He asked that it be spelled “Moyasimon” so…

…he could use Google to find commentary on the English-language version of the manga, instead of the anime.

by dm00

Stare at it for a long time, then look at a white wall

Volume two of Moyasimon arrives with many, many margin notes from Ishikawa-sensei, including a plaintive comment that he can’t find any reactions to the English language manga on the net. Perhaps now we know why he asked DelRey to spell the title “Moyasimon” instead of the “Moyashimon” romanization that we’re more accustomed to.

In among the sometimes-trivial, sometimes-educational, and often amusing marginalia is a story about college life and fermentation.

I somehow missed how this came about in the anime. The manga makes it all clear. Chocolate and violet liqueur FTW.

Kei vanishes early in this volume, with Tadayasu spending most of his time with the two older students Misato and Kawahama, occasionally encountering bondage-queen Hasegawa, Muto, and Hazuki in Prof. Itsuki’s lab or on “research expeditions” to a nearby speakeasy. Aspergillus Oryzae is a constant companion.

This volume introduces us to the local liquor store (giving us an opportunity to learn more about the production of sake), to the world-travelling Muto and her fellow-travelling microbes, and includes the school prison campfestival arc, with its delicious morning-after scene.

Also: the microbes get their very own chapter! (In which they make the somewhat dubious argument that excessive cleanliness is bad for you.)

It is great fun. Del Rey does an excellent job on the production.

Del Rey: why are you going to make us wait until next April for the next volume! There are nine volumes out in Japan! Are we going to have to wait until 2020 for volume nine (and will you include the DVD that comes with the limited edition)?

6 Responses to “He asked that it be spelled “Moyasimon” so…”


  1. 1 schneider July 21, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    Moyasimon, huh. Where’s that old Simon-Oryzae mashup shop, I wonder… (it exists, right?)

  2. 3 TheBigN July 22, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    In which they make the somewhat dubious argument that excessive cleanliness is bad for you.)

    It’s not that dubious though. As they explained, people who tend to be germaphobic can end up getting bad skin infections as all of the normal skin bacteria get killed off, allowing some of the more dangerous bacteria to wreak havoc on an unprotected system.

    And yes. We should be talking about Moyasimon more often. But hear that the next issue is in April is kinda sad. It makes me wonder if the time is spent having Masayuki Ishikawa write all of those insert notes that seem strangely relevant to the manga here in the US.😛


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