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.