Well shit, I wasn’t planning on doing this. I wanted to blog Nymphogear, but the second episode had the audacity to develop a sense of self-awareness, which makes it a whole lot less funny to take the piss out of. I also wanted to cover Daily Dudes, but I’d probably just spend my time explaining all the jokes and thereby killing them. Besides, it clashes with Future Diary anyway. So instead I turned to Nisemonogatari, giving me the chance to dust down Ye Olde Tome of Shaft Jokes, which I haven’t had a real chance to use since Arakawa ended (Denpa was too reserved and Madoka was too well crafted to make proper fun of). So cue head tilts and close-ups of eyeballs!
You know Shaft, most other sequels take maybe 5 minutes or so to re-introduce their casts. Yet here we are on episode 2 and we still haven’t got to Tsubasa or Shinobu yet. Granted Shinobu won’t take long, because she never says anything. Fancy that, a character in a Nision story with very little dialogue. The uniqueness of that blows my mind. That was part of the reason why I liked her in Bakemonogatari. She was an entity that the other characters recognised but beyond that stopped talking about her, hinting at there being a much bigger story that did happen but they’ve all since gotten over. She was a better character than Nadeko in Bakemonogatari, where Nadeko was mainly just a cutesy irritation.I like her banging new hairstyle though. Geddit? Banging? Because she changed her bangs? And she wants to bang Arararagi?
Anyway, I do like her new version. She’s no longer wimpy and shy. She’s wimpy and shockingly forward, which makes for an entertaining combo with Arararagi’s newfound utter gormless attitude around her. I like how Arararagi has a different rapport around each of the girls. It’s like he’s several different characters rolled into one, as though Nision wrote several different stories about teenage boys meeting oversexed young girls but decided to stick them all into one series. Notice how Arararagi rarely, if ever, gets into a conversation with more than one girl at a time? If he did, his alternate personalities would start to scrap over which gets to spout their wordy lines first, causing him to explode into live action pasta or something equally Shafty.
For some reason, the Senjogahara segment of the first episode didn’t really do it for me, which probably gets me banned from the Senjogahara Fascination club or something. I guess that means I have to take her off my MAL favourite characters list and replace her with Rider from Fate/Zero or something. I did like the segment with his sister though, because it’s the only one that hinted at some actual plot so far in this blasted show (rather than the pair of plots Kanbaru so boldly displayed on the phone earlier in the episode). The awkwardness in Arararagi’s conversation with her hinted at that deep-seated unnatural feeling he has around his family now, which I guess will come to a head when they stop finally introducing all the bloody characters.
That said, I wasn’t so fond of his segment with his other sister, because I don’t really get what her shtick is yet. Arararagi basically acts like a conglomeration of all his other personalities, as though none of them really can be arsed to come out when talking to her. Give her time I guess. I don’t think there was any female in Bakemonogatari I fell for in the very first episode they were introduced in, except maybe Kanbaru.
From the first season, a rough order of female character ratings would be Senjogahara > Kanbaru > Mayoi > Shinobu > Tsubasa > Nadeko. Now these ratings are slightly tied to sex appeal. While Mayoi probably has the best rapport with Arararagi, at least Kanbaru has actually hit puberty and doesn’t make me wonder when the police will come knocking down my door. Also Tsubasa gets ahead of Nadeko because, while she was a fairly boring character, she was at least hot stuff in catgirl form. But if we were to go by Nisemonogatari, Kanbaru stands head and shoulders above the rest. She’s the only one Arararagi’s word-duels feel somewhat balanced. Senjogahara leaves him a broken man, while he fails to even notice when Nadeko is challenging him, but he can shoot off some sparked lines of his own when combatting Kanbaru. Kanbaru Fascination is in vogue right now.
I watched Nisemonogatari right after watching the second episode of Highschool DxD (don’t ask) and while DxD had more tits and plot, Nisemonogatari trumps it when it comes to pure filth. This show is dirty! You sometimes forget beneath all the hype that at heart, the -monogatari series is just a parade of teenage girls, falling for our stand in male lead and making various forms of sexual advances. It just happens to have wordy pretentious dialogue and an idiosyncratic presentation. I can’t decide if Nisemonogatari is the smuttiest art or the artiest smut.