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Alt titles: Tales of Agriculture

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Tadayasu Sawaki and his long-time hometown friend Kei Yuuki are finally away from home and ready to start university. They attend Tokyo's College of Agriculture, and the adventures start from day one! But that is to be expected, as Tadayasu has a special ability that is conducive to adventure and glory, especially in the world of agriculture and biology: the man can see, communicate, and interact with microbes! With ambitious sake-brewing upperclassmen, a sadistic postgraduate, and a clean-freak colleague, things can only become more exciting for the duo!

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related anime

Anime Name Type Year Relation More Info
Moyashimon: Microbe Theatre Deluxe DVD Special 2007 Omake Omake released with the DVDs.
Moyashimon Returns TV 2012 Sequel

related manga

Manga Name Year Relation More Info
Moyasimon 2005 Original Manga
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Junichi TAKAOKA Character Design
Yuichiro YANO Director
Naoki SATO Music

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Moyashimon VivisQueen 6.5/10 Jan 24, 2008
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It isn't unusual for a person to feel that the world around them is strange and has unexpected secrets lying just beyond their sight. However, for most people this is just an occasional sensation that greets them upon awakening or chases them into sleep. For the mushi researcher Ginko, it isn't a feeling at all; it is a knowledge which guides his travels and motivates his life. Found in the cracks between what is conceivable and what is not, are the varied life forms collectively known as mushi. They surround us and affect us, but their intensely different nature makes them unrecognizable to most. Ginko brings these life forms into perspective for the lives of those most affected and most in need of an explanation.

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Both Mushishi and Moyashimon deal with special ability to see an "unseen" world. Mushishi I recommend especially because it has great stories and art. The premise of the Mushi is also very awesome and mysterious. Do check it out.


The protagonists of the two series are taking it easy and have special abilities: they can see things, normal people can't see with their naked eye. I also enjoyed the overall environment of both shows, so I'm sure if you liked the other one, you will also enjoy this one!


Both these anime have a very similar feel, though Moyashimon might be a little more light hearted, whilst Mushishi has a more mystical setting. They both deal with the special ability of seeing things that exist, but noone else is able to see. bottom line is, both are very enjoyable anime.


OK, so Moyashimon is primarily a comedy series, whereas Mushishi is a more serious show, however both focus on the unseen world. Both series feature a protagonist who is able to see what others cannot, and as such this gives them a useful knowledge of situations. If you enjoyed that about one, then it's well worth checking out the other


They both share the feat of the main character being able to see something other people can't and both anime have a very unqiue feeling to them. While Mushishi gives off a rather mystical feeling, Moyashimon is packed with comedy. Though Mushishi has 26 episodes while Moyashimon has only 11, in my opinon both of them are worth the time.

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Silver Spoon

Silver Spoon

When Yuugo Hachiken enrolled at Ezonoo, an agricultural high school, he had no idea what he was getting himself into. While his classmates revel in the barnyard chores and hard labor, eager to gain skills for their careers, Yuugo is challenged and sometimes downright horrified by the things he’s having to learn, whether he’s corralling stray cows, learning the shocking truth of where chicken eggs come from, or even getting comfortable with riding a horse! Alongside peers such as the lovely Aki, Yuugo will learn all he can about agriculture, making close friends in the process.

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Set in schools where students do more than learn traditional subjects like math and English, Moyashimon and Gin no Saji share a focus on agriculture, and the production of food. They have a similar tone: lighthearted and funny, with some more serious moments. These two are a great match.


If you're looking for an informative anime about agriculture, Silver Spoon and Moyashimon are for you. Silver Spoon isn't as focused on comedy as Moyashimon, but both are relatively quiet, interesting tales that will appeal to the same audience.


While both are set in an agricultural school, it's Silver Spoon that uses that setting to its fullest, with Moyashimon choosing to focus on microbes rather than farm life or agricultural techniques. The latter puts its focus on brewing, with a fair amount of facts about the brewing industry littered throughout.

The comedy in both is fairly similar, and they are both essentially slice of life shows. Chances are if you enjoy one the other will appeal to you for those reasons.


