せ-B-1998 “Cicada Buster Mushroom” Sales Catalog
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Round Up all those Noisy Cicadas!

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Cicada Buster Mushroom

Product # Model Quantity Price
せ-B-1998 Sb01-α 10 ¥ 10,000
せ-B-1998 Sb01-β 10 ¥ 20,000
せ-B-1998 Sb02-α 100 ¥ 140,000

Features

  • Special structure of spores allows to intercept cicadas at high altitudes.
  • Can function as a simple barrier.
  • The organism’s lamination allows the “log” to be preserved for around 50 years.
  • Works well in environments with high Akiva radiation and thaumaturgical pulses.

Specifications

  • Suitable for almost all climates.
  • Affects no species other than cicadas.
  • Cannot be removed and transplanted from the ground.
  • Regenerates if slightly damaged.


Instructions: せ-B-1998 “Cicada Buster Mushroom” is a special mushroom capable of repelling cicadas, developed in 2003 by our company’s Polish Fungal Research Institute.

“Cicada Buster Mushroom” was developed using a fungus similar to the Boletus edulis as a basis, provided by the Polish Anomalous Mushroom Picking Association. This fungus detects the sound of insects in midair, and releases parasitic spores that feed off their carcasses. “Cicada Buster Mushroom” uses genes from Ophiocordyceps sobolifera1 to make sure only cicadas are repelled. Extensive genetic manipulation allows it to target cicadas of all sizes, unlike the original fungus, which could only target small insects.

“Cicada Buster Mushroom” is sold in “logs”. If not used immediately, please store in a dark room with as little humidity as possible. When the log is placed on the ground and its cover is removed, its filaments spread around a 50m radius, within which numerous sporocarps are formed.

These sporocarps detect nearby cicadas by the buzzing of their wings, and release a large quantity of spores. These spores are cicada parasites, and kills them instantly. The carcasses of the cicada fall to the ground, and are decomposed by the filaments in about 1 hour, becoming nutrients for the “Cicada Buster Mushroom”. Cicada larvae that come in contact with the filaments are also decomposed.

  • Sb01-α: Standard type. As without cicadas, the mushroom will wither, to prolong its life during the seasons without cicadas, please use せ-M-2001"Summer Vacation Research - Cicadas whenever, wherever". Sold separately.
  • Sb01-β: Improvement of the Sb01-α type capable of absorbing enough nutrients from the ground, allowing it to live through seasons/locations without cicadas.
  • Sb02-α: Further improvement on Sb01-β type. Fundamentally equal to Sb01-β, but in an environment where music by Frederic Chopin is being played, the filaments multiply explosively, and continue to spread with no limitation. Furthermore, cicadas infected by the spores don’t die instantly, but fly away and spread the spores. When the cicada dies and falls to the ground, filaments spread from within. This process continues until Chopin’s music is no longer heard.


≪About the Polish Anomalous Mushroom Picking Association≫
The Polish Anomalous Mushroom Picking Association (PZGA) is a group active in Southern Poland that collects, processes, and sells the many mushrooms with anomalous properties that grow in Poland. A large number of professionals in micology are part of it. Many PZGA members were affected by the Poland Divine Entity Emergence Event. Our company established relations with the group in 1999, for the sake of rebuilding the southern part of Poland following the collapse of the Veil.
 

 Warning

"Cicada Buster Mushroom” is extremely effective against cicadas, and should not be used by clients whose body composition is partially cicada. Our company cannot protect against any damage suffered in this fashion.

Researcher’s Comment: The Poland Divine Entity Emergence Event left a great mark on Poland. The threat hasn’t completely disappeared either. Cicada Buster Mushrooms were developed as part of the Poland Restoration Campaign, and as measure against disasters of this type, with support and sampling granted by the Polish Anomalous Mushroom Picking Association. A portion of the proceeds obtained through Cicada buster Mushrooms will go to efforts in rebuilding Southern Poland. Our company and I personally wish Poland a speedy recovery. ――Kinotake Kiko, Poland Restoration Campaign Team’s Lead Researcher, Polish Fungal Research Institute


≪Introduction to Researcher Kinotake’s Achievements≫
1995 - The Polish Fungal Research Institute is established by the JOICL in the Małopolska Voivodeship, in order to research fungi in Poland.
1998 - Poland Divine Entity Emergence Event. The Polish Fungal Research Institute is also affected.
1999 - Kinotake Kiko graduates from the University of Warsaw. Returns to Japan.
2000 - Joins the JOICL. At his request, he’s assigned to the rebuilt Polish Fungal Research Institute.
2001 - Joins the Cicada Buster program.
2003 - “Cicada Buster Mushroom” is completed. Awarded the Nissoken Excellence Rookie of the Year award at the end of the fiscal year.

 

Customer’s Voice:

  • I bought Sb01-β. People say they’re a feature of summer, but honestly, I find cicadas really annoying. Feeling refreshed. ――36-years-old, female
  • They’re delicious. The things attached to the cicada have a weird shape, but if you deep-fry them with the cicada, they’re amazing. Sb02-α was the tastiest. ――51-years-old, male
  • I rushed to buy Sb01-α because of the sudden outbreak. I’d never seen a cicada before, so I was really surprised. I looked them up and they appear to be called periodical cicadas. ――27-years-old, male
  • I purchased Sb01-β. It’s very convenient as it grows back no matter how much you pick, and can also grow in poor soil. ――Manna Charitable Foundation
  • Stockpiled large quantities of Sb02-α. If that annoying Chopin Cicada shows up again, we’ll fuck him up. ――All members of the Polish Anomalous Mushroom Picking Association
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