If I Said There Was No Fanservice When Koyomi Wiped Down Karen’s Sweaty Illness in Nisemonogatari 05

[HorribleSubs] Nisemonogatari - 05 [720p].mkv_snapshot_22.33_[2012.02.05_07.50.34]

I’d be a con man too. Nice monogatari bro. Don’t fool yourselves. It’s smut.

Now that’s out of the way. It isn’t merely smut.

It’s a sweet, tender moment of fraternal relations. If Bakemonogatari was all about love and friendship, this sequel is now also about family. You hear it all over this episode, as if on queue. To Tsubasa, Koyomi says “our families are different.” To Koyomi, Tsukihi says “why don’t you have any friends?” Koyomi says he has five now, and now he’s working on being a good brother as well.

It’s also a pretty cool essay on trade and currency. What do you give up for what you value? What price do you put on things? Kaiki Deishu is a delightful character.

The fun about this sequel is how every new episode invites a conclusive reading on the series (or even franchise) as a whole. This time, it’s all about conning the viewer, and taking all their money. GOOD JOB SHAFT X SHINBO X NISIOISIN. Best episode yet.

[HorribleSubs] Nisemonogatari - 05 [720p].mkv_snapshot_09.45_[2012.02.05_07.51.12]

Let me put into english their manifesto as I read it from everything I’ve seen and especially this episode:

We want to be heroes of the craft, of the industry; to put out a superbly crafted work of animation. We want to tell a story that reaches the hearts of viewers, lighting a fire under whatever goodness they have to share to the world.

To get their attention, we give them pornography; of such quality and provocativeness heretofore unseen. We give them all kinds. No taboos un-teased. The show we put out wil be self-aware. Everyone is in on the joke.

We do this for money. We dichotomize Oshino and Kaiki, and even throw the Araragis into the mix.


All of the above exist within our monogatari, it’s our monogatari. It’s all of our behaviors. We are perverts and geniuses. We fuck you over, we give you what you want, you love it, we love it.

To casualfags we are Oshino Meme.

To the Koyomis who buy our Blu-Rays we are Kaiki Deishu.

To the unsaved masses who download illegal fansubs we are Araragi Koyomi.

We are all of these. Love us just the same.

We own our own smuttiness and pandering to your perversions. Go ahead, blame us. We’ll suck the supernatural poison from the anime industry as a whole and take it upon ourselves. Because we’re not about being right, we’d rather be strong…

All the way to the bank, baby.

Maybe I am a con man too!

[Nisemonogatari 04]

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18 Responses to If I Said There Was No Fanservice When Koyomi Wiped Down Karen’s Sweaty Illness in Nisemonogatari 05

  1. xyshtoph says:

    Word spoken costs nobody. Word heard cost both sides.
    Your words, they have value and now I have to pay for it.
    You con man.

  2. Shinmarizu says:

    And I would not have it any other way. Best smut there is in anime right now.

  3. Clever. But still smutty. Just the way I like it.

  4. jpmeyer says:

    less talk more fap

  5. megaroad1 says:

    Loved the bit with Kaiki. He’s a delicious little capitalist who knows what he’s got and how he’s gonna sell it. His poke of Karen’s forehead was an absolutely classic putdown that will surely not be forgotten. I cannot imagine how things will turn out should Kaiki face Arararararagi-san (sorry I stuttered) and his powerful Shinobu sidekick. Rubbing my hands in anticipation for it.

    • Quite an entertaining character, definitely. I enjoyed his long table with all the candles as well, though the dark bars on the wall were quite ugly and distracting.

      I like how he named his price for the operation targeting middle schoolers, and more than that, his price to get out of the game all together.

      He has a price, which appeals to me in terms of appreciating a character with authenticity. The only question is whether he stays bought.

  6. Erunno says:

    I should start making a checklist about which fetishes have been pandered to already. I’m suspecting that the authors of this series had one, too, when they devised this sequel.

  7. Xard says:

    Eromonogatari (as the japanese nickname for Nisimonogatari now goes) is not a masturbation anime, it’s all about genuine love within the work and outside in form of love coming from the audience

    When a gentleman does it’s called making love to oneself after all – and what else would better descripe us classy onii-chans and our self-insert koyomi-kun than that title.

      • Xard says:

        On more serious note I found the smut to be aggravatingly out of place for such seemingly serious scene. At least with Nadeko the main point of scene WAS smut with some plot foreshadowing and communication happening in “by the way” fashion. Here the “real content” and the family relationship between Koyomi and his imouto WAS the main point and the smut wasn’t just tasteless smut, it was tasteless smut that IMO drew attention away from real meat (haw haw) of the scene *sigh*

        Still, it wasn’t nowhere near as bad as it could’ve been. Kaiki scenes were awesome as hell and that also made up for it.

        All in all I’ve found Eromonogatari to be around Nadeko arc in Bake in terms of tone and quality. It’s kinda good and enjoyable but not really what I enjoy the best about the show… and it’s ridiculously lewd while we’re at it.

  8. Kaiki was indeed just delicious.

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