Figured I ought to check this out since MONOGATARI ranked rather well on the Anime Vice community’s “Best of 2013” list. I’ll fess up to not having paid much attention to this franchise as its rolled out over the past few years: so little, in fact, that it took me a while to realize that “GATARI” wasn’t just a suffix that a lot of unrelated, un-translated titles happened to use.
Once the weird editing, blink-and-you’ll-miss-them title cards and blueprint-like minimalist rendering kicked in, though, something started to smell familiar…and I checked out of this series, once again.
Look, to be fair… coming into a series through one of its later seasons’ episodes isn’t ideal. (We’ll put aside the whole notion of ‘every episode is somebody’s first episode’ aside for the moment). As little as I comprehended the real pilot, I comprehended this even less. Talking neon tigers? Construction line neighborhoods? Random color choices? Madness! And I don’t even know where to start.
So, instead of the usual write-up, why don’t we just use this opportunity to invite the more fervent MONOGATARI fans in our community to step up and explain this series. Judging by the Top of 2013 list, I know there are more than a few of you. What gets you so excited about this? How would you describe it to the uninitiated, in a nutshell? Go on - - my eyes are open!
Watch, "Tsubasa Tiger Part One” and decide for yourself.
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