The Tatami Time Machine Blues is coming to the US in November 2022 via Disney+. The Disney+ version will feature an extra episode (seventh). Yojouhan Time Machine Blues originally premiered in Japan and other regions on September 14, 2022.
The anime’s theatrical compilation received a limited three-week run in Japan on September 30, 2022.
You can see a series trailer PV and key visuals here.
About The Tatami Time Machine Blues novel
Tatami Time Machine Blues (四畳半タイムマシンブルース, Yojouhan Time Machine Blues) is inspired by the eponymous 2020 novel written by Tomihiko Morimi, with a concept by Makoto Ueda. This is the third anime adaptation of Tomihiko Morimi’s novels.
The novel is a sequel to The Tatami Galaxy, which was published 16 years ago. Tatami Time Machine Blues is based on Makoto Ueda’s Summer Time Machine Blues stage play.
The plot focuses on a couple of students, from a unique perspective. Namely, the only A/C unit in the student apartment (Shimogamoyuusui Residence) breaks down in the middle of summer. A certain 25-year-old student travels 25 years back in time to solve the issue.
The novel combines elements of the stage play with the ingenious characters from Morimi’s novel, so it is guaranteed to be an interesting watch.
Who is making The Tatami Time Machine Blues anime?
Studio Science SARU is producing the anime.
The Tatami Time Machine Blues cast includes:
- Shingo Natsume (One-Punch Man) — director
- Makoto Ueda (The Tatami Galaxy) — scriptwriter
- Yuusuke Nakamura (The Tatami Galaxy) — original character designer
- Nobutake Itou, Shouko Nishigaki (The Tatami Galaxy) — character designers
- Michiru Ooshima (The Tatami Galaxy) — music composer
- Fuminao Akai (Yurei Deco) — art director
- Hikari Itou, Yoshihiro Sekiya (Yurei Deco) — photography directors
- Ayaka Nakamura (Ride Your Wave) — color designer
The Yojouhan Time Machine Blues TV anime will feature the returning cast from The Tatami Galaxy, as follows:
- Shintarou Asanuma — “Me”
- Maaya Sakamoto — Akashi
- Hiroyuki Yoshino — Ozu
- Yuuko Kaida — Hanuki-san
- Junichi Suwabe — Jougasaki-senpai
- Setsuji Satou — Aijima-senpai
Kazuya Nakai is the new cast member; he is voicing Seitarou Higuchi (the previous voice actor Keiji Fujiwara, sadly, passed away two years ago). Actor Chikara Honda is playing Tamura-kun.
The Walt Disney Company exclusively streamed The Tatami Time Machine Blues, including via Disney+ in Japan. As mentioned above, the Disney+ version will include an original episode that won’t be shown in theaters.
According to kadobun.jp, the Kadokawa site, Tatami Time Machine Blues will have six episodes, plus one extra.