Monogatari Second Series Review — B+

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What. The. Hell.

I’m basically the world’s biggest Monogatari hater. I started watching the second season in order to bash it and troll all the Monogatari fans on twitter. And I still stand by my opinion that everything before Monogatari Second Series sucks. But… the second series totally blew me away. Even I am forced to admit that it was really good.

Essentially, Second Series is where they start killing off all the lolis. A+. Good work guys. It also helped immensely that fucking Arararagi wasn’t the narrator for most of the time. One of the high points of the entire show was seeing Kaiki kick that bastard’s ass.

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And Kaiki’s arc was absolutely amazing. Kaiki for best girl.

I’m still not a fan of Shinbo. But his style works much better when there’s some actual mindfuckery going on, like in the Kaiki arc. When it’s just somebody and his sister using a toothbrush as a sex toy— actually that’s another perfect time to use Shinbo’s style. But you know what I mean.

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I do still stand by what I said over two years ago though:

  • Storytelling – A – Love the shifts in perspective.
  • Voice – A – Fine, I’ll admit it, it’s pretty unique with all the fakery.
  • Characters – A – I heart Kaiki
  • Attention Grab – B – I finished it!
  • Production – B – Can’t teach an old dog new tricks.
  • Overall – B+

Recommendations – Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei, Zetsuen no Tempest

8 thoughts on “Monogatari Second Series Review — B+

  1. Are you gonna watch any other Monogatari anime?
    The currently airing Owarimonogatari is the final one.

    Unfortunately, Araragi has returned as narrator.
    In fact, he has also spawned another character.
    No lolis so far outside the flashbacks, though.

    And you are wrong about her hair-cut.
    Hanekawa is better than ever.

    1. Somehow I doubt this is gonna be the final one. As long as Nisio isn’t done with the series there’s nothing stopping Shaft from continuing to phone it in.

      1. It is the finale season for the story of the main character of Monogatari, Koyomi Araragi.
        Nisio’s later Monogaratari work(s) are basically spin-offs.

  2. Never actually saw the first season. Heard it sucked wildly. Was thinking of checking out the first season anyway, but after reading this, think we’ll give it a pass. Second season seems pretty good though.

    Nice blog here, keep up the good work.

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