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Check-in Station: Monogatari S2 eps 17 – 20 (more mature, more lonely; less naive and less divine)

December 1, 2013 4 comments

This arc has left me thinking, while the previous ones have left me in awe.  It’s a thought that makes you wonder what you’re doing here on Earth, and are you using that time wisely?  Are you being true to yourself?  Are you contributing to the world?  And if not, is their punishment for squandering gifts from god?  A divine retribution for the liars, the cons, the sloths, the fugitives, the cheats; imagine if your natural talents were out on loan, and to not turn a profit is to forfeit everything, including your life.  And this has nothing to do with good or evil.  If you’re a murderer, you had best continue to kill people.  If you’re a whore, you had best continue to sell your body.  If you’re a thief, houses must continue to be robbed.  If you’re a truck driver, then you can’t go around driving buses, or taxis because its easier.  You are what you are until the day you expire, and those tasks associated with your lot in life are to be done for as long as you walk the living worth.  That seems to be the world of oddities and demons.  You are to be who you are; nothing more and nothing less.  For if you are not, there is divine retribution.

This is information and perspective I did not have before this arc, that I am now knowledgeable of now.  I’m also a bit sadder, as well. Read more…

Check-in Station: Monogatari S2 eps12 – 15 (goodbye Nadeko Sengoku)

October 14, 2013 4 comments

How did things come to this? I leave the Monogatari series for just a little bit and the formerly cute, formerly disturbingly sexy Nadeko has become a monster!

Scratch that.  The Nadeko we know isn’t a monster, she’s dead and something else is in her place.  Either that, or this is her true form, and we’ve been fooled all along. Read more…

Check-in Station: Monogatari S2 ep7 – 10 (to save a girl, to save a world)

September 8, 2013 Leave a comment

Well this turned out to be an interesting arc.  What seemed to be the start of something intensely focused on Mayoi, turns out to be an arc just as much about Shinobu and her connection to Koyomi.  And I started out not too terribly excited about this arc, since I’m generally not a fan of time travel stories, plus the fact that at times the Monogatari franchise can be impenetrable for some people and complicating it with this concept can only make it worse.  So going into this arc I wondered if this latest story would not get too busy and complicated for viewers to understand, let alone follow.  And I also wanted it to do what all good story arcs in this franchise do; I wanted it to make me the love between Koyomi and all the girls in this show, because in the end we can’t deny that this crazy show is a harem at its core. Read more…

Check-in Station: Monogatari S2 ep5 (accepted feelings, rejected feelings)

August 3, 2013 1 comment

The conclusion of the White Tiger/White Hanekawa arc.  I’ve enjoyed this payoff.  And the amount of patience and restrained this season has shown so far has been impressive.  But let me not get ahead of myself.  There’s much to discuss.  Does this arc end in happiness or tears? Read more…

Nisemonogatari ep9: it’s hard and pressing against my boobs. That’s not what my karate master said.

It can’t be easy juggling your time between grown sexy women, horny and violent siblings, lesbian stalkers, supernatural lolis and the general good of those you care about.  Somehow Koyomi Araragi does it magnificently and poorly at the same time.  Though it does seem as though he’s spending as much time protecting the fruit that is his harem as he does protecting it.  Case in point: Nisemonogatari episode nine. Read more…

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