It’s story time at the Shimogami Yuusuiso and everyone is regaling the group with fantastical tales of a mystical land submarine. From the adventures of Captain Higuchi on a quest to the South Pole to prevent further melting of the ice caps, to the sudden disappearance of everyone’s underwear and a group of bizarre men stalking Akashi, the impossible sub seems to have played a bizarre role in everyone’s lives.
The original anime was pretty interesting for me to watch, as it seemed pretty unique to other anime from the art styles and dementia-like scenes, but this special had a pretty mediocre story for me to watch. A story of someone narrating a dream that didn't make much sense isn't a story that I and many viewers would be interested in watching, according to what I've seen and the ratings as well. A rather dull story to watch for a special. The art was alright. It was the same as the TV series, which was neither really well made or not made well. The voices were pretty well synced with the characters, but that's pretty much it. There was a lack of other background sounds or too few for me to find this realistic (within that world) enough. The characters were not as lively as what I've seen from the series. They were quite dull and boring to me. They do appear to behave as they normally would, based on their personalities, but kind of appeared as if they were acting in one of Masaki's poorly made movies rather than in an actual dream. I did not enjoy this very much, mostly because of the boring plot and the dull characters, and overall, I found this to be a pretty mediocre anime to watch.
Critic’s Log - September 30, 2015 Supplemental Review: The Tatami Galaxy Specials I must say that I was not aware of the Specials for The Tatami Galaxy and I will just make this quick. The first Special “Land Submarine, to the South Pole” is very strange and it really is not as visually appealing like the series. The second Special “Land Submarine, to the Women’s bath ~Bed Chamber Investigation Team’s Rose colored search~ looks sloppy and it is pointless. The third and final Special “Land Submarine of Love and Fishing” is okay I suppose. Gee, a short review this was… Well, even though these specials were made after The Tatami Galaxy’s run… These specials add nothing to The Tatami Galaxy. The soundtrack may sound the same which is fine and the characters remain their normal selves. The animation is a little inconsistent and the whole “Submarine” thing has nothing to do with the show. You are not missing much if you skip these specials but if you really liked The Tatami Galaxy, trying these specials would not hurt. The Tatami Galaxy Specials are unlicensed. The only way to experience these Specials is to watch it Online. I give The Tatami Galaxy Specials a 5.2 out of 10.
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