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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  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 05:51 PM)
    Wasn’t awful now by any means but I’d rather stop with it before any good memories of it get ruined =<
    I think I'm just fed up with these shounen comedies/dramas and pandora hearts is also the last time I take a chance on a shounen fantasy show.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 05:48 PM)
    Although as a whole sankarea never really geled together for me, series of genre clashing and a master of none, there were little pockets of interest and the art was good and moments did feel like something more. Some of the fanservice, comedy also felt misplaced.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 05:42 PM)
    @Aidan: K-off said it went downhill after the island arc. I also forgot it was ending.
  • k-off
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 05:26 PM)
    @Aidan Potential? I’d like to know what you ever saw in a premise like that…
  • AidanAK47
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 05:22 PM)
    @K-Off, It had potentail in the begining but since then it’s been a series of “Oh snap! Shit’s gotten dark….oh wait never mind” moments
  • k-off
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 05:19 PM)
    @Aidan I also dropped it before I knew it was going to end, and I haven’t felt like picking it up since. The series was never good.
  • AidanAK47
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 03:42 PM)
    @Emma, why did you bother dropping Sankarea? It just ended.
    Not that it was a good ending by any means. Feels like the series has been trolling me from the begining. All those promising hints to go dark and it doesn’t ever deliver.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 09:02 AM)
    @Bam: Thats becoming increasingly true, over the years I’ve found it also makes it very difficult to follow them all.
  • Bam
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 08:54 AM)
    @Emma: I’ve found out that keeping too many shows, manga, games or books could lead to a sharp reduction of interest in all of them. That’s why I focus on a few “projects” at a time
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 08:40 AM)
    Even Tetsugaku letra too =<

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