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The Tatami Galaxy

The Tatami Galaxy

The Tatami Galaxy anime series cover art
The Tatami Galaxy


The Tatami Galaxy (Yojouhan Shinwa Taikei / 四畳半神話大系) or, The 4.5 Tatami Mat Galaxy, is an anime series which was on my plan to watch list for a decent amount of time. However, one day I removed it because I figured I was simply never going to get around to it.

But luckily for me, HeavyROMAN wanted me to watch it, so here we are.

And I say luckily because The Tatami Galaxy was actually a great anime that I would have otherwise missed out on. It’s animated by Madhouse, who have been known to make some pretty good anime, and it’s based on a novel. That’s right, a regular novel, not a light novel.

However, what I liked so much about this series was how similar it was to some of my other favorite anime. It reminded me of things like the Monogatari Series, Mononoke, Bunny Girl Senpai (sort of), and even Serial Experiments Lain to an extent.

It’s one of those psychological series which doesn’t make a lot of sense at first, but as you get farther into the story, all the bits and pieces begin to come together. And, The Tatami Galaxy is also very much about self-reflection. Something that most anime have a hard time pulling off.

Without spoiling the series — I’ll do that later on — the general plot goes something like this:

A college student is prepared to make the most of his college years and decides to join various clubs and organizations. However, at the end of his two years he finds himself unsatisfied and wishing that he could do it all over. It’s a tale of friendship, self-reflection, and unrequited love.


The protagonist of this series doesn’t actually have a name, which actually makes the self-reflection aspects of the series all the more meaningful. Nobody ever calls him by name, so all we get is him referring to himself as “Watashi” (I/me in Japanese) in his internal monologues.

"Watashi" from the anime series The Tatami Galaxy

Watashi’s best friend at college is a student in the Electrical Engineering department named Ozu. Ozu is constantly described as one of the most unpleasant people you will ever meet. He’s also physically described as looking like a demon. And to be fair, these descriptions are pretty accurate. After all, Ozu’s self-proclaimed goal is to drag Watashi down to his own level.

Then we have Akashi, Watashi’s love interest who always seems just out of reach. She’s Ozu’s junior in the Engineering department and has become acquainted with him through that. Akashi’s likes include a children’s superhero known as Mochiguman, and her dislikes include moths.

Seitarou Higuchi is a mysterious man who claims to be a god of love. However, he lives in the same apartment building as Watashi and is the mentor of both Ozu and Akashi for unknown reasons. His head is shaped like an eggplant.

Ryouko Hanuki is a friend of Higuchi’s and works as a dental hygienist. She’s also a prominent member of the English Language Club, which is where Watashi knows her from. She has a habit of licking people’s faces when she gets drunk.

Finally, there’s Masaki Jougasaki, a jock and the leader of a film making circle. He’s around the same age as Higuchi and Hanuki, and has been caught in an endless prank battle against the former for years.

Discussion (Spoilers)

So with that out of the way let’s spoil the series by discussing some of my favorite — and least favorite — parts. One of the first things you’ll notice about the series is it’s strange art style. But then you’ll immediately forget that when you’re hit with the second thing, the rapid fire internal monologue of Watashi.

To say the dialogue in this series is fast would be an understatement. The Monogatari dialogue is fast. The Tatami Galaxy dialogue is on another level entirely. And the reason for it is that, like Monogatari, the anime attempts to adapt every line of dialogue from the source material.

But, although it’s a quirk that makes this series stand out, I do think it’s a detriment. As far as I’m concerned, some of the internal monologue should have been put on text cards like Monogatari does, or the series should have been 22 episodes instead of 11 to make room for all the speech.

Akashi from the anime series The Tatami Galaxy

So to balance that out with something I really liked about the series, there’s how the series evolved with each episode. In a way, it’s set up like the Endless Eight of Haruhi. Each episode aside from the final two is a redo of Watashi’s two years at college.

And with each episode, although they go down different paths, we learn a bit more about each of the supporting characters. For example, as the series progresses into the latter half, Ozu appears less demonic and more human. And by the end, the roles of he and Watashi have been swapped to an extent.

Then, there’s Watashi himself, who finally learns that all those paths he chose to redo were actually great in their own ways. No path is perfect — what matters is making the best of whatever you choose.


I’ve been contemplating what to rate The Tatami Galaxy ever since I finished it. On one hand, I did really enjoy this series, and would highly recommend it if you don’t mind reading at the speed of light. But at the same time, there are a few little things, like the dialogue speed, that make this adaptation less than ideal.

In the end I’d give it a 9/10, but with the caveat that the novel it’s based on is probably a 10. I don’t necessarily think the series itself had any issues. The issues I have with it come from the adaptation of the series.

