Yojou-han Shinwa Takei (The Tatami Galaxy) – 01

April 28, 2010 at 11:51 pm 5 comments

“I am a god of the Shimogamo Shrine. My proper name is Kamotaketsunuminokami”

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This Buddha ain’t for world peace.

Some anime series make you think e.g. Hack//Sign. Some anime series screw with your head e.g. Ergo Proxy. Some anime series make you cry e.g. Clannad. Youjou-han Shinwa Takei looks to be an intriguing series that goes beyond the bounds of typical presentation, both in dialogue and animation.

Nor do I Watashi, nor do I....

Brief synopsis: “When 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.” (ANN)

I don't see why they couldn't use pandas. That would have made infinitely more sense >_>

Our lead is Watashi, who is pretty much a loser. While I found him slightly annoying near the end of the episode, he is genuninely an engaging character, like the rest of the cast, on one hand, yearning for that ‘rose-tinted campus life’, and on the other hand, afraid to make that all-important first step. Ozu, his best friend, is pretty funny at times, and his visual presentation only adds to his characterisation.

Ozu looks as if he has Downe syndrome. No, seriously. (No offence intended, of course)

Watashi’s love interest Akashi is well-characterised. Though she appears somewhat like a tsundere-type character, a softer side of her is also presented in the episode. Brownie points go to her seiyuu Maaya Sakamoto (who also voiced Shiki from Kara no Kyoukai <3) who adds flavour to her dialogue. In fact all the characters in Tatami Galaxy are voiced well, and display considerable skill.

Yeah, after watching this my expression was like Watashi's too.

It looks like visual experimentation is ‘in‘ this season (think Sarai-ya no Goyou and Katanagatari), and Tatami Galaxy shows a tonne of it. It’s a refreshing feeling to see what is essentially (or appears to be) rom-com animated in such an atypical fashion. It’s also to see such interesting characters in this genre, especially when you compare it to other mainstream romantic animes such as Kimikiss Pure Rouge (which was utterly terrible).

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One thing to note is the damn speed the dialogue goes at. If you don’t understand Japanese, you may find that you’re too busy focussing on reading the subs to really pay attention to what’s happening on the screen, which is *facepalm*/epic fail since there IS so MUCH emphasis on the animation. Nevertheless, if you don’t mind the quirky animation, keep Tatami Galaxy on your watchlist.

OP: The fantastic uplifting tune is equally matched with very active animation. Nice work Madhouse.

ED: My favourite ED of the season. The smooth, quirky and very catchy song is in synch with what’s happening on screen. The idea of using the college-living here is very cool.

What an awesome ED~

I'm desperately trying NOT to make any joke concerning bodily appendages at the moment....


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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Baka!  |  April 29, 2010 at 10:13 am

    Looks like *mindcrush* material…Might check it out if it doesn’t destroy my brain in 30 minutes each ep….

  • 2. Fabrice  |  April 29, 2010 at 11:30 am

    I got a bit dizzy trying to keep up with the subtitles, but I found the show decent. It’s certainly text/word driven, but it’s too early to tell where the show is headed.

    It’s a bit funny to contrast the rapid fire, overwhelming dialogue with the underwhelming visuals though.

  • 3. justam  |  April 29, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    this show was like blasting the narration at 200wordspersecond =O.

    And the ED is awesome. If you’re watching Arakawa as well, I believe it’s the same person who sang its OP. I love her voice – it’s so light!

  • 4. Reltair  |  May 1, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    You’re right about the too busy reading subtitles to focus on the animations that much. Although, I would have still liked to see how a series like this fares using top notch animation.

  • 5. justam  |  May 4, 2010 at 12:31 am

    just watched the second ep. This show is probably going to be like Endless Eight, but DONE RIGHT. And without Aya Hirano’s annoying voice. double win.

    oh actually I forgot, Maaya’s in this show. So triple win. =D


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