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Tsukimonogatari

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Tsukimonogatari may be the best of the side stories and it sets the stage perfectly for the third season of Monogatari. Don’t worry, it’s not a cliffhanger ending or anything like that where you have to worry if that third season is actually coming. It’s supposed to be coming and I’ll leave it at that because we all know how the anime industry can change without warning. They left off where you might be okay if they didn’t continue the series but you’d still be disappointed with the unfinished story.

Let’s dwelve into the meat of this. While the cover for Tsukimonogatari is Yotsugi Doll, she is not the main focus of Tsukimonogatari. She does play a big role in it but the main protagonist this time is actually Koyomi with a slice of Shinobu. Koyomi and Shinobu narrate most of these shows with Koyomi doing the main narration. This series gives some background on Yotsugi Doll and on Koyomi’s vampire history and you’ll see him experiencing some changes. What does this mean for the series going forward? You’ll have to watch to find out. Continue reading

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Hanamonogatari

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Hanamonogatari is the 5th story in the Monogatari line. This show follows Monogatari Series Second Season and it’s main focus is Saruga. This is a story about Saruga after Koyomi and Hitagi graduated from high school.

The Monogatari series is one that I found myself enjoying, much more than I expected to. I didn’t think the avant garde style and the long monologues would be something I could get into but in every series up until now, they hit it out of the park. Hanamonogatari, sadly does not.

Saruga kind of became a lost character since she doesn’t have much of a connection to the main cast Continue reading

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Monogatari Series Second Season

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Monogatari is back with a second season. (Yeah, like I didn’t watch the shows back to back.) Koyomi and the crew are back with a lot more occult detective work, adult type scenes, avant garde style, long soliloques, confessions and everything that makes this show so damned appealing.

This second season started off kind of awkwardly with the two main talkers in the series being put together, Hanekawa and Hitagi. Grab your remote control if you don’t know Japanese because you will need it to keep up with them but it is an interesting setup for the season. The second season has a much darker tone to it, you even lose at least one of the main characters. The story pacing is slowed down a bit and there are even 2 recap episodes included to keep everyone on track. As you know I’m not a plot killer, I prefer to give you what amounts to a preview and let you make the decision from there but if you liked the first 3 series then I think you’ll like this. Continue reading

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Nekomonogatari (Kuro)

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Nekomonogatari actually takes place BEFORE Bakemonogatari and Nisemongatari. This is the origin story of Hanekawa. You see part of here story in Bakemonogatari but here is where that story gets fleshed out. As you know by now if you saw Bakemonogatari or Nisemonogatari, Hanekawa is a talker so if you don’t speak Japanese get ready for fast reading or possibly rewinding, she can push the dialogue along quick.

They main characters in Nekomonogatari are Koyomi, Hanekawa, Oshino and Shinobu. You learn more about the origin and background of the 4 characters and also about Black Hanekawa which is the cat like entity that you may have seen in pictures. I don’t want to give too much info here since this series gives you a lot of background. I’m sure you’ve probably seen plenty of gifs of her looking like a harmless catgirl but this cat has some serious claws. Continue reading

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Nisemonogatari

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This is a continuation of the story of Bakemonogatari, with the main focus being on Koyomi’s sisters, also known as the Fire Sisters. A swindler comes to town, the same one who indirectly put the curse on Nadeko in Bakemonogatari and the sisters are out to stop him.

Nisemonogatari deals a lot more with character growth and interpersonal relationships. It even gets really incesty and it’s not just one time, it’s both of his sisters on a few occasions. It isn’t some long drawn out act or sex, it’s probably what you would call odd foreplay or fetish stuff. I’m not sure how to describe it but don’t go thinking I’m referring to sex, the show does not go that far. I’m really not sure what words to use, it’s just awkward. Continue reading

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Bakemonogatari

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Bakemonogatari was an anime I just picked up randomly and I’m kind of glad I did. Though this show is hard for me to describe, it’s very eclectic, avant garde and surreal. There are so many aspects to this show that if I went through every nuance, this review would be a mile long.

Koyomi Araragi is the center of the show, a third year high school student who has recently was recently cured of his vampirism. He finds himself mixed up with all kinds of apparitions, ghosts, myths, and spirits of the female persuasion. Koyomi ends up being the one to help them with their issues inside themselves from emotional issues to passing on to the other side. Continue reading

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