Yojouhan Shinwa Taikei

Title:Yojouhan Shinwa Taikei
Compendium of the 4½ Tatami Mat Legend
Tatami Galaxy, The
The Tatami Galaxy
四畳半神話大系 (Japanese)
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Notables: Animation - Madhouse
The story revolves around an unnamed third-year Kyoto University student who reminisces about his early campus life. [source:ANIDB]

Based on a novel by Morimi Tomihiko.

A new anime series set to aire in March 2010.

"四畳半" ("yo-jou-han") = "4-and-a-half tatami" (the size of a small apartment room), "神話" ("shinwa") = "myth, legend", "大系" ("taikei") = "survey, compendium"
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Unevaluated Ggultra2764 [series:2280#1552]
(Watched 4 episodes)

Not sure what to honestly think about with this title thus far. It appears each episode of the series is running along alternate scenarios of a college student's first couple years in college where he gains interest in a pretty underclassman and his life is miserable thanks to a shark-jawed meddler doing what he can to make the main character's life miserable which occurs in each of the three episodes shown thus far with the main character facing some sort of disaster. The entire feel of the series is quite bizarre to say the least as some characters have exaggerated facial features with said mentioned shark-jawed meddler and a self-proclaimed "god of love" with a large enough chin that puts Jay Leno to shame. Not to mention colors are rather faded and often non-existent on some of the character designs, as well as the main character having a bad enough habit of talking very fast which often led me to pause the episode so I could keep up with the English subtitles onscreen. I'll give this series at least one more episode to figure out if I want to commit to it for its entire run.

EDIT: Episode 4 was no different from the past three episodes I seen despite being in a different scenario. I don't think I can put up with seeing an "Endless Eight" style anime title so I'm dropping Tatami Galaxy as well.

Last updated Friday, May 14 2010. Created Saturday, May 08 2010.
Unevaluated Stretch [series:2280#628]
(Two-and-a-half episodes watched):

Another fast talking show! The sort which takes me twice as long to watch as would be the case had it been dubbed. That was annoying, and since I'm feeling ambivalent about the show at this point, it might be enough to tip the scales between watch and don't watch. Basically, I wish that main character what's-his-name (MCWHN) had been given more of a personality, to assure us that he's not particularly bad at heart. Even if playing cruel practical jokes on people was Ozu's idea (I can't stand him), MCWHN doesn't have to play along and as of yet I see no sign of change. Also, I don't know what to make of his hoped for girlfriend--I don't detect anything in particular that would attract me to a girl like her. Why should I care about these people? And there's a God involved? Will this be taken seriously, or is it just a joke? I didn't do a whole lot of laughing, so I don't know what to make of this show. Still, the weirdness and originality might amount to something eventually, and I feel I must continue watching at least for a while.

Episode two was modestly entertaining. Apparently each episode will be a sort of alternate reality based on how things would have worked out if MCWHN and Ozu had joined different clubs in college. I could muse about the existence or nonexistence of free will, but it looks like this show won't try to be much more than fairly amusing. I hope not every episode will be like this, but eventually something will tie all the different possibilities together. So far, TG seems worth watching; a strange show but not necessarily a standout performer.

Unfortunately episode three just seemed tedious and unfunny, at least in it's first half, because I decided to quit the series as a whole at that point. If MCWHN sucks at sport bicycling, then why the hell does he put so much effort and money into it? His hoped-for girlfriend doesn't seem to have anything to do with the club. it doesn't make sense, and it isn't particularly funny to boot. I just don't see anything of entertainment value coming out of this show, and when I dread watching another episode instead of look forward to it, it's time to hang it up. Tatami Galaxy was a distinctly strange show, but 'strange' doesn't necessarily mean 'good'.

Last updated Thursday, May 20 2010. Created Saturday, April 24 2010.
Unevaluated Jan-Chan [series:2280#967]
Hummmm... this title is completely whacked out and crazy.

A college student (unnamed) meets a 'god of matchmaking' at a ramen stand - who tells him that the cute fellow student (Akashi-san) that he is fond of will be getting into a relationship soon, but there is a question if it will be him or Ozu-kun, his best friend...

And then the story goes off at a fast-talking and fast-paced tangent involving: fireworks, temples, gangs of angry students and a lot of weird artwork.

Strange!! Very surreal and very strange!!

Last updated Thursday, April 22 2010. Created Thursday, April 22 2010.

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Official Japanese Series Site http://noitamina.tv/yojouhan/

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