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Yojouhan Shinwa Taikei

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

Information

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

Statistics

Score: 8.621 (scored by 22266 users)
Ranked: #582
Popularity: #509
Members: 63,886
Favorites: 2,849
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2 based on the top anime page.

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Synopsis

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

Watashi
Watashi
Main
Asanuma, Shintaro
Japanese
Asanuma, Shintaro
Akashi
Akashi
Main
Sakamoto, Maaya
Japanese
Sakamoto, Maaya
Ozu
Ozu
Main
Yoshino, Hiroyuki
Japanese
Yoshino, Hiroyuki
Fortune Teller
Fortune Teller
Supporting
Mayama, Ako
Japanese
Mayama, Ako

Staff

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



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Jul 21, 2014
Vene
~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 have made in the past, we're doing and we'll probably make in the future, it wouldn't actually be considered wrong if we consider the word "Life" just an abbreviation of the sum of choices we've made up until now.

So...?

Have you ever thought about them?, the choices you've made?, 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 read more
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Yesterday, 9:05 PM
abcd1234bah
This is you. You are reading a review from some stranger maybe a whole continent away. The stranger asks you a rather far-fetched question. Have you made the right choice to read this?

I'm sure everyone had made a mistake in their life. What if you had the choice to fix it? The choice to right your wrongs? The choice to take a different route? The unnamed protagonist of Yojouhan is a college student who has wasted 2 years of his life with a sack of regrets on his back. He is given that choice, to go back 2 years and start over. The synopsis, if read more
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Jun 25, 2014
BlueEldur
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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Jul 31, 2013
AnimeCrusader
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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Recommendations

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.
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.
Both are chalk full of despair.
A quiet protagonist who seem to be bounded with a mysteriously talented friend/demon whom he can't beat. It also have a very obscure animation style and is enjoyable to watch especially if you like 'weird' perspectives.
Very similar style in which they tell their stories. You see events from different perspectives and how everyone is related by the end of each series. They each may seem solely episodic but by the end you see the big picture and how everything fit together. They're both pretty psychological and delve into its characters minds to confront their delusions and problems.
- Non-linier narrative
- Butterfly effect
- Time leap (S;G) Time Loop (YST)

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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