Finished Youjouhan Shinwa Taikei

Youjouhan Shinwa Taikei

Best fucking scene of the whole show.

While Youjouhan Shinwa Taikei isn’t exactly your run-of-the-mill anime, it’s really a normal story of a guy, disappointed by his choices in life, regrets them and wonders what it would have been if he had made a different choice and in the process, sinks in to a despair and isolates himself from the real world, losing even the choice to make choices. Honestly, it’s a really stylized show about growing up and making one’s choice count. And quite frankly, half the show’s charm lies in its presentation. I quite like the rapid-fire dialogue that is both witty and sharp while still being self-depreciating.

I’m not exactly sure about the general reception of the show, but I really did like it. Who hasn’t felt the regret “Watashi” has whenever he comes to a difficult part of his life and thinks back on the different choices he could’ve made and what would it have been like if he chose a different path?

Alas, the real world isn’t that forgiving and the cathartic final arc of “Watashi” realizing that life is all about making choices, whether right or wrong, whether good or bad outcomes prevail, the most important thing is to be able to make that choice instead of endlessly fretting on lost opportunities. It’s really the last two episodes that everything transpired over the previous nine comes together in one great payoff, a very important lesson in life that people usually lose sight of at times, myself included. Watching Youjouhan has reminded me of that and the show is well worth the time spent.

Liked: Yes.
Rewatch: Worthwhile in another year or until I feel depressed about life again.

5 Comments

  1. Sasa Said,

    July 8, 2010 @ 3:43 am

    I’m so glad that you liked this show because I loved it! Concerning your “not knowing”, I have the impression that the intelligentsia fraction of the anime fandom is absolutely in love with the show, and from this satisfaction ranking, it seems that Tatami Galaxy totally has exceeded the expectations.

    I like your description of the anime as a “normal story” very much, because for me it’s its unpretentiousness and true wittiness that made Tatami Galaxy one of my favorites. I also love evil Watashi <3

  2. metalsnakezero Said,

    July 8, 2010 @ 5:44 am

    I really like the show do to its style of story and art.

  3. sadakups Said,

    July 8, 2010 @ 12:22 pm

    Bad art and speedy dialogue. This is the most common pair of complaints I hear about the show. I admit saying the same thing, but for some reason, the combo works.

    Being a fan of Asian Kung-Fu Generation (who did the OP), and that the character designs were from the band’s CD cover artist, that got me hooked. Although I wasn’t expecting it to be an awesome anime watching experience.

    Loved the irony that Ozu wasn’t the bastard that Watashi thought that he was.

  4. Da5id Said,

    July 8, 2010 @ 1:36 pm

    @Sasa

    I understand that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, and if I get around to watching this show I will probably be spouting the same things you did, but I just don’t like the idea of labeling people who liked this show smart and the rest dumb. Liking a specific show that just happens to not be another moeblob harem comedy mecha servicefest does not make you smart. Conversely, not watching a show because it does not hold the aforementioned qualities does not make you dumb, either, just not into that sort of show.

  5. miden Said,

    July 9, 2010 @ 6:05 am

    This series was just amazing. Everything plays out well and the episodes sure keeps me entertained all the way through without skipping anything. One of my new favorites and long favorites, this show just does everything!

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