Yeah this is pretty much the whole show.
In any case I hope everybody loves the unannounced design change after a month of dickery and decrease in activity! Excepting maybe that latter part… In any case, I’ve been focusing too much on my Hikkikomori Quest. A man is only a man so much as he is a master of his domain and in my domain/imagination I am a wizened 56-year old frontierman-cum-cowboy-cum-lich king who has to defend his ranch lands from hordes of Indian warriors (who eerily resemble my parents) that keep telling me to get a job.
In any case, one of my New Year’s resolutions is to actually keep reviewing a series instead of making a lackluster summary of the first episode and assume people won’t even read it. Nope, this time I gotta’ go all out. I have to make it my… job to keep writing. Oh God I need a break already…
Enough rambling let’s get on with the show.
Araragi, the last Airbender, continues his ultimate quest to build his harem by fighting a feminazi lesbian, preventing schoolgirls from being snakeraped (Hakuna squamata as they say in Africa), euthanizing cats, groping a dead girl without her consent, and making some crabby staplerbitch his girlfriend.
After Oshino Meme, witch-doctor and temporary Hawaiian, leaves the series because of some reason, Schmararagi becomes human again or is he still a vampire? No, it’s like some kind of half-and-half.
Anyways, he gets kidnapped by Senjoucrabara but before that Rubadubaragi makes a promise to go to Sengoku Jidai-ko’s house. On the way he gets distracted by a defenceless schoolgirl and starts groping an elementary schoolgirl and discusses grammatical connotations within the Japanese language. And that’s the end of the episode. Oh yeah and he does some sweet handstands.
Overall I thought this was the best slideshow I’ve ever seen in a quite a while. I kid though, this episode isn’t as quite “slideshowy” as the average Bakemonogatari episode. I’m hoping it won’t descend to that because it wasn’t terribly good but it wasn’t pretty bad either; it was barely tolerable is what I’m saying.
SHAFT doesn’t seem to be using any cost-cutting measures yet. In any case, if you were a fan of Bakemonogatari and liked my previous non-existent Bakemonogatari reviews then you’ll definitely like Nisemonogatari.
I definitely liked the banter between Hachikuji and Araragi especially the whole “courage” segment.
It was a lighthearted touch to what I thought was a fairly poignant scene what with the atmosphere full of “almost-farewells”. And I’m realizing the incongruity of mentioning poignancy when the second-to-last picture is sort of…
This first episode also had plenty of fanservice for all types. For example check out this screencap (courtesy of Crystal Energy Kai) of Araragi’s little sister Tsukihiaaaahyeeeeeaaaah…
Overall if you like saucy banter and fanservice then you’ll like Nisemonogatari. I give this episode 5 LASCIVIOUS HANDSTANDS out of 5.
And here it is your moment of zen.