The BEST episodes of The Tatami Galaxy

Every episode of The Tatami Galaxy ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of The Tatami Galaxy!

The story revolves around an unnamed third-year Kyoto University student who reminisces about his early campus life. He meets Ozu whose encouragement sets him on a mission of dubious morality. He contemplates his affection for a younger female student, Akashi, and makes promises to her, usually of and within a romantic subtext. The culmination of his dubious missions often conflict with his interest in her in some way.

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The End of the 4.5 Tatami Age
59 votes

#1 - The End of the 4.5 Tatami Age

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired 7/2/2010

The protagonist, still trapped within the 4½ tatami world of the previous episode, continues searching for a way out, to little avail. After much exploration he eventually comes back to the room he started from and despairs, thinking of how fervently he wishes he'd done everything he did in the past episodes. He realizes that in every room, Akashi's lost mochiguman is still hanging from the ceiling, finally admitting to himself that he had loved Akashi. He proclaims his intent to seize this opportunity, and a swarm of white moths appear, which he moves back to avoid and in doing so ends out tripping out of the tatami world back into reality.

Directors: Masaaki Yuasa
The 4.5 Tatami Ideologue
60 votes

#2 - The 4.5 Tatami Ideologue

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired 6/25/2010

Disillusioned with any form of campus life, the protagonist joins no clubs as a freshman in college, choosing instead to spend all his time within his 4½ tatami room. He awakens after 2 years to find that he is surrounded by an infinite number of seemingly identical rooms beyond every door, window, and wall. He sustains himself on castellas he finds in the rooms, and explores, collecting bits of money. It becomes clear that the rooms are not in fact identical, but bear slight variations corresponding to the choices he could have (and has) made throughout the rest of the series.

Directors: Eunyoung Choi
Secret Society "Lucky Cat Chinese Restaurant"
52 votes

#3 - Secret Society "Lucky Cat Chinese Restaurant"

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired 6/18/2010

As a freshman, the protagonist joins the Secret Society Chinese Restaurant, not suspecting it to actually be a secret society. The Society appears to be a syndicate of sorts which has organized most-all of the dubious campus activities from the previous episodes, in particular the Cheery Cylcle Cleanup Corps which stole bikes and planes from episode 3, the Library Police from episode 4 and the Print Shop which had provided the protagonist with papers in episodes 6-8. The society is led by Aijima, who sets the protagonist and Ozu on various missions for the organization, several of which were alluded to in previous episodes.

English Conversation Circle
56 votes

#4 - English Conversation Circle

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 5/28/2010

More determined than in previous episodes, the main character decides to join three circles during his freshman year, one of which is the English Conversation Circle (notably, the other circles and his exploits therein are explored in the following two episodes). He meets Hanuki, another member of the club, and becomes closer and closer to her, whilst living with Kaori the love-doll, and writing letters to an elegant girl named Keiko.

Directors: Natsume Shingo
Reading Circle "SEA"
53 votes

#5 - Reading Circle "SEA"

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired 6/11/2010

Another one of the three clubs the main character joined in the previous episodes was the Reading Circle Sea, where the protagonist finds him self in a silent, solitude club full of reading. Ozu lends him a young adult novel to read for his club. Inside the cover of the novel the protagonist finds a name and an address of the author, Keiko, to who he begins to correspond with.

Directors: Fujise Junichi
Cycling Association "Soleil"
64 votes

#6 - Cycling Association "Soleil"

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 5/7/2010

In his freshman year, the main character joined a cycling club, Soleil, in the hope of attracting a girlfriend. He finds himself too frail to bike, and quits the club, but refuses to quit cycling, saving up for a better bike to compensate for his weak stature. The bike is stolen and the main character ends up depressed. Akashi, formerly of Soleil, recruits him to pilot the plane she is designing to be entered in the Birdman contest, wherein human-powered one-person planes are launched out over Lake Biwa until they fall. To please Akashi, he trains himself, believing further pedaling ability to be key to victory in the contest.

Directors: Makihara Ryotaro
Movie Circle Misogi
68 votes

#7 - Movie Circle Misogi

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 4/30/2010

As a freshman in college, the main character had joined the movie circle, encouraged by the promise of friends and the joy of filmmaking. Treated badly and having his ideas struck down by the president of the circle, 8th year student Jougasaki, and encouraged by Ozu, he devotes his next few years to making movies on his own, culminating in a documentary exposing the worst aspects of Jougasaki's character.

Tennis Circle "Cupid"
87 votes

#8 - Tennis Circle "Cupid"

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 4/23/2010

One night, at a ramen stall behind Shimogamo Shrine, the main character meets Higuchi, who claims to be a god of matchmaking (who gives his name as Kamotaketsunuminokami and then Kamotaketsunominokamo moments later) and who tells him that Akashi will be bound to either him or Ozu. As a freshman in college, he had joined the tennis circle, which was filled with couples. Lamenting over his failure to get in a romantic relationship, and encouraged by Ozu, he spends his next few college years concentrating on foiling his fellow student's romantic relations.

Directors: Masaaki Yuasa
Disciples Wanted
58 votes

#9 - Disciples Wanted

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 5/14/2010

In this episode, the protagonist signs up as a disciple of Higuchi, but discovers that he is 15 minutes too late to be the first discple, the position having been usurped by Ozu. Higuchi makes him and Ozu do several meaningless tasks, and the main character is not sure what training he is receiving. Akashi is also a part of the disciple group. The protagonist receives a task to find a mystical tortoise brush that can clean almost anything, and he's helped by Akashi-san in this quest.

"Hero Show Association" Circle
53 votes

#10 - "Hero Show Association" Circle

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired 6/4/2010

Another one of the three clubs the main character joined in the previous episode was the Hero Show Association, wherein he dresses up in a hero costume and performs shows for kids. Jougasaki hires him to take care of his love-doll Kaori, who he falls in love with. In the meantime, he corresponds with Keiko and gets close to Hanuki.

Directors: Mihara Michio
Softball Circle "Honwaka"
54 votes

#11 - Softball Circle "Honwaka"

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 5/21/2010

As a freshman in college, the protagonist joins a softball team. His reason for joining it is that they do not seem to take softball too seriously, and the guy to girl ratio is in his favor. He also thinks the people in it are nice, though soon he changes his opinion to them being too nice and un-accepting of any differing views. He soon finds out that the group was in reality a group that promoted natural foods made by one specific corporation, and whose owner's daughter occasionally visits them.

Directors: Takahashi Tomoya
Episode 1
0 votes

#12 - Episode 1

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/14/2022

Ozu, a despicable prankster, spills cola on the remote control to the dorm's only air conditioner.

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Episode 2
0 votes

#13 - Episode 2

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired 9/21/2022

"I" and friends team up to use a time machine to retrieve the AC remote control before it breaks.

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Episode 3
0 votes

#14 - Episode 3

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired 9/28/2022

Akashi and "I" travel back in time to restore order to the universe but run into unexpected trouble.

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Episode 4
0 votes

#15 - Episode 4

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/5/2022

Back to square one. Akashi and "I" must once again try to save the universe from destruction.

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Episode 5
0 votes

#16 - Episode 5

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired 10/12/2022

Akashi has a plan, and "I" catches on. Can they escape the maddening cycle of one-day time travel?

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Episode 6
0 votes

#17 - Episode 6

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired 10/12/2022

As a university freshman, "I" joins a club dedicated to fantasizing about a fictional railway.

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