Hanamonogatari Review

Rich in presentation and emotional intensity, Hanamonogatari elevates Kanbaru to new heights and delivers a stirring character drama grounded with sharp pacing and biting dialogue that explores its dark themes without exploitation or shock factor. Plot Synopsis: Still suffering from a monkey arm, Kanbaru is going about her daily life when Ougi informs her that…

Tsukimonogatari Review

Though the animation and music are polished and the thematic material promising, Tsukimonogatari is ultimately an unsatisfying, unengaging arc that fails to provide any concrete sense of progress. Plot Synopsis: Araragi has no reflection, and his sisters have been kidnapped! Struggling with his vampire nature, it seems that now is as good a time as…

Monogatari Second Season: Koimonogatari Review

Overcoming the fetishised and indulgent qualities that have plagued previous entires and taking the best qualities of the Monogatari series, particularly the witty banter and thematic core, to new heights with a tight narrative which constantly stands on the edge of a razor, Koimonogatari poignantly closes out Monogatari Second Season with an emotionally focused, dramatically…

Monogatari Second Season: Onimonogatari Review

Onimonogatari‘s uninteresting and poorly integrated exposition and plot structure result in what should be one of its most powerful arcs instead serving as, quite possibly, the worst in the series. Plot summary: Araragi and Mayoi are attacked by a bunch of words, and can’t do anything. So Shinobu tells them her backstory for no reason…

Monogatari Second Season: Otorimonogatari Review

Otorimonogatari represents Monogatari’s most decisive, psychologically harsh and progressive arc to date, propelling Nadeko from the bottom to the top and creating an immediate threat that surpasses anything else shown thus far. Plot Synopsis: Sick of always being treated second best (or last…) by Araragi and viewed with little but pity and condescension, Nadeko starts…

Monogatari Second Season: Kabukimonogatari reviw

Kabukimonogatari blows every preceding entry away in terms of scale and adds considerable depth and emotional weight to Shinobu, though the nonsensical story line that doesn’t make much of an attempt at justifying time travel logic, the solution is discovered far more easily, and ironically very little is accomplished with Mayoi. Plot synopsis: Araragi and…

Monogatari Second Season: Nekomonogatari White Review

While not the most substantial in terms of strengthening character relationships or the most complex plot-wise, Nekomonogatari White nonetheless presents strong intrapersonal emotional conflict and rounds Hanekawa’s character arc to a satisfying conclusion, while exhibiting strong semantic precision and density. Plot Synopsis: Hanekawa’s cat side is becoming more active, just as a tiger apparition has…

Nekomonogatari Black Review

Nekomonogatari: Black represents a stunning return to form for the franchise, grounding graphic violence and sexually explicit imagery with harsh psychological themes and emotionally resonant character moments that don’t feel unapologetically self indulgent, resulting in what may well be the finest arc thus far, and is certainly one of the densest. Plot synopsis: Araragi has…

Nisemonogatari Review

Self-indulgent beyond all rationality and shameless in its ubiquitous sexual exploitation of almost the entire cast, Nisemonogatari is almost completely skipable, though some strong additions to the cast and well composed scenes just barely make it worth sitting through. Plot Summary: Araragi and his female friends talk endlessly and sexually invade each other until a…

Bakemonogatari Review

Though inevitably some may find it frivolous and even offensive, Bakemonogatari delivers convincing character drama and memorable directorial efforts, creating a unique series that’s rich in both style and substance. Plot synopsis: Araragi is a regenerative vampire whom take it upon himself to save young women from their horrible fates. From weight-stealing crabs to sentient…