Nisemonogatari – 11 [END]

It’s time for this monster to bow out.

Oh weekend, why can’t you be three days long? So that for a change I can actually finish the stuff I have planned? >.> Anyways, I’ve been really looking forward to the finale of Nisemonogatari and I’m glad to tag this again with lvlln. This series sure started with a BANG and I can only hope for it to ends in a similar fashion.
So time to wrap this series up. Nisemonogatari was the 3rd novel in the Monogatari series by Nisio Isin, and from what I understand, he meant to end the series there. So, even though we’ve yet to see Kizumonogatari in anime form, what we’ve got up ahead could be considered the finale of the entire series.

My sister the bird.

The episode opens with narration by Shinobu explaining Tsukihi’s oddity. That is, like in the case of Mayoi Snail, she herself is the oddity, a Phoenix-like bird that is immortal that has survived to today by injecting itself into human families and being born as their child. That is, it’s the Araragi mother who was struck by this oddity, not Tsukihi.

Koyomi has taken the still unconscious Tsukihi up to her room and into her bed and is watching guard over the destroyed front door to their house. Karen soon returns, freeing him up to go check up on the younger little sister. After looking at her sleeping face for a bit, he suddenly gives the her a kiss which wakes her, who is naturally furious at having her first kiss stolen. Koyomi just laughs it off and says that he’s glad, because he didn’t feel anything, proving that she’s still his real sister. And even though he wasn’t always her older brother, she always has been and always will be his little sister, no matter what. He tells her to sleep before going back down and making his way to the Eiko cram school. Screw waiting until tomorrow, he’s going to settle things with Kagenui right now. On the way, Shinobu comes out and offers her help, noting that she’s taken a liking to Tsukihi for the Moon “Tsuki” in her name.

“The Sun is my enemy, but the Moon is my friend.”

Koyomi finds Kagenui and Ononogi on the 4th floor, where the desks are still set up as Oshino left them. They’re ready for him… and his vampiric master/servant, Oshino Shinobu, now in teenage form! Seems she took some style cues from Karen, because she’s got her hair in a sideways ponytail and is donning a (donut emblazoned) tracksuit. This pair is now the most powerful we’ve seen them yet (not counting the Kizumonogatari flashbacks). Time to pair up, monster against monster, human against human. Shinobu takes Ononogi down to the 2nd floor where Koyomi fought Suruga in the Suruga Monkey arc of Bakemonogatari, ready to give her a thrashing after hearing the younger demon make some unkind remarks about her age, while Koyomi and Kagenui decide to duke it out right there.

Oshino Shinobu, teenage version! No longer the iron-blooded, hot-blooded, cold-blooded killer of demons and king of demons, but don’t dare underestimate her! Most importantly, get ready for the flood of teenage Shinobu fanart!

The fight doesn’t start immediately, and Kagenui makes conversation, revealing that she learned of Tsukihi through Kaiki and that she, Oshino, and Kaiki are actually old college buddies from the same occult studies circle. Kaiki was always the fake, she always focused on the immortal, but Oshino was always focused on balance and also the most talented.

Once the fighting begins, there’s simply no contest. It’s a good thing that Koyomi can heal, because he is completely overmatched, being thrown and flung around with ease by this demon-like human. Kagenui eventually gets Koyomi on the ground and decides to check up on her familiar who is down 2 floors, with Koyomi in between. Punching the floor right through him, she rides him like an elevator to Shinobu and Ononogi, where the results of the fight are very much the opposite. Shinobu is untouched, while Ononogi is clearly in distress, in tears even.

Shinobu is holding up her end of the bargain, but Koyomi is getting trounced…

…despite all that, he can still stand!

Kagenui opts to take over for Ononogi here, but Shinobu refuses, saying that Koyomi hasn’t lost yet. Indeed, he may need to grab her shoulder just to stand, but he’s still there, ready to take more. Kagenui asks once again how Koyomi could let Tsukihi live on as a fake. Isn’t it unfair to his parents who know nothing of the occult, to his real sister who doesn’t know that she has a fake little sister, and to the fake sister who doesn’t know it herself? Koyomi simply replies that this is allowed, that this secret is something he will bear because it’s his family. This seems to cause something to click in Kagenui; she speaks a bit of a couple old Chinese philosophers and their views on the fundamentally good or evil nature of humans and comments that she just understood the point Kaiki was making about the value of a fake being greater than that of the real thing. She says she will leave managing Tsukihi up to Koyomi and leaves, but not before saying goodbye.

