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Annotated Anime: Owarimonogatari episode 8

Nov 23 // Anthony Redgrave
After the desperate escape and rescue by Ononoki, Araragi recaps the events to the doll and his plans his next moves. Ideally he wanted to take Kanbaru somewhere safe so she won't be harmed by the Samurai oddity but since she had made physical contact with it, she is now connected to it. Also, Araragi still hasn't fulfilled his promise to Gaen of introducing Kanbaru to her so that Gaen can make use of Kanbaru's monkey paw. This is all laid out and recapped by the conversation between Araragi and Ononoki. This clears a lot of the motivation and goals of the show as previously I was unsure of which person Araragi wanted to introduce Kanbaru to. Trying to follow the story of Monogatari can be difficult amongst the streams and streams of dialogue that is spouted out every episode and it's made even more difficult when it does the Haruhi thing of airing the series out of chronology.  I once spoke to a friend about the airing schedule of Haruhi and he replied it was part of the show, that it was supposed to confusing and awkward. However, when a show has large amounts of continuity with the same characters all interacting with one another both on and off screen, it is really difficult to grasp the story and relate to the characters. Since Araragi wants to continue to protect Kanbaru from the Samurai, he proceeds with his original plan to meet with Gaen in the park. Namishiro Park specifically. A commonly revisited site for Monogatari. It has a really nice design too with boldly coloured jungle gyms and play sets contrasting strongly against the uniformly grey block of flats in the background. The middle portion of the episode has Araragi and Kanbaru getting lost a la Mayoi Cow, wondering the streets endlessly. In a case of fourth wall smashing, Kanbaru remembers the solution for the Cow oddity better than Araragi who actually experienced the oddity first hand and they arrive at the park 3 hours past the original meeting time. In a strange turn of events, they do not find Kanbaru's Aunt but a sleeping Shinobu underneath a swing set having just fought off a Monkey oddity. I really like Shinobu as a character. She is coy, confident, and the loli appearance rounds it off. Having Kanbaru jumping up and down excitedly behind the fence is great too, acting as a proxy for Shinobu fans.  The episode concludes on a cliffhanger as the oddity Shinobu was fighting returns. The dark shadow that reaches towards the camera is imposing and the glare of the background light masks the oddity in shadow, capturing the feeling of mystery and menace in one shot.  [Watch Owarimonogatari on Crunchy Roll!] [Watch Owarimonogatari on Crunchy Roll!]
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Eat up!
From reading posts by anime fans whenever a show has a selection of female characters (often attractive) one of them will be selected as best. This is an entirely opinionated but I think the most common favourite in the ...

Annotated Anime: Owarimonogatari episode 7

Nov 17 // Anthony Redgrave
Jumping back a spell, this story takes place after the long Summer and the start of a new school year. However, Araragi is playing truant and takes residence in Oshino Meme's old haunt. Shinobu has been largely absent this season and in the opening there was talk about her being separated from Araragi. My memories of the previous seasons are a bit hazy so I'm unsure about the situation. From what I remember they should still be together albeit their last real arc was Shinobu Time that explored Shinobu's backstory. A little bit of digging around on the Bakemonogatari Wikia reveals that this arc actually takes place during Tsubasa Tiger.  Kanbaru makes an appearance shortly after and the two share a lengthy exchange prolonged by diverted topics. Kanbaru is the same headstrong sexually directed person as always and has been growing her hair out foreshadowing her appearance in Hanamonogatari. Araragi asked to meet with her at the abandoned cram school because he wanted her to meet someone else in another place. We don't learn who they are supposed to meet or where. We only know that Araragi is only there to act as a medium between the two parties and they are not meant to meet in the cram school. This isn't out of the ordinary except Araragi starts to question his own organisational skills; why did he want to meet Kanbaru separately from where they were going to meet the other person, or why he was being vague about the other party in general. All this mystery is sandwiched between Kanbaru's requests for Araragi to take her virginity (which was her original thought when Araragi had texted her) and books about famous Japanese author Shugoro Yamamoto. My guess is that Araragi was arranging Kanbaru to meet his sister Karen since he did promise this to Karen at the end of Monogatari: Second Season. By the way, the title of the book referenced 'Bishoujo Ichibannori' or 'Pretty Girl First to Arrive' is entirely fictional. Don't waste those 5 minutes googling it as I did.  The second half of the episode moves the story along with a chance encounter with an empty Samurai armour that attacks the duo. Pushed to defeat, they are only saved by the tiger featured in Tsubasa Tiger engulfing the building in flames. The enemy reveals that he is here for the Oddity Killer Sword (Kokorowatari) that Shinobu had taken from him drawing more connections to last season's Shinobu Time. I'm hoping that they will do a quick recap of the events of that arc as I have forgotten a lot of these details. All the shots that had the Samurai as the subject were great. You never really saw all the details since he was always hidden in shadow and only until the end did you see his full design.  This was my least favourite episode this season. The visuals had a cold dark colour scheme and the tone was more serious. Even during the fun jokey parts at the start of the episode had underlying sinister and mysterious music motifs. You could feel that this was a more serious episode compared to last arcs which ironically dealt with a more serious real world themes. The verbal banter between Kanbaru and Araragi was ok with most of the comedy came from Kanbaru's sexual advances.  Coming away from this episode I did learn one thing; fait accompli. This is a French saying that means 'a thing that has already happened or been decided before those affected had a chance to hear about it or act upon it and ultimately have to accept it'. It's funny that I heard a French saying in Japanese and learnt about it in English [Watch Owarimonogatari on Crunchy Roll!] [Watch Owarimonogatari on Crunchy Roll!]
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The beginning of the end
Today marks the start of the last of arc in Owarimonogatari; Shinobu Mail. This arc will last half the season and clocks in at 6 episodes. It has only just dawned on me after this episode that I've found the entire season inc...

