Nisemonogatari 06 + 07: No stakes

Mercifully, the flame wrath bee arc comes to a supposed end. Viewing the arc in retrospect, I have to admit that it was a rather droll storyline with a weak punchline.

Nisemonogatari - a lesson in territorial girls

The one part of Nisemonogatari that I do consistently like are the interactions between Araragi and Hachikuji. The balance of power between the two seems most even so we tend to see some of the more insightful discussions between the two. If I had to listen to two characters talk the whole show (which is basically what Nisemonogatari is) I’d want this to be the Araragi and Hachikuji variety hour.

Araragi cops a feel

There’s a lot of visual candy to Nisemonogatari but a lack of substance underneath it. Is this unique to Nisemonogatari or did Bakemonogatari fall into the same trap? Am I just being more harsh with Nisemonogatari because I expect more from it? In my head, each arc of Bakemonogatari carred weight, drama and substance – is my recollection flawed? Case in point would be a visually epic, Matrix Mr. Anderson-worthy fight scene between Araragi and Karen – it reminded me of the General Grievous/Obi-wan fight – technically impressive, superbly choreographed, but still very boring. Was there any doubt in how the fight would end up? To me, Karen’s problem lacks a sense of urgency, I see emotions being through around, but all of it comes off as very fake, surface level. I don’t believe there’s an incredibly tight bond between Karen and Araragi. I don’t believe that Karen is some kind of fighter for justice, trying to save the weak. There’s just a complete disconnect for me with the characters and their motivations.

Kaiki delivering cold, hard facts

The arc ends with Kaiki promising to leave town and to stop scamming middle school kids – but before he leaves, Kaiki – the most interesting character of Nisemonogatari, perhaps because he hasn’t been spun into the harem web, offers Senjougahara a scathing critique – she has become boring. As if he was taking the words right out of the audience’s mouth (or well, at least mine). I feel so far removed from Senjougahara Fascination that I can’t even recall why I was embroiled in it in the first place. Domestication has made Senjougahara boring. Oh, she has the same sharp tongue but again, it all feels incredibly surface level. In Bakemonogatari her pain and anguish drove her behavior – her response was like a cornered cat. Now? It’s like millionaires singing about the pains of being poor – she lacks the same credibility she had before.

This had so much more meaning last season

All in all, a disappointing arc, one that stretched out a bit too long and lacked the drama to get me invested.

Watch the latest episode of Nisemonogatari on Crunchyroll.

4 Replies to “Nisemonogatari 06 + 07: No stakes”

  1. i agree with your opinions. i loved the bakemonogatari series and still love the nisemonogatari series but this arc was indeed a bit too ”played” like it was done by a bunch of half-good actors.

    you always take my opinion right out of my mouth 🙂
    cheking in everyday for new reviews XD

    sayonara and until the next one my friend

    1. Thanks for the kind words! 🙂

      Yeah, I’m hoping the next arc – if it’s a distinct arc – is stronger. The original Bakemonogatari had plenty of dialogue too, but there was definitely more of a dramatic bent to it that made it more interesting.

      Also, the site is based on WordPress and a theme framework. I had to do a fair amount of CSS customization, but didn’t have to build it from the ground up. My skill level is definitely amateur. 🙂

  2. ps: did you make the site? i as amateur webmaster find your site to be just awsome.
    if you where the creator i would just like to know what you do for living (don’t have to anwser it if you don’t want to of corse) and what you had as education to reach this level.

  3. “Is this unique to Nisemonogatari or did Bakemonogatari fall into the same trap? Am I just being more harsh with Nisemonogatari because I expect more from it?”

    Yes and no. Bake was a little bit better in this regard than Nise, but its failings are Nise’s failings. Bakemonogatari was: an interesting underlying premise/story + dialogue that wouldn’t stop fucking around + porn + obfuscating style. Nise just subtracted the first aspect of that, more or less.

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