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Nisemonogatari episode 2

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.

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  1. Posted January 15, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Permalink

    >hint­ing at there being a much big­ger story that did hap­pen but they’ve all since got­ten over.

    More commonly known as Nisio trolling, among the variants is the Sabi Hakuhei version, this is something he does… more… often… T__T

    • Scamp
      Posted January 15, 2012 at 7:43 pm | Permalink

      I like that though, except when they randomly decide it’s an important plot point, like with the end of the Tsubasa arc. That annoyed me

    • Demo
      Posted January 15, 2012 at 11:58 pm | Permalink

      In this case, the missing plot is called ‘Kizumonogatari’. It was published between Bake and Nise and is being animated as a film sometime this year, which means we’ll be able to see it in about 18 months.

      • Posted January 16, 2012 at 12:36 am | Permalink

        You can read the translation on Baka-Tsuki. No need to miss out on anything.

      • Scamp
        Posted January 16, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Permalink

        I know it will be in Kizu, but it didn’t work in Bakemonogatari because it assumed you knew what that story was about. I’m guessing future anime fans will watch Kizu before Bakemono to get the proper chronological order right

  2. Posted January 15, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Permalink

    The problem wrt the Senjougahara segment in the first ep is that it lacks context – we have no clear idea why she’s doing and saying all that. Hopefully all will become clear in good time. But, to make a tangential point, it also underlines why she’s is the best match for Araragi because (1) she’s the only one who can really keep him and all his internal contradictions under control, (2) passionate and strong enough to do something really effective, (3) he understands her best among all the girls (cf. his “Wow she’s really enjoying herself” thought).

    Suruga is great though iirc she usually always defeated him in their verbal duels through her sheer perviness that he just can’t bring himself to trump. Quite an interesting reversal he’s pulled on her this time though I doubt he cares to repeat it given the consequences.

    Also I have learned a new word today: gormless. Thanks.

    • Scamp
      Posted January 15, 2012 at 7:45 pm | Permalink

      Agree with the lack of context problem. What I loved about her in Bakemonogatari is how all her lines were barbed flirting. I don’t really know what she was trying to accomplish with that scene, beyond turning herself on I guess.

      Gormless is one of my favourite words, alongside flabbergasted

  3. SK
    Posted January 15, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Permalink

    Shinobu was given a VA (Sakamoto Maaya) right before Nise started so expect her to talk much more since she is going to play a bigger role in Nise. Also plot in any of the Monogatari Series seems rather weak but interesting at the same time since it’s spread out, the character interaction is really the best part of the show even if it is “pretentious”, although I disagree, seems more goofy, and laid back talking about nothing important most of the time and making tons of references so people can relate and enjoy it more but that’s just my take on it. Favorite pairing by the way is with Mayoi, Araragi and her just seem very natural when speaking with each other, like they don’t even have to think about what they say to each other because they’re just comfortable with each other like best friends.

    • Scamp
      Posted January 15, 2012 at 7:46 pm | Permalink

      Wait, did Shinobu genuinely not say a single line in the first season? Seriously? Somehow I just assumed she mumbled at least one or two

      • SK
        Posted January 16, 2012 at 12:39 am | Permalink

        She did not say a single line in all of Bake, although she had 100 lines, counting from 1 to 100 in a Drama CD with 100 segments called Hyakumonogatari, she was voiced by Hirano Aya in this CD (in Konata’s voice from Lucky Star), if you do a quick google search you can find the CD and a PDF of the translation if interested but it’s just all the characters talking about random topic as usual.

  4. ペーパー先生
    Posted January 15, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Permalink

    I’m a tad bit bored with Nisemonogatari. I mean, in Bakemonogatari, I usually had a vague understanding of the story line within the first two episodes. Or at the very least, I knew why the episode was named [Insert name of female character] [Insert animal]. In Nise, even after two episodes, I still have no fucking idea whats going on. Is the first part of the series merely meant to re-introduce the characters? If so, what does it have to do with bees?! Please explain, Nisemonogatari!!

  5. Golos
    Posted January 15, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Permalink

    >For some reason, the Sen­joga­hara seg­ment of the first epis­ode didn’t really do it for me
    Sen­joga­hara is overrated.