Annotated Anime: Owarimonogatari Episodes 2-6

Nov 08 // Anthony Redgrave
Episode 2-3: Sodachi Riddle The opening to each Monogatari arc fits in with the theme, belle du jour, and style the arc is portraying but rarely do I find myself watching them all the way through. Sodachi Riddle is one of the rare exceptions where I really liked the opening. The jazzy instruments, mezzo-soprano vocals, and reflective imagery invoked a mysterious detective vibe, perfect for what the arc had in store.  The story does take us back to the present with Araragi meeting with Sodachi after two years. She has mysteriously come back to school after Araragi had solved the case in the last episode. Thinking the past was behind them, Araragi tries to strike up a friendly conversation with the former class president. It's odd to see Araragi being formally friendly. Normally his sullen look is only broken by an appearance of a loli character or Senjougahara. The sudden change in color from the corridor's warm inviting orange to cool mysterious blue once in the classroom stages the uncertainty of how Sodachi is going to react to Araragi's presence. Suffice to say it's not a friendly reunion. So much so that Senjougahara intervenes putting Sodachi out cold and leaving Araragi to solve another mystery. The story continues with Ougi in tow as Araragi dives back into his past and the origins of his relationship with Sodachi. Ougi's presence is great as she is always one step ahead of Araragi, probing and pointing into Araragi to the right direction. Her friendly personality and helpful demeanor in pushing Araragi makes us completely forget about her ghostly appearance. The arc ends nicely with the main puzzle solved and leaves enough strings curiously un-tied to help lead into the next arc.  Episodes 4-6: Sodachi Lost It's time to tackle the present problem of Sodachi tardiness. But who does Araragi choose as his partner in crime? This is the basis for the first episode of Sodachi lost as we have two contenders; newcomer Ougi or dear sweet Hanekawa. Ougi has already shown her deductive prowess in the first few episodes so she should be the obvious choice. However, we have known Hanekawa longer and she is one of the best at socializing amongst the Monogatari cast. It is also worth noting that Hanekawa is class president so is responsible for the wellbeing of her student body. This would've been a dramatic choice that needed to be made if it weren't for the series tradition of starting each arc in media res.  It doesn't suck all the drama out of the moment. The verbal catfight that ensues between Hanekawa and Ougi is great with the backdrop of congested traffic and factories spewing smoke amongst a red sky framing the entire scene. I really liked how Ougi interacts with Araragi in this scene too. The way she persuades and worms her way into Araragi's head confirms our suspicions that she is one not to be kept too close.  The middling episode of this arc is verbally draining. You may need to prime your eyes for fast subtitles if they are out of shape. Araragi and co. arrive at Sodachi's new residence and confront her about her tardiness. This spills into Sodachi's past, her outlook on life, and why she hates Araragi and her past connections with him. We learn lots about this girl and there aren't a lot of light moments here. Her past is dark and explores domestic violence, neglect, and jealousy. These themes have been explored with other girls in the series but none that refused Araragi's aid. There has been no mention of oddities at this moment so all the bad things happening to Sodachi is real. No external forces requiring exorcising, no supernatural beings, Sodachi was born into a harsh environment making her suffering hit harder than the others. The episode concludes with Sodachi burying the hatchet with Araragi and only returning to school if they can find her mother.  The mother search doesn't require much traveling. Ougi rendezvous with her sempai taunting Hanekawa at her lack of an explanation for her mother's disappearance. Ougi's manipulative nature almost gets to Araragi as she will explain it all if Araragi begs for the answer. Hanekawa makes Araragi refuse the request and asks for 10 seconds to figure out the answer. It's the most intense 10 seconds hair was you will see in anime. I know that last sentence doesn't make much sense and it doesn't make much sense in the context of the anime either, but it does look really cool. Now both the heroines know the answer and it's just us and Araragi that are still in the dark. What follows is both girls giving out various hints hoping to lead Araragi and us to the answer. It's a really good part of the episode as it got my brain working trying to decipher the various hints being spewed out at lightning speed. The answer is equally as dark as the episode that precedes it. The ending to Sodachi Lost takes up the second half of the episode 6 and is filled with warm cozy visuals and Araragi's nonchalant voice recapping the aftermath. The final scene is open-ended allowing for viewer speculation on what was written on the letter. Personally I think it's a thank you in the form of a mathematics problem that only Araragi was able to decipher thanks to his practice with Sodachi.  [Watch Owarimonogatari on Crunchy Roll!] her friendly personality and helpful demeanor in pushing Araragi 
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Hanekawa's boobs > Ougi
Since I've been behind on recapping Owarimonogatari, I was planning on writing a recap every time an arc had finished. This plan would've been perfect as it gave me more time in between each write up to catch up on other stuf...

