The fallout has passed and now it's time for things to grow in a new direction to Sawaki and Hasegawa.
What They Say
As preparations are made for the impending Harvest Festival, Hasegawa starts warming up to the rest of the gang. Complications arise, however, thanks to an agreement she made with her father in the past.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The Harvest Festival is getting ever closer, only a week away, the the group is intending to have some fun with it as they've had a bumper crop this year. In the midst of this, the events from the previous episode are starting to show as you can see Sawaki and Hasegawa getting a bit closer together as things start to thaw between them. She's loosened up considerably since the aphrodisiac was unleashed and things kind of went all over the place, so with some secrets now out in the open for them, and her own issues laid bare, she's definitely reached a new comfort level with them and with Sawaki in particular.
Kei's being drawn into the group as well now as Hasegawa has decided that she'll be helping out with the vault and the brewing that will take place. Sawaki's getting a little pressure to do something about her in general when it comes to the relationship which is sorta cute since there's the admittance that she's a he but they're playing it kind of coy at times. The really weird part though is that Hasegawa seems to have a permanent smile on her face with everyone and is rather encouraging to them as they work through the process for the festival. It's a very welcome change of pace for her considering how she's been most of the time and seeing that Sawaki may be the real reason for it makes it even more endearing.
The bacteria have a really great sequence in this episode when they try to conquer Hasegawa in bed after she has a night of drinking. It's appealing just seeing her out of her usual outfit and in something more casual, and just as revealing, but it's the whole army aspect that has it feeling like Gulliver's Travels that makes it work. This starts the show down its next stage, which may run through the end of the series, as we discover that Hasegawa was only allowed to stay at the university until she turned twenty-four. And that happens just before the festival and she's finding herself in the position of having to leave without telling anyone so she can get married in an arranged ceremony. This strikes Sawaki hard and gets the emotional side going pretty well as he doesn't want her to go and she's certainly not thrilled to go but is obligated to.
The drama side of the episode feels a little forced in bringing in something like this out of the blue. What does work is her change in personality at the start where she's finally bonded with everyone and feels like a part of the group now and having to leave that makes it all the worse. Moyashimon has a bit of a quiet episode overall, though there are highlights with the bacteria, but it's still fun and a lot of it brought a smile to my face. The flashbacks to the young Hasegawa was worthwhile too since they showed her in an interesting way and she even got to grow from it and talk to Kei about it in a way that may help her as well. Though the show has hit that mild lull that's expected at this point, the next few episodes are definitely on my must see list and I hope that they'll make even more after this series ends.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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