Monogatari News

Monogatari is a franchise comprised of 1 movie, 5 anime series
| |

Karen Bee Arc (Episodes 1-7)

Karen Bee, Part 1
Nisio Isin's trademark rapid-fire dialog returns in the first episode of this highly anticipated series.
Koyomi is kidnapped by Hitagi and has a flash back to earlier that day where he talks with his sister and meets Mayoi while walking to a friend's house.
Article
Karen Bee, Part 2
A wise otaku once told me, "Always keep your wits about you, for the path to Fanservice City sometimes cuts through tricky territory."
Koyomi visits the homes of Nadeko and Suruga, two underclassmen who both try their best to seduce him.
Article
Karen Bee, Part 3
The sheer awesomeness of this series can be blinding at times.
Koyomi meets a mysterious man outside of Suruga's house and eventually gets kidnapped by Hitagi.
Article
Karen Bee, Part 4
Hide your kids and hide your wife. Nisemono is about launch a shock and awe campaign of fanservice against your senses.
After seeing to Karen's safety, Koyomi and Shinobu catch up on old times.
Article
Karen Bee, Part 5

Chock-full of brother-sister family fun time!

The side effects from Karen's curse prove too much for her to handle and Koyomi offers some TLC to help ease her pain.
Article
Karen Bee, Part 6
Somewhere, Madonna is cheering at all the voguing in this episode.
Hitagi and Koyomi make plans to deals with Kaiki but Karen leaves on her own to bring him to justice.
Article
Karen Bee, Part 7
A sibling rivalry that would make Sasuke and InuYasha proud.
Hitagi and Koyomi make plans to deals with Kaiki but Karen leaves on her own to bring him to justice.
Article

Tsukihi Phoenix Arc (Episodes 8-11)

Tsukihi Phoenix, Part 1
There are so many taglines to run with but I'll settle on, "My little sister can't be this cute... but she is and I want to sleep with her."
Koyomi challenges Karen to a game that quickly takes both of them to a place no brother and sister should go.
Article
Tsukihi Phoenix, Part 2
You Are (Not) Alone.
While going about his day, Koyomi meets two mysterious strangers who are more than meets the eye.
Article
Tsukihi Phoenix, Part 3 & Tsukihi Phoenix, Part 4
Conflicts come to a boil as the series reaches its conclusion.
After a brutal attack on Tsukihi, Koyomi and Shinobu team up to take down Yoduru and Yotsugi.
Article

Other Blogs

Nisemonogatari 4: Fanservice in Character Power Balance

The Bold and the Beautiful - Sets and Locations in Nisemonogatari

Reviews

Nisemonogatari: The Harem Genre Revisisted… Revisited

| |
Welcome, my fellow AnimeVice members, to this my fourth installment of the Weekly Figure Preview feature here on the Vice. Last week, we previewed three anime figures (Charlotte, Mio, Makise) along with one nendoroid (Kirino Kousaka), and this week will feature the same preview formula. All of the figures/nendoroids that will be featured in this preview can be found on Play-Asia's site. For any figures that are not on Play-Asia, I will provide a link for the product at the end of the figure's respective article. Due to my current enrollment at Butte College, all future previews might be shortened or even moved to another date (from each Thursday to each Friday) in case I need to better comply with my busy schedule of homework and studying. The line up for today, as follows:
 
  1. Bakemonogatari 1/8th Scale PVC: Hitagi Senjougahara (Good Smile Version) (Good Smile Company)
  2. Fate/Stay Night 1/7th Scale PVC: Saber Alter (Vortigern Version) (Good Smile Company)
  3. Strike Witches 1/8th Scale PVC: Erica Hartmann (Re-run) (Kotobukiya Corporation)
  4. Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai Nendoroid PVC: Kuroneko (Good Smile Company) 
 
I will give the readers a preview of each figure, complete with two images, descriptions, price, and my overall thoughts on each figure. 

