the bee and the phoenix.

Well. That ended…quite abruptly.

Finally, I got to watch Nisemonogatari a few days ago and man, was I depressed. Partially because it was short and mostly because it kind of went along with the existential, life-is-meaningless kind of talk we always have during classes. Seriously, if, by some cruel twist of fate, you decide to become a Comparative Literature major, you’d see what I mean. Anyways, carry on.

Nisemonogatari’s a play on nisemono, meaning fake, and monogatari, meaning story. So if you take one with one, you’d pretty much have the essence of what the show would be going on about. Time-wise, the story occurs some time after the events of Bakemonogatari — seeing how Oshino Meme’s out of his abandoned building and Kanbaru’s hair had grown (she hasn’t outgrown her perviness, though). Main characters from Bakemonogatari are transformed into…cameo roles here in Nisemonogatari, with Hanekawa probably topping the list of most exposure time. As the story focuses mainly on Araragi Tsukihi and Araragi Karen, that is to be expected. Although that does not take out the fact that it is also sad.

The show still has the trademark SHAFT quirkiness, the red/black/yellow scenes and the long rally of dialogues; maybe what I was looking for in the show is the diversity it had during Bakemonogatari. What made the series particularly engaging for me in the first place were the cases. With Nisemonogatari just having two cases, then inserting three new characters, I kind of felt it would’ve been better if it was longer; not only so that there’d be more space for cases but also so that these new ones can develop more. They just came and went, as it is.

Although I did like the series as a whole, I think I’d still prefer Bakemonogatari over Nisemonogatari. As a consolation, you’d get to see Oshino Shinobu’s grown up form which is absolutely hot.

P.S. After watching Nisemonogatari, you’d never look at toothbrushes the same way ever again. Ever.


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