Ranked #54

Yojouhan Shinwa Taikei

Alternative Titles

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
Premiered: Spring 2010
Broadcast: Unknown
Source: Novel
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company


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Ranked: #542
Popularity: #477
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One autumn evening at a mysterious ramen stand behind the Shimogamo Shrine, a lonely third-year college student bumps into a man with an eggplant-shaped head who calls himself a god of matrimony. Meeting this man causes the student to reflect upon his past two years at college—two years bitterly spent trying to break up couples on campus with his only friend Ozu, a ghoulish-looking man seemingly set on making his life as miserable as possible. Resolving to make the most out of the rest of his college life, the student attempts to ask out the unsociable but kind-hearted underclassman Akashi, yet fails to follow through, prompting him to regret not living out his college life differently. As soon as this thought passes through his head, however, he is hurtled through time and space to the beginning of his years at college and given another chance to live his life.

Surreal, artistic, and mind-bending, Yojouhan Shinwa Taikei chronicles the misadventures of a young man on a journey to make friends, find love, and experience the rose-colored campus life he always dreamed of.

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Based on the novel by Tomihiko Morimi, published in December 2004.

Yojouhan Shinwa Taikei won the grand prize for the animation category in the Japan Media Arts Festival on December 8, 2010.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Asanuma, Shintaro
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Sakamoto, Maaya
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Yoshino, Hiroyuki
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Higuchi, Seitarou
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Fujiwara, Keiji
Fujiwara, Keiji


Yuasa, Masaaki
Yuasa, Masaaki
Director, Episode Director, Script, Storyboard
Kimura, Eriko
Kimura, Eriko
Sound Director
Natsume, Shingo
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Episode Director, Storyboard, Key Animation
Mihara, Michio
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Episode Director, Storyboard, Key Animation, Animation Director

More episodes Episodes(2/11)

# Episode Title Aired
1 Tennis Circle "Cupid"
Tennis Circle [Cupid] (テニスサークル「キューピット」)
Apr 23, 2010
2 Film Circle "Misogi"
Eiga Circle "Misogi" (映画サークル「みそぎ」)
Apr 30, 2010

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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Nov 15, 2015
Anyone may have wondered whether their past or current student life matched with their expectations, and in some cases, if not on most, they may find themselves pondering whether decisions made were correct, or if some improvement could have been made. Expectations of a rose-coloured campus life and regrets are no exception either; such is the case of Yojouhan Shinwa Taikei, also known as Tatami Galaxy, in which a nameless protagonist exactly has these issues. It is a fantastic journey into the realm of university life, mingled with time travelling.


The premise of Yojouhan Shinwa Taikei may be of simple nature at first glance, having the read more
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Jul 21, 2014
~Multilingual review, English & Español: The Tatami Galaxy~.

Life wouldn't be less than a simple and plain matter of choices, wherever our life is right now is due to the choices we've made in the past, we're doing and we'll probably make in the future, considering everything said "Life" would just be an abbreviation of the sum of choices we've made up until now.


Have you ever thought about them?, the choices you've made I mean, I’m pretty sure everyone have dedicated, at least a little moment of their time, to muse about the choices we've made so far in our lives, important or mundane read more
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Oct 28, 2015
There are many reviews out there for this anime already, so why write another one?

Well, because it deserves it.
Not only that, but this won't be one of those ''structured'' reviews where I give scores to Sound/Art etc, rather, I'll just try to be ''different'' (as this show is) and talk about it in a way that would be more appealing and natural, as if I were an actual friend of yours telling you bits and pieces of it so that I can convince you that this really is worth your time.

I apologize if I'm not able to convey much though, as this is only my read more
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Jun 25, 2014
I think I'm not in the wrong here when I say most of us have probably thought of the best way to live life at one time or another. That can mean what you want to be when you grow up, your dreams, ambitions, goals, what path you want to take, and what you envision it ending up life.

Tatami Galaxy's unnamed protagonist is one concerned with exactly that. In seek of that ideal life, he desperately repeats the first 2 years of his college life , searching for the "rose-colored campus life", and the "raven-haired maiden" that supposedly awaits him.

In doing so, he is able read more
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The Tatami Galaxy's novelty, manner of  read more 
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