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The Tatami Galaxy 

Yojôhan shinwa taikei (original title)
When a nameless student at Kyoto University encounters a demigod one night, he asks to relive the past three years in order to win the heart of Ms. Akashi, the object of his affection.
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Series cast summary:
Shintarô Asanuma Shintarô Asanuma ...  Watashi 8 episodes, 2010
Keiji Fujiwara ...  Seitarô Higuchi 8 episodes, 2010
Yuki Kaida Yuki Kaida ...  Ryôko Hanuki 8 episodes, 2010
Rin Mizuhara Rin Mizuhara ...  Fortune Teller 8 episodes, 2010
Maaya Sakamoto ...  Akashi 8 episodes, 2010
Jun'ichi Suwabe ...  Jogasaki 8 episodes, 2010
Hiroyuki Yoshino Hiroyuki Yoshino ...  Ozu 8 episodes, 2010
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A third year university student in Kyoto, Japan feels like he's wasted his first two years of University on his current student club, having not yet found a girlfriend and having made only two friends: Ozu, who he deems to not have a single redeeming quality as a human being and Ms. Akashi, a stoic first-year engineering student. One night, the protagonist encounters a deity of matrimony during dinner. He tells him that Ms. Akashi will end up paired with either him or Ozu and it's up to him to take the opportunity that is dangling in front of him or not. Written by J M

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There's nothing as boring as a story about successful love.....
3 May 2011 | by scytheslashSee all my reviews

Well this is my first review...... here goes...

A brief synopsis: Freshman Watashi(literally 'I' in Japanese) finds himself repeating his first 2 years in college with disastrous consequences over and over again, never seemingly realizing that he's repeating life making the same mistakes over and over.

Based on a novel of the same name, "Yojōhan Shinwa Taikei", or literally "4½ Tatami Mythological Chronicles" is perhaps the most innovative anime series I have ever seen..... the Groundhog Day of anime if you will. Masaaki Yuasa's (of Cat Soup and Mind Game fame, and if you haven't seen them go see it NOW!) Tatami Galaxy is one of a kind.

The character designs are pretty distinct from standard anime conventions, and what caught my eye in the first place. I'm surprised more people don't know about this series, because it's a true GEM in covering what many people go through trying to fit into campus life. The humor is light hearted and genuine.... and the characters avoid falling into stereotypes, instead they turn out to be incredibly engrossing and believable.

What's remarkable is how all the stories come together at the end, for a satisfying conclusion. Something which most anime end up trying to do unsuccessfully..... 11 episodes seem like too short a time spent in dealing with Watashi's life...but as the end makes it clear There's no point in continuing a story which has been resolved... a lesson which a few anime out there should realize by now...

P.S. There are 3 7-min specials which were also released with the DVD, watch out for them too!

My rating: An excellent series from start to finish, keep an eye out for small details in between the series. EVERYTHING ties up at the end :)

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