Our triumphant heroes. Notice that, like Hitagi and Karen, teenage Shinobu is taller than Koyomi. Koyomi actually has a bit of a complex about his small height.

Koyomi returns home and goes back to see Tsukihi who is busy pretending to be asleep. He tells her that he was out fighting for her, and she says she’s thankful. He casually mentions to her that he’ll introduce her to his girlfriend (Hitagi, who is shown with her shorter cut and walking in a white dress at a beach) when summer vacation ends (when she returns from vacation in the country with her father), which Tsukihi finds shocking. The series ends as Koyomi leaves to go to his room, commenting that “it’s time for this monster to go to bow out.” But before the credits, we see one “to be continued” card…

After the credits, we are treated to a quick shot of Koyomi walking up to Hitagi on the beach.

The one scene in which Hitagi appears in the Tsukihi Phoenix arc and the only scene of the entire series showing her shorter cut. Koyomi discussed Hitagi extensively in the novel, but as she had no part in the main plot, all that was cut. Even though the TV series is now over, I won’t spoil Hitagi’s character transformations for those who haven’t read it.

Awnn, so less Senjougahara! I wanted moar… I sound like a tsundere-con but after the teasers in the Karen Bee arc, I didn’t expect we would only be seeing a glimpse of her in the Tsukihi arc; however, I do understand that spotlight was not on her but the sisters in Nise. Now, I know that Nisemonogatari was pretty erratic and wordy to say the least. It doesn’t have the polish of Bakemonogatari because NisiOisin just wrote whatever the hell he liked to please his perversion. Of course, the novel was edited and during adaptation a lot of wordiness was taken out but this last episode just seemed to rush by. It’s not that I didn’t like it but SHAFT, you could have done better with balanced pacing because looking at Shinbo’s amazing experiments with Nise, the last episode was pretty anticlimactic. Still, I’m thankful there was no wait-for-a-few-more-weeks-and-we’ll-think-about-releasing-the-last-episode.

Complaints aside, Tsukihi arc conclusion was not so bad. Her room designed as a bird cage was perfect. I’m sure there’s a special design guy in the staff for Nise just as there’s a puzzle guy in Phi Brain; the backgrounds and room decor has been really top notch this season. Tsukihi’s identity was well explained without much holes and I loved her reaction on being kissed with her delirious rage. The Fire Sisters do share lots of rage and even if Koyomi got his butt kicked many a time by his sisters, everything built up nicely to him not much caring even if his Tsukihi was a fake because whatever the facts are, she is still family. That is what you do (I’m a strong believer of this point), and I never expected any less from him. However big a pervert he is, when it’s time to do the right thing, he will go ahead and do it, even if he’s running low on strength. And that is the reason I don’t feel ashamed of actually liking Koyomi even when he’s the biggest hentai of current times. Onizuka might give him a run for his money but still, this half-vampire-human has some interesting values and spunk.

Same sentiments are shared by Shinobu, whose bloodlusty, teenage version of Kiss-Shot was a treat. Isn’t her full name (Kiss-shot Acerola-orion Heart-under-blade) too much for your tongue? Really, try saying it and copy back. I’m sure her arrival really makes the fans want Kizumonogatari even more; next year release for us I guess? Look forward to it. Coming to the action, except for Koyomi getting zombified repeatedly by Kagenui (so much glorious blood), I really wanted to see what the hell Shinobu did to Yotsugi “in a posed look.” Aaah, I wish there’s some BD extra with that footage because her posed look sure pissed me off when she called Shinobu oba-san. What surprised me is Oshino Meme’s history with Kagenui and that bastard Kaiki. Imagining them in school together is an assignment in itself but Kaiki being the ring-leader? Facepalm. Overall, I would love it if a Special or OVA was announced but lvlln would know more at least in terms of story if anything’s left for adaptation or not. For the fans, this is not the end and all 10 NisiOisin works will be seeing the light of day. You can follow the news here. I thoroughly enjoyed this series and even with it’s quirks there will always be those borderline erotic moments that pushed the boundaries of what’s right and amazing visual experience that titillated all the senses.

