The anime The Tatami Galaxy is based on a novel published in 2004 by Tomihiko Morimi. While the anime can currently be streamed on Funimation, the novel has remained unlicensed until now. It was just revealed that HarperVia, HarperCollins’ international imprint, will be publishing the novel in 2022, with a translation by Emily Balistrieri.
The novel’s sequel, Tatami Time Machine Blues (or Yojo-Han Time Machine Blues in Japanese) has also been licensed, and will be published the following year during summertime.
Funimation gave this description of the anime:
“When a college dropout stops for a late night bite at a mysterious ramen stand, he crosses paths with a self-proclaimed deity of matrimony. This bizarre meeting sends the young man hurtling through a horrifying flashback to his not-so-glorious college days when the influence of a cruel new friend turned him from a hopeless romantic into a mischievous ‘black cupid.’”
Danica Davidson is the author of the bestselling Manga Art for Beginners with artist Melanie Westin, and its sequel, Manga Art for Intermediates, with professional Japanese mangaka Rena Saiya. Check out her other comics and books at www.danicadavidson.com.