Bakemonogatari 1/8th Scale PVC: Hitagi Senjogahara (Good Smile Version)

Produced by the Good Smile Company and licensed by Shaft Studios as part of their official line of Bakemonogatari products, the 1/8th Scale Bakemonogatari PVC Hitagi Senjougahara figure is currently available on the global market since January 2011 in Japan and on Play-Asia's site for roughly 9,900 Yen (excluding taxes). It is sculpted by the talented figure sculptor Hironori Tokunaga with cooperation from Takayuki Kawahara for the Good Smile Company.
Figure Preview: Hitagi Senjogahara
Figure Preview: Hitagi Senjogahara
Being new to the Bakemonogatari anime as well as the Bakemonogatari franchise from Shaft Studios, I had to go and research more about the franchise and for Hitagi Senjogahara, the main female protagonist of the Bakemonogatari franchise. I came across this unique figure on the Good Smile Company site several weeks ago when looking up additional images for the Black Gold Saw preview I did two previews ago, so I decided that I would get around to featuring this figure, which caught my attention with all of the stationary falling out of her lifted skirt. She comes with a second swappable skirt as well as swappable hands that allows her to hold two staplers in her hands and the cascading stationary can be removed to how the collector wishes to display it in their collection. I really like the amount of effort and detail that both sculptors Hironori Tokunaga and Takayuki Kawahara along with Good Smile have put into this figure, from the flowing purple hair of Hitagi to her overall outfit and to the cascading stationary that rains down from beneath her lifted skirt. She would make a wonderful addition to anyone's figure collection who is looking for a high quality figure that is both eye-catching and unique to all who lay eyes upon it. Bakemonogatari was on my "To Watch" list in 2009, but sadly I never got around to it. Perhaps it is time I looked into it after all...
Figure Preview: Hitagi Senjogahara
Figure Preview: Hitagi Senjogahara
Height: 210 Mm (21 Cm)
Availability: Limited (Limited Edition: Currently available on Play-Asia since January 2011. Still in stock as of 8:00 PM on 2/2/2011)
Price: 9,900 Yen (roughly $119.90 USD)
Who It is Recommended For: Fans of the Bakemonogatari franchise, Hitagi Senjougahara, or the collector that is looking for a high quality addition to their expanding collection that will capture the attention of all who lay eyes upon her.
 
 

Fate/Stay Night 1/7th Scale PVC: Saber Alter (Vortigern Version)

Produced by the Good Smile Company and licensed by TYPE-MOON as part of their official Fate/Stay Night line of products, the 1/7th Scale Fate/Stay Night PVC Saber Alter figure is expected to see global market release in April 2011 in Japan and on Play-Asia's site for roughly 9,490 Yen (excluding taxes). It is crafted by the talented figure sculptor Hiroshi (Sakurazensen) for the Good Smile Company.
Figure Preview: Saber Alter (Excalibur with Mask)
Figure Preview: Saber Alter (Excalibur with Mask)
For the first time since the 2nd preview, I am finally doing a preview on a figure that I am somewhat knowledgeable about, having read the Fate/Stay Night manga and watched some of the anime show last year. This figure's take on the lead female protagonist Saber is her Alter version, which is what Saber becomes when tainted by a evil shadow that corrupts her standard form. Filled with dark energy and poised to strike at her enemies with her powerful sword Excalibur, Saber's face is covered with a wicked mask that adds to the incredible job that both Hiroshi and Good Smile have put into this figure, from the details of her overall armor to her sword Excalibur down to the rugged terrain that makes up part of her base. She also comes with the Vortigern, the wicked blade that forms when Saber Alter summons up all of the dark energy in her system that can be swapped with her Excalibur and the mask on her face is removable to reveal the sinister glare in her now golden eyes. If you are a Fate/Stay Night fan or not, she would make a great addition to your growing figure collection due to the amazing job that Good Smile did in producing this incredible figure. This is the next figure that I will be investing in later this year, and hopefully you too will add her to your collection. I should get around to finishing the anime one of these days...
Figure Preview: Saber Alter (No Mask, Golden Eyes with Vortigern)
Figure Preview: Saber Alter (No Mask, Golden Eyes with Vortigern)
Height: 175 Mm [without the sword] (17.5 Cm)
Availability: Limited (Limited Edition: Currently for pre-order on Play-Asia and expected for global release in April 2011)
Price: 9,490 Yen (Roughly $114.90 USD) 
Who It is Recommended For: Fans of the Fate/Stay Night franchise, Saber, or anyone who is looking for an amazing figure that will become the new centerpiece of your expanding collection and does not mind the higher price that comes with the quality. 

