Posted by psgels on 20 July 2012 with categories: Moyashimon

The creators here nailed college, with one exception, which became clear to me with this episode: how come there is only one member of the cast who drinks? I mean, it’s college: the time which is notorious for people drinking themselves into a coma over and over again. I don’t care about the minimum age in Japan being high: Japanese students have got to have found some ways around that, right? In any case, my biggest issue is that with this, the “drinks a lot” has become a stereotype, rather than an actual character trait, due to the main cast being portrayed so black and white.

Also, my memory on the first season is completely fuzzy: I really don’t remember much of it, but haven’t some things changed in the process? I mean, for example I cannot remember that the microbes actually gave classes on fermenting (which are really interesting, by the way). In any case, what also strikes me as a big difference is that the cast is much more fun to watch now, now that it doesn’t have to bother with introductions. It makes the characters more… down to earth.

This meanwhile was an arc for Hazuki to flesh her out, and I must say that the creators used her well, but also the rest of the cast worked quite well together. I’m just wondering where the creators plan to go with that arranged marriage stuff…
Rating: (Great) – (Note: I am going to think of something new for these ratings, I just don’t have the time for that right now)

7 Responses

  1. FortMan says:

    There was “how sake is made” in season 1. It was the professor narrating with the little guys acting, iirc.

  2. CJay says:

    Im studying abroad in Japan right now and pretty much everybody drinks. Most of my friends are 18 or 19 and that doesn’t stop them at all (the legal drinking age is 20). In fact essentially no bars or any place that sells alcohol will even check IDs so its ridiculously easy to drink here underage.

  3. KaZuHiRo says:

    The microbes teaching about bacteria happened in the OVA. They are Moyashimon shorts. I think it’s called the Microbe Theater and there are a total of four released.

  4. JaK says:

    oho CJ you in Undergrad or Post Grad? iam thinking of going for my MS in japan but i dunno if they even have English classes their or do i have to learn Japanese x,x

    • CJay says:

      I’m an undergrad but my program is just a special program with the university I’m enrolled in in America. Its only a 7 month exchange program and all the classes are in Japanese. But I know certain colleges offer classes in english but I think its usually for undergrad. Maybe really big schools might offer a MS program in English but you’d have to research it.

  5. Stars says:

    I watched the first season recently and I’m finding the second season to be education overload. Though it’s still great to see all the microbes and their different personalities.

    I do miss the prominence the microbes had in Tadayasu’s daily life in first season, but the build up then was on Tadayasu realising how important his ability/relationship with microbes is. It’s kind of like the microbes are becoming background designs now.

  6. ojisan says:

    In the first season sake bar scene (in the presence of the Professor) the first-years all say that they can’t drink because they’re not drinking age yet. They’ll probably react differently when they’re not accompanying professors, but otherwise its only the senpais and the faculty who are drinking age at this point.

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  • Emma
    (Friday, Oct 31. 2014 02:25 PM)
    @Realist: Stereotyping is intrinsic to human beings in too many ways, so much so that even when a “safe”, “attractive”, “normal” looking person is caught out they still become surprised at the revelation, even if they admit that stereotyping is wrong.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Oct 31. 2014 02:14 PM)
    I think I’ve got a good handle on Yamaguchi Mikoto as an author now, I also read the first volume of Mayonaka and as I thought, it began deceptively and that maybe there wouldn’t be too much to it, but turns into something surprising, far more interesting.
  • AidanAK47
    (Friday, Oct 31. 2014 01:38 PM)
    @Trass, I can sort of understand that. Though as you likely noticed, psgels isn’t as active as he used to be. So rather than let this blog die a slow death it would be better to see something done with it. We ain’t prefect but well people improve over time.
  • Trass
    (Friday, Oct 31. 2014 12:47 PM)
    I came back here after a long while and saw how the blog is active again. I was really excited but then found out it’s not psgels who are writing the posts anymore… I’m happy but really sad at the same time ;w;
  • Bam
    (Friday, Oct 31. 2014 08:31 AM)
    *this time
  • Bam
    (Friday, Oct 31. 2014 08:28 AM)
    @K-off: it wasn’t the most visually impressive episode anyways, so it’s alright is time.
  • k-off
    (Friday, Oct 31. 2014 08:19 AM)
    @Bam I know you’re going to point it out, so yes, I know the screenshots aren’t very good…But it was very difficult for me to find a decent clip that wasn’t a spoiler in this episode.
  • ninjarealist
    (Friday, Oct 31. 2014 06:42 AM)
    I’m shocked by the news that Jian Ghomeshi has been an evil rapist this entire time. I listened to his show for so long and he always seemed like such a teddy bear. Just shows that you can’t judge a book by its cover.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Oct 31. 2014 03:06 AM)
    Then Tougane looks down in a displeased manner and says: “two brainwave scanners would never work, what we need is to put a rubber ducky under the floormat and then if an intruder gets in they will step on it, alarming the cat. We then proceed to dissect the cat to check its body for any signs of stress hormone secretion which will show if someone was indeed there or not”. He then looks away with content and light up a cigarette.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Oct 31. 2014 02:57 AM)
    Also the dominator is dominately stupid. After all that happened you don’t arm your men with some non-lethal back-up weapon or something? I get that they were trying to take the law out of human hands to avoid abuse, but in that case what is the point of human agency in the police? Have some droids patrol the streets with dominators then.

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