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Nisemonogatari episode 4

A quick run down of events in Nisemonogatari episode 4. Arararagi takes a girl to his room to ride his giant banana, and Arararagi takes a bath with a sultry naked blonde loli vampire. That is pretty much it. I think Aquarion’s level of sexual symbolism probably beats out Nisemonogatari, if you can possibly believe that. But when it comes to just pure filth and smut, Nisemonogatari is still a level even above Highschool DxD’s pole dancing ED sequence.

I really like this new version of Tsubasa. She’s no longer the reserved character she was in the original, which translated to her being rather boring to watch. The whole point of her arc was there was a wilder side she was keeping hidden, but broke out when it became too much for her. She’s since been liberated and morphed into this intelligent grinning tease, coaxing reactions out of Arararagi while keeping the full extent of her knowledge under further wraps. They’ve done this with nearly all the characters in this series. They’ve very clearly developed as a result of their respective arcs. Tsubasa even has this extra layer to her in that, while being liberated makes her more attractive and sexy, she’s also confident without throwing herself at Arararagi. It puts her a level above Nadeko certainly, although at least Nadeko improved in entertainment value from the first season.

A lot of the female characters are becoming more likable this season. The solving of their problems did not result in their depth being eliminated, as was the case with Denpa Onna. It’s natural maturity and development, which in turn makes the characters more appealing because you’ve seen them grow. From Tsubasa to Nadeko to even Kanbaru, a lot of the female characters are improving somewhat this season. In fact, the only one for whom I’m not quite as infatuated with this season as last season is Senjogahara, depressingly.

Random piece of Shaftyness I liked were some of the tricks they did with the handcuffs. Lights reflecting off them. Focing on the swinging chain when he moved his hands. Not sure why, sometimes I do just like looking at Shaftyness for the sake of Shaftyness too. Although speaking of Shaft being Shaft, we have another Shinbo anime with sultry blonde naked loli vampires having some kind of cleanliness lotion rubbed into their body. Thanks for that Shinbo. Didn’t need to be reminded of your one total bomb in Vampire Bund. The actual pedobait oddly didn’t bother me quite so much. Maybe it’s because I’m half english and have that typical english reaction to sexual content of any kind. You know, a crumpet halfway to my mouth and my monocle falling out as I exclaim “oh I say!”. After spending so much time on Sankaku recently, there’s little in the way of pervy anime stuff that can phase me anymore (but I’m still not ever touching Boku no Pico).

Speaking of DEM PLOTS, it was great to finally have a Nisemonogatari episode where all the dialogue actually had something to do with some kind of overarching story. As great as it is to see these characters again, those conversations in the earlier episodes were mostly pointless. The Tsubasa conversation was great in this regard. It got across her new personality while also establishing her relationship with the sisters.

Then there was over half an episode devoted to a bath scene with Shinobu. Again, cheers Shinbo you massive pedophile. Can’t say I share your enthusiasm for the sultry blonde loli vampire thing. I preferred it when she sat in the corner silently, although I do love that image of her being forced to sit there listening to Oshino rambling on. I always liked Oshino last season. He had this suave yet dangerous vibe going on, almost Durarara-esque. He would have fit perfectly on the streets of Ikebukero. Shame he’s gone, and I’m not sure if this new bloke has quite the same presence he did. Then again, we did only got one scene of him.

Tell you what I did really like about the scene with Shinobu though, was the immortality discussion. There’s something about the loneliness of longevity that I’ve always found fascinating to watch. Spice and Wolf did this really well, as did Crest of the Stars (albeit they are basically covering the exact same ground). Nisemonogatari wasn’t so much about him outliving a loved one or anything like that. It was the reconciliation and admittance that he knows he could outlive all these people and be stuck with Shinobu for hundreds of years. It was a rather quiet yet surprisingly profound scene that spoke far beyond the scope of what the -monogatari series ever felt like it was going to cover. Serious props for that scene, even if it did have to also make my monocle fall out.

