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Moyashimon Returns – 07, 08, 09

Episode 7

「かごの鳥」 (Kago no Tori)
“Bird in a Cage”


Episode 8

「マリアージュ」 (Mariaaju)


Episode 9

「グランニクリュ街道にて」 (Guran’nikuryu Kaitou Nite)
“On the Route des Grand Crus”

At last, the France arc! There has been a lingering issue concerning Hasegawa’s future since the first season, but the issue is reaching closure with this arc. Amongst her conflicts are…where does Hasegawa belong? Is it to stay a ‘bird in the cage‘ under her father and fiance’s thumbs, or does it lie back at the Agricultural University? These few episodes have been great exposition for our lovely violent grad student, but these problems are not just limited to Hasegawa–in fact many of the characters in the novel face this universal problem in some shape or form.

Firstly, to speak about the actual episodes: they’re a refreshing change of scene. I enjoy the show’s ability to poke fun at France, but what’s even better is their way of explaining how French sounds like Japanese (and how the French apparently understand Spanish). Seeing into Hasegawa’s past has also been an interesting exposition–I never thought I’d see Hasegawa in a frilly dress, but apparently it’s possible if you back in time! How did she get from being shy and being in frills to being a sadist who likes leather? I guess college life changes people! Other than Hasegawa, the addition of Marie into the cast brings life into the show. She provides a small amount of fanservice, but also a whole array of emotions to react to the ridiculous shenanigans of the agricultural students and the insulting etiquette of the uninformed. Honestly, I wish she’d become part of the main cast, but those chances are slim.

However, with the end of episode nine, I feel that we have seen enough of Moyashimon to make a guess at its central theme. Sawaki struggles as the 2nd child to uphold tradition back home. Yuuki tries his best to explore his new life and what makes him happy. Oikawa fights to try and find a suitable place in the loop of the story. Misato and Kawahama search long and wide to finally make it rich. Muto is unsure of where her future lies. Marie fights to find the true meaning of winemaking. Many of the characters in the story have some sort of ‘belonging’ crisis, which perhaps can be labeled as the central theme of Moyashimon. It is however, not until the introduction of the France arc that this theme becomes explicit. Sawaki himself verbally acknowledges the shared struggles that the charactrs share when comparing himself to Marie. “The difference between me and her is that I’ve never tried to find an alternative to get out of [our situation].” The different ways that the characters approach and resolve their identity troubles is something that’s become apparent, even with the Oikawa arc. If I had to guess, three problems will probably be resolved by the end, leaving the rest to be resolved in the final arc of the season.

At this point, it’s apparent what the resolution to Hasegawa’s problems will be, but the resolutions concerning our new couples are still a flip in the air. Although it would be awesome if Marie went to Japan to study (rivalries anyone?), I feel the show will make her stay in France, with maybe a small hint of cutesy romance as Sawaki leaves. As for our other awkward couple…it’ll probably end up being a running gag throughout the series where they end up in misleading situations, but any actual steadiness from the two will probably be reserved for the very end. However, this leaves Yuuki hanging, who shows himself to care about Sawaki even from far away. Now that the second season is closing itself, will we see a conclusion to this intersting character as well?

Overall, this arc has done a great deal so far in bringing Moyashimon back to a more stable pace. Although the events may still jump around, keeping the focus on France has allowed for the exposition of the series’ main theme, just in time for the conclusion.


September 3, 2012 at 4:43 pm
  • September 3, 2012 at 6:08 pmsolarasreign

    Yay ZANIBAS returns to cover Moyashimon~! I was seriously hoping you didn’t drop it. D:

    I must agree, this last episodes were actually a lot of fun and it showed that Sawaki has a lot of character development whenever Marie is around and it was something I wanted Moyashimon to actually bring up: some resolution to Sawaki’s decision about taking over his family business. It may never happen, but I would like it if Marie would become part of the main cast, even Sawaki’s pairing or someone of romantic interest. (Fingers cross) Granted, many may want Oikawa to be the interest if there was ever any, but Marie was refreshing and proves to make Sawaki think for himself for a change. Not to mention they have much in common.

    However on episode 9, it gave us a hilarious ship, even if it was even pretend, Hasegawa and Misato. What a strange pairing indeed. I very much enjoy the series so far, I didn’t imagine the France Arc would be this amusing, I actually don’t miss the rest of the cast, and Yuuki somehow seems to be in the backburner for some reason… I don’t know what to make of his character anymore.

  • September 3, 2012 at 7:02 pmkumakaori

    Moyashimon… RETURNS~~~ o3o. *owowow! you can stop murdering me for the bad pun T^T!*

    *sigh* I too wish Marie would join the main cast, and not just because Miyuki Sawashiro is voicing her ^_^;. She seems like an obvious romantic interest for Sawaki, and her antics would make things highly interesting :D.

    Misato as a Mexican was hilarious X3! and I still cant believe it worked XD;.

    • September 3, 2012 at 7:46 pmsolarasreign

      OMG I freaken lost it when he said he was a Mexican! xDDD
      The hat is his soul damnit!

      Ever since I saw that hat I wanted them to make a pun out of it and they finally did!
      Perfectly deliver. xD

      A part of me thinks that if Marie comes to Japan.. Yuuki will not approve and we might see a hilarious rivalry going on xD

  • September 3, 2012 at 9:30 pmU Doh

    Kawahama actually spent his childhood days in Mexico.

  • September 4, 2012 at 3:17 amsuff

  • September 4, 2012 at 1:12 pmNaYa

    So Marie… is the French version of Yuuki?!
    Their love for wine/sake, similar hairstyle and dress code, both interested in Sawaki…

    • September 4, 2012 at 4:28 pmU Doh

      Except that, she is actually she.

  • September 5, 2012 at 11:47 amSuppa Tenko

    Screw ethics, Yuuki should just get together with Sawaki.