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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
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Score: 8.591 (scored by 18307 users)
Ranked: #652
Popularity: #542
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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.
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.
Both are chalk full of despair.
Art style, the general mood, feeling the cover drama.
They both are packed with mindfuck and throw everything crazily at you from the word 'go'
Both share a similar carpe diem message as well as the same comedic style, which is expected coming from the same director. Mind game just does it with a much wilder style of visuals where Tatami Galaxy is a little more elegant in comparison.
- Non-linier narrative
- Butterfly effect
- Time leap (S;G) Time Loop (YST)
Both series involves the same author Tomihiko Morimi who written novels that were adapted into anime form.

They have great humor and a small cast of insightful characters. Both series also follows a narration type of story telling and depicts the lives of the main characters.

There is a lot of dialogues with a mixture of both humor and drama.
Both deal with human nature and doubts in metaphorical way.
Both have lots of imagery/symbolism.
They also both have characters with lots of mental strife and confusion about what's going on in their lives and how to obtain happiness
time traveling/parallel universe fun
Different is better. As soon as something comes along that isn't a harem and/or doesn't have generic moeblob character design, BEST ANIME OF THE SEASON! For better or worse, this is ALWAYS how it goes. In the case of Tatami it's highly regarded across the board since there wasn't any manga artwork to disregard for the purposes of ART. Aku Hana is FAR more of a love/hate series; people familiar with the source material generally disliking it and people unfamiliar often labeling it as the best anime of the season.

The approach of both series is, simply put, style over substance... and cheap over expensive. Aku Hana had real people/locations rotoscoped. Tatami often used real stuff as backgrounds and/or flashed through images of real things, with artsy/unfinished drawings of the characters themselves. Aku Hana's stylistic selling point, rotoscoping aside, was turning one panel transitions into repetitive eight minute walks. Tatami's was repeating the same episode over and over, with the same characters playing the same roles and there being no character growth in any of those episodes.

Any and all failings relating to substance should be overlooked with these two. Half an episode dedicating purely to walking is more important than pacing. Likewise, the same events playing out with minor differences matters not when it moves the soul with an idea. If you don't approach these two with that mindset, disappointment awaits.

There is one key difference between the two: for Tatami you'll want the pause button handy if you have any hope of being able to read all of the subtitles. For Aku Hana, it's the opposite: you'll want the fast-forward button at the ready whenever anyone starts walking. An ironic difference, for sure.
the endless 8 ark in Haruhi goes back in time in each episode and Yojouhan Shinwa Taikei (or Tatami Galaxy) goes back in time in each episode both for a silly reason that the main character forgot to do something

in Haruhi no yuuutsu there aren't many changes but in Yojouhan Shinwa Taikei most of the episode is different

