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Relatively serious episode this time around, although there are still some funny moments sprinkled here and there.
Pre-summary Snippets

  • Consuming surströmming to everyone’s horror, except for Professor Itsuki and Haruka
  • A peek into Haruka’s “other side” as the daughter from a well-to-do family, which includes being positioned into an arranged marriage with a man considerably older than her
  • Misato, Kawahama, and Sawaki rescue Haruka from the company of her father and fiance by opening a pressurized can of surströmming inside the restaurant they were in
  • Some thoughtful conversation on Haruka’s life, including how she first met Professor Itsuki back in middle school
  • Sawaki finally sees Kei again, all dressed up as a gothic lolita sweeping the entrance of the Hiyoshi Liquor Store
  • つづくよ☆

    December 9, 2007 at 12:04 am
    42 comments »
    • December 9, 2007 at 12:27 amBusaiku

      Hmm, they seem to have skipped a whole lot to delve into the Kei moment.
      This episode was basically all of the 3rd volume then.
      Guess it might see an original ending then, which is a shame.

    • December 9, 2007 at 12:27 amKanki

      …Kei?

      sda;jfiowamskvasoejf ;______; He looks good in drag!

      But, man, I’m really, really scared.

    • December 9, 2007 at 12:32 ammewmew

      @ Busaiku:
      It probably seems to be directed towards that, considering how Moyashimon has very few episodes left now (a Ge Ge Ge no Kitaro remake will be replacing Moyashimon in the Noitama timeslot by January).

    • December 9, 2007 at 12:40 amgolthin

      ok, why is the guy named Kei! I know it has already been said that the author of the manga said he is a guy, but damn, drag and also he has a damn WOMAN name. Kei is not a neutral name like Akira and Makoto.

      Also, Haruka is staying in college as a researcher because as soon as she leave college she has to marry with that older man. Also, Haruka is not that strong of a person as we thought, she is very shy in social events, so all the bondage and sexy dress up is just to hide her shy personality.

      I hope she wakes up and tell her father to go to hell with the stupid arranged marriage.

    • December 9, 2007 at 1:26 ammangaka-chan

      …Kei? o_0

      Please don’t tell me this is some sort of special training they’re putting him through; that’s just too weird, even for a Microbiology student. >>;;

    • December 9, 2007 at 1:50 amfoot

      LOLWUT IS GOING ON WITH KEI

    • December 9, 2007 at 1:56 amOM

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    • December 9, 2007 at 2:19 amtatsumaki

      I’ve seen this said before, that Kei is a woman’s name, so I feel the need to comment. Kei is a gender neutral name, and the female version of “Kei” is frequently the shortening of “Keiko”. For example, the late voice actor, Tomiyama Kei was unquestionably male and there are a number of male characters named Kei in various anime, manga and books.

    • December 9, 2007 at 2:24 amBusaiku

      @mewmew
      Yeah, I was just hoping the possibility for another season would be open down the line sometime.
      Oh well.

    • December 9, 2007 at 2:58 ammewmew

      @OM

      You are right on. :D That scene will take place next episode, guaranteed!!!

    • December 9, 2007 at 3:23 amRen90270

      Let see the comparison between the two:

      First, this one:
      [[http://randomc.net/image/Moyashimon/Moyashimon%20-%2003%20-%20Large%2004.jpg]]

      Now, this one:
      [[http://randomc.net/image/Moyashimon/Moyashimon%20-%2009%20-%20Large%2029.jpg]]

      You make the call.

    • December 9, 2007 at 4:13 amgolthin

      well, Wig+Eyeshadow+lipstick=TRAP

    • December 9, 2007 at 4:15 amgolthin

      Sawaki belongs to Haruka! Kei keep your hands off him!

