「発酵蔵」 (Hakkou Zou)
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.