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Tadayasu Sawaki has just enrolled in an agricultural university in Tokyo with his long-time friend Kei Yuuki. 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 Keizou Itsuki, 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 Haruka Hasegawa, as he attempts to adjust to his new life at the university.

Note: Nominated for the 1st Manga Taisho in 2008. Won the Grand Prize for the 12th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize and the 2008 Kodansha Manga Award for general manga. Won the Seiun Award for Best Comic in 2015.


Related Series

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 Scanlations

Latest Release(s)
v.11 c.133-135 by Hachimitsu Scans 8 days ago
v.11 c.130-132 by Hachimitsu Scans 13 days ago
v.11 c.126-129 by Hachimitsu Scans 16 days ago
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Status in Country of Origin
13 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1
Ends at Vol 7, Chap 86

User Reviews

7 topics, 21 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.4 / 10.0 (181 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.12 / 10.0
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Last Updated
October 5th 2017, 8:04am 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 #471 increased(+4)
Monthly Pos #348 increased(+291)
3 Month Pos #1039 increased(+141)
6 Month Pos #804 decreased(-78)

List Stats
On 956 reading lists
On 879 wish lists
On 35 completed lists
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On 254 custom lists

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Forum Posts
Will there be an Anime Continuation? over 3 years ago
Moyasimon: Tales of Agriculture Manga to End in January over 4 years ago
Moyashimon skanlation over 4 years ago
Moyashimon Returns with New Anime Season This July over 5 years ago
Moyashimon's 9th Manga Volume to Bundle CG Anime DVD over 7 years ago

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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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Hard to read and digest....   
Rating: 3.0 / 10.0
by HanaTenshiHimeko
July 23rd, 2010, 5:46pm
The summary made me interested to pick it up and read. However, so much info in one page made me dizzy. Too much dialogue squashed into one page as well. If the artist had spread the info out and made it easier to understand, I would had given it a higher rating. For now, I'll go watch the anime to see if I can digest the info easily....
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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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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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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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Rating: N/A
by usumi
June 15th, 2009, 5:09pm
it seems like an interesting manga but i read the first 2 chapters and it doesn't seem like a Comedy,Ecchi,Gender Bender,School Life,Seinen manga like it says i started watching the anime and it seems really interesting but whats with the genre
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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 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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SO CUTE!!!   
Rating: N/A
by Luv4Kawaii
September 3rd, 2008, 5:22am
the story is rrrrrriiiiiiiiiiillllllllllllllllllllllli lovable!! Hilarious, cute(bacteria), a ABSOLUTE must read!!! You'd think it's be rili boring with the theme of bacteria and the cover doesn't look 2 cute if ur lik me and lik shoujo, which i found a real turn off, but im glad i watched the anime with my sis. My fav scene has 2 be when haruka(i think that was her name...the gothic rich girl) got drunk and started scratching the poor dude's face off...xD
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by quisquam
March 28th, 2008, 1:43am
i first thought "bacteria, what the heck, this must be really booring." but it turned out to be a really great anime. i just love it. the thing is, im currently studying biology so everytime i come across a lactobacillus in my studies now i have to think of these funny little figures in the anime. i bet no-one else in my yr has so much fun learning about microbes! and professor itsuki is just awesome, so crazy, nearly beats my prof for plant evolution. hehe bigrazz
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