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Bakemonogatari

BASED ON 4 OF 15 EPS DROPPED
2 OCT
2009

Just checked out Bakemonogatari 1-4. It definitely piqued my interest, though I'm not sure if its pros outweighed the cons.

Pros:

  • Extremely interesting animation - combining all sorts of styles (hard to explain what I mean) in a very symbolic ways. Gorgeous scenery, and very cinematic in a way.
  • Quirky, appropriate music
  • Witty dialogue (though this is also a negative, see below)
  • An intro that changes depending on the character of the day - I loved the stapler in the intro for episode 2, as an example.

Cons:

  • Bakemonogatari is a textbook case of 'too much of a good thing'. The majority of each episode is dedicated to watching two of the characters talk to each other, usually with very little scene changing or visual excitement. While the dialogue is witty and entertaining, it also becomes boring very quickly - especially when watching multiple episodes in a row.
  • The animation is gorgeous, but there aren't nearly enough locations to keep your interest. Episode 3 takes place almost fully on the steps of a building (the school?) and the characters never really leave that spot. It's great seeing that location for a bit, but what about changing things up?
  • The tone is odd. Clearly Bakemonogatari is meant more as a bizarre comedy than a monster story (though the title of the series suggests otherwiseS), but I really would like to see more monsters. Episode 1's 'intro' suggests that there's a lot more blood and gore, but so far in 4 episodes there's been zero. Somewhat false advertising, in my opinion.
  • I really, really could have done without all the ecchi. I don't think it does anything for the show and feels out of place.

Overall, Bakemonogatari is a bizarre yet solid watch for Summer 2009, but this is a rare instance where I'm recommending to watch it once a week as it airs, rather than trying to watch it all at once. Normally I do the latter because otherwise I can't remember enough to write a review with the piece meal method, but in Bakemonogatari's case, watching a few eps in a row are a quick path to a nap.

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comments

bullsi avatar bullsi
Jun 14, 2010

Got to episode two then dropped. Probably pick it up again just so I can argue why I don't like. Though the animation was good did nothing with it really.

JAhU avatar JAhU
May 17, 2010

Watched 2 episodes and dropped. It looks like a much less comic Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei with a bit of xxxHolic or Mushishi. The show progresses very slowly, the artistic part fells out of place, the witty dialogues are not funny at all. Ecchi is not my game and there is quite a bit of it there (maybe to fill the empty episodes). Some on the net said it kind of turns into a harem, so its one more reason why I'm not planning to finish watching it.

However the animation is done very well (even the abstract scenes), but I prefer Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei over this show.

Shoukanjuu avatar Shoukanjuu
Mar 23, 2010

I just watched 12 episodes in a row, I do not think the the ecchi was out of place and I think it can even be a good thing in small doses, but a lot of pointless conversation(which I loved) and the bizzare anime really made it for me. :D

FlameLyrical avatar FlameLyrical
Mar 2, 2010

Really? Lol.. I just watched 8 episode in a row and it kept me wanting to watch more oO.

Anathemus avatar Anathemus
Feb 8, 2010

I completely agree with the review, but I couldn't pass the second episode xD seemed pretty boring for me to keep up!

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