Tatami Galaxy – final thoughts
October 13, 2010
For a gentler introduction to the Tatami Galaxy, try my first impression, although this review contains no spoilers.
I finally finished viewing Tatami Galaxy (Yojo-han Shinwa Taikei). This post covers three things:
- my recommendation,
- a couple of random thoughts,
- art work.
There were two concerns expressed, as this series began airing back in April 2010, that the resets used in the story were a gimmick, and the volubility of the narrator was intimidating. Having finished the series, I can confirm that the resets are an integral part of the plot, and are addressed in a satisfying manner. Ultimately Watashi’s resets become very frustrating, especially because the narrator, Watashi talks a lot, very fast. Between that and the hallucinatory art style, as a viewer, I felt very rushed. It was as if a million things were happening at once, but, instead of trying to follow everything Watashi said (and given the evidence of his decision-making skills, over half of that must be worthless), I just tried to keep up with what I could. I don’t think this is a big problem because Tatami Galaxy was such a dense viewing experience, that it will easily reward future repeat viewings. Watashi’s eventual breakthrough is the payoff for that growing sense of frustration. Yes, the story does make sense, unlike some recent well-received shows, and I can easily place this in my top 5 series of all time.
- The ED, sung by Etsuko Yakoshimaru was used unexpectedly in the final episode to interesting effect.
- There is some fascinating reading on the Anime|Otaku blog about all sorts of details, ranging from an analysis of the dominant color for each episode, to “an analysis of the exordium”.
Every shot was clearly planned with incredible care, for evoking the proper reaction in the viewer.
Well, to sum up: this was a highly entertaining show, with rich attention to detail on many levels. It even has something to teach those who will listen. Will you listen? Watch Tatami Galaxy now!