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「発酵蔵」 (Hakkou Zou)
“Fermentation Cellar”

Although I said last episode that I found the unwavering pace enjoyable, I am beginning to see potential criticism for its continuation into the second episode.

The brewery is done being bult, but there are some hidden secrets about the facility that, rather than pique a mystery story, is an annoyance for Oikawa. Where this annoyance came from is semi-understandable from her interactions with Yuuki, but the way the story is utilizing this trait is shaky. The attempts to increase her presence on the show are abrupt–her interactions with Sawaki and friends have felt more forced than anything else. Was I the only one who felt that Oikawa seemed to have her ‘moment of realization‘ too suddenly at the end? They were just helping her out–it wasn’t like they gave her an emotional friend-speech. I would say that these effects could be solved by slowing the plot down, but there’s a bigger problem than that.

Sawaki is still actively secret-keeping from Oikawa, Oikawa and Sawaki (and now Kawahama and Mistao) are still investigating the cellar, Yuuki’s still gone, Hasegawa’s now absent due to fending off her family, and of course the main events of starting up the brewery; all of this is occurring at the same time. Normally, introducing Oikawa’s abrupt personality introduction wouldn’t be so bad to start off the season, but when it starts to interfere with all of the hanging storylines above, it creates a storyboard that jumps around too much for its own good. If Moyashimon is going to keep to its original’s charm, it first needs to cut down on the active plots it attempts to focus on and tackle them one at a time. I wouldn’t be alone in sayng that Yuuki deserves said focus as a character that desperately needs a revealed backstory, but in all honesty, any focus would be great at this point.

Despite my gripes, I still find myself enjoying the educational bits of the show. They may interrupt the storyline, but one of the main reasons why I watched Moyashimon in the first place was its information regarding microbes and their applications. Who can’t be fascinated by the origins of soy sauce and the composition of various fermented goods? As long as the anime properly does its job in regards to microbiology and cute yeast, I will continue to watch. That doesn’t mean the other parts of the show don’t need to step it up, but at least one thing has stayed constant from last season.

One more episode until evaluations–like for all anime that starts off rocky, here’s to hoping it gets better from here on out.

Omake

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July 16, 2012 at 4:55 am
9 comments »
  • July 16, 2012 at 5:31 am1Lau

    That bath scene was hilarious xD
    Brew Brew!

  • July 16, 2012 at 1:06 pmNaYa

    Poor Sawaki! He should just come clean about his ability, but maybe he doesn’t want her to see him like some freak of nature or a scientific subject and see him as he is.

    I agree the storyline felt a bit pointless just to show Oikawa that she can rely on the others more… we didn’t really learn anything from all that investigation other than the existence of an old closed off tunnel and how perverted the guys at the dorm are. XD
    But as usual I love those oryzae and their PSA.

    @Zanibas: Not to be nitpicking, but the screenshot you linked as origin of soy sauce is actually mirin-flavored seasoning, which is a condiment made to taste like mirin (cooking alcohol).

  • July 16, 2012 at 6:48 pmAllen Walker

    Seriously who invited the Elric Brothers to this.( http://randomc.net/image/Moyashimon%20Returns/Moyashimon%20Returns%20-%2002%20-%20Large%2036.jpg ) So when are they gonna bring in Whinery Rockbell and start using alchemy?

  • July 17, 2012 at 3:36 amderpy derp

    lack of Kei this episodes tells me he is up to something

  • July 17, 2012 at 11:31 amwandering-dreamer

    Aw, no hoverover text this time?

  • July 17, 2012 at 8:14 pmOtaku Dump

    brewwwww breww =3

  • July 17, 2012 at 11:03 pmU Doh

    Actually it’s Hakkou Gura.

  • July 18, 2012 at 10:21 pmBeckett

    The whole reason I was looking forward to this season was more Hasegawa and she’s barely been in it. BORING. Get your act together, Moyashimon, take advantage of your most awesome character already!

    Still like the show but NEEDS MORE HASEGAWA.

  • July 20, 2012 at 5:01 pmDa5id

    Uh…something happened to the images.