UPDATE: Moyashimon was licensed. Dallas, I’m waiting for my kickback.
All right, Del Rey — You’ve tackled bugs. You’ve relaunched one of the best seinen series ever translated. It’s high time you tackled the next big oddball otaku crossover from Kodansha — Moyashimon: Tales of Agriculture! It’s like House meets Osmosis Jones meets 4-H. The series follows Tadayasu Sawaki, a freshman at an agricultural college who can talk to bacteria. He uses this bizarre talent to solve mysteries save his friends from deadly contagions. And as an added bonus, it’s cute as hell!
The series runs in Evening Magazine, a seinen anthology from Kodansha, but the art is definitely otaku friendly and the series just spawned an anime series that’s getting plenty of buzz thanks to the merch-friendly bacteria. I mean, how can you watch this and not have your heart melt (either from the cuteness or Ebola)?
Art (c) Ishigawa Masayuki