The Tatami Galaxy
Tatami Galaxy is absolutely amazing. I donít know how to describe it
better than that. It exceeds expectations in every way. The theme music
is rather catchy, the drawn characters and environments at first appear
to be rather poorly done, but then the artistic side to this form is
brought out, they are able to use all kinds of trippy effects and
colours while they attempt to display the inner workings of the main
character (he doesnít have a name).
plot follows a simple train of thought which is easy to grasp after the
first few episodes. The protagonist is 2 years into college, and the
story is based on his remembrance of his time at college, the club he
joined, how that has affected his life and how it has compared to his
original dreams of what college would be and his desire to meet a girl.
He always falls off the wagon in some way or another, ignoring the girl
that seems to like him. He meets the same main characters every time he
rewinds time, travelling down a different choice of club and the change
in his lifestyle that would come from these differing decisions. He is
completely unaware of previously knowing the characters, except for some
small recognition of the fortune teller, which always provides a
humorous section of each episode.
Eventually he begins to have some success with girls and other aspects
of his life; however he never ends up happy even when he is deciding
between the 3 loves of his life, all the while the constant of Akashi
floats along in his background, even though he never acknowledges it.
the first few episodes I was enjoying this series so much, I almost
forgot my main criticism that I had to begin with. When I initially
started the series, I was heavily opposed to the quality of drawing (see
it below), however I was soon to be slapped in the face for my stupidity
as I realised the amazing capabilities that they could use it for. It
seemed extremely 2 dimensional, and the characters didnít seem to have a
connection to their surroundings and the background.
other criticism was the insanely fast subtitles. When the series
arrived, I went to play it, then I had to quickly do some tasks for
University, my father came in telling me it was hard to keep up with the
subtitles, but I just brushed it off considering he doesnít like
ordinary subtitles. How wrong I was in ignoring him, I can speed read,
and could not keep up with how fast the subtitles are flashing up, they
are trying to keep up with the fast paced speech of the protagonist, and
it is almost impossible to read when you first begin, I had to pause it
quite a few times to read the subtitles, often every 5 seconds, but as
the series progressed and I watched more and more, I found I was finding
it easier to read them, however I still found myself missing lines, but
it was never enough to detract from the plot. A lot of the stimulation
comes from visual reactions within this story anyway.
highly recommend this, it was just so intriguing, and it also provides
satire and humour with so much variety, it doesnít have the issue of
many anime where they repeatedly use the same joke or running gag and
the gag becomes old and becomes annoying rather than adding humour to
the piece, the constant changing humour makes each new episode a