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Posted on: March 29, 2012 4:32 am by small image

Greetings everyone, even though Nisemonogatari concluded “early” with only 11 episodes, let’s take a look at how the changes it made from Bakemonogatari, and see whether it worked out in the end for the producers, SHAFT (Madoka Magica, Denpa Onna, etc.). This post will contain spoilers, so please read further with caution if you haven’t seen Nisemonogatari. Also feel free to correct me if I am wrong throughout the post, as I did not read any of the light novels leading up to the series.

First off, I have to be honest and say it almost felt like I was watching hentai. In Bakemonogatari, there was much less ecchi and fan-service, and generally there was always a goal or some sort of plot development that I could follow. At times I found myself having to close my door and put on headphones just so that my family didn’t suspect me of watching pornography (on the contrary maybe they thought I was because I closed my door). The amount of fan-service is at an all-time high in this series, as almost every episode contains some nudity and/or hundreds of sexual innuendos.

In regards to the story, there were times when the plot seemed to falter a bit. After reading the premise on MAL and getting a general sense of the Fire Sisters being the core focus in this series, it seemed liked I read something about a different anime. Overall, the storyline was quite good, but I felt it could have been delivered better. For the sake of outlining just what happened in text:

A curse was placed on Karen, the main character’s younger sister because she meddled in the affairs of a con artist, Kaiki, Deishu. Calling her younger sister, Tsukihi, and her the “Defenders of Justice”, they opposed Kaiki to stop his evil schemes. The “sting” from the Bee results in her being poisoned and unable to act.

The Tsukihi arc begins after the events of Karen Bee, where Tsukihi is discovered to be a reincarnation of a Phoenix Spirit, granting her the ability to be reborn an infinite number of times. Since she is regarded as an anomaly by the organization that monitors apparitions, spirits, and ghosts, they decide to kill her due to her existence being “fake” and “unreal”.

So we have two arcs that are fairly simply to understand, but then the problem occurs on delivery as stated before. I believe this is because of the large cast of characters that needed to be incorporated around the two premises. In this sense, we lose a bit of where the story is going at certain parts. Again nothing too major, and both arcs do conclude.

Of course in Bakemonogatari which is the prequel, we don’t know anything about the Fire Sisters, except for the fact that they are Araragi’s younger sisters. In terms of storyline, Bakemonogatari felt easier to follow. There was a clear plot device that carries over into different arcs, that being Senjoughara’s ridiculously weird condition. From there, it snowball’ed nicely into an anime that covers various aspects of a “ghostory” or Ghost Story (Bakemono+monogatari).

The Nisemonogatari cast is essentially the highlight of the series; we get to see all of the original cast from Bakemonogatari, save for a few supporting roles. This was definitely a plus in my books, as every single character from the original had a memorable and/or lasting impression on me. Adding of course the two Fire Sisters, we suddenly have only 11 episodes to fit all these amazing characters in!

The driving force behind Bakemonogatari was definitely the cast as well, as they proved to be characters that are truly unique and funny to watch. Each character interacts with the main protagonist, Araragi Koyomi in a different way, and because of this each one is just as enjoyable to watch as the others.

I think the biggest surprise was the role played by Sakamoto, Maaya, who did the voice for Oshino Shinobu. Having no speaking parts in Bakemonogatari, it was really great to hear her voice, and such a perfect voice at that for the role that she plays throughout the series! Out of all the characters, I enjoyed her voice acting and personality the most, and this is saying a lot considering how much I love the entire cast as is.

In comparison to Bakemonogatari, well there is no comparison simply because she had no speaking parts in the original series. However, other characters from both seasons kept their unique personalities, which I thought was great and nostalgic.

Nisemonogatari did have some faults here and there, but nothing that would deter a viewer to stop watching completely. I felt that some parts were unnecessary (aka the excessive fan-service, others may think otherwise), but ultimately the monogatari (story) was delivered in the end. After being such a big fan of Bakemonogatari, Nisemonogatari did not disappoint me.