Tatami Galaxy is a strange story about a young, nameless college student in relentless pursuit of the “rose-coloured campus life”. This wish, to spend his college years luxuriating in a circle of his choosing, surrounded by a bevy of raven-haired maidens, is not easily fulfilled, however, as our protagonist repeatedly finds himself in all kinds of trouble and wishing that he could start over and do things differently. The show takes a strange turn when our protagonist does just that. But will a different set of choices lead to a different set of results? And will our protagonist finally be able to lead a worthwhile college life and make that all-important love connection? You’d have to watch the show to find out! In the meantime, please check out the following review!
I’ve spoken at length recently about my elitist tendencies, about how I love nothing more than to trek off the beaten path in order to hunt down the more “exotic” anime, the kind of anime that pays no heed to current trends or tropes, but instead does its own weird and wonderful thing. Not only that, but to then pat myself on the back in regards to my overwhelmingly superior taste in shows. Whilst this tendency does run the risk of alienating other anime fans (understandable, given that it does make me out to be quite the toad), it does have the advantage of giving me the opportunity to unearth hidden gems, older shows buried beneath a mountain of newer, shinier anime, using my platform as a blogger. This is something that I discovered quite recently upon reviewing one such show: Gankutsuou.
#22 What Is My Favourite Anime Weapon?
Saya Otonashi’s Katana
Today I will be, once again, cheating with this challenge (this has now become a kind of trend), as my actual favourite anime weapon is Attack on Titan’s maneuver gear. Alas, I already waxed lyrical over this amazing piece of weaponry during an earlier entry for this challenge, so, so as not to bore you guys to death, I thought that I’d discuss my second favourite weapon: Saya Otonashi’s katana (since I have not talked nearly enough about Blood+ for my liking)!
Gankutsuou, or The Count of Monte Cristo, is the 14-year-old (I’m striking while the iron is red-hot here, people!) anime adaptation of Alexandre Dumas’ novel of the same name. It follows the titular Count as he exacts his revenge on the trio of men, all of whom belong to the upper class society of Paris, responsible for framing him for a crime he didn’t commit and young Albert, the naive son of one of these men, as he tries to unravel the mystery behind the bizarre goings-on that begin to take place shortly after their chance(?) encounter. Gankutsuou is a beautiful blend of timeless themes, including revenge and man’s capacity for evil, a futuristic setting, and supernatural elements that, instead of contrasting with each other, as you might expect, compliment one another and distinguish it from Dumas’ classic novel. Nevertheless, it is both criminally underrated and rarely discussed, so it is my aim, in reviewing it, to inspire those of you who have yet to see it to give it a go! Enjoy!