Yojo-han Shinwa Taikei – Tatami Galaxy

April 24, 2010

Yojo-han Shinwa Taikei is visually compelling.

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”.


He's a demon, a rival, and also my best friend.

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.

3 Responses to “Yojo-han Shinwa Taikei – Tatami Galaxy”

  1. Vendredi Says:

    A gorgeous show overall – a pity you won’t be blogging it. If you happen to have time, I’d appreciate your input on my posts on the show if possible.

  2. Joojoobees Says:

    It really is. I enjoyed episode 2 as well. Unfortunately I have to do more in this life than blogging anime, so I’m restricting myself to four series this season. I’ll definitely stop by to see your running commentary, however; I really enjoy getting other people’s perspectives when the show is this interesting.

  3. […] The ED, sung by Etsuko Yakoshimaru was used unexpectedly in the final episode to interesting effect. […]

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