Anime Review: The Tatami Galaxy Episode 6

(Originally published on Livejournal on June 19, 2010)

Anime Review:
The Tatami Galaxy Episode 6

tl;dr review: Watashi must choose between three women on the same night, and ultimately ends up with none of them.

About The Series: Watashi is attempting to live the rose-colored college life, by joining a social circle and making lots of friends, and fall in love with a certain raven-haired girl. But it seems he is cursed, because whatever he attempts to do, he ends up alone and miserable, his only friend the detestable Ozu, who is a perpetual bad influence on him. Tatami #1: He joins the tennis club, and following his rejection he turns to an ‘anti-cupid’ prankster. Tatami #2: He joins the movie club, but when his ideals of making intriguing films are spurned by all the club members, he engages on a monomaniacal quest to take down the egotistical club leader. Tatami #3: He is completely unsuited for the cycling club, recruited to the Birdman Club by his secret crush Akashi, only to disappoint her once again. Tatami #4: Watashi is sucked into becoming the successor of an endless Masochistic Proxy War. Tatami #4.5: He joins the softball circle, which is actually a front for a cult-like pyramid scheme.

In This Episode: Watashi finds his life at a crossroads when he has to choose between three women. First there is Hanuki, who is part of the English language circle with him, and is his after-club cafe buddy. Then there’s the mysterious penpal he has never met in person; finally he also secretly harbors an inanimate love doll in his apartment. On one fateful night, he is forced to decide between the three of them, and ends up stuck with Hanuki as she gets smashing drunk; they head back to her apartment where she forcefully comes on to him. Despite his overpowering libido (anthropomorphized as Johnny the Cowboy), he resists temptation to take advantage of her, hiding in the bathroom. Ozu arrives the next day to sort things out, and in the end he ends up with none of them, and he wishes he could start all over again.

My Thoughts: A shortened critique, because I’m not really giving a fuck much about anything these days, and apparently neither is anyone else caring about these reviews based on the general lack of comments. Then again, I’m not doing this for the recognition or comments, that’s not the point; it’s more of a method to sort out my *own* thoughts for *myself* — I’m just doing it in a public way. And blogging about it all is not necessary to do that, so I’m going to cut back or stop entirely in all likelihood, since it does take time I could be using elsewhere. Anyway…

The series has taken a turn. We end the episode not necessarily thinking that Watashi has wasted the past two years, because his club activity was not fruitless (not exactly stellar, either). In the end, Ozu was not necessarily the enemy. In the end, Watashi has regrets, but not soul-crushing regrets. In the end, Watashi made the *right* decision by not taking advantage of Hanuki when she was at her most vulnerable. In the end, Watashi is not pitiable and helpless. And, alas, Akashi was nowhere to be seen, despite this whole episode being about love decisions. The clock rewinds, but I get the sense it’s to improve on the current situation, rather than wipe the slate clean and start from scratch.

The love doll (previously tied to Jougasaki) was creepy, then again I don’t know how it would be possible to make one un-creepy. The faceless, unobtainable penpal remains faceless and unobtainable; the only reason woman was Hanuki. We’ll see how it goes next time around.

And with that, I’ve wrapped up all the various sixth episodes. I’m only about six weeks behind when they were broadcast, bah. And it’s already time for the Summer season. Double bah. And a humbug to boot.

The Verdict:

My review of Episode 1, Episode 2, Episode 3, Episode 4 and Episode 5.

Up Next: A review of current series, a look forward to Summer 2010.

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