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  • Audio Rating: NA
  • Video Rating: NA
  • Packaging Rating: NA
  • Menus Rating: NA
  • Extras Rating: NA
  • Age Rating: 13 and Up
  • Region: All Region DVD
  • Released By: FUNimation Entertainment, Ltd.
  • Running time: 23
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Moyashimon

Moyashimon Episode #03

Moyashimon Episode #03 Review

By Chris Beveridge     July 22, 2010
Release Date: July 22, 2010

© FUNimation

When a UFO club gets involved with Sawaki's work, it's only going to go downhill quickly.

What They Say
The sudden appearance of a crop circle in the Professor's rice field suggests a recent visit from aliens. However, Sawaki and the gang suspect it might actually be the work of the school's UFO Club.

The Review!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The new semester has started and life for Sawaki and the others under the professors guidance continues to be problematic. This time around, the rice field that the professor was working with has been vandalized by the UFO club as it was turned into a large crop circle. Hasegawa is ready to exact vengeance on them, but the main concern is to get the field fixed before disease creeps in and to start working on the fermentation vats so they can make the progress they need to this semester. The wrinkle in all of this comes when they return to their lab space and find that the knockout beauty of "Agri-U" is there.

Mutou is pretty drab and dirty in this form, but she's a real beauty that loves being part of the agriculture side of the college and the professor's work in general. Unfortunately, she gets caught up in the UFO club where she's actually the president of it. As much as she seems like she wants to get out, it's where she has the most fun and she has a small group of very adoring dorky males there. Not that she couldn't get a gaggle of guys wherever she goes, but she has as much love for the unexplained as them. All of it is rather confusing to Sawaki and Oikawa as they watch on and are eventually tasked with getting her out of the club.

The club has an ingenious plan to keep her there though by using some vacuum packed dirt they've acquired from a "real UFO landing site" and do what they need to in order to call down the aliens which will cause Mutou to stay in their club instead of doing her seminar. Unfortuantely, as Sawaki has discovered through his very helpful bacteria that's always hovering by, there is a deadly neurotoxin encased within the dirt that will cause a whole lot of problems should it be openly exposed. Comedy ensues as Sawaki and Oikawa try to get it away from the small group of very dorky and socially problematic young men of the UFO club.

In Summary:
A new semester and a new character, along with a really amusing club, helps to make Moyashimon a whole lot more fun. The germs and microbes that we see in this installment add some wicked fun to it, whether they're getting cleaned up in the lab or planning to unleash their deadly nature on an unsuspecting population. Moyashimon has also really done a nice job with its CG animation, though it is all pretty noticeable what's real and what isn't, as it does it in a way that really fits the nature of the show. It's over the top and campy, but it has such a great bit of charm about it because of the microbes that you can't help but to smile and laugh.

Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles

Review Equipment
Sony KDS-R70XBR2 70" LCoS 1080P HDTV, Dell 10.1 Netbook via HDMI set to 1080p, Onkyo TX-SR605 Receiver and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.


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