The Tatami Galaxy: and I love her

I have been silent for nearly a month, and this is because I have been focusing on our researches and on finishing Gundam ZZ. With that said, I think that silence ought to be broken only when one has something to say.

I have just finished watching the first episode of Tatami Galaxy (Yojou-han Shinwa Taikei), and I must say that I’m very impressed with its first episode. I won’t adjudge the series this early, seeing that doing that has failed me in the past, but I have always been a fan of both well-written bildungsroman and moral redemption, and this series is shaping up to be both this early on. It’s ostensibly a tale of someone who is lovelorn and takes it out on other people’s happiness, but at the same time it seems to be a tale of self-transcendence because of love. This trope (I’m pertaining to the former) is relatively common in literature, especially in classic literature (Wuthering Heights comes to mind), but it hasn’t been explored as much in anime series, or rather, hasn’t been focused much on.

At some time in our lives we have all been lovelorn, only it’s not always people who have broken our hearts. Sometimes, our favorite pet died; sometimes the friends we need at the critical mass of our lives aren’t there; sometimes it’s our own parents who have left us alone; and sometimes, it’s someone of the opposite sex that we have grown to treasure and love who do not love us back. There are loves that people lose because of their inaction, indecision, or both: this series makes us privy to the life of someone plagued with this ailment because of constant failure in the realm of love. The woman of his dreams is already right there, in front of him, and yet he cannot act because he is afraid.

That had been the story of my life.

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