So the much anticipated sequel to Bakemonogatari has come to an end, with a bang followed by a whimper. What did you think of the finale? I was equal parts impressed and disappointed by the way the ending was handled.

Let’s start with the good stuff. I’ve made this point before, but the music was excellent. It has gotten progressively better or at least more noticeably better as the episodes have passed, and this episode had the best music yet. From the instrumental/string version of Platinum Disco that played over Tsukihi’s scenes, the ominous yet excited tune that played as Koyomi prepared for and biked to his showdown with the antagonists, to Kagenui’s theme during her own epic beatdown of Koyomi, all the background pieces both were pleasing to the ears and enhanced their scenes properly.

The visual direction, too, was some of the sharpest in the series. Tsukihi’s reaction to being kissed was both adorable and hilarious, the depiction of the trio of Oshino, Kaiki, and Kagenui during their college days was humorous but fitting, and the beatdown – or at least what we were shown of it – was violent in about the way we’ve come to expect from this series. The lighting was used very well at many scenes, such as the large moon during Koyomi’s conversation with Shinobu while biking, or the shots of the sky during the final confrontation on the 2nd floor.

SHAAAAFT!

It’s unfortunate, then, that the poor pacing had to rear its ugly head. This final episode felt rushed, without a proper denouement. That final Shawshank Redemption-ish scene with Koyomi meeting up with Hitagi was not in the novel, and that felt like a last ditch effort by Shaft to make up for the lack of a proper ending. The novel didn’t end any better, but, as I always say, it’s the adapting director’s job to make the work fit the new medium, which can often mean making very large and significant changes, or even making scenes up from scratch. A true denouement instead of this rather limp effort would have gone a long way.

Now, Shinbo didn’t play it closely to the original work at times this episode, and unfortunately these were changes I found disappointing. For one, the entire first half of the fight with Kagenui was cut. This was also easily the most violent portion of the fight – Koyomi lost one leg from the knee down, his entire jaw, and one entire arm in this sequence – and I felt that what was left over didn’t adequately convey Kagenui’s sadism. Furthermore, the reliance on RED cards instead of proper animation – reminiscent of the TV version of Nadeko Snake part 2 – took away some more of the impact of the fight. Again, it felt rushed, and it makes me wonder why Shaft went with the unorthodox 11 episode length instead of the standard 12 it could’ve used.

Other parts that were cut were not missed:

  • Karen initially didn’t let Koyomi leave the house, because he had ordered her not to let anyone through. When he came home from fighting Kagenui, he found her arguing with their parents, preventing them from entering because of Koyomi’s order.
  • Do you think Koyomi just came home in those clothes completely wrecked by Kagenui? Of course not; before Koyomi sucked his blood back from her to return her to her loli size, Shinobu used her vampiric magic to form new clothing for him. She actually had a lot of fun with this, treating him like a doll and forcing him to try on gaudy things.
  • Karen mentioned playing basketball with Suruga – a sport that the former star is naturally still quite good at. However, Suruga was not so good at rocks paper scissors, a clear reference to her bad luck while playing Hanafuda in episode 3 and possibly foreshadowing for Hanamonogatari “Suruga Devil.”
  • Kagenui mentioned that it was actually Kaiki who gave Ononoki the name “Ononoki” (while Kagenui gave her the “Yotsugi” part), and the “ki” in both Kaiki and Ononoki are the same character.

But what did you think of the actual resolution of the arc? Certainly it must have come as a surprise to many, Kagenui bowing out of the fight after hearing some pretty words from Koyomi, a scene very reminiscent of Koyomi’s fight against Karen in the climax of her arc. I admit to being a little bit befuddled when this came during my reading, because I had been looking forward to a fight between Shinobu and Kagenui to follow up what was definitely the most violent part of any of the first 3 novels of the series. It came down to Kagenui learning the value of selfishness that both Kaiki and Koyomi like to harp on so much. Though she always saw herself as a friend of justice and champion of “real” over “fake,” it took seeing Koyomi’s familial love for his “fake” sister for her to learn the value of fighting for what you want instead of what is right.

