Pretty Packaging: THE TATAMI GALAXY Gets Luxurious Housing

Associate Editor, Features; Rotterdam, The Netherlands (@ardvark23)
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We're big fans of anime artist Yuasa Masaaki here at Screen Anarchy, and for a good reason: the man is a certified genius, and in an industry known for its endless rehashing, he is a bright light of raw originality. Three years ago I was lucky enough to get to interview him, one of my absolute favorite moments as a writer here.

Good luck finding good releases of his work though. Several of the series he worked on have never seen English-friendly editions, and years ago I praised Australian distributor Siren Visual through the roof when they produced DVD editions for gems like Kaiba and The Tatami Galaxy.

So rest assured that anyone releasing a Yuasa Masaaki work on Blu-ray gets warm feelings from me. And now, Scottish distributor Anime Limited has released a Blu-ray of The Tatami Galaxy, a very fun and off-beat series in which a student gets a good glimpse of the many different lives he could have had while in college. With its sharp, colorful and fast-moving artwork it is a series I'm very happy to see appear on Blu-ray. Also, it gives me hope that one day I'll own Yuasa's other works in HD as well.

A typical Anime Limited release, this edition sure looks pretty and contains some physical extras, including a small artbook. Don't just take my word for it though: here is a gallery of shots. Click on the edge of the pictures to scroll through them, or at the center of each to see a bigger version!

And here it is: a sturdy cardboard box.

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Arthur BondJanuary 11, 2017 9:20 AM

Gah! Any chance it's region free?

ManateeAdvocateJanuary 11, 2017 11:55 AM

Doubt it, but wouldn't that be wonderful? Ard will (rightfully) just tell us to buy a region free player.

Ard VijnJanuary 12, 2017 11:37 AM

Alas, region-locked for B.

Though the series was shown in the US, it was never released on DVD or Blu there, so Andrew had to create his own transfer. When he shares transfers with a US distributor you occasionally get region AB discs, but THE TATAMI GALAXY is confirmed B-only.

Ard VijnJanuary 12, 2017 11:39 AM

Or buy a second player which is B-only. Much cheaper than the multiregion option (probably cheaper than this release, even).

ManateeAdvocateJanuary 12, 2017 11:54 AM

Okay Mr. Smarty Pants. Thanks for that. Honestly, that never occurred to me.

thad barkleyJanuary 13, 2017 1:10 AM

God, I hope someone eventually releases MIND GAME in a set this nice. I'm looking forward to their GENIUS PARTY set as well.

Ard VijnJanuary 14, 2017 2:01 PM

Years ago, that was the advice I gave friends who wanted to buy a regionfree player but who were wary about the high price. When I saw they owned a Playstation 3 already, I told them to buy a region B player, so they could watch the US titles on the PS3 (which plays Blu-rays well enough) and the European imports on the B-player.