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OP Sequence

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OP: 「Wake Up」 by ClariS
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「もやしども起つ」 (Moyashidomo Tatsu)
“Stand, Moyashimon!”

Welcome to the second season of Moyashimon! It’s been almost five years, but the Agricultural University and its microbes are back with a tempo that starts quickly off the bat. If you have not seen the first season of “Moyashimon”, the show will show you no mercy in introducing to you what’s going on. I t fully expects you to be acquainted with the setting, as well as knowing exactly where the first season left off. If you watched the first season and are hazy on the premise (it has been awhile), I highly recommend rewatching at least the latter half of season one as a refresher.

Assuming you are prepared, let’s begin the exploration of what this first episode is all about, both the good and the bad.

The Character Designs…ヾ(*д*)ノ゛

The character designs for the majority of the cast have gone through fairly…significant changes. I’m tempted to call it a downgrade, but it seems the reaction towards the change is mixed. In case you are unaware, here is a comparison of the four main female leads for quick reference. Eye size has been increased from more realistic proportions to more ‘anime’ standard sizing, though this also results in more detailing for the eyes. Skin colors have been changed to a much lighter tone. Hair styles have gone through slight to complete changes in color as well as losing detail. Their faces have become rounder and the necks have become thinner. In my personal opinion, I have to agree with what my friend Xumbra asked when I first posted this picture: they could possibly be catering to a more ‘moe’ desiring audience, as well as reducing production costs by simplifying the design.

This irks me the wrong way for two reasons. First off, the characters now look like they’re more in high school rather than college. The more realistically proportioned design by Takaoka Junichi gave the characters a better display of maturity appropriate for college, but now…all the characters look at least 4 years younger. Apparently, the character designer for this adaption, Higuchi Satomi, is making his debut as character designer for Moyashimon; such inexperience is reflected in this episode.

Secondly, the change in design is even more a departure from the manga’s own artwork, which also used more conservative proportions to set the university mood correctly. It was a style that worked well for both the manga and the first season, so it becomes a distracting disconnect for followers from the first season to see this sudden shift. I can only hope it can be blamed on production costs, because if they had the resources to continue the previous art style…*shiver*. However, I have heard some people are not bothered or even favor this new design, so I must excuse my bias…for it comes off really strong.

The Pacing…(・ω・)

If you’ve come this far though, know that the design, if it even bothered you at all, will probably the biggest gripe you’ll ever have to face this episode. The pacing slows down for no one, picking up exactly where the first season left us off. Running plots continue to flow from the first season, such as Hasegawa and her one-night scratch and the brewery finally completing itself. For the uninitiated it’s a bummer, but once the first season (it’s only one cour) is tackled, the transition into the second doesn’t miss a beat. Although it was a tiny bit clunky for Sawaki to out Yuuki to Kawahama, Misato, and the rest of the bunch quite casually, it gave that much needed reinjection of Yuuki back into the series after his disappearance halfway through season one. The crossdressing tendencies and strong feelings that Kei had were not really explored in great detail last season, instead opting to explore the triggers that shut off and turn on Sawaki’s microbe vision. Now that (s)he’s back, I expect them to expand more on those issues.

Kei isn’t the only one given a shove in development; Oikawa, the only one unaware of why Sawaki is a weirdo, finally puts her foot down. If any romantic rivalry between Yuuki and Oikawa is going to happen, Oikawa’s gotta get in on the joke eventually. Last season, we were hinted at (if kissing is a subtle hint) possible romantic interests involving both Oikawa and Yuuki towards Sawaki. If the OP isn’t posing an inappropriately placed love song, I expect this conflict to become a major point in the coming episodes. Considering how efficient the pacing is, they should resolve this new conflict easily within a 12 episode timeframe.

Microbes and Education

However, even though Moyashimon is charging in plot-wise quickly, there’s still plenty of room to give the true stars, microbes, their time! Now that Sawaki has regained confidence in his powers via tsundere hug, microbes have returned with newfound energy! They have graduated from writing names on pieces of bread to organizing an army and teaching biology! I enjoy that the microbes are getting more screentime (they were lacking in the School Festival), as well as the hodgepodge of information about brewing! It’s a cultural experience whilst also being an entertaining and informative one. Now that the brewery is finally open, expect that these lessons and micro-skits will only grow in number from here on out.

Miscellany and Conclusions

Of course, this is where I am obliged to talk about logistics of the show as well, lest someone kill me for not mentioning seiyuu! Fear not, as all the leads have reprised their roles, which means the masterful Saiga Mitsuki will continue to voice both male and female Yuuki, Noto Mamiko is still Miss Agriculture, Sayaka Ohara will keep whipping and yelling at people, and Sunoha–Sakaguchi Daisuke will command microbes to write on more stuff. Yuuichi Yano, most likely responsible for the continued pace, keeps his title as director. ClariS, either seen as wildly overrated or a mysterious sensation, performs a pretty catchy love song OP (sadly not in CGI), whilst Hiiragi, who performed the OP for Natsume Shi, plays the ED (CGI, but not as cool as the OP from season one). Okay…that’s enough for this season–I’m not really cut out or experienced enough to expand on the world of staff and seiyuu. Have a trap as my way of making it up to you!

From here on out, let’s get brewing! Hopefully by the end, we’ll have learned enough about fermentation to truly appreciate the art of alcohol and microbiology, and not just how Yuuki is going to be a boss trap in the future. As always, look to the alt-texts for more casual shenanigans, and I look forward to seeing your comments!