First Impressions: Owarimonogatari

Oct 06 // Anthony Redgrave
It's a jump back in the timeline from Hanamonogatari and a jump forward since Tsukimonogatari as we join our favourite half vampire Koyomi Araragi still enjoying his days as a high school student. The audience is launched straight into the episode with talk about a Euler's identity and how it is the most amazing mathematic formula ever made. It's plucked straight out of a textbook and would put anyone to sleep if this weren't Monogatari. Taking an abstract concept and linking it into the story in a tangential way to make it seem smarter forms the basis of the Monogatari story telling style. Lots of discussion over different things made entertaining because of the visuals and sharp writing. The first few minutes of this show is a great litmus test to see if Monogatari is a series you can put up with, if not then I suggest Nekomonogatari since that's got a lot of Tsubasa Hanekawa fanservice. The bulk of the episode is a locked room mystery that spirals into a whodunit mystery with color commentary provided by Araragi in his nonchalant style and the mysterious belle du jour Ougi Oshino piping in with probing questions. Araragi's interactions with the different girls of the series is a highlight as he has a totally different dynamic with each of them; overly nice to Hanekawa, on edge with Senjougahara, and tough with his sisters. It's interesting to see him interact more with a character that isn't played off as sexualised. There are far less panty, chest, and poses from Ougi and more on her interaction with Araragi. Ougi is a mysterious character and sometimes we question whether she is a female. The ambiguous nature of Ougi in the story is complemented by her androgynous character design. Always appearing sounding like she's one step ahead of Araragi, her demeanor puts us on edge as she probes Araragi through the mystery.  Since 90% of the episode is spent in a classroom trying to solve a mystery the writing and art have to be on point to keep the episode from dragging. The plot does move along at a steady pace and doesn't linger too long at any one point or repeat/ reiterate the same point over and over. In fact, little is needed to be repeated as the writing and dialogue are at a pace where the story is always moving forward. Viewers not accustomed to this steady stream of words may find a new best friend in the pause button as even seasoned Monogatari veterans like myself still needed to tap the pause more than once to keep up. Throughout the series, the focus has always been on the girls and their oddities. Each oddity effects one girl and Araragi is often the man to guide them through their troubles, but we know very little about the man. Despite having Ougi as the main female lead, it is Araragi who is in the spotlight for character development and this is very welcome addition into the series. We may still have to wait until 2018 for Kizumonogatari, but this provides a deeper understanding on the half vampire lead.  I mentioned before that pausing the episode to catch up with the rapid fire text is a requirement, but it's not just to understand the story. It's to fully appreciate the art direction and cinematography of the episode. An empty classroom as a background can be monotonous especially to those of us that have gone through 18 years of schooling, coupled that with endless streams of dialogue it may be a one-way ticket to snore town USA. But Shaft has the alchemic ability to change these mundane environments into a visual ecstasy. The color schemes of the room are always changing, matching the mood and beat of the plot making the objects pop with contrasting colours and making backgrounds ooze with character. A key scene midway through the episode as chaos erupts in the classroom as it's filled with silhouettes and clashes of chairs and tables. It's effective in conveying the absolute carnage happening in the room despite the verbal debate reality. Another really cool visual was how it represented the other classmates as floating kanji. It's a really smart way of conveying the sense of bizarreness that comes with oddities in Monogatari and also a way of cutting down on designing characters.  The big reveal at the end of the episode was fairly predictable and it's nice to see Tsubasa making another appearance. If I could criticise this episode it would be that there was a lack of comedy throughout. It was a serious episode with little to no gags. I hear that Ougi Oshino will be the main antagonist throughout this season and I can't wait to see how that pans out. She treads the line between welcomingly cute and disturbingly intense at the flip of a switch.  [Watch Owarimonogatari on Crunchy Roll!] [Watch Himouto! Umaru-chan on Crunchy Roll!]
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The return of Arararararararararararagi
Like Christmas, Halloween, and other holidays that I like to celebrate maybe once or twice a year and the same holds true for the release schedule of the Monogatari series. Last year's holiday season brought the four-par...

