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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: Fridays at 00:45 (JST)
Licensors: Funimation
Studios: Madhouse
Source: Novel
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 8.661 (scored by 53,656 users)
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Ranked: #552
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #429
Members: 162,107
Favorites: 8,381


Fans of both have drawn many parallels between the two shows. They're similar in that they are both semi-episodic comedy-drama with similar themes. The MC is a depressed young man trying to cope with the failures of his life, and is surrounded by weird people. Dark, depressing and slightly psychedelic, they're both great shows, and although not very similar, one will remind you of the other.  
report Recommended by koreye
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  read more 
report Recommended by Otaking09
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. 
report Recommended by Danish
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. 
report Recommended by Emberred
Everything is happening very fast in these 2 series, main characters are similar 
report Recommended by helensan
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.  
report Recommended by Stark700
Same director, based on books by the same author, set in the same universe, with many of the same characters. Yojouhan should probably be watched first. 
report Recommended by Tyblazitar
time traveling/parallel universe fun 
report Recommended by abandoned2014
They both are packed with mindfuck and throw everything crazily at you from the word 'go'  
report Recommended by Overtures
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. 
report Recommended by Romanticism
Both use the concept of different possibilities or realities really well.

Steins;Gate is a bit more straightforward sci-fi.

The Tatami Galaxy is more surreal. And strange. 
report Recommended by SheasonDuerulo
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  
report Recommended by Sayanna
Both shows focus on social outcasts with a flawed mindset and the reason they got into the position they were in. They also feature similar lead female characters and some romance without having romance be the main focus of the show. However, the approach in each show is quite different.  
report Recommended by Lohuydahutt
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.  
report Recommended by MEGATRON
Both are dark comedies with with very loose plots and episodes that can often stand alone.  
report Recommended by Jackster27
Both anime have to do with time travel and changing the past. tatami galaxy is more comedic and erased is more serious. Both are very enjoyable. 
report Recommended by Bestgirlz
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. 
report Recommended by auditear
Both deal with human nature and doubts in metaphorical way. 
report Recommended by OVanBruce
While having witty humor, both are artsy, dialogue driven and character focused. 
report Recommended by Silent_Scream
Similarly to my comparison of this and bakemono the thing that ties these shows is the insanely fast dialogue. 
report Recommended by MrGiostar
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. 
report Recommended by electricsuperman
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  read more 
report Recommended by AironicallyHuman
Kinetic comedies themed on reality and moving forth with life. Both shows invoke groundhog day plots. Both are funny, emotional, and mature. 
report Recommended by hellogoodbye
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. 
report Recommended by Jackster27
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 
report Recommended by RedBardIsCool
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. 
report Recommended by Nanodesu

The protagonist travels between different worlds, different possibilities. Exist a mystery, trying to explain the reason for its loop. In AMNESIA, the protagonist experiences these changes, she knows they exist and does not have memory of herself, in Tatami Galaxy he experiences those changes without knowing that they exist and does not have memories of the parallel worlds, even when some actions are repeated. Curiously, their links remain, even if their ways of knowing themselves or their actions are modified. 
report Recommended by OtakuNote87
Both have very colorful artwork, a hectic pace, and are dialogue-driven. Yojouhan Shinwa Taikei has more of a modern realistic setting than the fantasy Katanagatari, but both are unconventional, humorous, and most of all enjoyable works of art. 
report Recommended by Numi
Enclosed between four walls, our protagonists travel through time, to various possibilities, they repeat the day to day, to reverse the destiny. In Punchline, it is to prevent the end of the world and Tatami Galaxy is to have the life that always desire. Everything is a supernatural act due to restrictions of themselves, not having the guts to be better every day and to realize what they have been going through their eyes. 
report Recommended by OtakuNote87
Similar artwork and animation style, as well as fast-paced dialogue, raunchy yet tasteful humor, and social critique. 
report Recommended by Numi
both are insane but at the same time, have a deeper meaning to them when you continue watching them. 
report Recommended by NintensityCrowds
-Incredibly moving stories that force the beholder to question their lives.
-Superb management of the timelines in both forces those who watch be incredibly attentive or risk losing important details.
-Great for those who love to put two and two together.
-Fantastic conclusion. 
report Recommended by YourPalCthulhu

Both have a thought provoking message to convey about life and how the character finally has a resolve to deal with it. Also both anime is surreal and funny in their own way. 
report Recommended by 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. 
report Recommended by thoakun
Surreal anime with very unusual types of animation. In addition to this, there are a lot of sexual elements, especially through symbolism, which also serve to do humor. If you liked one of these two anime for their experimental way of telling, you should check the other, I'm pretty sure you will enjoy it. 
report Recommended by battousai-dono
- Main character is sent back in time several times to "re-do" his choices
report Recommended by GrlicBred1
Both are much philosophicals and comtemplative 
report Recommended by Madmordo
Both of these shows have a groovy, unique artistic style and off-the-wall humor. Mob Psycho contains a lot of action and combat that The Tatami Galaxy lacks, but they are both quirky, interesting little shows that make you think. Did I mention the phenomenal animation?  
report Recommended by okcoolthanks
It shows symbolic... anatomy between set of characters which is why...

A huge Dilemma happened every lives between the society..

Leading as the protagonist/Shiki... face crappy reality which he or she don't want involved with..

Tied on a black threads as his bad luck.. won't end

report Recommended by HikiNEET021
Both Tatami Galaxy and Haruhi Suzumiya deal with time loops and the main character's effects on the world around them. 
report Recommended by EmilyFalcon
Overall comperable approach to the interior monologue of the characters, and many similar directing tricks. Kareshi Kanojo no Jijou has a much more up front romance and Yojouhan Shinwa Taikei is much more overtly wild and experimental, but both have substantial comedic elements and confront themes of self image and self acceptance, and the subsequent moving forward. 
report Recommended by madman3
Both are works from the same author and both have the same ingenuity. 
report Recommended by Akoram
Both series are directed by Masaaki Yuasa, which means that they both present strong themes and ideas behind the plot. They also have a somewhat similar and special art style, which is actually a way to represent human emotions in a symbolic way. If you liked one, the chances are you'll also enjoy the other. 
report Recommended by destinyunknown
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. 
report Recommended by sugarplumfairy
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.  
report Recommended by pizzadood
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. 
report Recommended by arigajoe
both deal with the problems of someone to become popular and stuff in a very comic fashion 
report Recommended by andypnuts
Both feature Yuasa Masaaki's crazy postmodern madness via Madhouse Studios, refreshingly unique style of animation, and stories about love and determination. 
report Recommended by META_BODY
An interesting story that is fairly chill, that should be interesting for those who liked the mystical aspect of Tatami Galaxy. 
report Recommended by SuperDUD
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 
report Recommended by Detective
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"  read more 
report Recommended by zewho
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.  
report Recommended by MoeKaiser
unique art style. Akashi reminds me Nao. 
report Recommended by uum4
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" 
report Recommended by Elek420
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  read more 
report Recommended by Otaking09
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. 
report Recommended by Fujaku
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  read more 
report Recommended by Sideli
Resetting time anyone?  
report Recommended by firerez
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) 
report Recommended by RedBardIsCool
These shows are similar in the sense that they are opposites. The MC in Yojouhan wants a Rose-colored life, while MC in Hyouka doesn't want that. Their journey has something different in it's mind for both of them though~ Both of these shows are about the characters, about growth and love.  
report Recommended by KingKongShrest