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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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Nisemonogatari

Type: Fire Sisters

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Synopsis: That kooky half-vampire is at it again! Having personally solved the problems of five smokin’ hot babes, brosky tries to enjoy the remainder of his summer break by catching up on some studying and just hangin’ out. Then the universe remembers that he has two sister. One’s a karate master with a power level of over 9000, and the other wears a kimono. And do they have problems. Scary problems.

Pros: Everything you know and love about the original Bakemonogatari is all here. Its stylized animation, its master cinematography, its clever humor. The show runners even decided to amp up the fan service. What’s changed is the focus of the show. In the first season, the series was about Koyomi helping different individuals with supernatural curses. This season, however, revolves around his sisters. Roughly two-thirds deals with his sister Karen, and the rest with his sister Tsukihi. We’re also properly introduced to Shinobu, the vampire living within Koyomi who we only got brief glimpses of in the first season.

Cons: This is very much a sequel-season. By that, I mean that viewers need to have a healthy understanding of all the show’s continuity. Who every character is, what their deal is, why certain actions are important. Characters from the first season do play less of an important role this time around. They show up just long enough to  maybe frustrate fans, while definitely confusing newbies. Some may also miss the varied ghost story format of season one, though the Fire Sister stories do hold their own.

Watch it?: Definitely, if your a fan. New viewers should watch the first season beforehand. (5/5)

MVP: Karen Araragi

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Girl on Fire

Best Episode: Ep.8 “Tsukihi Phoenix, Part One” (holy crap, what was up with that Tooth-Brushing scene!?)

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