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Yojouhan Shinwa Taikei

Yojouhan Shinwa Taikei

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English: The Tatami Galaxy
Synonyms: Yojo-Han Shinwa Taikei, Yojou-Han Shinwa Taikei, Yojohan Shinwa Taikei
Japanese: 四畳半神話大系


Type: TV
Episodes: 11
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 23, 2010 to Jul 2, 2010
Duration: 23 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company


Score: 8.571 (scored by 15277 users)
Ranked: #752
Popularity: #564
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When a college dropout stops for a late night bite at a mysterious ramen stand, he crosses paths with a self-proclaimed deity of matrimony. This bizarre meeting sends the young man hurtling through a horrifying flashback to his not-so-glorious college days when the influence of a cruel new friend turned him from a hopeless romantic into a mischievous “black cupid.”

(Source: Funimation)

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Characters & Voice Actors

Asanuma, Shintaro
Asanuma, Shintaro
Sakamoto, Maaya
Sakamoto, Maaya
Yoshino, Hiroyuki
Yoshino, Hiroyuki
Fortune Teller
Fortune Teller
Mayama, Ako
Mayama, Ako


Yuasa, Masaaki
Director, Episode Director, Script, Storyboard
Kimura, Eriko
Sound Director
Yokoyama, Akitoshi
Episode Director, Storyboard, Key Animation
Makihara, Ryoutarou
Episode Director, Storyboard, Animation Director, 2nd Key Animation, Key Animation

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Jul 31, 2013
From time to time, I desire a show that will deliver a simple and grounded in reality plot in an unorthodox way with great success. Yes, you should already understand that Tatami Galaxy holds no need for superficial or amazing concepts to be successful, just a realistic story executed in a masterful way.

Story : 10 / 10 "Masterful"

Tatami Galaxy is set on a fictional universe, specifically a town, which seems pretty close to the modern Japanese towns. Our main character, Watashi, expects to find the rose colored campus life that he always dreamed of, entering a campus club. Instead, he finds mischief and disappointment in read more
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Jul 27, 2013
The Tatami Galaxy is like a hand-made blanket with the coolest design you've ever seen. It's intricately woven and you can see all the subtleties that hold it together, it's incredible to look at and admire - but that's not what it was made for. It was made to keep warm just as how Tatami Galaxy is made to get it's messages across.

The story is told in first person by our nameless protagonist, a college student who just wants to live the "rose-colored campus life". He relives his college experience in different scenarios
but something always goes awry keeping him from his desired lifestyle. Simple read more
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Both are series that aren't necessarily parodies or strict satire. The Tatami Galaxy takes on an extremely mysterious and reflecting tale of "possibilities". Bakemonogatari mixes some mild to heavy predicaments with supernatural folklore to help enhance/clarify the significance of said issues.
Both have strange, eclectic, abstract art that will undoubtedly impress those with it's usage. Both have and make use of some fine music, but... are paled in comparison to their OPs and ENDs.
Both are quite new, and both set the bar for enjoyment too, as the dialogue and insightful observations will cease to amaze.

The Tatami Galaxy's novelty, manner of storytelling, and overlaying mystery is SOO fresh, so enticing, and SOOOOO rewarding that one cannot label it any other name except "classic".
Of course, one needs to see a few anime "brain tickles" first. But, it should work well either way.

Bakemonogatari's atmosphere is supplemented with standard anime fare, which will sit well with others, but might dampen the blow on some of the content the show has. Still, it's characters' are a bit more colorful than Tatami's, yet the topic's mixture with supernatural isn't so well done on some occasions. The ending also won't please some.
Welcome to the NHK is far more depressing than Yojouhan Shinwa Taikei while the later adds a smidgen of bizzaro metaphysics to the later episodes. However they both revolve around a group of oddball people loafing around while helping the main character deal with the failures of his life, in their own way. Not always succesfully.

Opening Theme

#1: "Maigo Inu to Ame no Beat (迷子犬と雨のビート)"by Asian Kung-Fu Generation (eps 1- 10)
#2: "Kamisama no Iutoori (神様のいうとおり)" by Juuji Ishiwatari & Yoshinori Sunahara + Etsuko Yakushimaru (ep 11)

Ending Theme

#1: "Kamisama no Iutoori (神様のいうとおり)" by Juuji Ishiwatari & Yoshinori Sunahara + Etsuko Yakushimaru (eps 1 - 10)
#2: "Maigo Inu to Ame no Beat (迷子犬と雨のビート)"by Asian Kung-Fu Generation (ep 11)

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