A fitting conclusion to this series about cynicism, perhaps, though not awfully climactic. I won’t pretend to know anything about the philosophers she name-dropped, but I’m not at all surprised that Nisio wanted to discuss the ideas of “theory of fundamental good” and “theory of fundamental evil.” Not that the Monogatari series has been known for climactic endings, of course; no arc resolution has come with much fanfare, and a few of them, such as Nadeko Snake and Tsubasa Cat, ended on down notes, the resolution being the acceptance that there can be no (easy) resolution. Kagenui handing over responsibility to Koyomi – who, teamed up with Shinobu, is more and more taking on Oshino Meme’s role – worked well enough. The beauty to Bakemonogatari’s ending, though, was in its denouement, the high schoolers’ exploration of the Eiko cram school followed by Koyomi’s closing lines ending with “our class is doing a haunted house,” and, again, that part of Nisemonogatari was rather lacking. There wasn’t proper context for the scene of Koyomi going to meet Hitagi.

I’ve got a lot of thoughts floating around in my head, and it will take some time to sort everything out. Meanwhile, why not check out this post on Chaostangent (Confession time: I think John Noel is far and away the best writer in any anime blog)? For now, let me write the easiest, most obvious thought that comes to mind: the Monogatari series is a collaboration between very talented people.

I don’t mean Akiyuki Shinbo or Isin Nisio – though I would certainly consider the former to be a top level director despite his inconsistencies – but all the people responsible for the little things.

Let’s start at the beginning, with the opening sequences. Shaft is obviously notorious for these, and they went all out here, preparing 5 (7 counting the variations on Renai Circulation and Sugar Sweet Nightmare) for Bakemonogatari and 3 (4 counting the 2 versions of Hitagi’s) for Nisemonogatari. There was significant talent behind the songs, lyrics written by meg rock (you might know her as the lyricist of Sorairo Days, Happily Ever After, and Namida no Tane, Egao no Hana from Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, as well as Be Your Girl from Elfen Lied, among many many other works) and composed by Satoru Kousaki (background music for the Haruhi franchise, Kannagi, OreImo). Kousaki deserves praise for composing 8 different songs using 4 or 5 different styles of music, while also making sure that the songs shared a musical thread and sounded like they came from the same place. The weakest link, in fact, were the singers, who, despite having experience singing professionally, were certainly voice actors first, and I’m sure Autotune had to be used liberally in some cases.

But as voice actors, what talent! Back in 2009 when Bakemonogatari was released, Emiri Katou might have been the smallest name among the heroines, though even she had Lucky Star under her belt by that point. Chiwa Saito, Miyuki Sawashiro, Yui Horie, Hiroshi Kamiya, all were bonafide big names in the industry who could and have supported entire series as leads. And can’t forget Kana Hanazawa who, though not as experienced as those mentioned before, certainly was well on her way to the relative stardom she enjoys now. And Nisemonogatari tacked on Eri Kitamura, Yuka Iguchi, and Ryoko Shiraishi, big names all 3. Oh, and a certain someone named Maaya Sakamoto as well, whom I consider to be the number one talent among anime voice actors.

And to end it, of course, each series had an ending theme composed by ryo/supercell, illustrated by Hajime Ueda, and sung by excellent singers, Yanagi Nagi for Bakemonogatari and ClariS for Nisemonogatari. At this point, supercell needs no introduction, but I can say that it shot up my list of favorite artists pretty quickly after Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari. And though I’m no huge fan of ClariS, Naisho no Hanashi proved to be a good follow up. Hajime Ueda isn’t such a well known name, but he might be most famous as the illustrator of the manga adaptation of FLCL, and his unique aesthetic of sharp angles and thick lines on his characters was consistently pleasing to look at.

Maybe what this Fake Story has to teach us is that, sometimes, when you get a bunch of people who are the real deal working together, you end up with something truly great.