    • December 9, 2007 at 4:15 amAce

      why is that guy dressed up as a chick

    • December 9, 2007 at 7:27 amKaminaLives

      Given the last episode, so are like Aoi and Hazuki a yuri couple now or what? :)

    • December 9, 2007 at 7:58 amgolthin

      @KaminaLives
      I don’t know, I was hoping that they will dwell a little bit on that but it was just swept under the rug, the same thing with Haruka waking up to that scene. Everyone seem to just have swept all that under the rug.

    • December 9, 2007 at 8:00 amGod~knows

      Lol that was a awkward moment XD I guess they called him kei and not kai for a good reason.

    • December 9, 2007 at 4:52 pmRembr

      Pretty godly show.

    • December 9, 2007 at 8:44 pmNagumo

      Well… according to the manga, Hazuki and Aoi try to bury it under the rug to forget about it. They’re still quite close but I think they mutually agree that it was a one time accident that resulted from their aphrodisiac and alchol addled minds.

      There was actually a hilarious chapter where Sawaki notices something odd about the tatami mat where the two had spent time on because of a strange clump of bacteria concentrating on a certain area. He asks Misato and Kawahama to ‘take position’ to figure out what had created the interesting phenomena.

      He then pointedly asks Aoi and Hazuki what they were doing that night because he can see bacteria that originate from elbows, legs and backsides or something. All the while Misato and Kawahama wonders if it was a massage of some sort since one of them is between the other’s leg.

      Aoi reacts with extreme violence by beating all three with empty wine bottles.

      http://raw-manga.aceboard.fr/289134-471-3934-0-Moyashimon-Volume.htm#id27709

    • December 9, 2007 at 10:10 pmRedMaigo

      http://randomc.net/image/Moyashimon/Moyashimon%20-%2009%20-%20Large%2029.jpg

      Hmmmm. Naru hodo.

      Now I know why the picture at the link below was created.

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    • December 9, 2007 at 11:38 pmAmgine

      Wait… I am not following is Kei originally a guy or girl? Trap or Reverse Trap?

    • December 10, 2007 at 3:12 amRen90270

      According to the manga version, the GothLoli’s name is 日吉.
      I don’t know how you pronounce it. Can’t anyone say this name?
      This couldn’t be Kei, isn’t it?

    • December 10, 2007 at 4:05 amgolthin

      @Ren90270
      @Amgine

      That is kei for sure, it is revealed in the manga for sure.

    • December 10, 2007 at 4:46 amJimmy

      golthin, Kei IS a guy’s name. In Day of Revolution, Kei had to change his name to Megumi when he changed his gender to show that he had become a girl.

      Wow, this is quite exciting, Haruka backstory and gosuloli Kei…

    • December 10, 2007 at 4:49 amgolthin

      I downloaded the raw manga and I don’t know what they are going to cover in the last 4 episodes. I wonder if they are going to go straight to the Haruka Arc which is not really over yet. It most likely will be an original ending. I know that they probably will finish the Kei+sawaki thing next episode.

    • December 10, 2007 at 11:44 amtatsumaki

      日吉 = Hiyoshi. It’s the name of the old man+grandson with the sake shop & secret bar.

    • December 10, 2007 at 12:37 pmgolthin

      @Jimmy
      Neither you or me is right, Kei is a neutral name as someone previously proved. there is a female kei in E-F memories also there is a female kei and a male kei in Gantz.

    • December 10, 2007 at 4:07 pmKazuki Shikimori

      You know I used to hate yaoi but now I appreciate it a hell of a lot more than yuri… I think I’ve been hanging out with too many fan girls… that or… gravitation changes people 0.o

    • December 10, 2007 at 5:49 pmKaminaLives

      In the wise words of Admiral Ackbar: “It’s a trap!”

    • December 10, 2007 at 7:15 pmRen90270

      “Kei IS a guy’s name. In Day of Revolution, Kei had to change his name to Megumi when he changed his gender to show that he had become a girl.”

