to stop watching a any point, that’s on you.
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    I despise the act of covering for a shows flaws by saying of symbolic and psychological crap that could just be pure coincidence and not even creator intent.
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