Posts Tagged Nisemonogatari
After a rather lengthy wait, the turn for this blog has come again in the AniBlog Tournament. Voting takes place at the same website as before but, as you may have already noticed, the voting method has been upgraded to a new system and voting is hosted on an external website. Additionally, this round is distinct as voters will be able to select their 2 favorite blogs out of the 4 available in each round. I hope to have your continued support in Round 3! Also, be sure to visit and read the other blogs paired in my group: Baka-Raptor, Metanorn (and check out the podcast of this group, hosted by Metanorn), and Ambivalence , or is it ambiguity?
If you’re interested in checking my blog out, I strongly recommend you browse around and search for posts on whatever anime you like. The style of this blog focuses more on analysis rather than reviews or opinions, but the format is episodic for a couple shows (Jormungand and Sakamichi no Apollon this season) with everyone else being reduced to Weekly Anime posts. For those curious about my opinions on this season, my Mid-Season Review has a comprehensive list of all the anime I’m watching including a ranking of every show, scores, reviews, and thoughts on improvement. If you’re not sure where to start and would like a few examples, please venture on below for some highlights of this blog.
Despite being months overdue and embarrassingly late, the review for the Winter 2012 anime season is at long last completed. Though these anime have long since concluded and become a fragment of our cherished memories, there should be closure for these shows and that’s what this comprehensive review hopes to accomplish. Come, let’s take a moment to reexamine, reanalyze, and reflect on the anime that composed the first anime season of 2012.
When an anime does not meet expectations, it is frequently portrayed as a negative on the series rather than on the individual’s expectations. Regardless of how unrealistic or grandiose the initial expectations are, the unfortunate outcome usually places the blame on the anime, often times summarized as, “it wasn’t as good as I expected.” While that method is certainly fair and appropriate for some anime, it isn’t for others or anime in general. Evaluating Nisemonogatari based off my expectations alone, which is what I did after watching this finale, is a misstep I took in properly judging this anime.
…but only if you’re Araragi Koyomi. For everyone else, life in Nisemonogatari is somewhere between light-hearted and meaningless, a string of sunny days in which to simply enjoy life and nothing more. Though there are days that contrast this norm, they only appear as a singularity in these characters’ lives and the rest is spent in merriment and amusement. With lives like these, you have to wonder if it’s really the girls who are cursed and vexed or if it’s just Araragi.
Bakemonogatari and Nisemonogatari are extremely analogous in many respects, beginning with the obvious such as the recurring characters and static themes in each arc to the minor details like the specific visual styles employed during gags and how characters appear in certain defining shots. As the sequel, Nisemonogatari borrows heavily from the original series but there are enough subtle differences between the two to distinguish it as a separate series rather than just a simple continuation of the first. Among these modifications is one I’ve grown particularly fond of which reiterated itself this episode with the introduction of the mature and uncomforting beauty, Kagenui Yozuru, and the slightly obstinate and slightly tranquil child, Ononoki Yotsugi. Whereas Bakemonogatari dealt with conflicts derived from phantasm and strange phenomena, Nisemonogatari stems its plots around intelligent beings who can create a more dynamic and engaging story beyond the capabilities of curses and other setbacks.
Interpersonal relationships not including Koyomi are routinely concealed or distorted to the point where it seems like the entire universe revolves around our perverted protagonist. But this episode revealed another connection outside our hero with Karen being a longtime admirer of the talented and expert martial artist and friend to Araragi, Kanbaru. The way Nisemonogatari is constructed prevents us from seeing the other characters really interact with each other and show they live lives outside of Araragi. It’s up to subtle hints like these to show us that these characters do interact with each other and have other friendships besides the one they have with Araragi.
What is justice? During the seventh episode of Nisemonogatari, Karen and Koyomi both explained their ideals of justice and what it meant to the situation at hand. The way the story progressed, though, Koyomi’s version of justice disproved Karen’s more simplistic and romantic view of justice and the two came to understand each other in a wonderful scene of forgiveness and familial love. But is Koyomi’s definition of justice really acceptable or was his definition only suitable for the present story?