Whoever recommended this show gets +9000 XP points, because TATAMI GALAXY is surely the most innovative anime I’ve watched in this whole extended sampling. I’d say I’d seen no other anime like it, but doing would understate its uniqueness. I haven’t seen any other show like this, ever. The closest comparison I can make is to FLCL - - with its rapid fire dialogue and dreamy integration of youthful malaise and fantasy - - but the execution on this show is a lot morefocused. It’s also built on a much more human, relatable idea that takes a brilliant angle on the whole romance genre. Every guy (or girl) has idly wondered if there’s some otherworldly intelligence supervising the criss-crossing of relationships like it’s all some kind of astronomic, amorous chess game. What happens, then, if one of those regular guys had to get involved in the “beau business” of that intelligence; in this case, a ramen hawking god?
I was honestly a bit startled by the animation style at the start. It doesn’t recall the usual anime rendering style a bit. There are no big, puppy dog eyes nor outlandishly colored hair. The rendering recalls political cartoons or perhaps classical woodblock engravings, and the animators use any potential drawbacks of limited animation as opportunities to make some truly expressionistic choices with pattern fills and solarized photography. The results are as creatively impressive as anything an army of pro animators could produce. This whole thing feels so spontaneous, it cuts so closely to the bone, that it's just breathing with life.
The only minus I can subtract from my experience is that I honestly think it would’ve been more enjoyable as a dub. As was the case with the FLCL dub, I had the hardest time keeping up with the chain lightning dialog and missed a lot of little details I would've liked to have caught. Regardless, you lunatics can be rest assured that I'm going to be watching the rest of this series, here. If it's not the first show I watch once this sampling's done, it'll definitely be the second.
Watch this episode "Tennis Circle ‘Cupid’" below and decide for yourself.
Check out my thoughts on the other shows I've sampled below...
- GUNSLINGER GIRL
- FULL METAL PANIC!
- SCHOOL DAYS
- OTOME YOKAI ZAKURO
- GIANT KILLING
- HIGH SCHOOL OF THE DEAD
- PANTY & STOCKING
- GUIN SAGA
- PRINCESS TUTU