The Tatami Galaxy

Animation, Comedy, Drama | TV Series (2010– )
  • IMDb Ratings: 8.6/10

The Tatami Galaxy (四畳半神話大系, Yojōhan Shinwa Taikei, literally "4½ Tatami Mythological Chronicles") is a Japanese comedy-drama campus novel written by Tomihiko Morimi (森見 登美彦, Morimi Tomihiko), originally published in December 2004 by Ohta Publishing (太田出版, Ōta Shuppan) in the tankōbon format and later reissued in March 2008 by Kadokawa Shoten as a bunkoban. Its first-person narrator is an unidentified upperclassman at a Kyoto university reminiscing on the misadventures of his previous years of campus life, with each of the four chapters taking place in parallel universes in which he is enrolled in a different university society ("circle" (サークル)). As of January 2011, Korean, Traditional, and Simplified Chinese translations have been published. The novel is the basis of an 11-episode anime television series of the same name produced in (primarily) traditional animation at Madhouse under the direction of Masaaki Yuasa (making it the third such series following Kemonozume and Kaiba) which aired in the latter half of Fuji Television's noitamina programming block at 25:15 to 25:45 from April 22 to July 1, 2010 (i.e. 01:15 to 01:45 from April 23 to July 2). In February 2011 it won the 2010 Japan Media Arts Festival Grand Prize in the Animation Division, the first television program to do so, with the jury describing it in their justification as a "richly expressive work that turns the limitations of TV on its head" and complimenting its "unique scene layouts, characters' actions and color scheme." The series is legally available with English subtitles, having been licensed by North American distributor Funimation Entertainment for free streaming on its Web site, YouTube and Hulu and by Siren Visual and Beez Entertainment for home video release in Australia and New Zealand and the United Kingdom and Ireland respectively.

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