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I'm sooo happy right now
Shaft has to be one of my favourite anime studios just because they made the Monogatari Series. I love that anime to pieces; from the extremely witty dialogue to the contrasting colour art style. The studio is coming up to it...

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Nise and Nekomonogatari Kuro Blu-ray set announced

Ararararagi. Oops, kamimashita!
Jun 27
// Anthony Redgrave
A limited box set containing the Nisemonogatari and Nekomonogatari Black Blu-rays has been announced. New cover art by character designer Akio Watanabe was released recently featuring Araragi and his vampire counter...
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More toothbrushes featured in Monogatari short stories

What is onii-chan doing to my sister?
Jun 13
// Anthony Redgrave
The Anime Monogatari Series Heroine line of books is something I desperately want translated. Each one focusses on a heroine from the anime Monogatari and includes interviews from voice actors, production ...
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The Dose: Luna Haruna

Tis the season
Dec 09
// Hiroko Yamamura
You know the holidays are really upon us when you start seeing snow in your favorite music videos! This week we're kicking off the dose with the painfully adorable, Luna Haruna. The Gothic Lolita superstar seems to have made...
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Short PV for Koimonogatari storyline

Monogatari finishes up its second season with Koimonogatari.
Nov 22
// Ben Huber
Briefly: here's a fresh PV for Koimonogatari, the last story arc of Monogatari's second season. There's not a ton here, but if you're breathlessly awaiting each episode, this is a good way to tide yourself over. I haven't be...
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Kotobukiya releases all new Monogatari figures

My heart says yes, but my wallet says please stop
Nov 20
// Amber Hunt
Is it just me, or does it seem that I'm like, the biggest Monogatari fangirl here? Anyways, ahhhh! An entire new series of figures for the anime are going to be released by Kotobukiya in 2014! I'm mainly focused on how c...
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Turn off your phone!

Madoka Magica x Monogatari shorts coming soon

New shorts before 3rd Madoka Magica film.
Oct 07
// Ben Huber
Looks like the third Puella Magi Madoka Magica film in Japan will get something extra! SHAFT has announced they'll be releasing four Madoka Magica x Monogatari shorts that will air prior to the movie encouraging courtesy and ...
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See the next chapter of the Monogatari Series

Kabukimonogatari incoming!
Aug 16
// Josh Tolentino
I have to say, it feels almost weird to be posting this trailer. Not that this new trailer for the next part of Monogatari Series Second Season is at all "weird", but that the show is still going. I usually expect Shaft...
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Monogatari S2 on Daisuki

Brush your Teeth! to simulcast Monogatari S2

Will they get the streaming quality right?
Jun 22
// Salvador GRodiles
This is going to make me into a big target, but I could never get into the Monogatari series. However, I will admit I did enjoy the relationship between Araragi and Hitagi, along with the fact that Karen made a reference to D...
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Aniplex Monogatari GET

Toothbrush time! Aniplex licenses Monogatari S2, Nekokuro

Streaming and discs to follow
Jun 14
// Josh Tolentino
Rejoice, fans of licensing acquisitions, for another one of those has happened! In a move that's sure to delight fans of the Monogatari franchise, Aniplex of America has announced their pickup of the latest two Monogata...