But that doesn’t mean I think you should skip the anime in favor of the novel. The anime definitely adds things to the mix, such as a great OP/ED combo. The OP song is by Asian Kung-Fu Generation, so it’s automatically a banger (as the kids would say). And the ED is even better. I’ve actually been listening to the ED song on repeat for the past couple of days.

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Sound! Euphonium

Sound! Euphonium

Sound! Euphonium anime series cover art
Sound! Euphonium


Sound! Euphonium (Hibike! Euphonium / 響け!ユーフォニアム) is a drama series centered around a high school band. No, not a high school rock band like Fuuka, a high school band, band. The kind with the instruments that go toot!

And before you ask, a Euphonium is an instrument. It’s basically a tiny version of the tuba.

So one thing to mention before getting into the anime itself is that this series is animated by Kyoto Animation, which means you can already assume it’s going to be good. I don’t think I’ve seen anything by KyoAni I haven’t liked, and Violet Evergarden by them is one of my favorites.

If you enjoyed other KyoAni series, there’s a very high chance you’ll also enjoy Sound! Euphonium.

Kumiko Oumae from the anime series Sound! Euphonium
Kumiko Oumae

Now, if you’ve read my review of Your Lie in April, another music-focused anime, you’ll know that one of my complaints was about the amount of music play time in the series. I felt that there was too much considering the fact it generally all sounded the same. And although this is contradictory, I felt the opposite about Sound! Euphonium.

Perhaps the second season will have more, but for an anime about a school band there was a surprising lack of music being played. We’d get little snippets of them practicing here and there, but not much more than that. Even the competition at the end of the season was largely skipped over (though I hear it was expanded upon in the recap movie).

And this next part isn’t really a complaint, but there was a lot of yuri bait with no actual yuri. You can’t just play with my emotions like that, Sound! Euphonium. But aside from that stuff, it’s the characters that make the series what it is.

Main Characters

There are four main first year students in the band who we know of. These are Kumiko, Reina, Sapphire, and Hazuki. Of the four, only Kumiko and Reina have played instruments before high school. They both played band together at the same middle school.

Kumiko Oumae is the protagonist of the series and player of the titular Euphonium. But, she wasn’t originally planning to join the band in high school. She only joined because her new friends, Sapphire and Hazuki asked her to join with them. She then saw this chance to pick up a new instrument, but was stuck with the Euphonium again in the end.

Reina Kousaka is Kumiko’s main love interest (I hope, but I don’t think she actually is). She takes playing in the band very seriously and is the reason Kumiko originally quit band after their middle school lost in a competition. Reina plays the trumpet and is known for her no-nonsense attitude.

Reina Kousaka from the anime series Sound! Euphonium
Reina Kousaka

Sapphire “Midori” Kawashima is a contrabass (bass) player. She’s the only member of the band I can think of who plays a stringed instrument, but there have to be others. There’s no way the only one is a first year who has never played before. Sapphire prefers to go by the name Midori (Green) because she thinks her given name is too haughty.

Hazuki Katou is the final member of the first year quartet. She plays the tuba, which she affectionately refers to as Tubacabura. Despite being a bit tomboyish, Hazuki is actually the least gay of all the girls, being the only one to ask a boy out.

Supporting Characters

Natsuki Nakagawa is my favorite character of the series. Her hair is always up in a ponytail, what more could you ask for? But actually, she’s a second year student who also plays the Euphonium. She doesn’t take band all that seriously, but she enjoys it so she shows up.

Asuka Tanaka is a third year student who I believe is the fan favorite. She’s the third and final Euphonium player. Asuka also serves as the vice president of the band. Though there are many, including the current president, who believe Asuka would have made a good president, she doesn’t like to be the one in charge.

Takuya Gotou is another third year student. He plays the tuba, which he likes despite only having bad things to say about it, such as the fact that it’s heavy. He’s also voiced by Kenjirou Tsuda, who I’ve mentioned in a lot of recent series reviews because he’s suddenly been in every anime for the past year. I was surprised to hear his voice in this series though.

The final student I want to mention is Haruka Ogasawara, a third year who serves as the acting president and director of the school band. She might not be the most outgoing person around, but she was elected because she has that little something that makes her a good leader. The only person who doesn’t realize this is herself.

And, of course, I have to include Noboru Taki, the teacher in charge of the band. I like Taki. He doesn’t mess around and he says what he thinks even when it’s mean enough to make high school girls cry. I think some of the most entertaining scenes of the first season came from Taki being ruthless in his feedback towards the students.