Full-length images: 3, 21, 25, 26, 33.

 

ED Sequence

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ED: 「最近」 (Saikin) “Recently” by Hiiragi
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Omake

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July 6, 2012 at 4:53 am
22 comments »
  • July 6, 2012 at 6:24 amark noir

    I thought the Hasegawa x sawaki ship was sailing due to their similar problems in their past explained to Haruka via the doc which led to the tsun hug/sawaki activate moment.

  • July 6, 2012 at 6:26 amAlec

    I’ve already watched the first season of the anime 3x already (last one was 3-4 seasons ago before the 2nd season was announced ; therefore, I wasn’t really feeling sentinemal when I was watching it. The anime was still really fresh in my mind, so It just felt like I only waited a week.

    I just love this series. And Damn, what the flying **** has happened to you, Yuuki? Is it safe to assume that Yuuki wearing normal men’s clothing is going to be considered as a rare occurance?

  • July 6, 2012 at 6:37 am1Lau

    The character designs didn’t bother me at all
    What’s making me curious is why the flag of Portugal is used for the University of Agriculture? (Watashi Ki Ni NARIMASU!)

    • July 6, 2012 at 7:15 am1Lau

      That last picture of the ED
      I would call the show “Moeshimon” :3

    • July 6, 2012 at 10:38 amAthrum

      That’s because the university in Moyashimon is based in the Coimbra University of Agriculture down to the buildings and ofc the Portuguese flag :)

      • July 6, 2012 at 5:05 pmAka

        Actually, there’s no such thing as a Coimbra University of Agriculture, it’s just the University of Coimbra. Those buildings being the rectory and the Faculty of Law. The aqueduct is based in the Aqueduto de São Sebastião (Aqueduct of Saint Sebastian), more commonly know as Arcos do Jardim (Arches of the Garden).

  • July 6, 2012 at 6:43 amishruns

    I think the otaku crowd actually like moyashimon, number of doujinshis are astonishing for a show that was on Noitamina when only Josei type anime aired.

  • July 6, 2012 at 6:50 amAlec

    Muto’s character design really got my attention. It’s as if she Wasn’t Mutto-kun at all xD

    I’d call it a downgrade

  • July 6, 2012 at 7:04 amsarcastic_weasel

    As a manga reader, I’m totally confused by the plot, which is all over the place. First season pretty much followed the first 2-3 volumes.

    This season… (manga spoilers)
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    So yeah, not a big fan of the plot changes or the new chara designs, but it’s “Moyashimon,” so I’ll watch it. I’m a huge fan of the manga, and loved the first season of the anime. It’s one of my faves, so I’ll keep watching for now.

  • July 6, 2012 at 7:20 amD-LaN

    Microbiology: The Anime > textbooks.

  • July 6, 2012 at 7:21 amshageki

    Yuuki is the most scariest josou character on my list…

    remember when he kiss Sawaki on the first season….. ><*

  • July 6, 2012 at 7:59 amJenanime4eva

    Oddly enough, somehow Yuuki has become the best looking girl :P.

    I’m glad this show has returned :D. I loved the quirkiness of the first season :).

    • July 6, 2012 at 1:11 pmFantomOmega

      Ah, I remember Alto from Macross Frontier having this same “attribute” of looking better than the girls around him
      I still like the first season’s OP better and the art changed but the show feels the same so I’m happy, anyway who cares about that? The Microbes are BACK!

      On another note, how many animes have the guys looking even more “beautiful” than than the girls that were supposed to look good? I remember Leonard Testarossa, Tessa’s brother from Full Metal Panic and Junior from ROD the TV, Hotohori of Fushigi Yuugi is one also? I remember wincing when I first thought Aleister Crowley from To Aru Majutsu no Index was a GIRL and what about that Rock gender-bender switch in Black lagoon? Lelouch cross-dressing in lost colors -_-

      Hansel and Gretel was pure Mindfuck…

  • July 6, 2012 at 8:40 amBeedle

    The character design is definitely a downgrade, imo, but still Moyashimon delivers.

    Nice breakdown, Zanibas!

  • July 6, 2012 at 9:18 amAgron

    IS that you Edward Elric?

  • July 6, 2012 at 10:39 ammangaka-chan

    Eeeeee!! So excited! I must confess, as a graduate student in microbiology (and yes, I have contemplated cosplaying as Hasegawa, but all that leather doesn’t look comfortable…) this show is very high on my to-watch list. I loved the first season from five years ago and the new character designs don’t bother me much.

  • July 6, 2012 at 7:59 pmNaYa

    I must say I miss the more mature look of characters from the first season, but the new design doesn’t really distract me from the series. I just adore those microbes!

  • July 7, 2012 at 4:27 amNeo

    Remembers the days when the moe crowd didn’t dictate the look of every anime ever made.

  • July 7, 2012 at 8:33 amBaka Hentai

    Full Metal Microbiologist: The Second Brew

  • July 7, 2012 at 1:27 pmZhinvu

    After season 1 and the live action series, it’s great to see Moyashimon back. Been waiting forever for this series to continue. Glad to see Noto Mamiko in another one of her typecast breaking roles. Hasegawa is still scary and Kei…must…not…forget…that’s…a…trap.

  • July 9, 2012 at 8:22 amKayjay

    Ugh What have they done to the art in this show?

    Was looking forward to the return, but I can’t get on with the moe-fication of the girls (especially Mutou).

    The new Op/Ed also lost all the charm from S1.

  • July 17, 2012 at 10:59 pmMormegil

    Damn. Too bad about the character design.