Welcome to Winter Watch, a look at the latest anime season. Among the many shows being broadcast, Nisemonogatari is perhaps the most anticipated one as it is a direct sequel to fan favorite Bakemonogatari.
Episode 7: Karen Bee, Part 7
Summary: Karen and Koyomi get into a sibling spat and Kaiki's wrongdoings are brought to an end.
Air Date: Feb. 18, 2012
Run Time: 24:10
Warning: This article contains spoilers. We recommend watching the episode here first.
With the help of Shinobu, Koyomi is able to locate Karen, who went after Kaiki during the previous episode. Tired of his constant doubting of her abilities, Karen challenges Koyomi to a duel and proceeds to beat the living daylights out of him, destroying a major highway in the process. Eventually, Koyomi is able to calm her down and convince her to return home and let him handle the Kaiki situation. After meeting up with Hitagi, she and Koyomi go to an amusement park to confront Kaiki, who decides to leave town rather than stick around and fight the two of them.
It's not often that an episode can be described as both epic and anti-climatic. Koyomi's battle with Karen was a humor-filled romp with enough collateral damage to rival a good Bleach fight. Multiple highway overpasses were destroyed, Koyomi was launched hundreds of feet in the air during an attack, and Karen even did a speed dash slick enough to make Yoruichi proud. Not to mention that the entire battle was animated at the high standards that the series is known for. This was a fight that is sure to make its way around the AMV and Sakuga circuits and was definitely the climax of the serious so far, combining all of it's good aspects into one high power scene.
So, that was the epic start and climax of the episode, which lasted about seven or eight minutes out of the 24 minute run time. The remainder of the episode was Koyomi and Hitagi giving Kaiki a stern talking to. Seriously. That's not me de-emphasizing it for comedic effect or to make the article more interesting, that's the reality of it. The series has always been dialog heavy and I suppose that with Kaiki being more greedy than evil, it makes sense that he would quit without a fight if there was more money to be made by agreeing to a peaceful resolution, but wow, what a let down. There were some decent bits and nuggets of humor and interesting story points interspersed here and there, but this was the first time in the series that the dialog bored me. I actually went to check my watch to see how much more of the episode was left (and was heartbroken to see that I wasn't even at the 12 minute mark yet), which is never a good thing.
I'm extremely conflicted on this episode. It reminds me of how I felt after watching Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. I walked out of the theater feeling that the Darth Maul fight was easily the best thing I'd ever seen in my life, but that everything else about the movie made it one of the worst films I'd ever seen in my life. Now, this episode is far from the worst anime episode I've seen but that feeling of this is amazing and a complete letdown remains the same.