And this also marks the end of the first series I’ve blogged here at Metanorn. Did you enjoy reading these posts as much as I did writing them? What did you think of our 2 non-episodic posts, on the ending sequence and a translation of Nisio’s author’s comments on Karen Bee? I sincerely thank everyone who took the time to read them and doubly to those with whom I’ve interacted in the comments sections. Looking ahead, we’ve got Kizumonogatari “Koyomi Vamp,” the prequel to Bakemonogatari, coming out later this year which means likely we in the Western world will have access to it some time in 2013. That one is most different from the other 2 of the 1st 3 novels. If you ever wondered about Koyomi’s views on friendship or how his views on the relationships between demons and humans was shaped, or if you’re a fan of Hanekawa Tsubasa, Shinobu, or Oshino Meme, there will be plenty for you to like in this one.

If you’re curious about the sequel to Nisemonogatari, Nekomonogatari (Cat Story), you can find canon_rap translating part 2 of that – “Tsubasa Tiger,” though part 1 – “Tsubasa Family” – has yet to be translated. But don’t think that Metanorn’s coverage of the Monogatari series is over for now, because we’ve got some more stuff coming down the pipe!

“Then allow me to say what that man never would: farewell.”

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27 Responses to “Nisemonogatari – 11 [END]”

  1. T.K. says:

    Hmm, one think comes to mind when watching this “final” episode: Bluray uncut specials.

    It’s in SHAFTs blood to pull this trick on shows they adapt nowadays, and the sad thing is, the fanbase love it.

    Well, it was pretty enjoyable while it lasted, the inconclusive ending did not affect me much. After the “ending” Mass Effect 3 pulled off, Nisemonogatari’s ending is like a piece of heaven to me. (Yes, I am that desperate.)

    • lvlln says:

      Bakemonogatari was notorious for its BD additions, most likely caused by budget issues and poor planning during airing, but Nisemonogatari hadn’t shown any signs of that until this final episode. I imagine episode 4 might be de-fogged a bit because they’re allowed to show more than on TV, but really, I don’t see many places that would warrant additions or edits from the TV version to the BD.

      • T.K. says:

        Being SHAFT, they might pull another Denpa Onna on us, and the fight between Yoruzu and Koyomi is reminiscent to the budget constrained fights of Bakemonogatari. BD additions are certainly possible.

        That or SHAFT blew their budget on episode 8….

  2. Tofu says:

    CALM DOWN THERE LVLLN MAAAATE~~!! LMAO!!! XD But don’t take this the wrong way, it’s good stuff ;D I’m actually impressed and amazed at the same time by how much thoughts you’ve put in. ;D

    I was kinda chatting about the last ep with Kyo on the chatbox so this might come over as repetitive. I agree with Kyo about it being a tad bit anticlimactic but really the person behind the monogatari works didn’t intend to make Nisemonogatari into anything special but Shaft was able to adapt the novel brilliantly (quoting from Flags) though I wouldn’t know HOW brilliantly it has been adapted since I haven’t read the novels.

    I still found enjoyment throughout the show and I was also able to hook a friend into the monogatari series at school (who isn’t your typical person that’d watch anime on a daily basis but now is >;D). Definitely not better than Bakemonogatari and never intended to be better so that’s just blank words being thrown out. On a side note, I think I’ve fallen for Shinobu more than I intended to. Her teenager form is… <3 and Senjougahara man…. man….. Senjougahara……. she'll always have long hair in my eyes…

    Congratulations on your first completed series on Metanorn and I look forward to your future posts Lvlln ^^ Even though I might not comment, know that I'm always around~ In the shadows~ ;D MWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

    • Kyokai says:

      Lol! I would have repeated lvlln’s footsteps on detail if I was blogging this series myself. Even with its drawbacks, it was an awesome series to follow.

      Also, you sound like a creeper there, Tofu… Kukukukuuu~

      • Tofu says:

        oh Kyo~ Don’t you know I’m the representative and voice for all the lurkers on this site? :P I’m only speaking on behalf of the others and myself~

        ahuhuhuhuhuhuhu……

    • lvlln says:

      Reading Bakemonogatari gave me a new appreciation for Shaft. They had taken what was not a particularly notable piece of work and adapted it into an unforgettable anime. I think they’ve done it again with Nisemonogatari, though they retained both the parts of Nise that were worse and that were better than its predecessor.