Overall, Sound! Euphonium was a 7/10 for me. Originally I had it at an 8, but I think a 7 is a more appropriate rating after having thought about the season for a while. It was a good anime, but this season was really just the introduction. I’m expecting season 2 to be even better, but who knows when I’ll actually get around to watching that.

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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba anime series cover art
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba


Although Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba (Kimetsu no Yaiba / 鬼滅の刃) was one of the better anime of the spring/summer seasons, I wouldn’t say it’s as good as most people would have you think. MAL currently has it rated at 8.94, and in my opinion that’s way too high for this series.

Demon Slayer is currently one of the most popular shounen series, right up there with the likes of My Hero Academia — though I think that one has dropped more recently. After all, especially in the shounen battle series world, whatever’s new is usually the most popular.

The series follows a trio of demon slayers as they travel the land and do what their titles imply, slay demons. However, our protagonist, Tanjirou Kamado, has a unique relationship with the demons — his younger sister is one of them.

While most other demon slayers view the demons as something which must be destroyed at all costs, that isn’t true for Tanjirou. His goal is to one day save his sister and return her to her human form. And if he were to view all demons as inherently evil, then it would mean his sister is incapable of being saved.

But while the story is alright, I’m not really sure if that’s the main draw for anyone. It seems that most people were drawn to the series thanks to the animation done by ufotable (which is the same studio that made Fate/Zero and UBW). And then there’s me, who just likes battle series with abilities I can break down and theorize about.

And while I won’t be getting into any ability discussions here, there’s plenty of that in my weekly episode reviews.


While I’d like to discuss the supporting characters because they’re actually a lot more interesting and less annoying, I should probably keep to the main cast for this review. If you’ve already seen this series, you might as well just skip down to the next section.

Tanjirou Kamado is a brand new demon slayer whose goal is to defeat the big bad guy of the series: Kibutsuji Muzan. It’s heavily implied, if not outright stated, that Kibutsuji was the one who turned Tanjirou’s sister into a demon, and also slaughtered the rest of their family.

Each demon slayer also has a “breathing technique” they specialize in, with Tanjirou’s being the water breathing technique. I should also mention that despite how these breathing techniques look, they are simply styles of swordsmanship and don’t actually have any elemental properties.

Shinobu Kochou from the anime series Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba
Shinobu Kochou

Nezuko Kamado is Tanjirou’s younger sister who was turned into a demon. However, unlike “most” demons, Nezuko still has a sense of self and isn’t merely a bloodthirsty monster. And I put “most” in quotes, because as we’ll see, that’s not actually the case at all.

Zenitsu Agatsuma is Tanjirou’s first companion, aside from Nezuko. He’s terrified of literally everything other than cute girls, and that basically sums up his entire character. 99% of the time Zenitsu is insufferable, and the other 1% of the time, when he uses his lightning breathing technique, he’s the coolest character of the series.

Inosuke Hashibira is the third member of the demon slayer trio and uses the beast breathing technique. Like Zenitsu, he’s also often extremely annoying, but at least he’s not a coward. Inosuke charges into any fight head first while yelling with both of his swords drawn.

Strengths and Weaknesses

What does Demon Slayer do well? The biggest thing is the visuals. I was surprised by the amount of people who had never heard of ufotable before Demon Slayer. Out of any animation studio, they’re just about the only ones who can actually make 3D CGI animation look good. And they’ve been doing it for years.

I’m not going to say this series is a visual masterpiece, but for the scenes that really matter, I’m not sure there’s anything better within this genre.

The other big thing I liked about this series is that it gives us a lot to theorize about: the blade colors, breathing techniques, and blood demon arts are just a few examples. However, this is also tied into one of the things I think the series did poorly, which is world building.

Giyuu Tomioka from the anime series Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba
Giyuu Tomioka

Once we get to the end of the season, the world building does get better, but for most of the season it doesn’t make a lot of sense. We’re given information on a lot of things, but we’re not given a lot of information on any one thing. This leads to an issue where the rules of the world are constantly changing.

Over the 26 episodes I believe the answer to the question, “how are demons created?” is changed about three times. It’s like the author of the series kept revising the world mechanics he previously laid out. And that’s not the only example.

Like I mentioned earlier, the same is true for the idea of Nezuko being the only “sane” demon. In actuality, the vast majority of demons we see in the series retain their sense of self. There’s actually very little about Nezuko that’s special other than the fact that she’s stated to be special.


This assumption isn’t limited to Demon Slayer, but I’ve had people claim that the reason I don’t like the world building in this series is because it goes in a direction contrary to my initial assumption. That’s not the case. I don’t like the world building in Demon Slayer because a new world is built with every episode.

