Friday, 13 July 2012

Moyashimon Returns - Episode 2

Although the gang continue their current rice and bean fermenting efforts in this week's Moyashimon Returns, it seems that Oikawa has something else entirely on her mind after Kei's disappearance into thin air.

In fact, there's more than one thing bothering Oikawa - as well as the strange "dungeon" she stumbled across previously, she also can't shake the feeling that Sawaki is hiding something from her.  Perish the thought!  Thus, Tadayasu finds himself being dragged around night and day by the lovely but relentless Hazuki as she researches the history of the university building in the hope of finding a clue to its secrets, be it a former World War II era military installation or something else entirely.

While an answer alludes Oikawa during her research, she stumbles across something quite possibly related as herself and Mutou nab a bath at the dormitory of the "resistance"; thanks to the hubbub surrounding some girls bathing on their premise, the ground opens up to reveal some long-forgotten tunnels which lead right into the university complex.  It isn't the answer to Hazuki's curiosity, but if nothing else it's enough to convince those around her that there's clearly some veracity to her claims of what she saw, giving her a bigger "team" to work with as a result.

I can't quite put my finger on exactly what it is (most likely because it's down to a wide blend of elements), but just like its first season Moyashimon Returns is proving to be incredibly fun to watch.  It's undoubtedly in part down to its lovable characters; equally important is its educational bent which continues to be oddly fascinating; perhaps even its wacky but believable depiction of university life helps.  Regardless, it's been enough to make me fall in love with this show all over again, and my Friday evenings are all the brighter for its cheerful and occasionally slightly goofy disposition.

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