Ah-ha! So that is what’s been really going on this whole time!
One of you lunatics suggested I squint reeeeeeeeeal hard at the outro animation to find clues about what was causing the protag’s infinite loop. Seeing as how it looked like a floor plan gone macro fractal, I assumed it was simply an abstract representation of all the possibilities our hero was entertaining. Turns out I was only half-right, and the surprise of what the other half holds if a very rewarding one. What an ingenious twist. Reminds me a bit of another brilliant novel - - HOUSE OF LEAVES.
Once again, I can’t help but think of my own college experiences (even when the scenario gets as fantastical as this.) Junior year, I lived in a single dorm room and that living situation corresponded with a renewed determination in me to do as well in my classes as I possibly could. I got papers done weeks ahead of time and reading done months in advance… and I almost drove myself insane for pulling that off. My room had probably even lesser square footage than 4 ½ tatami will get you. I likened it to a monk’s cell and, damn me, it may as well have been. I spent enough time in there that I did exactly start crawling around just to get some novel perspectives on the place.
While none of this episodes so far have presented a club to be an especially “bad” one (even the conspiracy one,) the choice the protag makes in this episode is unequivocally the worst one. Do nothing and say “No” to life, and you’re going to have heaps of utterly justifiable regret. Anything anybody else does will look a vastly more fun than the anemic monotony that’s defined your life.
Get off your ass and get out. That’s a universally-applicable life lesson, right there.
Watch this episode "The 4½ Tatami Ideologue" below, decide for yourself and then read my comments on the previous episode here.