Strike Witches 1/8th Scale PVC: Erica Hartmann (Re-Run of May 2010 Figure)

Produced by the Kotobukiya Corportaion and licensed by AIC Spirits Studios as part of the line up of official Strike Witches products, the 1/8th Scale Strike Witches PVC Erica Hartmann figure is currently available on the global market since January 2011 in Japan and on Play-Asia's site for roughly 7,010 Yen. Unfortunately, I was unable to locate the information regarding who crafted it on Play-Asia, Neko Magic, or on Kotobukiya's own site (it seems that they removed their Strike Witches section from their site), so sadly I do not know who exactly crafted her.
Figure Preview: Erica Hartmann (with Military Hat and Stopped Blades)
Figure Preview: Erica Hartmann (with Military Hat and Stopped Blades)
Now, I know that some of you that read last week's preview might be thinking "Hey, another Strike Witches figure? We saw the ALTER Corporation Charlotte Elwood Yeager one last week!", but one of the reasons that I choose to feature this Strike Witches figure is to compare it quality-wise to the incredible figure that the ALTER Corporation established in their Charlotte figure. I am not knocking on the quality of Kotobukiya Corporation's figures, but I am trying to compare their offering of a figure from a hit series to another figure of the same series from another company. Having roughly educated myself last week about the Strike Witches franchise and Strike Witches anime through research, I was aware of who Erica Hartmann was, but needed to look up more info regarding her character before previewing this figure. As stated in a prior preview, with me being a certified sucker for anime girls with guns, that was probably the main reason I first decided to feature Erica in this week's preview. She comes with swappable blades for her striker unit (one pair of stopped blades and a pair of spinning blades), the military hat on her head is removable to whatever the collector wishes to display her with, and her position can be altered slightly from the support that rises from her blue base. The detail that Kotobukiya has put into her is respectable, from her black military outfit to her machine gun that she wields into battle with the Neuroi forces. She would make a great addition to anyone who already owns Strike Witches figures or for anyone who is looking for a good quality figure that is not big of a hit to the wallet as some other figures can be.
Figure Preview: Erica Hartmann (without Military Hat and Spinning Blades)
Figure Preview: Erica Hartmann (without Military Hat and Spinning Blades)
Height: 220 Mm (22 Cm)
Availability: Limited (Limited Edition: Currently available for sale on Play-Asia since January 2011. Still in stock as of 8:00 PM on 2/2/2011)
Price: 7,010 Yen (roughly $84.90 USD)
Who It is Recommended For: Fans of the Strike Witches franchise, Erica Hartmann, or the collector looking to add a interesting figure that is of good quality that will catch the eyes of those who look upon it. 

Nendoroid Corner: Non-Scale Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii ga Nai! PVC: Kuroneko

For this week's installment of the Nendoroid Corner, we will be looking into the other nendoroid featured by the Good Smile Company from the hit anime/manga series Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii ga Nai. Today, we will be previewing Kuroneko, one of several female characters from Ore no Imouto and the otaku friend of Kirino Kosaka, who was featured in last week's preview. Produced by the Good Smile Company in cooperation with Nendoron and officially licensed by the joint association of Aniplex and ASCII Media Works, the Non-Scale Nendoroid PVC Kuroneko is expected to see global market release around April 2011 in Japan and on Play-Asia's site for roughly 3,460 Yen (excluding taxes). She is crafted by the talented figure sculptor Maruhige for the Good Smile Company.
Nendoroid Corner: Kuroneko
Nendoroid Corner: Kuroneko
Still being relatively new to the Ore no Imouto anime and the Ore no Imouto franchise, I had to look up more information regarding both the franchise and Kuroneko, one of the female characters of the popular anime franchise that Good Smile decided to make a nendoroid for in a collaboration with the Kirino Kosaka nendoroid that hits the market later this month.  She comes with several swappable facial expressions (Happy, Relieved, and Concern), a attachable set of kitty ears, as well as several swappable arms and legs to change up her pose to what the collector wants her displayed with along with a DVD case of her beloved "MASCHERA: Lament of a Fallen Beast" for her to hold in her hand. As I have stated before, I am not much of a fan of nendoroids in general, but Good Smile is slowly winning me over with all of these high quality nendoroids that I have been featuring lately. She would make a great addition to the nendoroid collector that is looking for a great quality figure that is both eye-catching and customizable to their needs. Still don't think that I will ever give the Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai anime a try, but at least you can own part of it...
Nendoroid Corner: Kuroneko
Nendoroid Corner: Kuroneko
Height: 100 Mm (10 Cm)
Availability: Limited (Limited Edition: Currently for pre-order on Play-Asia and expecting a global release in April 2011)
Price: 3,460 Yen (roughly $41.90 USD)
Who It is Recommended For: Fans of Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai franchise, Kuroneko, or the nendoroid collector that is looking for a great addition to their collection that is decently priced and will attract the eye of most who look in it's direction.
 