      • Tofu says:

        Well recently I heard news about Nisemonogatari continuing from ANN ;D Gonna be AWESOME to see Nekomonogatari adapted! xD

  3. tatsuya says:

    WOWOW !!! nice ending !! TVT
    i like Hitagi new look ..my type
    and I alway’s pity araragi cause he lost too much blood ..

    • Kyokai says:

      I’m sure he regained all of his blood back. Whatever though, there was too less Senjou in this arc. >.>

  4. Reaper says:

    ARGH! WHY U END SO SOON?!?! Such an awesome run of episodes, though that little bombshell about the ‘trio’ university students was unexpected…also, why so loss Senjougahara? NEEDED SOME TSUNDERE! And teenage Oshino Shinobu…damn. Just damn. I actually know a girl who looks like that…but I don’t think she’s secretly a vampire though…oh well

    Ah, now the wait until Kizumonogatari (GAH!)…Show ▼

    • Kyokai says:

      It’s confirmed that Monogatari series will continue on. Also, I forgot to mention, Oshino in a pink T-shirt killed me while watching this episode. xD

      • skylion says:

        That man can get away with wearing a bunny costume….

  5. BlackBriar says:

    I think making Tsukihi the living embodiment of an actual phoenix would have been too over the top – though I think I would have preferred that over a brood parasite oddity, the Dying Bird. I dunno, I just feel uncomfortable with the concept of killing the original child and replacing it with your own. It’s definitely not Tsukihi’s fault since she doesn’t know anything, but it’s slightly chilling all the same.

    I enjoyed the revelation of Kagenui’s history with the other onmyoujis, Oshino and Kaiki, and moreover, how they seemed similar in certain ways, yet dramatically different. Where Oshino offers solutions for a price, Kaiki cheats his customers for a price, Kagenui appears to follow a rulebook but only on her terms. This angle could’ve been played up a bit more.

    Poor Koyomi for always being the victim of a one-sided brutal beatdown. I thought it was bad enough from Kanbaru and Karen but Kagenui takes the cake. She beat him to a bloody pulp. After seeing Senjougahara’s new look, I’ve got to ask: Does the author have a thing for short haired girls? Everyone except Kanbaru got their hair shortened.

    My favorite part was Shinobu going into her teenager form after drinking Koyomi’s blood. Can I get more bloodsucking? Though this hasn’t got much relevance, I’d just like to say that teenage Shinobu/Kiss-shot is absolutely gorgeous as hell, as cute as her loli form was. Given her power increase she could technically have sucked out all of Koyomi’s blood and become full Kiss-shot once more, but I guess she’s too attached to him now to kill him.

    Yozuru’s “Theory of Fundamental Evil” was quite interesting. What she basically meant was that if theoretically, everyone was born evil, their attempts to do good would balance things out. However, they would be consciously attempting to do good, and thus it wouldn’t be real, it would just be a lie, a fake. Which comes back down again to the title of the show and its meaning – that a fake can be even more real than the real thing, since its deliberately tries to do so.

    I don’t want this to end. But as they say, all good things come to an end someday, and all I’ve got is praise for such an amazing series. And congratulations, Lvlln for finishing your first anime.

    • lvlln says:

      My favorite part was Shinobu going into her teenager form after drinking Koyomi’s blood. Can I get more bloodsucking? Though this hasn’t got much relevance, I’d just like to say that teenage Shinobu/Kiss-shot is absolutely gorgeous as hell, as cute as her loli form was. Given her power increase she could technically have sucked out all of Koyomi’s blood and become full Kiss-shot once more, but I guess she’s too attached to him now to kill him.

      You’ll learn more about this in Kizumonogatari, but because of Koyomi’s not-quite-vampire nature, if she were to suck out all his blood, it wouldn’t kill him, but rather they would both become full vampires. That’s why Koyomi had her suck his blood before the fights in Suruga Monkey and in this arc, in order to power up and gain more significant healing abilities. However, Koyomi certainly doesn’t want to become a vampire again, and there are reasons Shinobu wouldn’t want to go back either. Hence this mutual agreement they have to keep things as they are.

      • skylion says:

        Show ▼

        Kiss-shot looks like she is become the fundamental theory of evil doing good in action.