      What exactly made him (or her) change genders? Did Kei was as a girl but changed her (or his) appearance as a guy (like short hair, deep voice, what not)?

    • December 11, 2007 at 12:28 amslammyhome

      Sawaki x Haruka would be awesome and worth following the series to see their relationship develop, but is it possible for the pairing?

    • December 11, 2007 at 12:39 amgolthin

      well, those two have get very close in the manga, and I think the hazuki is out of the picture because she said she likes older men if we go by the manga. Also the guy engaged to Haruka is actually the same age as her.

    • December 11, 2007 at 3:34 amleahcimccc

      o_o … oh god… please dont tell me ive stumbled upon a yaoi… ever since i accidentally stumbled upon loveless ive done thorough checks of shows before i watch em =_= . . . i hope my search was thorough enough . . . maybe my eyes are bad… ya… that can’t be kei… =_= … oh dear god… please tell me i misread the name of next episode…

    • December 11, 2007 at 5:05 amKaminaLives

      Hazuki likes older guys, and apparently Haruka digs younger ones. Seems like win-win if Hazuki takes Haruka’s fiance and Haruka takes Sawaki. :) Heck, why does Sawaki look so glum here?

      http://randomc.net/image/Moyashimon/Moyashimon%20-%2009%20-%20Large%2016.jpg

      If I were in his place I’d turn that frown upside down!

      And that’s funny with the manga chapter of Sawaki asking about what Hazuki and Aoi did that one night. Wish they’d animate that!

    • December 11, 2007 at 9:13 pmslammyhome

      so far i’ve scanned through Moyashimon up to chapter 71, bad news for Sawaki x haruka supporters :-( man i need chapter 72+

    • December 13, 2007 at 7:11 pmgolthin

      why bad news? It only showed that Haruka is going to turn the older man! That part of Haruka out with the other guy holding hand was a act to try to escape from the fiance goon!
      you need to read the text and not just go by the drawings.

    • December 13, 2007 at 9:40 pmslammyhome

      gothin, so there was no bump and grinding going on between haruka and the old guy? whats is going to turn the older guy mean?

    • December 14, 2007 at 4:51 pmKaminaLives

      Loli-Haruka sure is cute. :)

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    • December 14, 2007 at 11:08 pmgolthin

      @slammyhome
      No, they slept in the same bed but she placed luggage between them and nothing happened.
      She later got drunk, but when she drinks Haruka only “punish” people and doesn’t do anything sexual. When she drinks she turns into a “queen” that torture men but doesn’t do anything sexual.

      Hazuki telling sawaki that she likes older men really made him sad because he had his sight on her, but taste change with love. Also the reaction of Hazuki when she found out that kei was the loli is not of someone that doesn’t have feelings for someone. I think the “i like older man” thing is a defense mechanism on Hazuki’s part.

    • December 15, 2007 at 11:49 pmslammyhome

      thanks for the explanation golthin, I’m back on the sawaki x haruka band wagon. any idea when chapter 72 will be out?

    • January 28, 2008 at 10:39 pmMosey

      Definitely DID NOT expect fan service in this anime (well, not to the extent it’s been so far) and a cross-dressing loli goth Kei is just… completely beyond my wildest imaginations! (I had imagined him doing some serious research elsewhere) – why on earth would he confide in Itsuki-sensei about his idea of x-dressing and all that?!?!?! He’s known the man for less than 6 months.

      Still love the anime though. Hope RandomCuriosity will cover it up till the end :D

      And spoiler for up to episode 11 (end)
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      In terms of pairings – I can definitely see the Sawaki x Haruka thing working. He really needs to grow taller though! Hazuki annoys me a little so not sure who she should be paired with.

    • February 27, 2008 at 4:45 amRyuuku

      Seen all the anime. Loved it. Gothloli Kei is cute. ^_^

      I just wondered, do they explore more of his reasons for dressing up in the manga? The answer he gives is somewhat… understated. Just wondering!