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Sawaki Tadayasu has just enrolled in an agricultural university in Tokyo with his long-time friend Yuuki Kei. Although not known outside a close circle of friends and family, Tadayasu has the unique ability to see and communicate with microbes, which appear larger and look different to him than they do to a normal person's eyes. This catches the attention of Itsuki Keizou, a professor at the university and an old friend of Tadayasu's grandfather who specializes in microbiology and fermentation. Thus begins Tadayasu's tutelage under Professor Itsuki, aided by his graduate student Hasegawa Haruka, as he attempts to adjust to his new life at the university.

Note: Won the Grand Prize for the 12th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize and the 2008 Kodansha Manga Award for general manga.


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Associated Names
Bacterial Agriculture University Legends
Fermentation Stories
Moyashimon Tokubetsuhen
Sprouting Person
Sprouting Substances
Tales of Agriculture

Groups Scanlating
Gekkoukan High Scans
Hachimitsu Scans
JE Gakuen Alice Scanlations

Latest Release(s)
v.4 c.38-40 by Hachimitsu Scans (2d ago)
v.3 c.36-37 by Hachimitsu Scans (7d ago)
v.3 c.34-35 by Hachimitsu Scans (11d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
13 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter

User Reviews

7 topics, 21 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.5 / 10.0 (172 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.19 / 10.0
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Last Updated
April 23rd 2017, 11:44am PST



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Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Evening (Kodansha)
Morning Two (Kodansha)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Del Rey (2 Volumes - Defunct)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #433 increased(+32)
Monthly Pos #378 decreased(-76)
3 Month Pos #474 increased(+756)
6 Month Pos #1077 increased(+1628)

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On 786 reading lists
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Forum Posts
Will there be an Anime Continuation? 1162 days, 13 hours, 29 minutes ago
Moyasimon: Tales of Agriculture Manga to End in January 1214 days, 20 hours, 9 minutes ago
Moyashimon skanlation 1388 days, 3 hours, 13 minutes ago
Moyashimon Returns with New Anime Season This July 1713 days, 20 hours, 15 minutes ago
Moyashimon's 9th Manga Volume to Bundle CG Anime DVD 2513 days, 11 hours, 14 minutes ago

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Look at that worm's face!!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by peppermintmoose
September 4th, 2009, 8:10pm
I first saw the anime perhaps about a year ago, I remember being so disappointed when it ended. I wanted more. I'm so happy to have found the first volume of the manga. Personally, I loved the art style. Ishikawa really knows how to set up the scenes, and I find it interesting how he uses reflective surfaces in his art. Overall, this is a great series, and I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a comedy.
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Rating: N/A
by Torje
December 23rd, 2008, 7:04pm
Sometimes you just find a story that's strange and compelling, something completely different from the usual, that's just clicks.
That's is what Moyashimon is.

Since I've worked at a university for two years it's easier for me to understand all the bacteria facts that get's thrown in into the serie, but you don't got to have a master in biochemistry to understand it.
It's simple basic facts.

But do not think of this as a nerdy manga, the microbe facts are few, the story is compelling (get's really good around volume 3-4) and the characters are so too!

Hopefully some translator group will pick this one up and make my day.
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Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by Papaya1124
August 14th, 2012, 8:13pm
It's strange... but I like... a lot. The characters are very, should I say, unique. They aren't your typical seinen or any genre characters. The plot is very original and intriguing. It's enough to keep you reading, but not so much that you need a certain mindset to read it. Some of the explanations about things in the manga are a bit extensive and occasionally confusing. I end up just rereading it until I get it, but I don't really mind. The drawing are decent, sometimes the characters are downsized, but that's about all I can say that's bad.

I also like that while Sawaki's abiility is unrealistic, the situations aren't. The microbes he sees are real and the things they do really happen. There isn't some magical new bacteria that is just suddenly there doing things that make no sense.

The jokes in this manga make sense. And they're funny. I like when Sawaki's battling the forces unseen by everyone else, then you see what everyone else, but him, is seeing.

Altogether, I personally like this manga very much. I suggest reading this to anyone looking for something new to read.

I really just wish someone would scanlate it though... it's so good.

... Last updated on August 14th, 2012, 8:15pm
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Loved it.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by pokui
August 20th, 2009, 2:21pm
Ive seen the anime twice. once a few years ago and again recently, and i read what i could find of the manga recently as well. absolutely love moyashimon. the anime has better art but the manga is funnier... and it wouldnt just make my day but my whole month should someone decide to scanlate the missing chapters of moyashimon. i really want to see the continuation. id do it myself but i cant read kanji TT_TT and i wouldnt know how to get the raws TT_TT
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bacteria in a whole new light   
Rating: N/A
by Zerf
January 20th, 2008, 2:25am
the anime was very nice. the bacteria are so damn funny!!! really hope some group will pick this up. all of us will really appreciate it.
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really good manga (translate it!)   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Gaspardrow
July 30th, 2009, 7:00pm
Since I saw the anime I can say that the history is good. And the characters and art are decent. If a translator read this, well, you know now what you have to do!! (Translate it please!?)
(And about the genere: its not wrong, many manga are simply too extreme with their themes, this manga is not the case and I like it)
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More anime, some scanlation?   
Rating: N/A
by Decel
December 27th, 2008, 9:23pm
Add me to the list of people who were pleasantly surprised by the anime and wish a scanlation group would pick it up (from the start? or at least from where the anime ended?)

Very compelling (if broken) characters. I do hope that there is development (I'm very anti-Rumiko Takahashi in terms of ending a series in the middle of nowhere)
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Rating: N/A
by ChronicD
January 18th, 2008, 7:14am
I REALLY hope they do another season, or more.
And I'd certainly pick up the manga if a group decided to scanlate it. Sadly, since it's a seinen, and contains lots of scientific type stuff, it's probably beyond the abilities of an average TLer.

But that's what dictionaries are for!

Either way, awesome anime, wish I could read the manga. ;)
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we need scanlation   
Rating: N/A
by Mardulf
January 17th, 2008, 3:28pm
yeah the anime was great, i still hope for a 2nd season. it would be so great if someone would do the scanlation. lets hope the anime brews (pun intended) enought interest for a group to pick it up ;)
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by canucks
December 3rd, 2007, 8:33am
The anime thus far has been very pleasant, much thanks to efforts by BSS subs. Hopefully some group will pick up the manga project. (Hopefully with a roster familiar with basic microbiology or teh wikipaedia)
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