That wraps up Weekly Figure Preview: 2/3/2011. Next week's line-up is currently TBA (should announce final lineup by Sunday).
 
* William Anderson is currently attending classes at Butte College in the process of earning a Radio/TV/Film Bachelor's Degree by 2012. He writes short stories, regularly contributes to both AnimeVice and Giant Bomb's wiki databases, and is trying to catch up on the anime shows that he has fallen more than 3 months behind on. If you have any questions or figure requests, please PM me today!
| |
Found an interesting article of Newtype listing the most popular male & female anime characters for the years 2000-2010.
 
Female

1. Cagalli Yula Athha (Gundam SEED)


2. Lacus Clyne (Gundam SEED)


3. Sheryl Nome (Macross F)


4. Nagato Yuki (Haruhi)

 

5. Suzumiya Haruhi (Haruhi)

 

6. C.C. (Code Geass)


7. Shinguji Sakura (Sakura Taisen)


8. Shinku (Rozen Maiden)

 

9. Senjougahara Hitagi (Bakemonogatari)


10. Saber (Fate/stay Night)


 
Male

1. Lelouch vi Britannia / Lelouch Lamperouge (Code Geass)

 

2. Kira Yamato (Gundam SEED)

 

3. Athrun Zala (Gundam SEED)


4. Edward Elric (Fullmetal Alchemist)

 

5. Kyon (Haruhi)


6. Echizen Ryoma (Prince of Tennis)


7. Shibuya Yuuri (Kyou Kara Maoh!)


8. Sakata Gintoki (Gintama)


9. Sagara Sousuke (Full Metal Panic)


10. Hei (Darker Than Black)


 
Looks like Gundam SEED characters are dominating in these lists but at least the awesomeness that is Hei and Senjougahara are on the list. 




Articles found on sankakucomplex (Male list, Female list)
| |
Bakemonogatari's Ending. Seriously, how has no one else said this one?
 
  
 The US Gundam Wing Ending. Probably one of the few times ever that the modified US version of an opening or ending was infinitely superior to it's original Japanese counterpart. Plus it's got one of the most insanely awesome guitar riffs ever.
 
  
 As starkly as it contrasted with all endings and openings from there forth, the original Shakugan no Shana ending was pretty awesome and definitely made you feel like you just finished watching an episode of ass-kicking awesome:
| |
 

 
Bakemonogatari
was aired this past summer in Japan.  The series includes 15 episodes but, only 12 of them were broadcast.  The remaining 3 will be shown on there website starting at the end of October.  I should also mention that this series is based on a light novel series written by Nisio Isin and illustrated by Vofan. I had just finished up watching Bakemonogatari (well, the first 12 episodes) and, I loved it.  Here is the plot and the basic structure of the show taken from Wikipedia.

 
Bakemonogatari centers on Koyomi Araragi, a third year high school student who is almost human again after briefly becoming a vampire. One day, a classmate named Hitagi Senjōgahara, who infamously never talks to anyone, falls down the stairs into Koyomi's arms. He discovers that Hitagi weighs next to nothing, in defiance of physics. After being threatened by her, Koyomi offers his help, and introduces her to Meme Oshino, a strange middle-aged man living in an entire abandoned building, who helped him stop being a vampire.

The series tends to introduce only one new heroine per chapter, each involved with a different "apparition". Most of them have an item which symbolizes their specters,

 Hitagi Senjogahara
 Hitagi Senjogahara

such as Hitagi's staple - the claw of crab, Mayoi's back pack - the shell of snail, Suruga's leggings - SARUMATA(猿股, the Japanese traditional underclothing. 'SARU' means monkey.), and Nadeko's big hat and baggy jacket - the head and skin of snake. The events of the previous chapters play an important role in the subsequent ones. The series primarily focuses on conversations between characters; it contains a fair number of parodies of other series, as well as Nisio Isin's trademark word play and metahumor.
 
