English: The Tatami Galaxy
Synonyms: Yojo-Han Shinwa Taikei, Yojou-Han Shinwa Taikei, Yojohan Shinwa Taikei
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 23, 2010 to Jul 2, 2010
23 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Score: 8.561 (scored by 14656 users)
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SynopsisWhen 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.”
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Life is a matter of choices, wherever our life is right now is due to the choices we have made in the past, I actually don't believe in Destiny or Fate because I like to think we have the total control of our lives, the control of the choices. Wherever if we're actually in a good situation or bad, i like to think that we could overcome it by ourself whiteout relying in a mysterious power and just relying in our free will.
Have you ever though 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 lives, important or mundane ones, it doesn't matter, the best moment would be maybe while we're spacing out during a boring lesson in our classroom or maybe when we're just slacking off a bit at our working place, or if we're the pensive type we already have a space to muse about everything and we don't need to be bored to do it, anyway we do all have asked ourself the unavoidable question "What if..." didn't we?. Attention!, i'm not talking about "regret" because that's another thing, i'm talking about the action of imagine ourself in another setting caused by our particular choice, so i won't be talking about regrets since its not the main point of my review.
"Maybe i should have sitted next to that pretty girl in the bus, but instead i've decided to stand up".
This is just an example, how can my life change due to that mundane and maybe insignificant event?, I'm not able to know it and for that I question myself now "What if i've sitted with that girl?", a quick reply to that question could be, even if its a little creative, that I could have chatted with her a little during the ridesharing, I could have found that she's a wonderful girl and she thinks nice of me, next day she could have reserved the sit for me and again we start to talk, this could have lead me to ask her out, to fall in love, get engaged and when I didn't even realize it I've already married that girl. What was the triggering event for that?, a stupid and mundane choice when i was young or maybe a more realistic one would be that was the last time i saw that girl, anyway It wouldn't be completely wrong to say that We're the product of our choices, but not only choices since also the people we meet have the power to change us considerably so maybe you're asking "what does all this things have to do with the review and with this anime?" to that i reply "quite everything", since "we're the product of our Choices" is the main theme of the anime I'm now going to introduce you, The Tatami Galaxy.
(Since our protagonist is nameless i shall now refer to him, in a simple way, "The Protagonist")
Throughout the devolepment of the story, we can see how different can be the life of The Protagonist based on the choices he've made and the people he had meet during his first year of University. How can the choice of joining a certain Club be considered as something important?, something that could change completely our lifes?, at a first gaze i would say "its quite improbable" but i couldn't be more wrong and for our protagonist that couldn't be more true. The Cinema Club?, Tennis Club?, Softball Club?, English Club?, it doesn't matter, all of this show is about The Protagonist's pursuit of his “rose-colored campus life”, what would be that? well it's Everyone's dream, being popular, a lot of friends and a cute girlfriend but something or better, someone is obstructring him, that's the entrance of another character, my favorite of this show, Ozu. The relation between Ozu and The Protagonist is a bit weird but I totally loved it. So through many of the clubs The Protagonist joins we're the audience of what would happen to his life if he had only joined a different club in his first year.
The story telling of this anime is unique, incredible unique if i must say it. We need to think of it as a puzzle, a puzzle with 11 parts (11 as the episodes of this anime), so little by little we need to fill the missing parts until it gets finished, at that moment we can actually gaze the wonderfully picture that have been made and be proud of it, well maybe after the end of this anime the feeling wouldn't be actually being proud of, but based of your enjoyment this could be one of the most amazing story you've seen, just like happened with me. Even if i'd like to descrive and review each story/episode of this anime i'm not allowed to since it would be considered spoiler, so keep in mind that because we could and that actually says quite much of this anime.
