Moyasimon: Tales of Agriculture, known in Japan as Moyashimon, is a manga series created by Masayuki Ishikawa. It has been serialized in Kodansha's seinen magazine Evening from August 2004 to June 2013 and moved since then to the magazine Morning two. It won the 2008 Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize for Grand Prize and the 2008 Kodansha Manga Award for general manga. Del Rey Manga licensed the manga, but only released two volumes in English in North America. An 11-episode anime television series adaptation, animated by Shirogumi and Telecom Animation Film, aired between October and December 2007 on Fuji TV's noitamina programming block. A second season titled Moyasimon Returns aired from July to September 2012. The series follows Tadayasu Sawaki, a first-year college student at an agricultural university, who has a unique ability to see and communicate with bacteria and other micro-organisms.