No toothbrushes and no Senjogahara this week in Nisemonogatari. Worst episode ever.
Why exactly have we started to cycle back through the haremmettes again? I get why we did that at the start of this season. We needed to re-introduce the cast and demonstrate how they had changed in that time. The scenes with Kanbaru, Mayoi and Karen gave us nothing. There wasn’t even much Shafty-ness to look at. Giving someone a piggyback ride seems awfully weaksauce when compared to teeth brushing. In fact, everything ever done for the rest of humanity that is meant to be considered humourously erotic will be weaksauce next to teeth brushing. As for Kanbaru and Mayoi, all we did was rehash the same jokes again. Kanbaru walks around naked and Arararagi wants to molest Mayoi. I’d like to see a little bit of evolution here.
We did get 2 new characters, but eh…well OK I rather liked this girl and her incredibly fashionable high heels, but she didn’t do an awful lot. Stood around on a postbox and asked Arararagi in an incredibly roundabout way where Meme’s old hideout was. Wait, every character speaks in a roundabout way in Nisioisin stories, so I guess that means there’s even less original about her. As for the other girl, sticking a random phrase for her to say isn’t exactly riveting characterisation. Plus we’ve now got 2 episodes to let these two characters shine. Considering this arc is technically meant to be about Tsukihi and we’ve yet to even see her in this bloody arc yet (apart from one piece of Loony Tunes running) I somehow doubt we’ll be getting much characterisation done with these two at all.
I was only half-joking at the start of this post. This episode really was the worst so far. The longer I watch Nisemonogatari, the more I realise that it’s more Shaft’s presentation that I love than any input Nisioisin has. When Arararagi mentioned he thought Tsubasa was the ideal girl and idly fondles various other haremmettes, I realise how I’m not particularly invested in his relationship with Senjogahara at all, or else those scenes would piss me off more. Considering that duo is supposed to be the main crux of the story, it only further serves to highlight that episode 12 last season was an anomaly. Looking back at the other Nisioisin works I’ve come across, I really did not like Katanagatari and I’m pretty sure it was more a love of Death Note than his writing that got me through Another Note. Another strike against Medaka Box for me.
Yeah, short post. Hopefully next episode will pick up again.