It’s all contradictory, which is a sign of an author who doesn’t have a plan laid out from the start. These changes in the world weren’t made out to be revelations, they were simply stated as fact despite conflicting with prior facts. And no characters reacted to these changes even when they were drastic.

So in the end Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba is a 7/10 from me. It was a good anime, but it had enough problems to keep it from getting into the 8 or above territory — mainly surrounding the main characters being insufferable and the world building being contrarian.

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BEM anime series cover art


BEM (also known as Yokai Ningen Bem / 妖怪人間ベム) is one of those anime which was created for the 50th anniversary of its original anime. It’s just like Devilman: Crybaby, Megalo Box, and Dororo, but those are all actually good. My guess is that this is going to be a continuing trend for some time.

This series was created by Production I.G and LandQ Studios. Production I.G is one of the biggest names in anime, but I don’t actually think they had much to do with this series. If I had to guess, this was mostly the work of LandQ Studios, whose best series clocked in at a 6.49/10 on MAL.

And now that you know that, I think you’ll be more understanding of why I didn’t particularly think this was a good anime.

But don’t misunderstand, the art and animation quality weren’t the only reasons I didn’t find this series to be good. After all, I’ve stated many times that animation quality doesn’t actually matter as much to me as it does to many others. However, having bad art and animation definitely doesn’t help a series — and this series needed help.

It’s a story about three monsters, Bem, Bela, and Belo, who want to become human. They don’t care that becoming human would mean giving up their immortality, they just want to be able to live and die alongside humans. But the big question is, how do they become human?

They have no proof that this will ever work, but they’ve decided that the only way for them to become human is by saving humans. With every human they save, they believe they will be one step closer to becoming humans themselves.

It’s a fairly good premise, but the execution is poor as I’ll discuss later on.


The only characters who are worthwhile discussing are the three monsters, Bem, Bela, and Belo. There’s also detective Sonia Summers, technically one of the protagonists, but there’s not much to say about her other than she’ll do whatever it takes to disrupt corruption and take down criminals.

So the thing about Bem and his companions is that although they’re monsters, they have human forms. Well, their ears are a bit pointier than the average human’s but aside from that they have human appearances. How exactly they came to look like this is explained later on, so I won’t spoil it.

But when in their monster forms, these three are anything but human. And while I don’t mind their monster forms that much, I do need to point out how bad the transformation animation is. It’s almost Berserk 2016 animation when they change between forms.

Bem and Bela from the anime series BEM (2019)
Bem and Bela

Bem doesn’t seem to try all that hard to blend in with humans when in his human form. He doesn’t have a job or anything. He simply goes around fighting crime. When in his monster form, Bem has an electric ability.

Bela is the one who tries the most to fit in with humans. She’s enrolled in a local high school, attends classes there, and is even popular among her friends. However, she doesn’t believe they can become human quite as much as Bem does. In her monster form she has an ice ability.

Belo is the most jaded of the trio. While he does his part to blend in with humans as an elementary or middle schooler who hangs out with his friends at the local arcade, he has doubts that they’ll ever become human. In his monster form, Belo has an acidic ability.

A Failed Adaptation

BEM isn’t the worst anime around — far from it. It wasn’t even near being the worst anime of the Summer 2019 season. But that doesn’t mean the issues it has are things which can simply be overlooked. For example, the aforementioned human to monster transformations.

I get that not every anime can have the highest quality of animation. But if you have a scene which you’re going to be reusing multiple times throughout the series, you should probably make it look good. It’s just like how OPs often have higher quality animation because they’re used in every episode to introduce the series.

And while I didn’t exactly like the CGI transformations Sailor Moon Crystal used for its first two seasons, at least they made those look pretty considering we saw them in literally every episode. BEM didn’t even do that much.

Bela as seen in the ED from the anime series BEM
Bela as seen in the ED

There’s also the fact that this series was delayed after episode 3, in part due to the arson attack at Kyoto Animation. That’s the official word on why episode 4 was delayed for multiple weeks, but there seems to have been more to it than that — because that alone isn’t a reason I would complain about.

Not only was episode 4 delayed and changed, but episodes 5 and 6 were altered as well. I could understand if one of those episodes had to do with a fire given the circumstances, but this is an episodic series. All 3 episodes wouldn’t have been affected.

I’ve heard that some of the staff were unhappy with the direction of the series which is why it received extra changes. And when something like that happens mid season, it kind of reinforces the idea that this isn’t a very good adaptation. Why was the original direction even approved?


In the end I gave BEM a 4/10. It’s not the worst anime, like I said, but it is a bad anime. And that’s not to say that the original source material is bad, simply that this adaptation of it is. Have you seen BEM? If so, what did you think of this series? Let me know in the comments.