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33 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    Posted January 29, 2012 at 7:44 pm | Permalink

    The scene between Shinobu and Araragi talking about their immortality (okay, possible immortality for Araragi) was indeed great. It is again one more of those glimpses into the past that has happened, but that we haven’t seen yet. Shinobu wanting to die, and Araragi refusing to kill her back during Spring break. So now she teases him with it, possibly in an attempt to still get him to kill her. But as was said, they’ll never forgive each other.

    • Scamp
      Posted January 30, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

      Damn, I hadn’t quite copped that was the full story behind their relationship. It was always left really ambiguous. Looking forward to that movie now

      • blackice85
        Posted January 30, 2012 at 9:09 pm | Permalink

        Yeah apparently there was a prequel book that covered the spring break with him turning into a vampire. I’m looking forward to it myself.

  2. Posted January 29, 2012 at 11:45 pm | Permalink

    I used to have a monocle. Where did it go?

  3. Adrian
    Posted January 30, 2012 at 3:07 am | Permalink

    Shinobu, you finally started talking. But I wonder why, 1 minute after listening to her, Horo’s face popped up in my mind. Then, suddenly a chain reaction made me totally forget about all the other girls in the show, hence dropping my love points by 50%. I think I fell for a blond loli vampire…

    I’m gonna hang myself.

    • Scamp
      Posted January 30, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

      pedo

      • cifer16
        Posted January 30, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Permalink

        bear

    • cifer16
      Posted January 30, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Permalink

      Your comment made me lol. ^^

  4. Posted January 30, 2012 at 5:48 am | Permalink

    Heh, if you liked the immortality conversation, I imagine that Kizumonogatari might end up being up your alley.

    The thing about Shaft and their “Shafty-ness” is that regardless of any deeper meaning in them, they are aesthetically pleasing, ie they look pretty, and there is immense value to that that some seem afraid to acknowledge. Sometimes, a cigar is just a cigar, but that doesn’t change the fact that cigars are damn tasty (to some). Of course, the best works combine that with meaning, but pretty for the sake of being pretty is… still pretty. And let’s not mince words: far too many anime shows are darn ugly.

    • Scamp
      Posted January 30, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Permalink

      It’s when the Shaftyness is really in your face that it gets annoying. That’s why I often prefer their more laid back stuff like Arakawa. It’s still aesthetically pleasing even when it doesn’t make much sense

  5. Stef
    Posted January 30, 2012 at 10:49 am | Permalink

    Hey, if you recall, characters have been mentioning the plot since the very first scene. There wasn’t any true discussion but it’s not appearing out of nowhere.

    • Scamp
      Posted January 30, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Permalink

      But then they forget the plot and start quoting Evangelion instead

      • Stef
        Posted January 30, 2012 at 4:48 pm | Permalink

        You’re right. ^^
        On a more general note, I don’t feel like judging the entire anime on the extremely fragile basis of 4 episodes. Especially with the avalanche of rants this one generated. But I won’t expand myself on the general pacing nor the already controversial bathroom scene here. And if you’re good kids and use your brains, I never will.

      • Posted January 30, 2012 at 4:51 pm | Permalink

        How often has that happened since the episode 1 cold open?

      • Scamp
        Posted January 30, 2012 at 6:06 pm | Permalink

        How often had they had conversations that lead nowhere and have nothing to do with an overarching plot? Like, most of the first 3 episodes. I can dig some of the conversations as showing how these characters have changed, but they still mostly are just pointless high falutin smut

  6. Anonymous
    Posted January 30, 2012 at 10:57 am | Permalink

    That Shinobu scene man, that shinobu scene…

    I have a thing for female characters with archaic speech patterns.

    • Scamp
      Posted January 30, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Permalink

      pedo.

      • Anonymous
        Posted January 30, 2012 at 7:51 pm | Permalink

        It’s more about the voice than the body, to be honest.