2013 is the year of Monogatari shows, it seems

[Insert word here]-monogatari
Jan 02
// Josh Tolentino
I'll admit it: I love me some Bakemonogatari and can't get enough of it. But really now, SHAFT and Aniplex seem dead set on testing my dedication this year, having just announced a bumper crop of -Monogatari-franchise an...

Purr in excitement at the Nekomonogatari (Black) trailer

A catgirl is more than fine, too
Dec 12
// Josh Tolentino
Rejoice -monogatari series fans, for your catgirl goddess has arrived! Or rather, will be arriving soon, as Nekomonogatari (Black) has just received a trailer in advance of its December 31st airing. In case you've ...

Friday Night Fights: Urabe vs Hitagi

Nov 09 // Salvador GRodiles
The clash of the stationery tools!
*ding, ding, ding* It's over! 00 Raiser thought that it could gain the upper hand by using Trans-Am, but Jehuty's reflexes and Zero Shift ability allowed it to dodge Raiser's attacks with ease. And going straight for the kill...


Purr in delight: Nekomonogatari (Black) getting an anime

Nya-re Mew Excited?
Sep 26
// Josh Tolentino
Time to rejoice, fans of all things -monogatari, because yet another installment of the favored -monogatari property, Bakemonogatari, is on its way. Not content to animate Nisemonogatari (Bakemonogatari's 2nd season) some mon...

Bakemonogatari BD US release date and price listed

That's a lot of bucks.
Sep 10
// Elliot Gay
I know Bakemonogatari can be a pretty divisive series, but for what it's worth I really dug it. Aniplex announced earlier this year that they were planning on releasing the series on BD in America this fall, and if Right Stuf...

Lawson is giving away this stupid Nisemonogatari hat

May 15
// Bob Muir
Remember Yotsugi Ononoki, the familiar from the "Tsukihi Phoenix" story in Nisemonogatari? Remember that derpy hat she wore? Now you too can put that silly hat on your head! From May 22 to June 4, Lawson convenience store cus...

Golf and Nisemonogatari? Sure, why not?

Apr 26
// Michelle Rodanes
SG Interactive’s golf MMORPG Pangya United has partnered with Aniplex USA to bring several in-game items inspired by Shaft's hit series Nisemonogatari. Starting today, players will be able to have their avatars “...

All of the Monogatari novels will be animated

Apr 07
// Chris Walden
While Akiyuki Shinbo, the director over at Shaft, had mentioned before that he would like to animate all of the novels in Nisio Isin's 'Monogatari' series, it still comes as somewhat of a surprise that it is actually happenin...

Sakura-Con '12: Aniplex USA licenses Bakemonogatari

Apr 06
// Bob Muir
After tons and tons of begging, a US licensor has finally heard our plea. Aniplex USA announced today at its Sakura-Con panel that it had licensed the beloved Shaft anime Bakemonogatari and its follow-up Nisemonogatari. ...

Get 'em here, fresh screens of Bakemonogatari PSP

Apr 06
// Josh Tolentino
Making random-ass PSP adaptations of your favorite late-night anime shows is all the rage for publishers looking to make a quick buck in the game industry, and nothing is safe, not even talking-and-harem-building anime like B...

