Adapted from the light novel series “化物語“ written by Isin Nisio with original illustrations by Vofan, it is hard to believe the first “Bakemonogatari” anime series already aired back in 2009.
Animated by studio Shaft, absolutely adored this terrific anime series that stood out not only due to its inspiring alternative visual style, but the characters, witty dialogues, compelling stories were each outstanding elements that came together to create an even grander unity.
Could describe the series at length with the many superlatives that it fully deserves, if only more shows were this good. Am thrilled that the sequel light novel “Nismeonogatari” gets an anime adaptation this winter season.
The first episode starts off with the typical flair which makes this show so remarkable, the unique visuals and snappy dialogue between Hitagi & Koyomi whose chemistry is electrifying, were a true feast. Of course, next to Hitagi, the other girls too are irresistibly cute.
Though the remainder of the episode was equally impressive, a real joy to watch not only for its entertainment value but the sheer level of this series lifts it up from mere fun entertainment to one of those series that stick in your mind, not unlike shows such as “Aria”, “Cowboy Bebop”, “Elfen Lied”, “Ghost In The Shell”.
The sublime dialogues and character chemistry is in part thanks to the stellar voice acting performances. Saito Chiwa simply shines in her role as Senjougahara Hitagi, she previously voiced characters like Aika S Granzchesta in the “Aria” series, Lavie in “Last Exile”, Louise in “Gundam 00” and Lucchini in “Strike Witches”.
Hanazawa Kana voices the irresistibly cute Nadeko, she also voices Chiaki in this season’s “Mouretsu Pirates” as well as Charlotte in “IS: Infinite Stratos” and Susukihotaru in “Otome Youkai Zakuro”. Tomboyish Kanbaru is voiced by Sawashiro Miyuki who previously performed roles like Perrine in “Strike Witches” and Saeko in “Highschool of the Dead”.
The Araragi sisters should have more screen time throughout this sequel, look forward to seeing more of them. The oldest sister Karen is voiced by Kitamura Eri, who also voices Yachiyo in “Working!!”, Kureha in “So-Ra-No-Wo-To” and Ami in “Toradora!”. Iguchi Yuka voices Koyomi’s younger sister Tsukihi, she also did roles like Index in “To aru Majutsu no Index” and Konoe in “Mayo Chiki!”.
If during its initial run “Bakamonogatari” did not make the full impact it should have on me or other viewers, it is most likely due to the fact the last arc ‘Tsubasa Cat’ was left incomplete after the televised run, only being wrapped up in 2010 through three episodes that aired online too many months apart.
To this day still do regret not having splurged on the lovely PVC scaled figures made by Good Smile Company of the “Bakemonogatari” girls, especially those of Nadeko and Black Hanekawa. What’s the most regrettable though is the lack of a localized Blu-ray release so far.
Beyond any doubt “Nisemonogatari”is the top contender and sure win for this winter season’s best series, one simply can’t afford to miss it. Though if you’re to watch this show, make sure you have seen the first season “Bakemonogatari”.