Our nameless ronin goes for a new circle through which to meet people and ends up in even more unusual circumstances.
What They Say
The not-so-lovable loser and his misanthropic sidekick Ozu use hidden cameras in an attempt to overthrow the head of the campus movie circle. Glorious revolution is the goal, but if their plan backfires - things could get ugly.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
I'm still not quite sure what to make of this series after the first episode in which we were introduced to our nameless student who found himself befriended by an absolute devil of a student named Ozu. Ozu leads him into a number of bad situations that the nameless one spells out in rapid succession with a very fast paced speech style. As it progressed and we got to know the woman he was eyeing to some degree, the relationship side of the show became a bit more interesting and the episode wrapped up well. The second episode moves right along in a different direction though it retains Ozu's devilish behavior in spades.
This episode has the nameless one joining the movie circle in which he tries to participate to the best of his abilities, but he finds that the whole thing is run like a dictatorship. The senior student, an eight year named Jougasaki, treats the whole circle like his own little kingdom. He's gone so far in the past as to have all the girls go topless in order to judge who would be good for a role, though nothing requiring nudity or any kind of cleavage-ranking would be needed for it. Seeing what Jougasaki is doing and feeling for his own humiliation as well as other freshman, the nameless one proceeds to be goaded into action by Ozu to film the dastardly things that Jougasaki does and to build a movie out of it that will be shown in place of the official one the circle is working on.
Admittedly, the movie that they create is pretty hilarious as Jougasaki leads quite the life that's easy to make fun of considering how popular he is. Anyone who does a lot of what he does would be ripe for it. The film doesn't go over well with some, notably Akashi at first, but eventually it leads to her and the nameless one getting closer. If it wasn't obvious earlier in the episode, it should be now that the series is likely to be a series of quasi-Groundhog Days where the nameless student experiences different aspects of college life until he finds what he's truly looking for. With several scenes being identical to the first episode in how they play out, just in different settings, it has the potential to be intriguing to see how the nameless on lives through all these possibilities. But it also could burn out its interesting elements quickly and become little more than a gimmick.
Tatami Galaxy both fascinates and frustrates me at this point, particularly with the déjà vu revelations. I had hoped at the end of the first episode that we might have an intriguing series, but the rewind and replay in a different direction could wear out the shows welcome pretty quickly. This episode does play out a bit better than the first, particularly as it delves into Jougasaki's life and shows all of it on film for everyone to see, but the relationship side seemed much more forced this time with Akashi. There's still enough that intrigues me here to look forward to another episode, but if it's doing a rewind and replay each week, it's going to dampen my enthusiasm a bit more.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
Sony KDS-R70XBR2 70" LCoS 1080P HDTV, Sony PlayStation3 Blu-ray player via HDMI set to 1080p, Onkyo TX-SR605 Receiver and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.