Final Impressions: Nisemonogatari

Apr 06 // Bob Muir
The final episode depicts the conclusion of "Tsukihi Phoenix." Realizing that he needs to keep Yozuru and Yotsugi from killing his sister the next day, Koyomi goes to confront them with the help of Shinobu, revitalized from drinking some of Koyomi's blood. A battle ensues, with Koyomi getting his ass kicked while Yozuru makes her intentions clear. In the end, however, he manages to argue for Tsukihi's continued existence. Yozuru leaves, and Koyomi's life is normal...for now. While Bakemonogatari was just about supernatural beings in general, Nisemonogatari focused on the theme of fakes (nisemono). Many of the characters can be drawn into this theme in some way: Kaiki is a con man, Karen's sense of justice isn't true justice, and Tsukihi is technically not even Koyomi's real sister, just to name the obvious ones. The message is about accepting these contradictions and overcoming them. Tsukihi has been the only little sister Koyomi knows, so she is real; Karen's heart is in the right place, so the details don't matter; Kaiki may not even believe in ghosts, but in trying to persuade others that he is real, he puts more effort into being real than the real things. Kaiki's justification seems to be the central interpretation of fakeness that the entire storyline hinges on, but the first time this is explained at the end of "Karen Bee," the message just isn't clear. The anime was trying to state that fakes can be more real than the real thing, but whether it was due to the translation or the original script, it just never made much more sense, coming across like those lofty zen sayings that occasionally pop up in anime trying to be deep. I was happy to see Kozuru indirectly expand on how fakes can be more valuable with her philosophical discussion near the end of her fight with Koyomi in episode 11. It felt like this even touched Koyomi, who deals with his own issues of believing he is still human despite his vampire tendencies, as well as reconciling all his sexual perversions, pulling his attention in different directions. Lots of these revelations came from the character's discussions, which are quite frankly some of the best writing I've seen in an anime. I freely admit that some of the wordplay with roots deeply in the Japanese language went over my head, but that wasn't enough to ruin the topics and conversation flow between the characters. That said, it's a shame that both storylines felt very padded, which is strange to say about an anime that only ran 11 episodes. Part of that was an effort to give every previous character as much air time as possible, which reeks of fan-pandering. I did like meeting up with all of them, but when their appearance feels obligatory instead of natural, even the wonderful dialogue couldn't shake the feeling that things could have been faster-paced, more like the stories of Bakemonogatari, which wrapped up in a few episodes. Conversely, there should have been a lot more Senjougahara all over the place. Viewers are lucky that there was a plausible reason to include her in "Karen Bee" beyond the haphazard way Koyomi meets the other characters. I know Shaft was limited by the novels they were basing the anime on, it's unfortunate that she genuine character development she undergoes at the end of "Karen Bee," then practically disappears. When the entire series feels full of fanservice, overlooking the most popular character seems like a big oversight. At least Shinobu picks up the slack with her odd mixture of ancient wisdom, sleeping power, and love of donuts, making me really excited for her to take center stage in the eventual adaptation of Kizumonogatari. Speaking of fanservice, the ecchi content on display was at least doubled, if not tripled, with plenty more "forbidden love" elements emphasized like lolicon and incest. Nothing ever comes of these scenes, and Koyomi remains true to his girlfriend, but it doesn't change the fact that Koyomi is taking a bath with what looks like a kindergardener or is brushing his sister's teeth in a very erotic manner. Some anime make it clear from the start that there's going to be lots of perversion on display, but seeing the fanservice pop up in a "classy" or "artsy" like Nisemonogatari always surprised me, even when I knew I should expect it after the first episode. In some ways, this is probably the dirtiest anime of the season. I don't believe Nisemonogatari will be remembered as fondly as Bakemonogatari. It tries to do the same thing, only doesn't pull it off as well. That doesn't mean it isn't totally worth a watch though! Like I said in my First Impressions, this series won't change the mind of those who didn't like the original series, but for those that did, it's still essential viewing with more gorgeous abstract scenery and complex conversations. Just do yourself a favor and make sure to watch episode 8 away from anyone who might judge you.

Director Akiyuki Shinbo and studio Shaft are one of my favorite pairings in anime. The series they work on usually have an extremely strong sense of identity, style, and vision, so even if they have failings, they're worth a ...


A Daily Dose of Music: Our Favorite Anime Endings

Mar 31
// Hiroko Yamamura
Well guys and gals, it's that time again! We peek into that dark and disturbing place known as the souls of your all star Japanator editors. We had a great time sharing our favorite openings with you on The Daily Dose, but th...

Nisemonogatari ends "To Be Continued," hints at more

Mar 19
// Bob Muir
Speaking of anime endings, it's shades of Bakemonogatari all over again, as Nisemonogatari goes off the air with the promise of more. Last time, Shaft ran into production troubles and had to release the final three episodes o...

First Bakemonogatari Portable commercial tells us nothing

Mar 09
// Bob Muir
Banpresto is making Bakemonogatari Portable for PSP, despite the fact that the anime it's based on is almost entirely talking. This first trailer shows some 3D versions of the characters, but otherwise gives no indi...

Oh hey, Bakemonogatari is getting a videogame

Feb 21
// Josh Tolentino
Imaginatively, it's going to be titled Bakemonogatari Portable. Not much else is known, but given the "Bakemonogatari" moniker, it'll probably involve girls with both personal and supernatural problems to be solved by one Koy...

A Daily Dose of Music: ClariS

Jan 31
// Hiroko Yamamura
Clara and Alice are back to cause some musical mischief! This time they bring us their new single, Naisho no Hanashi. The cute song is currently being used as the ending to Nisemonogatari, which to my surprise, I've been really enjoying. Hrmm, I wonder what these two supposed Junior High School kids look like? Wait a second, that's Elliot's job!  

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