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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.

Animation 

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.

10/10

Characters 

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.

8/10

Sound

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.

9.5/10

Plot

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.

7.5/10

Overall

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.

8.75/10  

Thanks for reading,

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-Xana

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Gyo Review From The Vault

Posted: April 12, 2012 by Xana in From the Vault, Gyo
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Here is my second from the vault review.  It was originally posted on 3/3/2012, which isn’t actually that long ago.  Here is the original link with pictures.

http://wanabrar.com/blog/featured/gyo-review/

While the spring season slowly crawls closer, meaning episodic reviews for me, I thought I would review another anime.  It is time to review Gyo, one of studio Ufotable newest 70 minute long OVAs.  It is loosely based off a manga by the same name, and I mean it’s loosely based.  The manga has a different protagonist then the OVA and different events take place between the two.  Lets start of with a synopsis of the OVA, don’t worry there are no spoilers.  (more…)

So i figured I would start this “From the Vault” section for my blog. I am posting some of my older reviews I did for Wan Abrar.  If you want to see the real review with pictures I will post the link below.  There will be not pictures just my original text I wrote, this one I posted 2/28/2012, not actually that long ago.

http://wanabrar.com/blog/featured/bakemonogatari-review/

Hello Xana here, I thought for my first review on Wan Abrar I should review an anime I love.  I settled on what may be my favorite anime of all time, Bakemonogatari.  I will try to do the review with as little bias as possible and you don’t have to worry this review is free of spoilers.  Bakemonogatari is centered around Koyomi Araragi, a third year high school student who is almost human again after briefly becoming a vampire preceding the start of the story.  Araragi comes across others with supernatural powers that he can identify with and becomes involved with their lives.  He seeks to free them of their supernatural powers by all means necessary.

Art

Bakemonogatari is animated by studio Shaft; their animation is just different.  You are thrown into a distinct world that catches your eye immediately. Bakemonogatari has a fresh animation style that makes it look like nothing else.  It uses a sharp color pallet and has a great mixture of both lights and darks while treating you to many strange camera angels.  The backgrounds are very detailed but sometimes there is recycled animation. Everything tends to be very geometrical and easy on the eyes.  Bakemonogatari also subjugates you to flashing words in the background or even cutting to a blank screen; this can start to get on your nerves every once in a while.  The characters designs are well put together and all the characters have their own distinct styles.  It is nice to see that the characters don’t wear the same outfits or do their hair the same way every episode.

9.5/10

Characters

Bakemonogatari treats you to a well-rounded and interesting cast.  Koyomi Araragi is the most important character in the anime because the series revolves around him.  He has an admirable sense of justice because he will do everything he can in order to help those in need.  Despite being such a good guy he is a huge pervert who ends up hitting on the whole female cast despite the fact that some are rather young…  Despite Araragi being the protagonist Hitagi Senjogahara steals the show.  She is stunning, self-centered, extremely sarcastic, and one of the biggest sadists I have ever seen in anime.  The interactions between her and Araragi are an absolute delight to watch.  Each member of the cast has their own distinct qualities that they add to the Bakemonogatari, which means that the show doesn’t have to revolve as heavily around both Araragi and Senjogahara; meaning the characters never get boring.

10/10

Sound

Bakemonogatari has 5 extremely good openings sung by each member of the female cast.  Each opening does a great job specifying a specific characters personality.  The ending theme is Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari by Supercell and it is a spectacular song, probably my favorite ending in an anime.  The characters are all very well cast; each voice actor fills their roll well.  Chiwa Saito voices Senjogahara and she is by far the standout in the series, fitting her sarcastic personality perfectly.

10/10

Plot

Bakemonogatari is a play on words, which is translated as monster story.  Not only does Bakemonogatari stay true to its supernatural theme but it also stays true to its word play.  There is constant world play throughout a very dialogue heavy series.  The narrative is a very witty, and I found myself laughing a lot.  Everything about the series was executed so well.  The humor was spot on every time and dialogue was always interesting; I was never bored for a moment.  The series consists of 5 arcs (15 episodes in all) which all revolve around a different female character who becomes possessed by something with supernatural powers.  The show has a very quick pace and very fast dialogue; you have to pay close attention to make sure you don’t miss something spectacular.  You will find some fan-service throughout the series, which I normally don’t like but I never felt that it got in the way of Bakemonogatari’s overall plot unlike its sequel Nisemonogatari; that show just goes to far and makes me feel dirty.

10/10

Overall

Bakemonogatari can be rounded up in one word, “brilliant.”  It has everything I love about anime; great animation, interesting dialogue, witty humor, and a great cast of characters.  If you don’t like Studio Shaft’s style or very dialogue heavy anime, this may not be the series for you but for every one else give it a try.

9.8/10

So I thought I would pose a questions for you all to answer if you would like.   How do you think Bakemonogatari compares to Nisemonogatari and which do you think is better?  I personally love both but I find Bakemonogatari overall better compared to Nisemonogatari’s. Thank you for reading,

Sincerely Xana