Yojo-han Shinwa Taikei – Tatami Galaxy
April 24, 2010
I had intended to blog Yojo-han Shinwa Taikei, which is being translated as the Tatami Galaxy. Episode one is out now (available at Funimation), and I encourage people to check it out, or at least put it on their list of things to watch when they get a chance. I won’t be blogging it after all, but not because I didn’t enjoy the first episode. It is certainly difficult to keep up with the subtitles, because the dialogue is incredibly fast. Caraniel has pointed out that keeping up with the subtitles makes it really difficult to appreciate the visuals.
The ED is also really great, more for the music (and vocals by Etsuko Yakushimaru), as visually it is somewhat abstract, but well worth watching:
The characters are pretty engaging, and a romantic triangle was directly and compellingly presented. The scene where “I” utterly blows an obvious chance to ask Akashi out on a date, only to congratulate himself had an unmistakable sting of truth, as I’m sure many have made similar attempts at consolation by lying to themselves that total disasters “actually went quite well”.
So why won’t I be blogging this one? I’m worried that I will have picked up too many series for active blogging. I’m sure I’ll continue to watch this show, however, and will certainly write a post-season review. In the meantime, based upon only one episode, this looks really great. I think director Masaaki Yuasa (Cat Soup, Mind Game) is gonna really pull something off.