This post is part of the 12 Days series.
I will remember The Tatami Galaxy fondly as my first Masaaki Yuasa show, which turned out to be one crazy ride with an excellent ending. Still, my moment is how the OP and ED switched places in the final episode, so that a plethora of morose geometric shapes (now blue) start off Watashi’s catharsis and redemption, which ends with a winding tour around a grubby dormitory (of life).
As the lyrics of the then-OP, now-ED say:
To repeat this moment of ours again but properly
At some point I would meet you
Until the day I grasp those days I march on
From hope to despair, this switcheroo reverses the recurring pattern throughout the show in one fell swoop. It’s just perfect on many levels.