I’M NOT DEAD YET
Essays completed by deadline date and handed in all wonderful and everything. Time to put away my metaphorical academic pen from writing about some rather disturbing stuff and instead write about pornographic, pedophilic, it’s not smut it’s art, cartoons from Japan.
I love this swap in facial expression by Shinobu. One minute she’s acting all high and mighty, vampire princess style. But bring up Oshino and suddenly her face fills with disgust and loathing. It’s that swap in facial expression more than anything that makes me want to watch that Kizumonogatari. For those somehow still out of the loop on this, the movie is a prequel to Bakemonogatari telling the story of Golden Week where Shinobu was locked up by Oshino and some other details involving Tsubasa being a cat. I want to see what exactly Oshino did that causes her face to fill with that much disgust. It’s the only thing that ever seems to break behind her haughty princess persona. Creepy pedo aspect aside, I quite the new take on her character this season. As much as I liked the idea of her sitting in a corner having to listen to Oshino ramble on day after day in Bake-, having her voice her dislike of that situation is much more entertaining.
That said, as much as I like her, I don’t want to hear 5 minute long ramblings about the wonders of doughnuts.
I wouldn’t take out the rambling dialogue to the -monogatari series, nor the self-indulgent masturbatory nature of the presentation. Without them, it wouldn’t be special, and would be the same dude-meets-bunch-of-girls-and-solves-their-problems anime that has been dumped on us season after season (then again, everyone seems to love Ano Natsu this season, so maybe I’m underestimating anime fandom’s desire to watch the same crap over and over again). But I love the dialogue when I comes out of a 5 minute ramble and suddenly realise I now know a lot more about the characters. Well, character, as Arararagi isn’t so much a character as an indistinct lump that can be molded into whatever personality the author feels would work best with each girl. Which is at least better than going into each conversation with no personality at all, I’ll grant him that.
First few minutes of this episode and all I learned was that Shinobu really liked doughnuts. A few minutes into their browsing of the finest doughnut brands available and I got the giggles when I realised how mundane their entire conversation had been. Then again, that may have been the aim. Maybe that’s the appeal of stuff like Hidamari Sketch that I’ve been missing. You’re supposed to be laughing at how mundane their lives are. As I have perhaps alluded to already, there are large parts of anime fandom’s tastes that continue to confuse me, but I suppose there are plenty of others who don’t understand me when I claim Aquarion EVOL is one of the best anime currently airing.
I did love seeing Kaiki again though. I think what made the scene for me was his BGM of mournful violins playing while he was carefully eating his doughnut. I’d gotten used to that music being sinister and surrounded by optical illusions, so having it play in such a mundane setting turned the music’s intention completely the opposite direction. It’s by no means unique to Nisemonogatari to have selected pieces of BGM to a single character. Anyone else know the old Peter and the Wolf musical piece? You see, it’s because I start searching on youtube for old Disney animations of russian composer musical pieces that these blog posts take longer than they should. Anyway, I do love it when it’s used for dramatic effect, such as when a character you haven’t seen for a while reappears with his triumphant character piece blaring in the background. I can’t think of a similar example to Kaiki’s though, where the musical piece that was once supposed to represent something much more dramatic is used for comedic purposes. There’s plenty of examples of music that’s meant to be dramatic being used for comedic purposes, such as every single example of Blue Danube in the modern era. But pieces specific to the anime in question? My mind has gone blank.
You know, I actually don’t know much at all about music or music theory. This is a horrible plebian doing the equivalent of your pub landlord talking about his interpretation of string theory. Doesn’t mean it’s not worth me drawing attention to it on the rare occasions I do notice its effect.
The rest of the episode was made up of Incest and Plot, neither of which I particularly care about when it comes to Nisemonogatari. But just remember, it’s OK because they’re not blood related! Feh, as if that ever mattered to Nisioisin.