    • Scamp
      Posted January 15, 2012 at 7:47 pm | Permalink

      Boo hiss shun the non-believer

  6. Moomba
    Posted January 15, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Permalink

    I really hope the next episode will actually get on with the Karen Bee arc rather than serving as an introductory episode for Tsubasa and Shinobu.

    My secret hope is that they consider those short scenes at the start of the first ep to be their introduction or a reason not to reintroduce them just yet.

    I kind of miss Nadeko’s original hairstyle, but I guess the new one is cool too…

    • Scamp
      Posted January 15, 2012 at 7:49 pm | Permalink

      No way man, new hairstyle all the way. In fact, I generally like all these new hairstyles, except for Senjogaharas. Why ruin that beautiful ponytail, whyyy!?!

  7. Adrian
    Posted January 15, 2012 at 5:12 pm | Permalink

    Nadeko’s arc was boring, mostly because of her personality. Yeah, we need more plot. I can stand when it is 80% talk, 20% plot, but if it goes higher than this,I get easily bored. Really, if it weren’t for Shaft’s…how could I say this…dynamics and constant exchange of frames, I would have dropped bakemonogatari at the third episode.

    • Scamp
      Posted January 15, 2012 at 7:50 pm | Permalink


      Is this what we’re calling shots of the girls legs spread wide open now? :P

      • Adrian
        Posted January 16, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Permalink

        Exactl…no, wait a second! Eh,forget I said that.
        Anyway, I liked the Gurren Lagan reference.

  8. Posted January 15, 2012 at 8:15 pm | Permalink

    Did Bakemonogatari have this much sex appearl? I don’t remember that. I have to rewatch it someday (note: someday means a year from now)

    • mcm038
      Posted January 15, 2012 at 11:39 pm | Permalink

      It didn’t actualy. I was surprised to see a 70% boost to the ecchi. At least it’s still not just another Harem anime.

    • Scamp
      Posted January 16, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

      Maybe not quite as much as this episode, but yes it always had a lot. Do you not remember crotch rubbing in the car in episode 12?

  9. romulus
    Posted January 15, 2012 at 11:58 pm | Permalink

    I didn’t recognise any of the three girls in this episode, even though the prequel was great and I still remember most of the characters. I thought I was watching Bakemonogatari 2 but it was more like the 12th ep of Denpa Onna (which I dropped after 8 eps or so) Juicy underage unfamiliar girls and nicely-written dialogue, visuals running wild.

    If this series didn’t have the legacy of 15+1 great episodes, I’d label it as wannabe-artsy fanservice with incoherent ramblings to which nobody pays attention anyways but I prefer Scamp’s point of view – for now.

  10. Stef
    Posted January 16, 2012 at 8:38 am | Permalink

    Nise-‘s making fun of us. Stay cool and detached. We’ll see where this takes us.

  11. Anonymous
    Posted January 16, 2012 at 9:30 am | Permalink

    I’ve always enjoyed the Kanbaru segments, needless to say I was pleased with this episode.

  12. Posted January 16, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Permalink

    True art is smutty, trufax.

  13. Test
    Posted January 17, 2012 at 5:06 am | Permalink

    Why not cover Another anime? :D

    • 3242
      Posted January 17, 2012 at 5:49 am | Permalink

      Probably because
      a.) Scamp would drown himself in many another jokes
      b.) I think that clashes with Future Diary Q_Q

  14. Posted January 17, 2012 at 5:23 am | Permalink

    My problem with Nisemonogatari is that I can’t do other things while watching it. I fear that if I miss a single line of dialogue the rest of the anime will be rendered incomprehensible. Even if you don’t miss any lines, the show is still a bit hard to follow. Oh well, I can’t wait to see what this arc will turn out to …be. Get it? Be?

    I’m digging the OP and ED, though.

  15. Embok
    Posted January 17, 2012 at 8:53 am | Permalink

    “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.”

    I can assure you I did not forget this. It’s the reason I’ll never watch the series. (It being Shaft certainly doesn’t help, but my hatred of headtilts didn’t stop me from watching Madoka)

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