I do apologise for lateness. I’ve been doing Real World Things, like staying in optional prison suites sorry I mean hostels with an interesting array of people who apparently have no intention of talking to anyone else. I asked one guy where he was from and he said “Europe”. I understand if you are in the most backwater town in Mississippi and you’re from Slovakia or something then maybe saying Europe is acceptable, but not when you’re in London talking to an Irish guy. I did respond with a slightly snarky “oh fancy that I’m from Europe too, do you know Dave” but either he didn’t hear or was skilfully ignoring my sarcastic response.
As you may have guessed, I’m not in any particular rush to talk about this episode.
The good thing about this episode was it provided a nice collection of fancy looking pictures to be arranged in a neat little rolling slide in the vein of a zoetrope. Everything else about this episode, on the other hand, was awful. I know Shaft have a history of not using any actual animation. But their method of non-animation used to be used in really interesting ways, not literally about 5 images panning slowly across the screen for an entire episode. It’s cool pictures, but horribly boring viewing.
What bugs me way more though than the lazy animation is the lazy storytelling. Instead of having Shinobu just narrate the entire episode, wouldn’t it have been better to, you know, actually set the episode during the era Shinobu is talking about? Show her crashing down from the Antarctic into a lake causing it to rain? That would have been a cool sight and have told the story in a much more interesting fashion than just Shinobu narrating the entire thing.
I know the Monogatari’s normal procedures often has characters slowly narrating their whole stories, but that’s because the stories they are talking about does not have any actions. The conversation itself is the story, if you catch my drift. 12 Angry Men is just a bunch of people sitting in a room yelling at each other, but that works because the story is their conversation. In this episode of Monogatari, the story is about Shinobu in the past, not the fact that she’s speaking. It wasn’t even interestingly told, which would have least justified choosing this method of storytelling. It’s just completely fucking boring from start to finish. So much so that I wasn’t even paying attention by the end, so I don’t even know what happened. I kinda want to just skip the rest of this arc. Call me back when it’s Senjogahara’s arc.