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Tatami Time Machine Blues Anime Casts Europe Kikaku Theater Group as Shimogamo Yuusuisо̄ Residents

posted on by Kim Morrissy
Scriptwriter Makoto Ueda plays character drawn in his likeness

The official website for the television anime of Tomihiko Morimi's Tatami Time Machine Blues (Yojō-Han Time Machine Blues) novel revealed on Thursday that six members of the Europe Kikaku theater group will play the Shimogamo Yuusuisо̄ boarding house residents from the future.

From left to right, the names of the corresponding actors are: Makoto Ueda, Chikara Honda, Gо̄ta Ishida, Yoshifumi Sakai, Kazunari-Tosa, and Munenori Nagano.

Ueda, who is also the scriptwriter for the series, is the representative member of Europe Kikaku. The role marks Ueda's acting debut. He was not originally intended to voice a character, but character designer Yūsuke Nakamura drew the character in his likeness. All the subsequent Shimogamo Yuusuisо̄ residents were drawn to resemble their corresponding actors.

The anime will launch on Disney+ in Japan on September 14 at 4:00 p.m. JST. The anime will stream weekly on Wednesdays for a total of five episodes.

An original sixth episode will stream on October 12, and it will feature an original story not in the novel. It will be exclusive to Disney+ and will feature footage that will not be in the anime's theatrical compilation film version.

The Walt Disney Company will exclusively stream the new anime globally. The anime's theatrical compilation film version will start its limited three-week run on September 30.

Tatami Time Machine Blues is a sequel to Morimi's earlier The Tatami Galaxy (Yojō-Han Shinwa Taikei) novel. It shipped in July 2020, 16 years after the original novel. The novel is inspired by Makoto Ueda's Summer Time Machine Blues stage play. Morimi wrote the novel, and Ueda, Morimi's friend, is credited with the original concept. The sequel novel combines elements of the stage play's story with the characters from Morimi's novel. Nakamura returned to illustrate the cover.

In the sequel novel's story, The Tatami Galaxy protagonist's trouble-making friend Ozu gets the student apartments' only air conditioner remote control wet, breaking it on a certain midsummer day. The students wonder what to do about the situation for the remainder of the summer and make a plan with Akashi. An unstylish male student from 25 years in the future arrives in a time machine. The protagonist travels back in time to try to retrieve the remote control before it is broken.

Most of the cast members are returning for the sequel anime, including Shintarō Asanuma as the protagonist "I" (Watashi), Maaya Sakamoto as Akashi, Hiroyuki Yoshino as Ozu, Junichi Suwabe as Jōgasaki, and Yuko Kaida as Hanuki. Kazuya Nakai will voice Higuchi, replacing the character's original voice actor, the late Keiji Fujiwara.

Setsuji Satoh is returning from The Tatami Galaxy anime to reprise the role of Aijima, and Europe Kikaku's Chikara Honda is similarly reprising the Tamura-kun role from the Summer Time Machine Blues stage play and subsequent live-action film.

Shingo Natsume (One-Punch Man, Space Dandy, Sonny Boy) is directing the anime at Science SARU, and Makoto Ueda returns as scriptwriter from The Tatami Galaxy. Yūsuke Nakamura also returns as character designer.

Ohta Publishing released Morimi's The Tatami Galaxy novel in 2005, with Nakamura illustrating the cover. The novel inspired an 11-episode anime by Masaaki Yuasa in April 2010.

HarperCollins' HarperVia imprint will publish The Tatami Galaxy novel in English in fall of 2022. The release will be followed with the sequel novel Tatami Time Machine Blues in summer of 2023. Emily Balistrieri is translating both novels. Balistrieri previously translated Morimi's The Night is Young, Walk on Girl novel, which inspired a 2017 anime film also directed by Masaaki Yuasa off a screenplay by Ueda.

Sources: Tatami Time Machine Blues anime's website, Comic Natalie

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