After wandering across the various similar rooms for over two months, our lead is still no closer to any kinds of answers.
What They Say
The angst-ridden narrator becomes lost in a maze of 4.5 Tatami rooms as he searches for what lingers just out of reach. Will he finally make the long-awaited, often-hinted-at love connection he's sought for so long?
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Tatami Galaxy pulled back a huge layer of itself in the last episode as our lead started moving across the various parallel worlds that are connected via his small 4.5 tatami room. Taking us into these parallel worlds and giving reason for what is happening, though not the why, Tatami Galaxy became an interesting series here toward the end as it played in a very fun realm, albeit a bit too late in my mind. With the discovery made and attempts at contacting his other selves having ended badly for the most part, he's now just wandering the halls of all of them in some effort to discern the small differences that make up each of these selves so he can understand what it is that's failing across all of them.
The realization that Ozu may be at the crux of his problems is a difficult one as he looks through the various lives. In nearly all of them, it comes across that Ozu is the only friend he's really had but also the one that's causing the most trouble for him, taking an otherwise happy campus life and throwing it out the window to something far more difficult and problematic. Discovering Ozu's phone has him understanding all the things that Ozu has ended up with in our leads place and the kind of crazy schemes he's come up with as well. Very little about Ozu is on the up and up and the lead's discovery of his phone and these key bits of information hasn't changed much since he's not sure what's really real in a way.
As more events dawn on him, he starts to realize what he's really been looking for all this time and comes up with a creative way to escape all the 4.5 tatami rooms that he's traveled through now that he's back at the start. His return to the seeming real world is fascinating when he strolls along the outside and everyone he sees briefly showcases their various outfits across multiple parallel worlds. Taking us back to the beginning at first with the original storyline we had seen, there's a nice bit of closure with that in a sense as our lead is now watching it from the outside as Ozu is bouncing around in his dress and he sees all the familiar characters that have populated the series since then. It's interesting to see this particular story followed through further past where it was before and understand it as a way for our lead to finally move forward after doing something good for someone else.
With everything coming full circle, we get some nice nods towards where everyone has headed now that the main events have been completed. With our lead having found someone on some level, the close ties that he's shared with others have changed slowly but surely, such as the Master going off on a world journey and Jogansaki ending up in an interesting relationship. With the show moving outside of what it's done for so much of its run, the predictability has dropped and it's actually interesting to watch the characters go through their lives. With so many different versions of the lead having been seen through all his adventures, the real one is one that ends up coming across well because he stuck his neck out to succeed. But in the end, the show is one that lost my interest for a great deal of it because the style of it, while certainly interesting, couldn't be sustained for so long without it feeling far too repetitive and uninteresting. There are parts I liked but there's enough that left me feeling bland about it as well, though I do wonder if it'll play better when watched as a whole. Tatami Galaxy is an interesting experiment that didn't pan out for me in the end though.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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