Monday, September 10, 2012

Bio-Art: Moyashimon (1) Review.

So, before I started Dog Week, I did a Bio-Art feature on Moyashimon. I told you that there would be a review up as soon as I finished the series. Now that I've seen all of the first season, I owe you all said review. Here goes.

Gotta catch 'em all!

Let's make something clear from the get-go: Moyashimon is not a kids' show. Despite the cute Hello Kitty-style microbes,  Moyashimon is aimed at people college age and above. The little buggers are cute, but a lot of the series is comprised of the most KAWAII science class ever, drinking and/or eating weird things, and contemplating what one ought to do with one's life. There's also corny college humor and some adult jokes what, while not too dirty, would fly right over kids' heads like so many microbes. In other words, it's for people who have been, are in, or will soon be in college. You have been warned.

That said, I got a real kick out of Moyashimon.What I thought would be a fest of microbes acting like moeblobs turned out to be a funny show with characters more or less typical of a college campus. Along with learning about all the cool things microbes do in our daily lives, we get to see these people develop, make important decisions, etc. Also, there's a scientist who's a true sadist - complete with a whip in Moyashimon Returns. Yes, I'm into that.


Moyashimon makes its points very nicely. One, microbes are everywhere and perform a multitude of functions in our everyday lives, some good and some bad (but mostly good!); college is when you find your real niche in life, even if it's not what you expected; agriculture can actually be a great bonding experience; aphrodisiacs (usually) don't work. It's a lot deeper than one would expect a comedy with cute microbes would be.

Overall verdict? Watch it if college is near and you think microbes can be cute. It is educational, and having an interest in biology is highly recommended. They have a Moyashi-rap in Returns, which brings back memories of the ol' Pokeymanz days. I wish PBS had something this cool. We'll brew you next time!

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