Archive for June, 2012

Yah I know I missed 8&9, I am a terrible blogger. All of these were written for WanAbrar.  I am compiling them here just so I have them.  Enjoy!

Episode 7

All right, so it turns out that Shadow Ghost is all Yuuko’s negative emotions and anger.  I always thought in the back of my mind that the Shadow ghost would be related to Yuuko in some way, shape or form so it makes perfect sense that things turned out like they did (more…)


All of these were written for WanAbrar.  I am compiling them here just so I have them.  Enjoy!

Episode 4 

All throughout episode 4 of Tasogare Otome x Amnesia, I found it really strange that Yuuko could feel the cold.  I kept thinking that there is no way a ghost needs warmer clothing she can’t feel anything and then it hit me, I was being dumb, dumb, dumb.  No shit she can feel cold, because she has been able to touch Teiichi the whole time.  I don’t know what I was thinking.  In episode 4 of Tasogare Otome x Amnesia the members of the Paranormal Investigation Club have an overnight at the school.  I don’t know how they got permission to do this, when I was in high school we never would have been able to sleep at school unsupervised, let alone use the pool.  Well whatever this is an anime and the real world does not apply. (more…)

All of these were written for WanAbrar.  I am compiling them here just so I have them.  Enjoy!

Episode 1

It looks like Mondays are going to be horror-filled again with Dusk Maiden of Amnesia filling in for the horror void that Another left when it ended a couple weeks ago.  I wonder if this series has what it takes to bring studio Silver Link to the big leagues of anime studios.  Silver Link is known for doing a lot of in-between animation for other studios and their only main production anime has been Baka and Test.  Because it is the first episode of the series, I will give a quick synopsis of it. (more…)

Alright, so I know that the Summer Anime season hasn’t started yet but I feel as if now is as good of a time as ever to post about one of my most highly anticipated anime of the fall season.

Riding the bus one day, Sakurakouji Sakura looks out the window to see people being burned alive with a blue fire and a boy her age who’s unharmed and standing over the people. She comes back to the site the next day and there are no corpses or evidence of any kind of murder, just a small fire. She then goes to class to find there’s a new transfer student, Oogami Rei, who looks exactly like the boy she saw before and wears a black glove only on his left hand. Oogami is a Code Breaker, one who “does not exist”. He is a seemingly cold-blooded killer who follows the principle of “an eye for an eye”, to “use evil against evil”. Convinced that killing is not right, Sakurakouji sets out to stop him and penetrate his icy heart. (MyAnimeList) (more…)

Originally posted on April 1 2012 on WanAbrar

So as some of you may know my favorite anime of all time is Bakemonogatari so I was ecstatic when I heard last year that a sequel was being made.  I had extremely high expectations for this series, but was Nisemonogatari enough to satisfy my tremendous hunger for this bizarre original story?  I don’t think I really need to write a synopsis for this series, if you don’t know what this franchise is about, it is better to start out with Bakemonogatari or you will be completely lost.


Nisemonogatari is able to improve on the already amazing animation of its prequel.  Similar to Bakemonogatari the backgrounds don’t have much movement so that the show can focus more on the interesting interactions between characters. By saying they don’t have much movement isn’t a bad thing.  The series is full of wide-open backgrounds full of geometrical shapes and patterns that establish the setting very well. Nisemonogatari uses an interesting combination of lights and darks, while continuing to use the strange abstract camera angels from the prequel.  One thing that made me really happy was that there was very little use of the flashing words.  They get on my nerves when they are overused in Studio Shaft’s anime but there were only a few in Nisemonogatari.  The character designs are still as strong as they ever were and the new characters all look great.  It is also really nice to see that many of the characters have changed their hair, it show that time has past in the series.



The returning characters to the series are great but some of the new characters just don’t compare in stature.  Everyone from Bakemonogatari are developed well in the original but Araragi’s sisters were developed so poorly.  They were superficially developed; you get to know a little about them, but really nothing worth wile.  Kaiki on the other hand was a very interesting character and a fake.  It was nice that the series actually had a bad guy who was a complete asshole.  For better or for worse Araragi the protagonist has become much more of a pervert throughout this series.  I don’t understand his damn relationship with his sisters. It is creepy and really sexual.  It is never okay for someone to strip their sister naked or to grope them…Also unfortunately some of my favorite characters from the original series are barely seen throughout Nisemonogatari.



We get 2 new openings in Nisemonogatari, which are sung by Araragi’s sister.  They are both a lot of fun and they represent both the sisters well. The voice acting is still as good as ever, and the characters voices fit the dialogue well.  I’m sorry this section is so short, there isn’t much more to add onto the sound in this franchise.



If you thought that Bakemonogatari was slow when getting to the point of things well get prepared for Nisemonogatari to surpass that.  The show is really drawn out especially in the beginning, and feels unnecessary at times.  Nisemonogatari really didn’t need to reintroduce every single character; they could have done so much more.  The dialogue that was so strong in the first series just seems like a shell of its former self in Nisemonogatari. Don’t get me wrong it is still bizarre, humorous, and down right great but it just isn’t as good.  It isn’t able to replicate the greatness of Bakemonogatari. Instead the series seemed to want to push the boundaries of anime into a realm of perversion, which is downright weird and creepy.  There were several times I was just incredibly confused, like the damn toothbrush scene which goes down in history as the creepiest anime scene I have ever seen.  I felt like such a creepy pervert watching it, I kept looking around to make sure that no one was around.  I liked that in Bakemonogatari that there was fan service but not enough that it got in the way of the series but that was the opposite of Nisemonogatari.  The show just wanted to exploit the damn girls constantly.  I saw things in this series that I didn’t want to see…the toothbrush scene.  Nisemonogatari seems like more of  Bakemonogatari’s less successful little brother.  The story is still great but it is completely overshadowed by its predecessor.  If you liked Bakemonogatari’s plot and style you will probably find yourself enjoying at least some of this series.



Overall Nisemonogatari is inferior to Bakemonogatari but it is still a great anime that I enjoyed.  The show is still a lot of fun to watch and it still has its moments of brilliance but it is a shell of its former self.  At least we get the Kizumonogatari movie coming out soon.  Hopefully that will be able to bring this franchise back to its glory days.


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I’m Back & The Aniblog Tournament

Posted: June 15, 2012 by Xana in Uncategorized

It has been awhile since anyone posted here, Lykos and I have been away.  It doesn’t make sense for us to try to make up all the back episodes I missed so instead I am calling quits on this season.  For the next 15 days until the new season starts I will be doing random posts like Spring Previews and so on.

Also it is that time for WanAbrar to be in the aniblog tournament again. Don’t forget to vote for WanAbrar right here, the site I right for.