After impressing with its first episode, rather surprisingly this second instalment of The Tatami Galaxy effectively (and self-referentially) reboots itself, beginning the story of Watashi's university life from the very start once again.
This time rather than joining a tennis club it's the university's movie circle that Watashi opts for, where he soon comes into contact with the leader of said club - An egotistical guy named Jougasaki who loves nothing better than to make himself the centrepiece of the films made by the circle while surrounding himself with a bunch of doting "yes" men and women who hang on his every word.
It's during a disastrous filming session for one of Jougasaki's vanity projects that Watashi meets Ozu, and between the pair of them Watashi manages to make a number of films of his own - All of them far from well received and viewed as weird by most, and weird but amusing by Akashi.
Eventually, Watashi's hatred for Jougasaki turns into his creating a documentary looking to expose the club leader's perverted and downright weird nature, before Ozu's hand manages to turn it into less of a documentary and more of an outright attack film, which certainly succeeds in its goals but in doing so ruins Watashi's growing relationship with Akashi.
After that fascinating opener it was always going to be tough to pull off the same trick twice, and thus The Tatami Galaxy's second episode struggles to assert itself initially in comparison. However, once it does it turns out to be a much funnier episode, openly admitting as it does it's simply a reboot of the first at times while also cramming in some hilarious moments of its own - The highlights we get to see of Watashi's completed "documentary" in particular are fantastically funny. While the pacing and plot progression of this episode is decidedly odd, it actually works in the show's favour here, simply letting us see Watashi's actions before unveiling the impact they've had on ruining his love life after the event, leaving us to share his belated regret rather than allowing us to feel superior as we say "I told you so".
If there's one word I'd use to sum up The Tatami Galaxy thus far, it's "fresh" - From its animation style down to the way it goes about telling its story, it feels so different to your typical anime that you can't help but love it for that alone. The fact that it manages to be so different yet still gets me to laugh and holds my interest throughout in the face of its lightning-quick dialogue delivery marks it out not just as something fresh, but as something rather special too. It's going to be tough for the series to keep this up for the entire series I would imagine, but so far I'm oddly hooked by The Tatami Galaxy in a way that's actually a little difficult to verbalise.