Nisemonogatari Review

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):

My reaction:

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.

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  1. Well, for me, I think Nisemonogatari was better simply because unlike Bake, Nisemonogatari had less boring moments. I can only think of two or three instances that I found Nise plodding, as to a comparatively greater number of parts where I found myself not looking at the screen in Bake. Sure, the fanservice can be a base for criticism, but that’s just how the novel was written. In fact, I can say that I’m a bit happy that NisiOisiN tossed away any pretentiousness and just gave the viewers pandering entertainment.
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    • I guess it just boils down to tastes. I didn’t find either boring, but I just preferred the conversations in Bakemonogatari over the fanservice in Nisemonogatari.

  2. I see your point here, in comparison with Bakemonogatari is was rather plain. Nisemonogatari hadn’t enough content to cover in my opinion, the side interactions with all the girls from last season were nice, and one of his, sisters mainly Karen was an interesting new character, but the two arcs felt a bit dragged.

    I like fanservice, but the amount in this anime was crazy, the scenes with the sisters were unnecessary, but maybe they just followed the light novel.

    A nice surprise was the speaking Shinobu, she showed such a cool and nasty personality, she was just adorable and of course beautiful =D

    I enjoyed the show and was thankful for a second season, but overall it felt a bit empty and underwhelming. BTW, where was Senjougahara all the time, it didn’t looked like Araragi would cherish his girl anymore.
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    • It would’ve been better if they had spent a bit more time on Tsukihi’s arc. Karen’s arc also took quite a bit of time to get off the ground, but at least she got a few episodes.

      I admit that seeing a while new side to Shinobu was refreshing, but not enough to make up for areas where it lacked.

  3. I dropped Nise after a few episodes for exactly this reason. It’s shows like this that make me dread the word “sequel” -_-“

  4. The fact that it uses fanservices as a selling point is debatable no doubt and I do find both of these series different. However, I actually find Nisemonogatari enjoyable, the -gatari series isn’t a series focused on the ecchi genre and ironically, I find Nisemonogatari more better at it then most. I think I’ll make a review of mine sometime tomorrow.
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    • Nisemonogatari did at least give its fanservice scenes a twist, I give it credit for that. I just thought it really went overboard though.

  5. It had no bearing on Bakemonotargi or fan service, but I just did not like it all together. Uneven pacing, nonsensical dialogue (not the length of it), and just even seems poorly planned. I can not back that assertion up, since I have not read the novel for Nise, but compared to Bakemono and the its successors, it is probably the weakest of the bunch in my personal opinion.

    • The pacing was something that I didn’t like either. It felt like forever before we finally got into Karen’s arc, and then Tsukihi’s arc was super fast. I wonder how it would have done if they had cut out some of the fluff.

    • Personally, I find complex stories more interesting, but simple ones do have their charm. I also missed having all the crazy symbols and text flashing in and out.

    • Ah yes, the starry sky scene, that was probably the thing that made me go “wow” in Bakemonogatari. If Nisemonogatari had one of those, I probably would have given it a better review.

  6. LOL that cookie monster picture. I haven’t even watched further than the first episode, though I probably will soon just because. I was quite thrown back and disappointed when the guy who was supposed to be in love with ms. stapler suddenly turns into pedo of the year when a loli snail comes along his path. I think he could use a stapling where it hurts.
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  7. I strongly agree.. I was very disappointed in Nise. I loved Bake so much and it was really depressing to watch it’s sequel.