Bakemonogatari is show that didn’t fit what I thought I’d like in anime, but it rewarded me. I loved it. Nisemonogatari gives a little of what its predecessor did in terms of what got me excited about it, and then pretty much went all the way with extremely indulgent fanservice. It’s the kind of indulgence that makes it the centerpiece of every episode, while the narrative is there on the cum-stained floor like bread crumbs on the smutty path.
This is the fundamental difference between the two shows (and by extension, Katanagatari). There’s a lot of meandering conversation, but the conversations and situations in Nisemonogatari are decidedly exploitative. It exploits character interactions and situations to portray the maximum amount of smut while maintaining a narrative or plot.
Am I that hung up on plot? No. I can watch 26 episodes of Aria or K-On!! with no irritation. It’s really about the content in this case, and there’s no point going around it. I am not thrilled about long-winded, tension-filled scenarios where the potential payoff is some kind of nudity, groping, or sexual gratification involving these particular characters when I can actually be watching them solve problems, work through relationships, and/or act like human beings.
Let’s burn some straw men here lest the discussion be polluted by generalizing. I am talking about Nisemonogatari and at most the two other adaptations of NisiOisiN’s works, nothing else. I have no interest in the source material, nor with the author himself, and/or the director and the production staff. I’ll assume they are all fine people.
Am I interested in making a moral statement regarding cartoons, elementary school girls, and pornography of such? No. I have my beliefs but they are not what I’m putting forth here, nor am I interested in making every reader believe as I do. I do think that Nisemonogatari in particular has become difficult to watch due to its dedicating itself towards featuring this content above all other value propositions it may have had. But there are still reasons to watch it. Here are mine:
Pros: With two episodes left, the pace will pick up and we get to the actual story of Tshukihi Phoenix. The Bee thing wasn’t very interesting in the previous arc, unlike the Snail, the Monkey, the Crab, etc. from Bakemonogatari, but the Phoenix is the first unusual creature. This interests me.
Cons: With two episodes left, there may no longer be an opportunity to flesh out Hanekawa vs. Hitagi that was interestingly dangled like bait in the opening episodes. Instead, we get two new characters to explore – which is not a bad thing! However I don’t think there’ll be much apart from 2 long speeches from them apiece, while Nadeko and her cooter makes a comeback since she’s Rara-chan’s age.
Senjougahara Brings it Home
Pros: This is the very best part of this whole narrative. There’s this chance that they get together and show us something new about them as a partnership. It’s actually unlikely since they got to do this already at the end of the Karen Bee arc, the same way the Tsubasa Cat arc ended quite anti-climactically. But who knows?
Cons: We may get Tsubasa instead, Koyomi’s supposed perfect girl. This may actually prove interesting given how the new characters seem to be powerful physical opponents and Hanekawa never really had this going on for her. This is all unlikely, as she’s really more of a distraction throughout Nisemonogatari.
The Equivalent of a Mud-Wrestling Free-for-All
All the girls show up for a Dynasty Warriors type of melee. The new girls may be powerful and the “saved” girls don’t have much by way of power levels… but they have numbers, Koyomi, and Shinobu. If there’s going to be a fanservice payoff, let it be this.
It’s not too late. But it’s also likely that the next episode will have 50% of it utter bullshit similar to the content of episodes 08 and 09.
Hey ghosty, I thought you had 5 reasons not to drop this show!