Saturday, July 3, 2010

Bakemonogatari Review

    Story: 9/10
    The first episode of this series was a blast, you have a guy who accidentally caught a girl when she fell and found out that she doesn't have any weight and then it was later revealed that she has also experienced an oddity so he tried to help the girl but she threatens him that if he would reveal her secret she'll torture him and she even stapled his mouth. I was like whoa, who's this girl she's really interesting and the guy is so goody good that he's persistent to help the girl even though she keeps on verbally abusing him. Then the story has taken one interesting ride when we get to meet other characters dealing with different oddities that has afflicted them and at the same time the viewers could see the development of the relationship of Araragi and Hitagi. The story is really captivating since you will get attached to the main characters so you would want to know what will happen to their relationship. I'm glad that the story revolved around them even though this series is separated into different arcs where the focus in every arc is the story of one of the side characters and interesting enough as different arc are being shown, the viewers was able to know the story of the side characters and at the same time the series was able to develop the relationship of Araragi and Hitagi every arc. What drawn me in this series is the love story of Hitagi and Araragi and how they interact every episode and let's not forget how other characters tried to get Araragi's attention. This series ended on a satisfying note even though it was very frustrating to wait for the online episodes and get it subbed.
    Character: 10/10
    Each one of the characters in this series is really memorable. You have the sarcastic but kind hearted Araragi Koyomi who cannot ignore people and is always ready to help them. The self proclaimed tsundere, Hitagi Senjougahara who is revealed to be a sadist and her background is really interesting and you'll feel sorry for her. With her smart retorts to whatever Araragi says is really entertaining and I've got to admit I really like her that she was able to surpass Haruhi Suzumiya from my top 10 favorite character. Kanbaru Suruga on the other hand is a sporty girl with dark secrets and an exhibitionist. Though she is often a comic relief don't underestimate her for her character has more depth and the viewers could easily empathize with her. Hachikuji Mayoi is a cute fifth grade elementary school girl who is always wandering during her arc and purposely stutters Araragi's name. She has also a good background and her arc is also good but not as good as the other character's arc. Like Hachikuji, Sengoku Nadeko's arc is also not as good as the other's arc but she is oh so cute and her arc features some action but the animation is not complete. She is quite shy and when she talks, holy crap she's so cute and she has a crush on Araragi. Hanekawa Tsubasa is a class president and oh so kind and nice but deep inside, she keeps her feelings from Araragi which caused for her oddity to resurface again (OMG black Hanekawa is so hot XD). I really like Hanekawa's character because I could relate to her, she can't say what she truly feels so that other people won't be bothered. Her arc is really good because we are presented with a possible threat to the Koyomi and Senjougahara relationship and we get to see her true feelings. Oshino Meme's character is reliable, quirky and mysterious. Araragi always comes to him when there's an oddity. I'm really interested in Oshino Shinobu's character because all we know about her is that she is once a very stunning vampire but now, she's become a very cute and silent vampire. If ever there will be a sequel to this series I hope the story would delve into Shinobu's past and how Araragi met her.
    Animation: 9/10
    Another unique aspect of this series is its animation. I'm not really a fan of Shinbou's style but this time it made the series amazing. The different camera angles, the abstract backgrounds that makes the viewing experience enjoyable. My only rant in his style is the use of cuts where words are displayed instead because I can't really understand Japanese nor read it and since it is being displayed very fast, I have to pause the video in order for me to read it. The character design on the other hand is superb, the characters are really attractive and they show wide range of emotions.
    Sound: 9/10
    This series has the best songs performed by a seiyuu. It's good thing that every arc we get to hear and see new song and opening animation because it makes the series fresh and exciting every arc. I'm going to list the OP songs in order from my favorite to least favorite and I'm going to put my comments beside it.
  1. Staple Stable by Chiwa Saito - Really catchy and memorable. I kept humming it for a week and people around me think I'm crazy but nevertheless a really good song, I love it.
  2. Sugar Sweet Nightmare by Yui Horie - Also catchy and by far the best Yui Horie song I've heard. I also like the lyrics of this song
  3. Ren'ai Circulation by Kana Hanazawa - Really cute and catchy. I also kept humming this one and because of this got inflicted with LSS (last song syndrome)
  4. Ambivalent World by Miyuki Sawashiro - Also a good song but got overshadowed by the other songs.
  5. Kaerimichi by Emiri Katou - It's cute but too cute. Has ridiculous lyrics but that really describes the story of Hachikuji
  6. The lyrics of each song of the characters really reflects their character and feelings. The ED song Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari on the other hand is also awesome. Has a catchy tune and relatable but sad lyrics. This song made me discover the world of vocaloids because when I researched on who made the song that's where I found their other works. The seiyuu has done a great job voicing their characters since because of them the characters feels alive.
    Enjoyment: 10/10
    The unique story, relatable characters, attractive character design, awesome soundtrack and the fact that my ratings are really high in this series, I've got to admit this is really enjoyable from the opening episode to the last. This series will make you smile at Senjougahara's antics and her conversation with Araragi and the exciting scenes will keep you at the edge of your seat.
    Overall: 9/10

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