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[[caption-width-right:250: ''Moyasimon'' logo and the [[SeriesMascot show's mascot]], ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oryzae A. oryzae]]'']]

''Moyasimon: Tales of Agriculture'' (also spelled ''Moyashimon'') is a still ongoing manga series, adapted to anime by TelecomAnimationFilm in 2007 (with [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2012-03-22/moyashimon-returns-to-tv-in-new-anime-this-july a second season]] in 2012) and live-action in 2010, which tells the account of Tadayasu Sawaki. The son of a yeast maker and a first-year college student at an agricultural university, Tadayasu has the ability to see, touch and talk with all sorts of micro-organisms and bacteria. These microbes appear to him as bug-sized creatures that come in all sorts of shapes with whom Tadayasu can interact.

* '''Tadayasu Souemon Sawaki''' - The main protagonist of the series. His middle name is usually omitted.
* '''Kei Yuuki''' - Tadayasu's childhood friend, the son of a ''sake'' brewer who secretly [[spoiler:thinks of herself as a [[{{Transsexual}} girl trapped in a boy's body]] and is also in love with Tadayasu.]]
* '''Professor Itsuki''' - Professor at the university. A [[TheObiWan mysterious old man]] with a passion for fermentation of all kinds who [[SecretKeeper knows of Sawaki's ability.]]
* '''Haruka Hasegawa''' - Postgraduate student and Itsuki's assistant. A short-tempered, no-nonsense and somewhat sadistic woman from a wealthy, over-protective family.
* '''Hazuki Oikawa''' - A freshman and a compulsive neat freak who carries disinfectant tissues and antibacterial sprays around with her.
* '''Kaoru Misato''' - A sophomore with a mustache and beard who wants to use his knowledge of brewing to earn some easy money.
* '''Takuma Kawahama''' - A short, overweight sophomore and Kaoru's buddy. Seems to have a thing for insects and such.
* '''Aoi Mutou''' - Itsuki and Hasegawa's assistant; known around campus as "Miss Agriculture", but also know for being [[HardDrinkingPartyGirl a bit of a lush]].

The Department of Agriculture building on the school's campus is a near identical replica of the RealLife University of Coimbra in Portugal (up to and including the school flag being the Portuguese flag).

[[IThoughtItMeant Not what would happen if]] [[TalesSeries they made a Tales game about agriculture]]. Or with ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' or ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}''.
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!!This series provides examples of:

