Yojouhan Shinwa Takei – review

August 1, 2010 at 3:04 pm 7 comments

“I’m not letting you go, no matter what… You and I are connected by the black thread of fate!”

Money - it rules the world.

I know I’m late, but I finally finished The Tatami Galaxy, and boy, was it a fun ride. Yojouhan Shinwa Takei is a unique series and should be watched by all those who are looking for something beyond the ordinary. This was a great watch, and just goes to show how strong NoitaminA’s lineup is this year.

The Tatami Galaxy - it's been an unusual ride.

The animation is daring, and fortunately Madhouse didn’t screw their job up with the very colourful and almost surreal scenes that are synonymous with Yuasa Masaaki’s work. There was almost never a still moment in this series, and what was really nice was to recognise and understand the thoughts, ideas and even jokes that arose from the imaginative animation.


I must really give credit to the rather few subgroups that actually bothered translating The Tatami Galaxy, regardless of the quality of their subs. The dialogue was very fluid, quick and snappy, much like the bullet-pace of the animation, and like Madhouse’s work, it was very smart.


What’s been expertly done is how Masaaki has developed his characters. While our emotions are never significantly touched at any one time, we get a good sense of what makes each character different, and how they interact with the main character Watashi. It’s also interesting to see how Watashi himself develops, up till the end of the series where he recognises the opportunity hanging in front of him.

Sometimes you just go crazy.

The characters themselves were very engaging, ranging from a devlish Ozu, to the rather unrefined Hanuki the dental hygienist. I really liked Johnny’s presence, a humourous representation of Watashi’s *drive*. Akashi’s portrayal was also nicely done, aided by seiyuu Sakamoto Maaya.

Braving the seas~

I actually enjoyed the sound of The Tatami Galaxy. The OP tune was a great listen, and quite upbeat, while the ED song was reserved and quirky. The seiyuus themselves were very good. Hiroyuki certainly gave Ozu a certain cheekiness, and Higuchi’s “Circle x Triangle Song” while pretty damn unexpected, was a nice addition.

Lickitung used lick! Watashi is paralysed!

There’s little else I can say regarding The Tatami Galaxy. The series never surpasses or loses itself in its outrageous dialogue and animation, and that alone should be commended. Yojouhan Shinwa Takei is one of the few series that successfully uses time resetting as a key tool in its story telling and narration, and remains one of the most entertaining series this year.

Animation: 9.25/10

Sound: 8.75/10

Story: 9.5/10

Characters: 9.5/10

Enjoyment: 8.5/10

Overall : 9.1/10

Red Bull - gave him wings.


Entry filed under: Anime.

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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. justam  |  August 1, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    Probably the show I looked forward to most for subs from last season.

    This was definitely a small breath of fresh air from all the stale offerings recently.

  • 2. Zeta  |  August 2, 2010 at 2:22 am

    Bad copy of Bakamonogatari

    • 3. ippius  |  August 2, 2010 at 8:19 pm

      mmm i dont think it’s actually a copy of bakemonogatari. the 2 shows are very different.

    • 4. justam  |  August 3, 2010 at 7:57 pm

      have you watched this show zeta?

  • 5. Baka!  |  August 2, 2010 at 7:23 am

    Will watch soon….

  • 6. Finchev  |  August 4, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    the stills give me the impression that the anime looks nauseating like Bakemonogatari and Count of Monte cristo

  • 7. Vladimir  |  August 4, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    I looks fun to watch though, doesn’t it. I wonder if anyone I know has a copy of this one. It’s the first time I’ve heard of this title.


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