amigurumi Moyashimon microbes

Moyashimon 『もやしもん』 (or Moyasimon: Tales of Agriculture) is a great manga series … and I hear there’s a second season of the anime as well, so I’ll have to check that out.

The story follows college students at an agricultural university, one of which has the ability to see and communicate with microbes. It’s really mostly about the human characters, which include a professor & grad student at the university … but the storylines tend to revolve around microbe relate events (especially fermentation for food/drink and illness-causing microorganisms). For whatever reason, I find that sort of thing interesting, and it’s always nice to learn a thing or two while being entertained.

amigurumi microbes from Moyashimon

One day I was looking at the microbe characters, I thought I’d try crocheting a few of them. They turned out to be fun to make … they’re small & fairly fast to do, and I like the challenge of trying to make them look like the original designs. There are a *lot* more that I could make, and I’m really tempted to keep going since there are all so different and look like fun to make. I think I might have to give dysentery, nattou, candida, parahaemolyticus and alternata a try.

A. oryzae

A. oryzae

Aspergillus oryzae (koji)
A・オリゼー(黄麹菌)
A mold/fungus used in the production of sake, miso, soy sauce and other tasty things … he’s a superstar! Also, he’s more or less the “leader” of the microbes in the series, and spends a lot of time hanging around the main character. かもすぞ~
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P. chrysogenum

P. chrysogenum

Penicillium chrysogenum
P・クリソゲヌム
A common blue-green mold used to produce antibiotics including penicillin. I love this one ^-^ His head is all crocheted as one piece, though it was a bit tricky to get the bar thingies (conidia?) arranged right …

C. trichoides

C. trichoides

Cladosporium trichoides (aka Cladophialophora bantiana)
C・トリコイデス
This pigmented/dark fungi is linked to brain abscesses and skin lesions). I like how his bobble dealies turned out … it’s all crocheted as one piece (made pretty much the same way as P. chrysogenum, but with shorter bars & a twist in between).

L. yogruti

L. yogurti

Lactobacillus yogurti
L・ヨグルティ
A lactic acid bacteria used to make Japanese yogurt. I love this little guy … he has the cutest expression and it makes me happy just looking at him. I love how the character talks too … so very formal ^-^

Hiochi

Hiochi

Hiochi 火落菌 (Lactobacillus fructivorans/homohiochi) … a type of lactic acid bacteria that spoils sake (T_T) I had a really hard time getting the face to look right :\ The tiny little ball thingies are attached to tatted thread, so they stick out without flopping around too much.

S. cerevisiae

S. cerevisiae

Saccharomyces cerevisiae S・セレビシエ , also known as brewers or bakers yeast. This budding yeast has been used in baking and fermenting alcoholic beverages for thousands of years. Neat. I need to make a few more of these, each with the bump in a different spot. かもす~

E. coli

E. coli

Escherichia coli serotype O-157:H7 E・コリO157(the strain of E. coli responsible for food poisoning). This guy is kinda ugly, but maybe that’s appropriate. For the flagella I tatted #10 black thread … which makes them somewhat poseable.

amigurumi microbes from Moyashimon

8 thoughts on “amigurumi Moyashimon microbes

    • Hi! It looks like I took some VERY rough notes while I was making these … so if I am able to decipher my scribbles I could probably come up with a pattern for you. Are you fairly familiar with following amigurumi patterns? Which one(s) were you interested in?

    • I can’t seem to find the notes I took while making Hiochi, but I believe the “ball thingies” were 4 SC in a magic ring, then 1 SC in each stitch. The black antennae part is tatted (a knotted thread technique), which is sturdy enough to hold up the ball ends fairly well (you can google “tatting chain” for more information & tutorials on tatting).

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