Absolutely flawless, down to the last detail. I can see why anime|otaku dropped everything to get to it first. There is barely anything to add or interpret here, rather, I’ll focus again on the small visual details and provide my own annotations. Absolutely no visual quirk has been spared – this final episode does not misstep even once, and absolutely everything is in there by intent.

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"One morning, Watashi woke up and found himself surrounded by cockroaches..."

A magnificent climax point, nothing less. There’s really very little more to add than that. Every plot point so far has come together in this episode. As usual, you can check Mystlord‘s and Zyl‘s series of posts on the show, as well as Michael’s post on episode 10 over at anime|otaku.

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Rushing to catch back up to the simulcast here. There are very few thoughts I have to add that aren’t already covered by anime|otaku and mystlord‘s commentary. In this episode, we see a reversal in circumstances but not the outright character of our itinerant protagonist. Episode 9 has answered a lot of questions raised in the previous arcs, and instead I’ll take a look at some interesting structural choices and parallelisms here – especially the comparison between “Neko Hanten”, introduced in this episode, and “Neko Ramen”.

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In a change of pace, Tatami Galaxy resets this particular love triangle, rather than starting a completely new set. As a result, I’ve held off on making individual posts on each and instead am looking at these following two episodes as one whole – I’ll be referencing spoilers and reveals from both episodes in this post. Like I pointed out in my previous post on English Conversation Circle, each of the three clubs that Watashi joins in these episodes truly reflects the reality of his relationship with these three women – more on this after the jump.

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Anime|otaku goes into a lot of detail with the symbolism in episode 6; as the race goes to the swift, I’ll not re-iterate here and instead urge you to check out his post instead, as well as the commentary. His thoughts on what Watashi sees in each of the three women, as well as the character of “Johnny”, introduced here, are very insightful.

Instead I’d like to look at this episode in a more structural sense – the English club itself, and to some extent, the character of Hanuki, who is very central to this episode.

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A little behind with the images on this post, they will be uploaded within the next 24 hours (I hope). In the meanwhile however, all the text is done, so for those who do not mind reading blocks of text, go on ahead.

It’s good to see that Tatami Galaxy is beginning to catch on. A sampling of some other coverage so far, including other episodic blogging. It certainly makes covering the series much easier, but also means one ends up spending a lot of time commenting as well.

As for episode 5: once again, Tatami Galaxy shows it’s incredible ability to throw existing theories for a loop. There is a definite shift now in the tone of these episodes, even as they mirror prior ones. Watch carefully – unlike the previous four we get nary a hint of blame placed on Ozu. In all the prologues so far, Watashi is presented in an unfortunate situation, for which he pins responsibility dead on his chance meeting with Ozu. In this episode, however, Watashi places the blame is solely on his own shoulders.

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…but the idea that you’d go so far as to train didn’t figure into my expectations.”

Tatami Galaxy has begun to settle into a somewhat familiar pattern, but each repetition begins to feel slightly more intense than the one before it. Watashi’s problem starts to come out in the repetition of these two episodes, and as I’ve noted previously, it is the conflict that stems from his own stubborn pride.

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