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Manga creator Masayuki Ishikawa announced on Monday that he will end his popular series Moyashimon (Moyasimon: Tales of Agriculture) in the March 2014 issue of Morning Two magazine on January 22, 2014. Ishikawa drew a "four-panel announcement manga" to report the news via the Gothic Lolita-dressed KEI Yūki and antibacterial freak Hazuki Oikawa:
The story follows a college student named Tadayasu Sawaki who discovers that he can see and communicate with the germs all around him — germs that appear as super-deformed characters. Ishikawa explained that he personally thought of the manga as the story of Sawaki as a freshman, and Sawaki will become a second-year student in the next issue of Morning Two.
The manga launched in Kodansha's semimonthly Evening magazine in 2004, but it moved to the monthly magazine Morning Two this past June. Kodansha published the 12th compiled book volume in April, and Ishikawa aims to end the series with 159 chapters and 13 volumes. Ishikawa already drew the draft for the final chapter, and he will ink it starting in the new year.
Del Rey licensed the manga and released two volumes before Kodansha Comics USA took over Del Rey's titles in 2010. The first of two television anime series aired in Noitamina in 2007, followed by a live-action adaptation with lead actor Yūichi Nakamura in the same block in 2010.
Ishikawa won a lawsuit against a film director Takashi Kuroki, who adapted Ishikawa's "Kanojo no Kokuhaku" (Her Confession) short into the film Kisei without Ishikawa's permission. Another Ishikawa work, Junketsu no Maria - Sorcière de gré, pucelle de force ran in Kodansha's Afternoon magazine from 2008 to 2013. It is also inspiring an anime.