Nisemonogatari is a direct sequel to the popular anime, Bakemonogatari, consisting of 11 episodes and produced by SHAFT. The synopsis from MAL is described below:
The black swindler Kaiki Deishu, who once deceived Hitagi, returns to town and spreads the incantation which cursed Nadeko before.
Koyomi’s sisters Karen and Tsukihi try to capture Deishu but…
The synopsis doesn’t give you much to go on, and after watching the series, I can see why. I enjoyed Bakemonogatari when it aired in 2009, but I was really disappointed to see how Nisemonogatari turned out. To make my explanation simple, just take a look at the following screenshots.
What I expected (screens from Bakemonogatari):
What I got (screens from Nisemonogatari):
Bakemonogatari followed the basic harem set-up: boy meets girl, boy saves girl, boy gets girl. What made it stand out was the atmosphere, sense of urgency, cryptic flashes of text, and unique personalities. Nisemonogatari dropped all of that to make room for “classy” scenes such as: “playing twister”, “taking a bath”, “cleaning up”, “brushing teeth”, and “checking for scars”. Fanservice takes center stage in Nisemonogatari, kicking out story and action. The arcs in this series basically trumpeted “yay for incest” while the fight scenes were either anticlimactic or non-existent (I didn’t even get to see Kiss-shot Acerola-orion Heart-under-blade throw a punch).
If I had to describe Nisemonogatari in one word, it would be “disappointing”. It fails to live up to its predecessor and has levels of fanservice that I only expect from titles such as The Qwaser of Stigmata and Manyuu Hikenchou. Of course, if you like fanservice that could be described as “art” in a convoluted way, then Nisemonogatari should be high up on your watch list.
One final note: always brush your teeth.