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Nekomonogatari

Type: Cat-Girl Ghost Thingy

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Synopsis: Taking place before the original series but not showing the events we really wanted, Nekomonogatari is about a cat spirit. Specifically, its about the time Araragi’s friend Hanekawa. You know, the one with the glasses and big boobs. The one that already go her own story arc in Bakemonogatari. So instead of finally explaining how Araragi became a vampire and was forced to enter the world of ghosts and oddities, we get 4 episodes about a girl in her bra and panties with cat ears.

Pros: By now, fans of the Monogatari series will know what there getting into. The traditional use of cut frames, bright colors, and of kilter conversations are still here. Araragi still runs the gamit of cool guy to spaz to perv. Its four more episodes of Monogatari (or a single movie depending how you look at it).

Cons: Going into this series, I knew beforehand that it was a prequel. However, I failed to read too much into the “Neko” part of “Nekomonogatari” and thought it was going to be about how Araragi became a vampire. So far, this is the only “oddity case” that hasn’t been covered in the anime side of the franchise. Maybe the books or the subsequent series cover it, I don’t know. But it’s staring to irk me. Nekomonogatari is good enough and its still Monogatari in terms of quality, but I don’t think we really needed to have Hanekawa’s story expanded. Her arc in Bakemonogatari was enough.

Watch it?: If you need more Monogatari, then sure (4/5)

MVP: Araragi

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Still a fun character

Best Episode: Ep. 1 “Tsubasa Family, Part One” (boob latch)

 

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Bakemonogatari

Type: Ghost stories done anime style

Synopsis: Half-vampire goes to high school and sticks his nose into the business of a few cute girls. Each of the girls have some sort of mental demon that becomes a real demon for some reason. The half-vampire doesn’t really solve their issues, but takes the credit for it. Funny enough, half of the girls’s problems are because of the half-vamp, since he’s so damned shiny and mysterious (he is in high school after all).

Pros: An anime about ghost stories is pretty cool on paper, and the show doesn’t disappoint. Like all real ghost stories, the real monster is human nature. Each of the girl’s “demons” is the manifestation of their individual psychological issues. The show’s cool animation style and sporadic cinematics give each episode an aura of a film (especially because each episode has its own individual openings). Slow starts and intense climaxes. This one’s really worth a watch.

Cons: The protagonist Koyomi. Well, not the character, but just his back story. Problem is, you don’t know a whole lot. It all gets covered in the pilots opening, and is never really looked into again (though, given its sequel and movie, it may have in fact already been). I also have a problem over Hitagi, the female protagonist (sort of). Her back story is a bit too elaborate (it involves cults). But these things are really just nit picking an otherwise intriguing anime.

Watch it?: Yes, or it’ll haunt you later in life (5/5)

MVP: Suruga Kanbaru

To be honest, I just think shes cute

Best Episode: Ep. 9-10 “Nadeko Snake” (the whole arc)

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