With the funds in hand, it's time to go to France - but who's going to go and where in France is Hasegawa?
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The gang raises money for a trip to France, hoping to keep Hasegawa from getting married. With time running out, the entire University bands together to bring their favorite bondage-gear-wearing grad student back home!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The gang has been working hard to raise fund and enthusiasm from everyone at the university so they can get to France and rescue Hasegawa from her fate. There is the issue of finding her and determining where in France she is so they can go to her, but there's also one extra little problem; they learn that she's not actually in France but rather is still in Japan at the moment. It's amusing that there was as much build-up to getting there as there was and then it turns out to be a situation like this. Thankfully , they do make it pretty fun even though she's local as she's in an oceanside villa where there is quite a lot of security that they have to figure out how to get past.
While there are probably a number of ideas about how to get through, Sawaki is told that he has to figure out a way to do it using his special ability. Since the bacteria-seeing ability has been sidelined a bit, it's definitely welcome to see that come back into play a bit more here, though I have to admit what amuses me the most in this entire situation is the numerous men in black with their suits and how they act. We see these kinds of characters in anime and manga series all the time, but it's rare to have them in a live action piece and being just as much fun. Similarly, having all the various clubs and university students involved with their varied costumes and outfits provides contrast to it all. So much of what goes on during this attempt to get Hasegawa is really out of the usual anime playbook, but it has a fun charm to it with the CG graphics and the large number of extras.
Moyashimon plays with the standard romantic rescue as Sawaki and the main crew face numerous obstacles in getting close to Hasegawa and there's the dramatic and epic moments, both in the fights and with the two of them finding each other and being pulled away. With the way the two had gotten close over time and realized that there's something there, Sawaki's coming to rescue her through everything really makes an impression on her. It may be a bit overly dramatic, but that's been part and parcel with this series since the beginning so it does fit in. Watching them pair overcome their trials and challenges is a good part of the fun here and the show does a surprisingly good job of making it just campy enough to be fun while still retaining its basic heart and emotion.
With the final episode of the series, the budget is definitely on the screen as they have a ton of fun with the costumes, the CG work both for the bacteria and all the campus oddities. There's also the really rich and appealing villa that we see everyone running through that has quite a level of elegance and opulence to it. At its core though, it's watching the characters do their stuff and act out their archetypes to just the right level. Moyashimon overacts everything in just the right way, rarely taking it too far and instead being just goofy and unrealistic enough to make you laugh while still going with the core concept. This was a very solid adaptation overall, though it had its slow points and I disliked being told to go read the manga, that in the end has me hoping for another season of it some day.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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