Well hello again Anime Vice it’s me, M, here to talk about another piece of shaft wonderment. A few of you might remember my Bakemonogatari review that you can find right about here. Well along with that very popular series an eventual sequel was released earlier this year(2012). Based on the second book this sequel shares the name nisemonogatari meaning imposters story. I can say without a single regret I liked Bake, hell I loved it, but what about Nise?
To start off nise is about the main character Koyomi Araragi and him dealing mostly with his sisters, Karen and Tsukihi Araragi. I really should, however, say sister (singular) because Tsukihi gets less screen time then the Mayoi Hachikuji a small elementary school side character that shows up just to get loli fans. I digress however, as the series does technically follow these two sisters and the supernatural things that enter their lives with former vampire, Koyomi ,dealing with it from the shadows. It differs significantly from the original in terms of storytelling, focusing on two major stories over the short story format bake went for.
With the only two arcs over five you would usually be pretty safe to assume this means nise is a more focused story. Well you’d be flat out wrong. In this case the show isn’t really about the story and it acts more as a means to an end as opposed to the driving
forced. The only reason the whole supernatural part manages to put in there is to give an excuse for the most of the episodes to flaunt all the female characters sexually and try to hit every fetish an anime fan can possibly have. Down to a very obscure toothbrush fetish scene that is probably the most famous scene in nise. Fan service normally I tend to gloss over uncaringly. It doesn’t tend to affect me either way in most series, but ended up being the prime problem I had with the season.
I’m not going to lie, Bake had quite a bit of fan service, and it’s something I don’t even remember mentioning or taking not of in my review. The reason being the fan service in bake was more in service of the comedy, plot, characters, or just the style of the scene structure. The problem comes when nise changes the plot, characters, comedy, and personalities all in service of the fan service, something that should be considered an extra not an ends. They go so far as to drastically change how characters act and how we have had them established to us. Simple things like changing the jokester monkey girl from a lesbian to a fetishistic woman who desires to ruinate anything within rea
ch with her hips, just to excuse her, going from the MCs bud that competes with him over his girlfriend, to wanting him so bad it hurts. Anyone remember in bake when the MC said “the only ones with a sister complex are people who don’t have sisters.” Yeah, the writers didn’t; no most of nise involves him almost violating them “hilariously.” Or how absolutely against cheating on his girlfriend he was? That’s replaced with him chasing girls around town. It almost seems as if they intend for us only to vaguely remember bake, or perhaps the writers themselves only had bullet point notes of who these characters were as people. Maybe this is a fault of the book, or maybe shaft more liberally interpreted bake to diminish this, but had to return to the roots of it in nise. Either way it doesn’t help.
On the bright side the art still looks incredible. While not as perfectly presented as madoka, or as striking, bold and balls out as bake; nise still by any animations standard is one of the best looking animes I’ve ever seen. The music is nice; if not exactly my style, and again I can’t stretch how good shaft works look especially the big three of late (Bake, Madoka, Nise.) Hell on rare occasion even the story has some really good meaningful moments when they can tear themselves away from undeveloped breasts. (even if some of the plots messages like “life isn’t dramatic” is met with epic duels with the MCs sister thus making it kind of null) Even though I find it rather creepy, its fan service is…well done? For what it is, it’s just something I find disturbing more than enjoyable.
Nise I find to be an utter and complete disappointment, and I’m not at all apologetic for calling it that. Good art and music can’t save its shit for a plot. Reads off like some bakemonogatari fan fic, something that is, no matter how well made, nothing compared to the original. It’s got a lot of really fantastic parts over all, but when I remember this series and smile it’s going to be because I remembered Bake. Nise gets a 3 shaft head tilts out of 5, it’s not terrible, but that’s it. Well good day guys I got work tomorrow, but I’ll be around. Later vice.