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Tadayasu Sawaki has just enrolled in an agricultural university in Tokyo with his longtime 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 Gakuen Alice Scanlations

Latest Release(s)
v.13 c.158-159 (end) by Hachimitsu Scans 11 months ago
v.13 c.156-157 by Hachimitsu Scans 11 months ago
v.13 c.154-155 by Hachimitsu Scans 11 months 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: 8.3 / 10.0 (197 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.05 / 10.0
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Last Updated
December 14th 2018, 4:03am 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 #481 increased(+180)
Monthly Pos #1225 increased(+161)
3 Month Pos #1913 increased(+238)
6 Month Pos #2569 increased(+306)
Year Pos #2989 decreased(-1387)

List Stats
On 917 reading lists
On 906 wish lists
On 139 completed lists
On 58 unfinished lists
On 282 custom lists

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Forum Posts
Will there be an Anime Continuation? over 4 years ago
Moyasimon: Tales of Agriculture Manga to End in January over 5 years ago
Moyashimon skanlation over 5 years ago
Moyashimon Returns with New Anime Season This July over 6 years ago
Moyashimon's 9th Manga Volume to Bundle CG Anime DVD over 8 years ago

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Mixed Bag   
Rating: N/A
by liquidsin
September 30th, 2018, 12:58pm
While I loved Moyashimon's first half, the followup and subsequent focus on the two seniors was obnoxious at best. The shift from microbiology to natural remedies and insects in addition to awkward attacks towards the US likely didn't help. I'm hesitant when a series takes potshots at other countries (i.e. Wild Life‘s whale chapter), and Moyashimon’s often being nonsensical and strangely directed left me disappointed.
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Half great, half boring   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by LordT
May 8th, 2018, 9:39pm
If you want a chill/funny slice of life in general, wouldn't recommend this, except if you skip about a quarter of the chapters (see below). If you want a manga jam-packed with information about agriculture, and fermentation of different kinds of alcohols/soy/other microbial processes, this is absolutely THE manga for you.

Don't be fooled by all the characters you see on the covers, the main character of this one are the microbes. The actual human main character is continuously being shunted into the sidelines, even the editor and author keep poking fun at him in the page margins.

Whatever little character development happens in the manga is constantly interrupted by longwinded explanations on different kinds of fermentation processes involving microbes, ranging from alcohol to diseases to mushrooms. Absolutely feel free to skip these chapters because they always take up pretty much the entire chapter and don't advance the plot at all.

As for the plot itself, it takes place over only one single year in the agricultural college, and despite the many funny events and character interactions, in the end I don't feel like anything really happened. Definitely not the series for fans of story-driven manga.
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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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