Name: 1Epic Agricultural Microbes Story
Japanese: 1農大菌物語, Nōdai Kin Monogatari
Notes: This episode follows Chapter 01 & 02 of the Manga
The story starts with two grandfather's talking about their grandsons, fresh off to the "Agricultural University" in Tokyo. We then meet Sawaki Tadayasu and Yuuki Kei at the orientation to the university. During the orientation a Police Bulletin about a missing student, Hasegawa Haruka, is distributed and an announcement, with a careless joke about her being buried on campus, is made.
Sawaki and Yuuki walk around campus getting the layout when Sawaki remembers his grandfather asked him to see a certain professor, Itsuki Keizou. While on route to find the professor Sawaki notices a large number of microbes coming from the direction they are headed. When they reach the site with the most microbes they begin to suspect something, or someone, is buried there.
After the Police arrive to investigate the scene, Itsuki Sensei also arrives with a shovel... upon digging up the ground they discover, not a student, but the corpse of a seal. The Professor explains to the boys that it is an experimental kiviak project he and his graduate student, Hasegawa Hasegawa, are working on. At this point Hasegawa arrives and berates him for digging up her experiment without permission. After clearing up the confusion about the missing poster the four head back to Itsuki Sensei's laboratory. Hasegawa makes it clear that she strongly doubts Sawaki's abilities and demands that he prove them to her satisfaction. Itsuki Sensei provides a number of samples for Sawaki to identify including: miso, yogurt, mirin and various other cultures.
While Hasegawa and Itsuki Sensei are grilling Sawaki about microbes, he notices a number of Hiochi floating in from outside the laboratory. After Sawaki and Yuuki go out onto a balcony to investigate the source of the Hiochi, Sawaki sees large clouds issuing forth from one of the unused laboratory rooms in the building. Itsuki Sensei notes that some students use the rooms in his building without permission since so many of the rooms are vacant. In the end we see two students looking over a vat of sake that has been infested with Homohiochi, wondering what the problem is.
...continue to Episode 02