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Nisemonogatari episode 10

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.

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24 Comments

  1. Posted March 16, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Permalink

    Oshino disgusted Heart-Under-Blade by … actually, it would be a massive spoiler to tell you.

    But it wasn’t sexual.

    I keep seeing anime that uses the notion of stripping a kimono off a girl by grabbing her sash and spinning her around. I would like to see it in a live-action movie to see just how unrealistic the anime versions are.

  2. Posted March 16, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

    “I’M NOT DEAD YET”

    That’s what everyone says before they die.

  3. mcm038
    Posted March 16, 2012 at 4:52 pm | Permalink

    Cool, I always wanted to see what realy happened with Oshino and Shinobu. Especialy Shinobu’s character before she was turned into a pedobear bait.

  4. RogerMoore
    Posted March 16, 2012 at 5:52 pm | Permalink

    This series has gone seriously downhill since the toothbrush episode.

  5. luffyluffy
    Posted March 16, 2012 at 6:00 pm | Permalink

    Okay so episode was good dat ending blah blah FUCK YES KAIKI AND HIS VIOLINS

    onto more more pressing topics scamp i think i’m crushing on julian really badly and it’s really bad because he was really cute in the beginning but then he just grew up so well and now he’s so sweet and magically sexy and just EPISODE 55 I’VE JUST NEVER CRIED THAT HARD and adbjajkhfsdsd

    also reuental is probably the sexiest character as far as pre-defined ‘sexy’ goes. he’s badass, has purdy eyes, and is sour to women.

    WHAT MORE WOULD A WOMAN WANT HUHUHUHU

    • Mr. Anon
      Posted March 16, 2012 at 6:09 pm | Permalink

      Stop making me want to watch LOGH again.

    • Scamp
      Posted March 16, 2012 at 7:33 pm | Permalink

      Around 55 was where I completely fell in love with the show and Yang became my favourite anime character ever

      • luffyluffy
        Posted March 16, 2012 at 11:13 pm | Permalink

        I fell completely in love a while ago, maybe around Amlitzer or something.

        And Yang is pretty fabbu but Julian has really grown since the show has started, and when my girlfriend catches up, I’m going to be really excited (not so much for everyone I love to DIE[i got spoiled from a youtube video. i was never so angry before omgahfds]) but to see how Julian grows as a character and such.

      • Mr. Anon
        Posted March 17, 2012 at 1:28 am | Permalink

        IMO even endgame Julian is kind of the scrappy of the show. He just can’t stand up to the awesomeness of Yang, Reinhart, Kircheis, Ruental, etc etc.

        >I fell com­pletely in love a while ago, maybe around Aml­itzer or something.
        Google tells me that was around ep 14. Which is about when I as well went OMG THIS SHOW IS THE BEST EVER. How can you last to 55, Scamp?

      • Scamp
        Posted March 17, 2012 at 8:25 am | Permalink

        I still liked the show a lot before 55. It was that scene where they rescue Yang from prison that I changed my mind and called it a masterpiece

  6. Ty-chama
    Posted March 16, 2012 at 6:12 pm | Permalink

    Good to see you back!

    I still preferred Shinobu when she was a mute…

  7. Chipp12
    Posted March 16, 2012 at 7:00 pm | Permalink

    Nisemonogatari is not about the Tsub­asa being a cat. It’s Nekomonogatari’s first part that’s about it. It happened somewhere between the Kizumonogatari and Bakemonogatari, I think.

  8. Posted March 16, 2012 at 8:51 pm | Permalink

    You missed http:// in the youtube link.

  9. Anonymous
    Posted March 16, 2012 at 10:38 pm | Permalink

    Not only is Aquarion EVOL the best show this season, it might just be the best show next season as well.

    • Posted March 17, 2012 at 12:07 am | Permalink

      Good reason to drop Spring season in its entirety. :(

      Was looking forward to Lupin and Fate/Zero regardless, but if they suck worse than the bland Aquarion then there’s no point.

      • Scamp
        Posted March 17, 2012 at 8:26 am | Permalink

        I am truly sorry for your lack of taste and hope you recover from this painful experience shortly

  10. Posted March 17, 2012 at 1:02 am | Permalink

    It’s by no means unique to Nise­monogatari to have selec­ted pieces of BGM to a single char­ac­ter.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leitmotif

  11. Posted March 17, 2012 at 4:10 am | Permalink

    Kaiki’s character piece is a single cello playing the most famous part of “In the Hall of the Mountain King”, composed by Edvard Grieg. If you youtube it you’ll find a live version by heavy metal cello group Apocalyptica, but the classical orchestral versions can be pretty spooky as well. Given the nature of this anime, I’m going to guess the plot of the play this piece is from, “Peer Gynt”, is significant for Kaiki’s character.

    From wikipedia: According to Klaus Van Den Berg, the “cinematic script blends poetry with social satire and realistic scenes with surreal ones”. Peer Gynt has also been described as the story of a life based on procrastination and avoidance.

    Sound familiar?

    • Scamp
      Posted March 17, 2012 at 8:27 am | Permalink

      Hah, there’s always more layers to something that us plebians never get. Particularly for me it’s music, because I know next to nothing about it.

  12. Posted March 17, 2012 at 5:58 am | Permalink

    Leitmotif! That’s the musical term for a character’s “theme song” in opera/ballet/programmatic music. I loved Kaiki’s scene, too, because it was so comical. Also loved that he just took Araragi’s wallet without blinking.

    Don’t have much else to add about this episode— you’re not one for analysis or related wankery, so I’ll just be brief.

    • Scamp
      Posted March 17, 2012 at 8:28 am | Permalink

      I like analysis. I just like it in small bites. Such is the nature of episodic blogging

  13. Someone Else
    Posted March 18, 2012 at 5:31 am | Permalink

    This is a 20minute commercial of Mister Donuts, and the trailer of Kizumonogatari is a commercial of Coca-cola. Now they only need to add Pizza hut and we could party all night

  14. Anonymous
    Posted March 18, 2012 at 11:19 am | Permalink

    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. It really isn’t all that strange to act different around different people.

  15. Posted March 18, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Permalink

    Why they couldn’t have built up the Wicked Witch of Kansai and her Munchkin more, I will never know. Feels like we could have done without an episode of Karen Bee to at least have a little more buildup in Tsukihi Phoenix.

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