The first thing that strike us are the characters, they're unique in their own way, all of them have a characteristic that would lead them to being crafted into our minds, starting from The Protagonist to the Fortune Teller (you'll love that old baba!) since they are made of a simplicity and yet they're so unique that you'll have a hard time trying to get them off your head (admitted if you want to). Even if the story revolves around The Protagonist, the other characters aren't less important, I would say actually they're more important than The Protagonist since its thanks to them that this show develops, remember? not only the choices are important but also the people we meet could lead our lives to an unexpected turn. This anime goes that far to actually made us understand that not experiencing something is actually an experience it self, and we won't understand that until we finish this anime. The ending is something special, it gives the whole meaning for this show. The Comedy isn't missing for this show, this show stands out also for its comedy scenes, every character will make you laught in a different way, their own way. The Johnny scenes are memorable.
The art is quite particular too, even if you may find it weird at the first sight, depending if you're actually used to watch anime with unique art, but we get used to it quite fast and maybe we ask ourselves "Why there aren't more shows like this?". The animation is Madhouse, so its very smoothly and perfect. The OST were suited perfectly to this anime, but for one strange reason we don't actually pay to much attention to it, thats because The Protagonist's speed light monologues will take most of our attention, leaving the OST in the background, which is not necessarily a bad thing. Both OP/ED are amazing too, I especially liked more the OP single.
Unless you're able to read very quickly you won't be able to leave the Pause button aside, since The Protagonist usually talks in a very speedy way that sometimes we aren't able to read the subtitles in time but that won't be the only thing to interrupt us, The Protagonist's monologues are so filled with meaning and extremely well written that we could actually feel the urgent of going back to rewatch them. Its incredible but every single phrase pronounced in this show has its own charming, Wikiquote would have a lot of pages filled with only The Protagonists phrases, and I'm not refering to those cliche phrases we find everywhere, Tatami Galaxy's ones are all original.
There are anime with meaning and moral, there are anime with funny characters, there are anime with an incredible story and an unique story telling, but I need to say that The Tatami Galaxy had them all. I would recommend, personal experience, to rewatch this anime after a few months, you'll notice a lot of particulars that may have been skipped, because after all rewatching an anime we liked let us see those little details we overview the first time, and in Tatami Galaxy's case there are a quite some, they aren't important for understanding the story better since this anime doesn't need to be rewatched more times to be understood because its so extremely well written that it won't need that but we could see the extremely attention the creators had with the creation of The Tatami Galaxy.
I've expressed myself the best I could, I hope this review moves someone into watching this anime because its really worth. I'm going to leave you, the readers, to visualize the whole setting and decide if this is worth or not, if even a little part of you is saying "this is a bit interesting" then don't hesitate and jump into it you wont regret it, in that case i've realized my main point for this review, otherwise i apologize for being unable to send my feelings towards this incredible anime to you since it's only my fault as a novice reviewer as I'm.
So constructive criticism are gladly received.
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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 every way possible. Every time he joins a club, everything seem to go wrong and he ends up regretting his choice, wanting to go back to the moment of choosing it and reset his life by changing his choice. The plot is following his different choices and the different lifes he lived after them. Watashi begins a journey of self-discovery, where the weight of his choices matters the most, becoming a matured young man who lives his life with unlimited freedom but also respect on every choice.
Art : 9 / 10 "Great"
The show uses a minimalistic style that combines cartoonish graphics with no shading with a lot of live action film segments used in for quick depiction of areas with lots of background detail. Seen as poor by many, the art of Tatami Galaxy is gravely underrated. It effectively depicts the themes of the show, taking a realistic approach on many problems that college students face in Japan. Furthermore, it becomes very interesting when adding the psychological symbolisms included in the show.
Sound : 9 / 10 "Great"
A testament to the superb voice acting could be that, even though Watashi's speech is faster than a bullet train, he still manages to keep the viewer in his toes with his smart (and funny) take on many different subjects and make him feel whatever emotion he emits. As for the soundtrack, it fits great with the theme and mood of the series, succesfully representing the constant changes in atmosphere, from the melancholic "Youjou han to Castella to Watashi" to the mysterious "Kamotaketsunuminogami" and powerfully liberating "Yojouhan Ki Owari" or "Takasegawa".
