Nisemonogatari 11: Family

Nisemonogatari’s heartwarming (not terribly so) family ties season comes to an end.

The picture speaks for itself

Araragi’s Mawarai Penguindrum aside, I was glad to see Tsukihi recover so quickly. Power of the phoenix indeed.

Posed, but not poised

Gruesome battle scene with Araragi aside, it was a fairly predictable end to the show. I never really doubted that Tsukihi would be fine in the end, especially so when Kagenui described Tsukihi’s situation as ultimately being harmless. I talked earlier in the season about how NIsemonogatari lacked stakes, and again this arc is a reiteration. If Tsukihi’s situation is harmless, then of course we know she’ll be fine. The fights become just for show. If she was a ticking time bomb, then there’s some stakes behind the battles.

Loli Shinobu > Teenager Shinobu

All in all, Nisemonogatari was an acceptable sequel to Bakemonogatari. Showy without much substance. But much like Shinobu, I prefer the prior loli version.

2 Replies to “Nisemonogatari 11: Family”

  1. STOP stalking my mind!
    always taking my thoughts and putting them online XD

    really, another great review.
    ps: all heil loli shinobu 😀

  2. In one way I think they made an improvement over Bakemonogatari: IIRC, B-monogatari had frequent shots of text that you had to pause the video to watch. I think it was smart to drop that. Unfortunately I never really felt there was a story in N-monogatari; it felt like it was just Araragi chatting with his harem.

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