Disney+ announced on its website that the anime, The Tatami Time Machine Blues Season 1 with complete episodes will be available on their streaming platform on the US this November 9, 2022. This is great news to American fans!
The Tatami Time Machine Blues series launched on Disney+ last September 14, 2022 to limited regions: Japan, Taiwan, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand. It has a total of 5 episodes, alongside a 6th episode with an original story. The sixth episode premiered last October 12, 2022. A theatrical compilation film was also released on Disney+ with a limited three-week run last September 30, 2022.
The Tatami Time Machine Blues is the sequel to the 2010 psychological anime series, The Tatami Galaxy, that aired 11 episodes. It was produced by Madhouse. The sequel, on the other hand, was produced by Science SARU.
The Tatami Time Machine Blues Synopsis
The protagonist’s “terrible” friend, Ozu, made an accident by drowning the remote control of the air conditioner (AC) in their apartment. It is a sweltering summer day, so the students try to solve this problem with the protagonist’s love interest, Akashi. What they did not expect is the arrival of a sloppy male student 25 years from the future, alongside a time machine. The protagonist took this opportunity to travel back in time to prevent the AC remote to become broken.
You can watch the trailer here:
The trailer showed the conflict of the story: the AC remote getting broken because it got spilled on by a Coca Cola drink. The protagonist and his fellow students try to come up with ways to fix it, as they are experiencing the summer heat. The sloppy-looking time traveler appeared later on.
The Tatami Galaxy Prequel Synopsis
A lonely third year college student encounters a mysterious man with an eggplant-shaped head who claimed to be the god of matrimony. This made the student reflect on how he lived his college life – ruining couples with his ghoulish looking friend Ozu, who seemed intent to make his life miserable.
He made it his goal to make the most of his college life. He decided to ask out an underclassman named Akashi who is unsociable, but he eventually failed to follow through. He regretted of not living the college life that he wanted. This led to him being transported back in time – specifically when he was just beginning his college years. This time, he is determined to live it to the fullest.
The Tatami Duo Novel Background
The Tatami duo novels: The Tatami Galaxy and The Tatami Time Machine Blues are both authored by Tomihiko Morimi. The first installment, The Tatami Galaxy was published as a paperback by Ohta Publishing in 2004 with 4 chapters. It was later reissued by Kadokawa Shoten in a bunkobon, or rather in a small-formatted paperback book in 2008. Yusuke Nakamura is credited for being the illustrator of the novel cover.
The Tatami Time Machine Blues sequel got published in 2020. It is inspired from Morimi’s friend, Makoto Ueda’s 2001 stage play, Summer Time Machine Blues. The stage play’s story is combined with the characters from The Tatami Galaxy, which encompassed the sequel. Yusuke Nakamura returned to illustrate the sequel cover as well.
HarperCollins Publishers will be releasing the Tatami novels in English. The Tatami Galaxy will be available in the fall of 2022, while The Tatami Time Machine Blues will be published in summer of 2023.