Characters : 9 / 10 "Great"
From the bullet-speed monologues of Watashi to the stoic and spiritual presence of Higuchi, the cast is the recipe for instant success. Watashi is a young college dropout who never seizes to amaze with his sarcastic and dark but witty dialogues on everything he analyzes. He is the source of the dialogues and monologues in Tatami Galaxy, and his themes vary from social commentary to self - sarcasm of the highest caliber. Ozu is another college student, dark and devilish character, who constantly drags Watashi to troubles. However, he has some hidden aspects which make him intriguing and three-dimensional. Akashi, a college student in the engineering department, is an adorable female character, and Watashi's biggest love interest. Higuchi is a stoic, and full with dreams on exploring the globe, character who is still a college student, even though he ,by far, had exceeded the minimum years of studying there. He also has many hidden sides, which made him mysterious, spiritual and occasionally wise. There are more characters that are also very interesting, but doesn't quite measure up to the other mentioned above. However, there is not a single character that is not likeable in this series, because of his quirks and personality.
Enjoyment : 10 / 10 "Masterful"
I fully enjoyed every minute of Watashi's attempts to reach a rose-colored campus life, his moments of self-discovery and liberation scenes.
Verdict : 9.4 / 10 "Excellent"
When simple but meaningful premises meets innovative and unique storytelling methods, a show like Tatami Galaxy is born. Excluding or changing only one component of the Tatami Galaxy's recipe would result in losing it's eternal glowing.
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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.
Both have a unique art style and presentation, with emotional tension between the characters. There is an obvious romantic pairing in both series. Both focus on characters and presentation over any other element.
It seems that we don't see series like these two nowadays but these two anime are highly recommended as they have a cleaver usage of characters, art, and witty dialogue.
Both series contains a lot of parody, humor, drama, and among other things. These two series will definitely bring out the enjoyment out of viewers despite its low volume of episodes.
Both series are also intelligent and will present anime in its finest form, one that you'll remember for a very long time.
Yojouhan Shinwa Taikei and Bakemonogatari follow the same basic structure - boy meets girl followed by endless dialogue and surrealistic artstyle. If you enjoyed one, it's safe to say you'll enjoy the other.
Bakemonogatari expands upon the fantasy setting, and adds a bucketload of fanservice. In contrast, Yojouhan Shinwa Taikei ups the slice-of-life and about 1000x the words/minute ratio. However, both hold the same charm - or curse - that makes you either love or hate the anime.
They may be entirely different things , but both provides fast-paced dialogues and sometimes conversation goes really deep. Both focuses on characters more than story itself and have really unique art style.
Also both has some mystery in it and romance.
Interesting Art, Quirky characters, dialogue heavy.
Both have unique art styles, fast dialogue, and a bit of supernatural.
Both are chalk full of despair.
Everything is happening very fast in these 2 series, main characters are similar
Both have over-analytic protagonists who often reads FAR too much into what he's doing, perceiving, thinking, and/or deciding. Both take things a little too easy for comfort as the circumstances are HARDLY.... easy. Both of their plots are similar in nature to recognize, yet are QUITE different from, not just each other, but from others in general. Both are a blast and a fun, fun ride.
And both have some strangely interesting art.
Tatami Galaxy doesn't just have humor, it mixes it cleverly, yet still noticeably with it's own masterpiece of a plot. The character cast is SIGNIFICANTLY smaller than Zetsubou's. The main character is naive in nature, in contrast to Zetsubou's. The animation is also a touch higher too. Also(but this is fairly obvious), it's shorter and with no sequels.... as of yet.
Sayonara Zetsubou-Sensei is a black comedy satire that pokes fun at almost anything and everything primarily because the main character in a mercilessly, yet hilarious light! The cast is, surprisingly, huger than many people would think. And while many of them have enough personality, they're often played for gags. And there's no overlying plot.
Both are dark comedies and both of the main characters are losers
same style and similar feel.
Both series presents an unique way of presenting their visuals and story to the viewers; surrealism
Furthermore, the main protagonist from both series often thinks too much and about subjects that are considered absurd and strange. Yet, at the same time it is funny and entertaining with the random gags.
Both series uses word play and has very humorous dialogues that are often exaggerated and over the line.
The two series also often make fun of modern culture and other references through the usage of its dialogues and word plays. It is parody at its finest and definitely something to take an eye on.
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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