There, that was much easier then my explaining it.  I love copy and paste.  :)

Now that I got that out of the way, let me share my thoughts.  I loved the art style.  It really suited this kind of creepy yet, calm atmosphere the show had.  I thought the overall story was good (might be confusing for some) and was very enjoyable.  As mentioned above, the show mainly focuses on conversations between the characters but, that's what makes Bakemonogatari very enjoyable.  While this may be a turn off for some, I thought all the dialog was excellent and a lot of the time, it was funny.  Ever once an a while you can some action (violent I should mention), which is good as well.  All the characters were very good, especially Koyomi and Hitagi.  Hitagi (a tsundere) was a very enjoyable character.  During the first episode you get a glance at here violent side while she sticks and pencil and stapler into Koyomi's mouth to make him not say anything about her.  While in the later episodes, you see her good side.  Koyomi kinda seems like your average guy (except he used to be a Vampire).  He always cares about anyone and helps them when they are in need (how he ended up getting to know Hitagi more and eventually dating her).
 
All and all, I really loved the show.  The only thing I didn't like was the length, only 15 episodes in all.  I guess I'm the kind of guy who always wants anime shows to be longer, not Shin Chan or DBZ length but, more would be nice.  Well, this is my first time doing this:
 
My score - 5/5.
 
I highly recommend this anime to anyone.  If you are looking for something new, try this one out. 

P.S.  The song playing during the credits was awesome.  Awesome song and I love the art style.
 
Check out my other reviews over at my blog.
 
 
Pokemon Black and White Looks Delicious in Motion

First video of a Pokemon battle in Black and White.

Comment & Win: One Piece Vol. 52, 53

Time for a giveaway folks! Now, act civil, we don't want anyone to get hurt in the mad rush to win.

Beginner's Guide to FLCL

Gainax's madcap, surrealist anime, broken down for new viewers.

Ballz Deep

Steve gets intimately close to Dragon Ball Z, for science!

Top 3 Awful Anime Dubs

Grit your teeth and get your ear plugs ready cause this week we're taking on the three most amazingly bad dubs of all time!

NARUTO Ch. 685 Review

In some ways, NARUTO is becoming the TWILIGHT of manga.

TOKYO GHOUL #1&2 -- Special Review

Fancy a bit of the ol' ultraviolence, my droogies?

Does JOJO'S BIZARRE ADVENTURE Work as a Horror Story?

STARDUST CRUSADERS #14 -- Watch & Learn. It's scary!

PERSONA 4: THE GOLDEN ANIMATION #1 -- Special Review

This finally makes sense to me?

Is DRAGON BALL Dated?

DRAGON BALL #11 -- Retro Review. Rusty pinballs?!

When JOJO'S BIZARRE ADVENTURE Gets Really Gross...

STARDUST CRUSADERS #15 -- Watch & Learn. Squatters, am I right?

Community Spotlight 7/27/2014

July is nearly behind us, and these super users are looking ahead to the Summer releases.

BLEACH Ch. 589 Review

Pick up lines you should never try outside of manga.

DRAMAtical mURDER #1 -- Special Review

Must all nerds be bullied?

TOKYO GHOUL #1&2 -- Special Review

Fancy a bit of the ol' ultraviolence, my droogies?

NARUTO Ch. 685 Review

In some ways, NARUTO is becoming the TWILIGHT of manga.

Does JOJO'S BIZARRE ADVENTURE Work as a Horror Story?

STARDUST CRUSADERS #14 -- Watch & Learn. It's scary!

ARGEVOLLEN #1 -- Special Review

Well, I can say the suit looks cool, at least.

PERSONA 4: THE GOLDEN ANIMATION #1 -- Special Review

This finally makes sense to me?

When JOJO'S BIZARRE ADVENTURE Gets Really Gross...

STARDUST CRUSADERS #15 -- Watch & Learn. Squatters, am I right?

BLEACH Ch. 589 Review

Pick up lines you should never try outside of manga.

Top Editors
Mandatory Network

Submissions can take several hours to be approved.

Save ChangesCancel