    • skylion says:

      I was kinda expecting them to pull that sort of thing with the definition of the phoenix (The Cuckoo…if anyone else that that was cool they should check out Neil Gaiman Sandman Graphic Novel A Game of You very much a story about dreams and identity. Actually anyone that like the Monogatari monogatari should check out Sandman as Neil deals with mythology in his own signature way).
      I enjoyed that bit when they did it with Sugura Monkey, and nearly expected them to pull the same trick again. I don’t feel fooled, I enjoy how myth and legend aren’t treated like textbook examples in this work (Kaiki schooling them on the value of ancient text…oh the things that aren’t written down).

      In retrospect I feel Nisomono to be superior to Bakemono as a well crafted story. While it is true that it could be an unfair comparison, I will allow myself the indulgence.

  6. skylion says:

    lvln, you’ve got a fine body of work to look back on with your Nisemono reviews. Kudos. I hope there is something in the upcoming seasons you can give this level of devotion to, as I’ve enjoyed our conversations very much.

    Anti-climax isn’t something that is foreign to a story, it is part of it. Now, some narrative elements can surely be fumbled, but I do not think this is the case with this particular show.

    Conflicts can and will be resolved before it gets well and truly FUBAR. In this case, it was simply a matter of Koyomi presenting his side, and arguing his own sense of justice.

    While it might have settled to something that was more a storm in a teacup, it was settled. Well, to the point that the Araragi family will have some very interesting times in future.

    • lvlln says:

      Thank you, I’ve appreciated your consistent commenting on my posts. I don’t know what I’ll cover next season, but as I alluded to in this post, I plan to spend at least some of my time doing more Monogatari-related stuff.

      I think the arc resolution was about par for course in this series, but Bakemonogatari managed to get away with that thanks to an extremely strong denouement in episode 15. I don’t think Nisemonogatari did the same. One final “wake up, nii-chan!” sequence – the same one used in most of the Bakemonogatari arcs, but with far more meaning now that we’ve seen the stories of Karen and Tsukihi – could’ve gone a very long way, even if such a scene wasn’t in the novel.

  7. Overcooled says:

    Congrats on finishing your first Metanorn series! You really covered every angle. Sorry for lurking so much!

    I’m a bit sad that Tsukihi didn’t actually get a lot of screentime for her arc… I guess it wouldn’t make much sense since she was unaware of her condition. Ah well, I can live with Kagenui stealing her time since she was an interesting character…although her familiar was annoying. Both in terms of looks and personality.

    Interesting final episode, even if it didn’t feel much like a final episode. It just felt the end of a normal episode. Sure, it had a final fight, but it ended rather abruptly. Those darn “red” and “black” cuts got in the way too! >_< Ahh…I still feel like watching more. Kizumonogatari, hurry up!

    • lvlln says:

      Thank you. I feel that it’s unfortunate that the language barrier has kept fans from accessing works that they might want, so I’ve tried my best to act as bridge. This is why my posts have often gone so long – much longer than any proper episodic blog post ought to – but I suppose I’m willing to sacrifice brevity for the sake of volume of content. I was basically throwing up any piece of info that I thought might be interesting but wasn’t accessible to English speaking fans, which is why so many angles ended up being covered.

      Ononogi certainly felt the most out of place out of any of the characters in this series. The colored hair, the verbal tic, the lack of facial expression, all these are common anime tropes that we didn’t see much of at all in this anime series except with her. She and Kagenui weren’t illustrated in the novel, so I guess we owe it to Shaft and Akio Watanabe for their designs, though they also look very different from Watanabe’s usual style (see: Popotan anime/game or The World God Only Knows anime). I liked how her personality came out in her verbal insults on Shinobu, leading Shinobu to get quite worked up and to teach her a lesson.

      • Overcooled says:

        I think the length is fine. It’s more like you covered a large breadth of subjects in a concise manner than ranting about the same thing excessively. Besides, I like thorough coverage (especially for something I haven’t read the original source material of)

        Ah, I can see them struggling to think of a design for those two then. That makes sense. It’s true, I only really liked (or rather, didn’t dislike) Ononogi when she finally busted out some smack talking against Shinobu. :3

  8. skylion says:

    …despite all that, he can still stand!

    Your definition of standing is being stretched a bit there…

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