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Yojôhan shinwa taikei 

When a nameless student at Kyoto University encounters a demigod one night, he asks to relive the past three years in order to win the heart of Ms. Akashi, the object of his affection.




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Series cast summary:
Shintarô Asanuma Shintarô Asanuma ...  Watashi 8 episodes, 2010
Keiji Fujiwara Keiji Fujiwara ...  Seitarô Higuchi 8 episodes, 2010
Yuki Kaida Yuki Kaida ...  Ryôko Hanuki 8 episodes, 2010
Rin Mizuhara Rin Mizuhara ...  Fortune Teller 8 episodes, 2010
Maaya Sakamoto ...  Akashi 8 episodes, 2010
Jun'ichi Suwabe ...  Jogasaki 8 episodes, 2010
Hiroyuki Yoshino Hiroyuki Yoshino ...  Ozu 8 episodes, 2010


A third year university student in Kyoto, Japan feels like he's wasted his first two years of University on his current student club, having not yet found a girlfriend and having made only two friends: Ozu, who he deems to not have a single redeeming quality as a human being and Ms. Akashi, a stoic first-year engineering student. One night, the protagonist encounters a deity of matrimony during dinner. He tells him that Ms. Akashi will end up paired with either him or Ozu and it's up to him to take the opportunity that is dangling in front of him or not. Written by J M

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Release Date:

22 April 2010 (Japan) See more »

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Brings a lot of literary references therein...
21 April 2018 | by salmanalfarisi-81574See all my reviews

The Tatami Galaxy is a mystery, psychological anime with a bit of romance in it directed by Masaaki Yuasa who also directed a phenomenal anime called Ping Pong The Animation. So, no wonder if these two anime actually have the same uniqueness in it, especially in the artwork. I said once when I wrote my first impression of this anime. It may also not fit what I expected but, The Galaxy Tatami is mindblowing anime with a big plot-twist in the end. It's like combining three great movies such as Citizen Kane, Fight Club, and Interstellar even though it's strange to be equated with these three movies but that's my opinion. The Tatami Galaxy can be interpreter like we always facing some two or more choices in life every day and every time whether you will accept or reject them. If you accept, it may end up towards happy ending but only temporarily whereas if you refused, it will lead to the opposite. However, there are many ways to interpret how this anime works.

So, I want to summary this. This anime tells about a single person who wants to live his college life with a beautiful and colorful story but not in accordance with his expectations. The main character is finally given one chance to repeat his life. Each episode is actually mindblowing, initially, it's like an ordinary anime that tells about a college period that someone ends in regret. We will only always seen a scene that's repeated over and over again like a castella cake, the ramen stall, the grandmother fortune-teller, an organization, and etc. So, it's like typical time travels anime in general. However, the main character will experience something he never thought about and his memory will always is gone. So, don't be surprised if you watching this anime you will always be annoyed with the choices that he always took it. The narrator or Watashi is a character figure who is always unlucky in his life. He's always annoyed with the people he meets except for Akashi and very annoyed with Ozu although the reason Ozu wants to be friends with Watashi just because he wants to take advantage of him. In the end, is not like that. Watashi will be stuck in limbo where he thinks of something or deja vu he has ever experienced. At the same time, he realized that the way he took wasn't in vain but rather reminiscent although for Watashi also feel a bit bitter about being remembered again. Ozu may be classified as the most annoying character ever together with Seitarou Higuchi, with his very creepy looks, his very cunning nature, and always dropping the pleasures of others. However, Ozu personality's always changing in every episode. He's always tricking people, cheating, dropping others, and ultimately that's not the main point. Akashi, I think she is not too flashy with his cool character even though this character is the main point why the narrator always repeats the time.

Although it just 11 episodes, the storytelling is brilliant and amazing to watch. The repeated scene that we always saw in every episode is always irregular but will be combined until we think it turns out like this, like that, and so on. One of the things that interested me about this anime is the narrator will be confronted in three main heroines that he has to choose one. If he chooses this heroine, it will end like this and so on. The stories will always be repetitive but with unequal choices. The real main point that could end this endless story is the character of a fortune-teller grandmother who always says about the opportunity that always hangs in front of him. The only problem, Watashi always never realized it but once he realized it he always delayed to reach that choice. In fact, this can also be a satire in life where we as human beings always procrastinate about what we must do. I also did like that because all human is same but with the things that continue you do, it will always be a weakness and end up in the abyss of repentance. In addition, the anime is a bit insinuating about a stereotypical person's life. Someone who always cheating others, someone who stabbing his friends, someone who is crazy with a superpower, and someone who wants to die in his life. Watashi also belongs into that category where he's not aware the existence of other peoples around him. He always not feels grateful for his life and wants to get satisfied. In the end, he was on the edge of despair.

Madhouse is the studio that works on this anime. For those of you who don't know with this studio, maybe anime like Death Note, Hunter x Hunter, One Punch Man, or Monster will make you remember it more. However, the artwork is very different from some of those anime. Perhaps its artwork is deliberately absurd to bring more sensation of its mystery element with psychological that makes us be more mindblowing again. So, this anime is actually not recommended for you who just want to judge the artwork rather than other things besides that. The opening and the ending is the best song I've ever heard because Asian Kung-Fu Generation is the who's bring the opening song entitled "Maigo Inu to Ame no Beat" and Juuji Ishiwatari, Yoshinori Sunahara, and Etsuko Yakushimaru are those who sing and composer the ending song entitled "Kamisama no Iutoori." But, there is one thing that makes me wonder with this anime that is a seiyuu who fills the voice of narrator character, Shintaro Asanuma. Although I don't always mention or judge the seiyuu, Shintaro Asanuma can be considered very unique in carrying the voice of the main character. I mean, he also actually filled the character anime I've watched like Izayoi Sakamaki from Problem children are coming from another world, aren't they?, Takatoshi Tsuda from Seitokai Yakuindomo, Takumu Mayuzumi from Accel World, Junichi Hashiba from My First Girlfriend is a Gal and other popular anime. In this anime, it's like he is the Eminem version of anime or any rapper who talks very fast. So, don't be surprised if you can't keep up with the subtitles that appear too fast.

The Tatami Galaxy is a psychological anime that can be watched by all peoples. Moreover, the anime brings a lot of literary references therein. The Tatami Galaxy is arguably an anime that is a bit insinuating to our lives as well as a story that's stuck on endless and never-ending. In life, don't think that the choice you choose, you feel regret about this but live it according to each conscience because we don't know what waiting in front of us. With a somewhat absurd artwork, The Tatami Galaxy brings its impression even more advanced than the other anime.

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