Moyashimon (TV show)

Moyashimon (TV show)

Doctor Doolittle could talk to animals - what could possibly top that? How about being able to see and speak to micro-organisms? University freshman Tadayasu Sawaki has this curious ability, which is seen as more valuable than a 1 million yen electron microscope. Live action TV show Moyashimon follows the escapades of Sawaki and his bacterial buddies.

Only a few people know of Sawaki's strange ability: his mentor Professor Itsuki Keizo, post-grad Haruka Hasegawa, and the bumbling fellow undergrads Kaoru Misato and Takuma Kawahama. While Professor Keizo and Haruka try to nurture Sawaki's talent, Kaoru and Takuma try to use it in one get-rich-quick scheme after another, usually ending in disaster.

In the lead role is Yuichi Nakamura (Kamen Rider Den-O), while Natsuki Kato (Hana Yori Dango 2) stars as Haruka, and Toshio Kurosawa is Professor Keizo.

The show is based upon the award-winning manga of the same name by Masayuki Ishikawa. It won the prestigious Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize and a Kodansha Manga Award in 2008.

An 11-episode anime version aired in 2007, but an English DVD release is yet to happen. But Del Rey Manga released the first two manga volumes in English - they're available from Amazon.com.

Hopefully the bacteria will infect a local channels soon, so keep your eyes peeled.

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