2 new chapters in the monogatari series, this time it's all about Araragi.
The first story arc is about Araragi's past and how he's trying to remember what happened between him and an old friend and how he can to fix the situation.
I'm not a huge fan of the whole "forgot what happened" story arcs, it always feel like lazy writing, eventhough the whole story took a while to uncover.
It was great to see Tsubasa get a bit more screentime, I feel that some of the earlier cast members have been kinda pushed aside by some more eccentric and newer cast members that are just not as interesting.
Sodachi acts crazier than Hitagi when she's lashing out but has a somewhat similar backstory to Tsubasa. I really feel her character didn't add anything new to the series. Same goes for Ougi, who feels out of place at times. Ougi just shows up out of the blue a few chapters ago and acts like she knows more than Izuko. Just a lot of characters now competing for similar roles, a bit of a shame.
Second story arc we get introduced to another new character called First Apparation Killer. I know it's a character we've been told about much earlier in the series but the way First Apparation Killer looks and acts, it's just another character I don't really care too much for.
Araragi wants to introduce Suruga to somebody, however it all kind of backfires when a floating suit of armor shows up. Yotsugi saves them, Araragi and Suruga go to a park to find Shinobu under a swing and then have a chat with Izuko about how First Apparation Killer is about to make a return.
The original crew is nailing it, the new characters just don't seem all that interesting. Hitagi shows up again for 5 minutes and nails the best character of the season yet again.
The visuals are detailed , so detailed it may ruin the story by major level.
The animations are outstanding however it is quite meaningless to change color tones every 5 seconds.
The sound is overdramatic with unneeded suspense sounds.
The characters are majorly detailed due to the story focusing on the emotions of the story. As mentiones before the color tones are constanly changing as to match the emotions of the character. Red as in anger or grey as in depressed.
Truth to be told i put this review on hold for some time now.What with the new movies and Owarimonogatari 2nd coming,i thought i should revisit the franchise..And boy am i glad i did so.
You see,if i can liken this franchise to a metal band,it would be something among the lines of a prog metal one.A blend of Rush,Dream Theater,Death,Pain of Salvation etc..It's not something to take lightly,it's not something you "understand" right away.It takes a whole lot listening and attention.And through each listen you realise there are things in there that you didn't notice before.And have you noticed?If you listen to an album through your headphones you start picking on even more details,like the bass lines,the subtle changes in guitar rhythm,even the ghost kicks on the drum petal.
Why am i saying all this?Cause like listening to an album that's challengically structured this anime takes a lot of attention and certainly takes more than one time to understand everything.I admit it becomes very hard to follow,but like i said,it's challenging.It's definitely not a care free anime with the cliche tropes and easy going story to soothe the mind of the average idiot who thinks anime like One Piece are the epitome of the industry.Let me put it this way..There is Justin Bieber and then there is Tool.One is a talentless kid for whom teenage girls go crazy for no apparent reason and the other is a band that has shaken the foundations of the industry.
So what makes this the best of the lot?Every single damn thing about it.And i think of all the franchise this one is the best.I can't really explain why,but it just feels like this installment is by far the more complex and intriguing..The story,the characters,the settings..It's like it matured with each step.Every character has gone through hell and it shows in every shot and the animation helps point towards that direction,as well as the music themes.Every single episode and every single occassion feels like an orgasm.Chemicals rushing through your brain, visual stimulation,pain,pleasure and climax.Not everyone gets it,no surprise there.When you're used to the simple joys anything more perplexed seems like climbing Mt Everest...This anime franchise and indeed this Owari don't just give you mindless fun and on your merry way you go.They give you a new experience,a whole new way of sensing what is given to you.It makes use of all senses needed to make this journey unforgetable.
I can't go into the story details cause that would include heavy doses of spoilerism.What i can,maybe,is help you give this anime the chance to amaze you.Give the proper attention and bit by bit you'll come to understand why this is one of the,if not,the best.