they also both give you that de ja vue feeling
Both have a focus on character connections. In each story there is just a touch of the supernatural, but not a ton. The emphasis on character's relationships over other things is the main commonality.
While having witty humor, both are artsy, dialogue driven and character focused.
Both feature Yuasa Masaaki's crazy postmodern madness via Madhouse Studios, refreshingly unique style of animation, and stories about love and determination.
Both of these shows feature time loops where the same plot is acted out, taking a different turn each time, and frequently overlaps, with things being told slightly differently. Higurashi is a lot more bright colors and slapstick humor, whereas Tatami Galaxy is somewhat darker humor, with less emphasis on little kids killing each other and laughing.
Both have surreal and dark atmospheres which give them a similar feel. The one big difference is in Cat Soup there is pretty much no dialogue while in The Tatami Galaxy the main character talks so fast during his monologues that it is occasionally hard to keep up with the subtitles.
The protagonists of these entries are similar; both are cynical, double as the narrator for their respective series and their real names are left a mystery. Each finds himself dissatisfied with his life, and only learns to appreciate the imperfections in his life after he lives in a world without them for a time. Both protagonists have an internal conflict that ends with an important decision pertaining which world they prefer. Both entries involve a lot of inner monologue, and not to mention time travel. Tatami Galaxy is more upbeat and fast-paced, while Disappearance is slower and more gloomy.
Both contain long winded unreliable narration tied with socially troubled protagonists.
Although there is a huge difference when it comes to the art, both of these shows deal with college-life and growing-up in a way that's easy to relate with.
Small actions result in large results. In Yojouhan Shinwa Taikei, the protagonist explores the different paths he may take while in college, which in each one results in his demise. In C, the protagonist ventures in the world of the 'Financial District.' In that world, those who lost 'money' or go bankrupt would suffer in the real world. Both series share the common idea of earning an opportunity that could either make or break you.
Silver Spoon is more down-to-earth while the Tatami Galaxy is wilder and features more magical realism elements, but both are essentially about come-of-age, what it means to get vulnerable and brave on your journey to self-discovery and the countless possibilities that life has to offer.
Similar to Kuuchuu Buranko, pretty trippy and you have to infer the story. Once you understand the story it's mindblowing. These are shows that force you to think and really understand what is going on in the show.
A striking insight into how the 'other half' of the anime viewing population lives. The vast differences separating the deprived from the enlightened. Though these anime are very different in a lot of ways, or in fact every way, they are the Yin and Yang of the anime world, as different as the rich from the poor, and so must both be watched in order to form a true understanding of the anime world. At the forefront of good and bad anime, these two stand alone. It's up to you, the viewer, to decide which belongs to each side; 'good' or 'bad', and the outcome of your sure and measured judgement will seal your fate in the heart of our true and righteous lord.
Even if the two are completely different on the outside, they have common points, mostly philosophical, for example illusion and the idea of "going nowhere, wasting our lives"
Korekuraide Utau and Yojouhan Shinwa Taikei are both anime with an unique animation style about how every choice we make affects us somehow. Korekuraide Utau is way shorter though, being only a music video.
Similar in humor and ease of enjoyment. One does not need to watch much anime to get either. Both use what's commonly known in the world, as well as their own situations/characters/circumstances for humor. Both also mix humor and drama far more successfully than most do now. Both also don't use standard anime fare for supplementary attraction(moe, excessive fanservice, annoying antics, etc)
Each of their core messages are quite mysterious, both in "where they go", and what it means.
And both are a little obscure.

The Tatami Galaxy gets more and more intricate with it's core message. In a practical sense, Tatami's message is FAR more important and critical than Edo Rockets. Despite the gravity of the message, however, it never get's burdensome and it lights up on the enjoyment factor.

Oh! Edo Rocket is mostly mysterious in what it's trying to do, rather than just being strictly mysterious. The character cast is vast in it's usage and it's development. The humor is a bit more EXTREME, yet still witty and resourceful. The drama leans more towards romanticism(fulfilling dreams, putting aside differences, what one should keep in mind).
They both have a kind of a "Groundhog Day" sort of plot
Resetting time anyone?
They're both about college students looking for romance and happiness, and they're both sort of... out there (for lack of better words, they're both pretty random at times)
They are both eccentric peculiar anime, which seems to leave you with the same not-exactly-sure-what's-going-on after taste. Both have mysterious elements which coincide with slice of life occurrences with added humour. Not your typical watch, both are great anime with similar atmospheres.
Both Tatami Galaxy and Haruhi Suzumiya deal with time loops and the main character's effects on the world around them.
unique art style. Akashi reminds me Nao.
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They both have a similar dark undertone in the storytelling, although Yojouhan Shinwa Taikei is a bit more lighthearted in nature. They both have their own way of providing social commentary.
Kinetic comedies themed on reality and moving forth with life. Both shows invoke groundhog day plots. Both are funny, emotional, and mature.
An interesting story that is fairly chill, that should be interesting for those who liked the mystical aspect of Tatami Galaxy.
Both shows give me the same vibe :) The art style is a little similar, and they're both josei.
With all the fast talking, these share the common ground of making me feel like I'm watching Gilmore Girls, but in a good way
Well, I think that since Tamaki Suou from Ouran High School Host Club talks and talks and talks, he could possibly out-talk Watashi from Tatami Galaxy in terms of monologues. Both shows as a result of these two characters fill the silence with a whole lot of "Blahblahblah" in a very amusing way--either over-hyper or over-monotone--whatever it may be these two individuals easily make the Japanese language seem so dang art-y and word-y. Watashi and Tamaki, also, have the worst time trying to successfully woo the girls of their dreams (Akashi and Haruhi, respectively) who seem to be single, smart, and generally "normal" if not a little hard to approach. Both shows do not really focus on a successful romantic love story...more like the hi-jinks that come in being young, awkward, and failing; it is a miracle if they have a lucky moment or two that fulfills what they've wished for deep down. The side characters are very important to the main characters; however, the main characters Tamaki and Watashi sometimes dismiss them as not as important as their love interest or whichever narrow or broad interest they are pursuing.
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Both are dark comedies with with very loose plots and episodes that can often stand alone.
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