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Isekai Cheat Magician

Isekai Cheat Magician

Isekai Cheat Magician anime series cover art
Isekai Cheat Magician


Isekai Cheat Magician (異世界チート魔術師〈マジシャン〉) is a new isekai anime that’s exactly like all the other standard isekai anime you’ve seen. Before even watching it I already knew it was going to be a 5/10 at best, but as you’ll find out, even that was an overestimate.

Starting off with the studio that made it, Encourage Films is their name. I don’t expect anyone to have heard of them before, because I certainly hadn’t. I’ve also never heard of any of the anime they previously worked on — which there aren’t that many of anyway.

But hey, just because I’ve never heard of a studio or any of their work before doesn’t necessarily mean they aren’t good at what they do. After all, this series has Rie Takahashi voicing one of the main characters and an OP performed by MYTH & ROID (like every other isekai) so it can’t be all bad, right?

Unfortunately, even Rie and MYTH & ROID couldn’t save this series.

But at first glance there’s nothing offensively bad about the series. It seems to be your run of the mill isekai series which happens to have two people from our world instead of one. They learn magic, find out they’re overpowered, save the town, all the things you would expect from this kind of series.

The problems with this series, aside from the fact that it doesn’t exactly do anything different, are many. The plot is painfully generic, the characters are about as interesting as watching paint dry, and the developments within the plot just seem to happen without any real reason behind them.

Dual Magic System

We also learn a bit about the magic system of the world which is always a nice thing. However, we don’t get an in-depth understanding of it. What we know are that there are two kinds of magic: one which relies on the user’s magic and one which relies on the magic of spirits.

These dual magic systems are the only unique thing about the series, but they also aren’t all that interesting because we know so little about them. But because I enjoy breaking down magic systems, let’s do it anyway.

Taichi Nishimura from the anime series Isekai Cheat Magician
Taichi Nishimura

First up we have the standard mages who rely on their own power to cast spells. I don’t know if all the different types of this magic were explained, but we at least know Earth, Wind, Fire, and Water magic exist. There are also other spells we’ve seen which may not fit into any of these categories.

It’s also stated that a person must have an affinity for each magic element in order to use it. Obviously the more affinities a person has, the rarer and stronger they are.

The second type of mage is a summoner who relies on spirits for their source of magic. Summoners must forge pacts with elemental spirits in order to command them — which means they aren’t actually using magic themselves, they’re telling the spirits to.

Again, there are a variety of elements available, but in this case the summoner will have to forge a pact with each spirit whose element they want to use. And again, there are affinities, but it’s unclear if a summoner can forge a pact with a spirit whose element they don’t already have an affinity for.

And while summoners are rarer, they’re more powerful.


Taichi Nishimura is the male protagonist for this series, which basically means he’s the only protagonist. He’s a summoner who makes a pact with a Wind spirit by the name of Aery — though her name changes towards the end of the season for no apparent reason.

Aside from being able to control a Wind spirit, Taichi also specializes in hand to hand combat. And by that I mean he powers up his physical strength with magic and then punches things until they die — which usually happens after the first punch.

The female protagonist who might as well be a background character is Rin Azuma. Rin is one of the standard mages, but she’s still powerful in her own right. She has a massive amount of mana and is able to use four unique magical elements — often combining two or more. Rin is also voiced by Rie Takahashi.

Myura, Rin, Taichi, and Lemia from the anime series Isekai Cheat Magician
Myura, Rin, Taichi, and Lemia

Myura is one of Taichi and Rin’s friends in the fantasy world. She’s an elf who’s a powerful swordswoman, not an archer — nice job dodging that trope. Also I don’t actually know what her name is. I’m pretty sure it’s Myura, but a few episodes into the series the Crunchyroll subtitles started calling her “Muller” instead.

I think the Crunchyroll translators just really wanted her name to be in English for some reason even though it’s clearly not.

The fourth and final character I’ll mention is Lemia (or Remia, because Ls and Rs are the same thing as far as the Japanese are concerned). Lemia is a powerful mage who trains both Taichi and Rin. Before their summoning, I believe she was the strongest mage in the kingdom.


Isekai Cheat Magician is a 1/10 if you couldn’t guess that from how this review went. The animation was bad, the plot was boring, the characters were flat (not physically), and the OST was nothing special. The only thing I would say was alright was the magic systems, but as I mentioned, those aren’t fully explored (yet).

Of the two other 1/10s from this season, at least Demon Lord, Retry! had a hilariously bad OST and Arifureta had the best girl of the season, Shea.

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