Yojouhan Shinwa Taikei

The Tatami Galaxy

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Synonyms: Yojo-Han Shinwa Taikei, Yojou-Han Shinwa Taikei, Yojohan Shinwa Taikei
Japanese: 四畳半神話大系
English: The Tatami Galaxy
German: Tatami Galaxy
Spanish: The Tatami Galaxy
French: The Tatami Galaxy
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Type: TV
Episodes: 11
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 23, 2010 to Jul 2, 2010
Premiered: Spring 2010
Broadcast: Fridays at 00:45 (JST)
Licensors: Funimation
Studios: Madhouse
Source: Novel
Genres: Award WinningAward Winning, ComedyComedy, MysteryMystery, RomanceRomance, SuspenseSuspense
Themes: Adult CastAdult Cast, PsychologicalPsychological, Time TravelTime Travel
Duration: 22 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 8.551 (scored by 146258146,258 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #1132
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #502
Members: 454,186
Favorites: 18,267

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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.

Characters & Voice Actors

Hanuki, Ryouko

Kaida, Yuuko

Jougasaki, Masaki

Suwabe, Junichi


Asanuma, Shintaro

Fortune Teller

Mayama, Ako


Satou, Setsuji


Fujio, Tsutomu
Yuasa, Masaaki
Director, Episode Director, Script, Storyboard
Kimura, Eriko
Sound Director
Natsume, Shingo
Episode Director, Storyboard, Key Animation


Opening Theme

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"Maigo Inu to Ame no Beat (迷子犬と雨のビート)" by Scenarioart (eps 1-)
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 (eps 11)

Ending Theme

"Lovemageddon (ラブマゲドン)" by Scenarioart
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 (eps 11)


May 24, 2024

After the massive boom in popularity of anime in the west, a new faction of anime fans became more and more vocal in the anime discourse:. A kind of “elite” group of anime fans reject everything popular and mainstream and focus on a very small number of shows that have a more niché and artistic vibe, with some great examples being “Serial Experiments Lain”, “Gunbuster” or “FLCL”. “The Tatami Galaxy” has always been held as one of the most beloved show in this category and I went into it with the perfect elite mindset. But is this show like what everyone ...
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Mixed Feelings
Alarmingly in tune with my own experiences of life, The Tatami Galaxy feels like something I should be deeply moved by and passionately in favour of, and yet, I'm not. While the series admirably leans in to the ambition of it's premise through the fantastic visual style, inventive animation and unique methods of storytelling, these strong points are left hanging by the show's apparent lack of depth, and so the experience of watching it feels hollow come the conclusion.

What the Tatami Galaxy suffers from so greatly is how it only manages to explore it's ideas on the surface. From as early as the first 10 ...
Sep 17, 2023
I watched Yojouhan Shinwa Taikei (including the specials), also known as The Tatami Galaxy. Here are my thoughts:

Once I realized that the MC was a self-pitying young man who was envious of his peers and pining for romantic affection, I knew I was going to have a bad time. Seriously, I can't stand this kind of character. If you find this garbage relatable then you need to take a serious look at what kind of person you are.

The two central characters (MC and Ozu) are pieces of shit, and the story consists of them acting like pieces of shit but with some time-loop stuff ...

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