Both are about agriculture and school life with an assortmant of interesting supporting characters that keep it interesting.  Neither are fast paced and they are both kind of sweet in their own way.

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Yakitate!! Japan

Yakitate!! Japan

Dimwitted Azuma Kazuma is a young man with a dream -- to create a bread worthy of the name "Japan", made by the Japanese people, for the Japanese people! With hefty bread-making skills, hands that have an uncanny warmth to help dough ferment, and will power like no other, Kazuma must put his delicious creations to the test as he struggles to become employed at the prestigious Pantasia bakery, for fame and glory! Yeast, beware... Kazuma is in the kitchen!

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Both Moyashimon and Yakitate! Japan are comedies centered around main characters with oddly special powers. Though the differences in setting and style are quite apparent, there is a sameness with the treatment of said abilities as second-hand to the owners, yet somewhat coveted by those around either Sawaki or Kazuma. Also, though both Moyashimon and Yakitate! deal with niche topics, bacteria and baking respectively, they also help the viewer understand some of the more esoteric language and action going on screen, keeping viewers feel engaged with subjects otherwise incapable of being understood.


Moyashimon and Yakitate Japan both fall into the "What do you mean it's not awesome!?" terrority. At first glance they both look like average shows that don't really stand out... Until you finish picking your jaw off the floor.  If you liked the series you will love this one too!


Though their subject matters are somewhat different, both Yakitate! Japan and Moyashimon have a similar comedy styling about them. Both are primarily about subjects that seem a bit dull or even ridiculous, however both are incredibly endearing and if you found yourself giggling at one then you'll likely enjoy the other.



Naota Nanbada is a boring young boy who leads a boring life in a boring town. His older brother has left for America, and the closest he comes to any excitement is when his deadbeat dad has too much sake. But things change one day when a bizarre girl zooms up to him on a scooter and smacks him in the face with her guitar. What's more, once Naoto returns home he discovers that this strange woman has arrived ahead of him and moved in! Not only does she constantly engage in perverted activities with Naota's father and flirt with the young man himself, but she also claims to be an alien who is searching for the ‘Pirate King.' Now, Naota must learn to live with this new intruder, deal with an odd government agent who sports exceptionally large eyebrows and the mysterious Medical Mechanica, and come to terms with the fact that there are a variety of robots and weapons emerging out of his head - amongst other things. Perhaps boring wasn't so bad after all...

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If you liked Moyashimon, I'd give FLCL a try because it is also a short celebration of the bizarre, weird and wonderful. The humour has that same level of eccentricity and, just like Moyashimon has an exploratory episodic feel to it, so has FLCL. The characters in FLCL are more complex and FLCL probably has more of a knock-out ending, but if you just want more entertaining quirkiness, you probably won't go wrong with this one.


If you liked one then you'll like the other because both series just have this kind not your everyday humor to it.  In FLCL it's when something overly dramatic is happening and in Moyashimon it's when the microbes are up to something.  Each series also has a unique cast of characters that makes each of them memorable and entertaining.  Each series also mainly focuses around stuff that you don't see in the everyday in Moyashimon it's the tiny microbes and in FLCL it's aliens, robots, and the like.

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Detroit Metal City

Detroit Metal City
  • OVA (12 eps x 13 min)
  • 2008

Negishi Souichi always dreamed of joining a trendy pop band, so that he could perform music like that of his idol, Kahimi Karie. In order to realize his dream, he decided to leave the country side and his loving parents to study in Tokyo. And after graduating, he does manage to join a band... but not the kind he was expecting! As lead singer of the death metal band Detroit Metal City, under the stage name Krauser II, he is made to perform loud songs filled with obscene lyrics - a far cry from the songs he used to write in school. But despite the fact that Negishi hates DMC's music, the Krauser side of him will do anything to put on a good show for his fans... even if it means making Negishi's life a misery!

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Do you think i'm insane? - Yes! Both animes in some cases have a very similar humor. The peaceful life of the main character of the DMC is quite a life of Moyashimon heroes. And also the producer of the DMC's band... she is quite similar to Moyashimon woman-teacher, but the first has no manners...

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