* ArtShift: Kawahama and Misato's faces occasionally turn to a high-contrast pride/sarcasm expression reminiscent of the Moon's "face" or the Puchuus from Anime/ExcelSaga.
* BastardGirlfriend: Hasegawa. In-universe Misato is horrified by Hasegawa's drunken advances.
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: [[AvertedTrope Pretty much averted.]]
* BedmateReveal
* BlessedWithSuck: Tadayasu Sawaki's ability to see microbes.
* {{Bokukko}}: Aoi Mutou
* BroughtDownToNormal: Tadayasu Sawaki loses his ability to see microbes for a while.
* [[CantHoldHisLiquor Can't Hold Her Liquor]]: Hasegawa.
* CatchPhrase: The various fungi and bacteria seem to be fond of saying "Kamosu zou!" ("Let's brew!")
* CharacterFilibuster: Do ''not'' get Professor Itsuki started on the wonders of fermentation, unless you want to get hit by one of these.
** In the manga, his explanations [[WallOfText fill entire panels]].
* ChekhovMIA: The missing student from the first episode. [[spoiler: Turns out it's Hasegawa; she has overprotective parents.]]
* ClubPresident: Aoi Mutou; of the UFO Club.
* ComedicSociopathy: Haruka's tendency to beat the crap out of Misato and Kawahama at the slightest provocation.
* CoolOldGuy: The professor.
* ConspicuousCG: The microbes and several cars.
* DancingTheme: Dancing microbes in the opening and closing credits.
* DeusExMachina
* DirtForcefield: [[AvertedTrope Averted,]] when Aoi Mutou first shows up, she is dirty, not to mention smelly, as she hasn't bathed in two weeks.
* DudeLooksLikeALady: The author apparently had to remind readers in early chapters of the manga that Kei was the ''son'' of a sake brewer, not the daughter. [[spoiler: May have been {{foreshadowing}} for Kei coming out as a {{transsexual}}.]]
* EducationalShort: The Bacteria Theatre at the end of each episode.
* ElaborateUniversityHigh: It has to be as it is an agricultural/eco-technological based university.
* ElegantGothicLolita: [[spoiler: Kei is one]]. Marie in the second season also goes by this style of dress, except her dresses are mostly white to the former's black.
* FatAndSkinny: Misato and Kawahama.
* FemmeFatalons: Haruka uses these when she punishes Takuma and Kaoru, drawing blood in the process.
* ForeignQueasine: Itsuki-sensei has a fondness for bizarre fermented foods from around the world.
* GargleBlaster: A food version -- ''hongehoe'', fermented stingray sashimi. Tastes fine until the ammonia hits the nasal cavity...
* GayAesop
* GenderBlenderName: Kaoru Misato gets a double dose of this; both his first ''and'' last names can be used as female names.
* {{Gonk}}: Takuma Kawahama and Kaoru Misato.
* GreenAesop: But averted in some instances. On the one hand, the whole show is about ecology. On the other hand, treating fields with chemicals ''works'' (agricultural science!) and biofuel-powered tractors don't (it's still just an experimental model, and the coal-powered tractors work just fine).
* GroupieBrigade: In the live-action adaptation, the UFO Club is depicted as this for Aoi Mutou.
* HilarityEnsues: When Tadayasu demonstrates his ability for Itsuki and Haruka.
* IdenticalStranger: The first thing Sawaki notices and the audience is told by A. oryzae about Marie is how she looks strikingly similar to [[spoiler: Kei]]. The even both have the same ElegantGothicLolita fashion sense.
* {{Irony}}: Oikawa is a neat-freak who has an issue with germs in general. Come the end of the second season however, as Sawaki soon finds out, she's apparently a microbe-magnet on the scale of the owner of the Hiyoshi Liquor Store, to the point Sawaki could no longer ''see'' her anymore under the cloud of microbes orbiting around her.
* ItTastesLikeFeet: Tadayasu describes ''hongeohoe'' (stingray sashimi pickled in urea) as tasting like toilet paper that's been soaking in a campsite urinal for weeks.
* {{Kawaisa}}: All the bacteria and fungi are cute, even pathogens like O-157 ''E. coli'' and MRSA.
* KissingUnderTheInfluence: [[spoiler:Hazuki and Aoi (Aphrodisiac), Haruka (Aphrodisiac + Alcohol)]].
** In the manga, [[spoiler:Hazuki and Aoi were also incredibly drunk. Judging by the number of empty glasses in front of each, topped off with a ''beer stein'' of shōchū (25% ABV), it's no wonder they hooked up]].
* LovePotion: Professor Itsuki's "Sexual" chocolate.
* {{Mascot}}: ''A. oryzae'', the microbe pictured above.
* {{Ojou}}: Haruka Hasegawa, but she's [[IceQueen more like an empress]] than a princess-type.
* OverprotectiveDad: Haruka's father.
* PaperFanOfDoom: Used as weapons during the spring festival.
* PhenotypeStereotype: Marie and her family are blue-eyed, and all have hair in shades of blonde.
* PragmaticAdaptation: The live action series, which starts off the bootlegging sake scene much earlier and Kei appears later on as a student [[spoiler:in his crossdressing guise]], rather than joining the school with Sawaki at the same time.
* TheProfessor: Itsuki, who goes to great lengths in the pursuit of agricultural science.
* RefugeInAudacity: Sawaki, Misato, and Kawahama avoid an awkward WhatDidIDoLastNight situation by ''making it look even more ridiculous''.
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: Every single microbe.
* RoboticReveal: [[spoiler:The "Boss" of the spring festival is a robot build by the computer club.]]
* SayItWithHearts
* SchoolFestival: Very unusual in that everyone is locked in for entire time the festival is on and you have to figure out the rules for this year's event before the rules hit you.
* SecretKeeper
* SelectiveObliviousness: Aoi's former boyfriend suddenly disappeared from her life without a trace. There was a mysterious piece of paper left behind in his empty apartment with indecipherable runes written on it ([[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial rumours that it's actually a note with the words "I'm in love with someone else" are all filthy filthy lies]]). Obviously, he was kidnapped by aliens, and if you try to insinuate something else she will [[DrowningMySorrows drink herself into a stupor]].
* SequelHook: At the end of the second season, with the woman visiting the Hiyoshi Liquor Store with a box labeled Kanou Farms.
* ShownTheirWork: If you're willing to accept that the over-enthusiastic Itsuki tends to overstate the importance of microbes from time to time, most of the factual information given on microbes in ''Moyasimon'' is generally correct.
** As amazing as it sounds, Itsuki's obsession with microbes Transforming The World is ''itself'' an example of [[ShownTheirWork Showing Its Work]].[[note]]Specifically, it'd appear a lot of stuff Itsuki promotes as possibilities for future terraforming is in fact based on the RealLife science of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bioremediation bioremediation]]. And yes, Real Life researchers in terraforming ARE looking at bioremediation as a model for making worlds habitable.[[/note]]
** For that matter, other than some of the "human drama" bits, the depiction of the agricultural university IS rather similar to what goes on in RealLife at agricultural research universities (or ag-research colleges of state universities).
* TheSnarkKnight: Hasegawa is committed to science; bad science or YouFailLogicForever in her presence will trigger a rant.
* [[SpeaksFluentAnimal Speaks Fluent Germ]]: Tadayasu.
* {{Stripperific}}: Haruka Hasegawa's usual clothing under her labcoat.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Misato and Kawahama.
* {{Transsexual}}: [[spoiler:Kei Yuuki.]]
* TrashOfTheTitans: The student-run dorm, especially Misato and Kawahama's room.
* {{Tsundere}}: Haruka Hasegawa and Hazuki Oikawa.
* TwelveEpisodeAnime: Well, eleven eps plus three "Microbe Deluxe Theatre" EducationalShort films.
* WallOfText : Itsuki-sensei is prone to delivering these in increasingly small font-sizes. Sometimes everyone else gets squished between the speech bubbles.
* WeirdnessMagnet: Tadayasu seems like [[OnlySaneMan the closest to normal]] in his little circle of friends.
* WhatDidIDoLastNight: Hasegawa at the end of volume 2.
* WhipItGood: Hasegawa.
* WholesomeCrossdresser: [[spoiler:Kei Yuuki.]]
* WidgetSeries: ...Yep.
* WildTake: Sawaki seems to alternate between being snarky and being weirded out.
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