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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 #04

Moyashimon Episode #04 Review

By Chris Beveridge     July 29, 2010
Release Date: July 29, 2010

Sawaki hits a new low after sticking his arm up a cows rear by becoming a vegetable thief in an agricultural school.

What They Say
Kawahama and Misato's moneymaking schemes land them in hot water, and one more screw-up could get them expelled. Unfortunately, Misato still wants to try his latest plan: using his saliva to ferment sake!

The Review!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Moyshimon has focused on the various characters it's introduced so far such as Hasegawa and Oikawa with her UFO club ties and the like as well as giving Sawaki plenty of time. The ones it hasn't dealt with much are the other two members working under the professor, Kawahama and Misato. The two invariably have any number of schemes to make money in the works at any given time and they never seem to work and instead often get them into more trouble. Case in point is the start of this episode in which they con Sawaki into helping steal some vegetables in the middle of the night. When they're caught, it's an embarrassment of huge proportion for all of them, though only Sawaki seems to feel it.

This time around the pair get into something just as problematic, if not more so. The professor is working on getting his next project off the ground which has them using the fermentation vaults that have been out of service for a bit. Bringing them back online is going to take effort and even though Hasegawa would rather that the pair isn't used, the professor rightly notes that they need them since there's a good deal of physical labor and the girls couldn't handle it. Hasegawa is showing a bit of her true colors though when she talks about how they're a bad influence on Sawaki, something that indicates she may be getting a bit more attached to him as time goes on.

Misato's master plan is to craft his specialty sake using the vats that the professor has, except that the entire idea (besides being illegal) is pretty disturbing. Misato makes his special brew of sake by eating and spitting out the rice into the bowl, with his spit being the special ingredient to make it taste like it does. The microbes inside are amusing as this is described since one of them points out that it eats the sugars and out comes the alcohol, speaking plainly that it's pooping out alcohol. While Sawaki isn't a fan of the plan, he still gets roped into the rice acquisition and that leads him to being caught again as a thief, pushing him closer to expulsion. Yet in the end, the professor ends up liking their initiative and thinks that's why Sawaki has fallen in with them, even if it's the farthest thing from the truth.

In Summary:
Kawahama and Misato manage to fill the role of the idiots pretty well that end up being far luckier than they ought to be. With the professors plans for the fermentation vats, the two are definitely what he needs there and the idea just frustrates Hasegawa to no end as she'd prefer to whip them into a pulp and kick them out as quickly as possible. Watching Sawaki getting caught up in these plans is amusing since he brings us a different view of things, one that again reminds the viewer that you definitely don't want his special talent since it would mean you'd never want to eat or drink anything, ever.

Features
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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