  7. lostsage
    Posted January 30, 2012 at 12:06 pm | Permalink

    I came here to read this but then clicked on that DxD link, and now I can’t remember what I came here for.

    Porn? No, I don’t think that’s right…

    • Scamp
      Posted January 30, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Permalink

      It really is shockingly well animated and fluid. For all DxD’s uncensored titties and camel toes, that ending is the only part of the show that is actually sexy

  8. ペーパー先生
    Posted January 30, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

    How rich do you have to be to build a cathedral for your bathtub?

    • cifer16
      Posted January 30, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

      I was wondering about that too. I always imagine that a average Japanese household has a small place of residance.

      • A Person
        Posted January 30, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

        After seeing Kambaru’s room the size of a small warehouse two episodes ago. I’m going to assume that where its not plot relevant (i.e. Senjogahara having a small house because her dad fell on hard times) that all -Monogatari houses run on the TARDIS principle of “bigger on the inside”

    • mcm038
      Posted January 30, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Permalink

      Nevertheless I am on the opinion looking at the inside of the house is quite interesting, even if it doesn’t have much sense of reality.

  9. Posted January 30, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Permalink

    One thing I thought was interesting was how much closer Araragi seems to Shinobu than a lot of the other characters. He’s almost totally oblivious to whatever Nadeko does, Senjogahara is his terrifying/amazing girlfriend, Kanbaru’s just a good friend, and there’s an odd sense of distance with the respect everyone seems to hold towards Hanekawa. Yet with Shinobu, he’s a lot more…open and casual, I guess, about what he thinks, both because they are literally always together and will probably end up only having each other after a few more decades. Or at least, that’s just the impression I got.

    • Scamp
      Posted January 30, 2012 at 6:08 pm | Permalink

      Probably down to the fact that this is the one person in the entire show he has no emotional attachment to and desire to protect. For whatever reason, that just makes him open up more and be less defensive

      • skylion
        Posted January 30, 2012 at 9:28 pm | Permalink

        Add this to the past two comments. They are totally lying to each other. To much protest: Cannot forgive. Yeah, right…

    • The Big Guy
      Posted January 30, 2012 at 10:16 pm | Permalink

      No emotional attachment? Really? Then why doesn’t he get rid of her and just be done with it? Wasn’t that the whole point of the immortality scene? And the fact that he treats her considerably better than the rest of the heroines, even more than he treats his own sisters. (Or did everyone forget Tsukhiki’s yandere moment in the middle of this episode?) I agree that he doesn’t need to protect her, but no emotional attachment is a stretch.

    • Posted January 30, 2012 at 11:49 pm | Permalink

      Oh yeah, one other thing I forgot to ask, but did anyone else understand the whole thing that was going on about the way he called his younger sisters? I understand that it’s odd to call someone as close to you as family with honorifics (even ones as casual as -chan), but then…what is that supposed to indicate? Is there something that happened between Araragi and his sisters that I missed?

      • caithsith
        Posted January 31, 2012 at 3:22 am | Permalink

        CMIIW, but doesn’t “chan” indicates closeness?
        i think he was acting distant in front of his sister but deep down really cares about them and spilled the bean by calling them “chan”. note that Araragi AFAIK never called anyone with “chan”, and the only people he called with “san” are Senjougahara and Oshino, both arguably the closest to him beside his family.

      • The Big Guy
        Posted January 31, 2012 at 3:22 am | Permalink

        -chan is usually a term of endearment, which seems out of place considering how hard Koyomi is on them most of the time. It shows that he really cares for them.

  10. Posted January 30, 2012 at 6:42 pm | Permalink

    Looks like a show I’m not gonna watch this season…

  11. Moomba
    Posted January 30, 2012 at 10:44 pm | Permalink

    Tsukihi with the knife. Hilight of the episode. I wonder which of them she was preparing to murder…

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