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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Reviews

Nisemonogatari: The Harem Genre Revisisted… Revisited

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Very simple. With the manga having entered its "final" arc, what one thing must happen in Bleach in order for you to be satisfied? Serious responses only. No "gay but secks with Ichigo and Kenpachi" or "not be teh suck". If you hate Bleach and only wanna troll, go somewhere else.

Me? I only have one request:

Prove your worth!
Prove your worth!

She has to fight. I refuse to believe that Kenpachi made her vice captain of his squad, a squad that places physical battle power above all else, solely because he wanted a moe sidekick. She has done a lot of things outside of combat that show she is quick, has a high reaction speed, and is brimming with reiatsu but they've never given her a fight scene. More so than any Captain Bankai or other mysteries that the writer seems to have forgotten about and never answered or come back to, I want to see her go mano y mano against someone. All will be right with the world if this happens.

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Nisemonogatari is far and away the most visually striking series I've seen in a long time. The series is up there with titles like Kaiba, Redline, Welcome to Irabu's Office , Panty & Stocking, and others that have a very distinct style to them and with an attention to detail in art and animation that truly permeates every frame and enhances the series. The visuals for these shows are the show and without them, they just wouldn't be the same. While the animation is amazing, there is one static aspect of the visuals that I'm regularly impressed by in Nisemonogatari: the backgrounds and the general setting of the show. I can't stress enough just how beautiful and downright cool some of the sets and areas of the world are. The weekly Winter Watch articles never seemed like quite the right place to go on and on about this, so I've decided to dedicate this write-up to them.

The Araragi House

Big on the outside, impossibly larger on the inside.
Big on the outside, impossibly larger on the inside.

While fairly plain on the outside, the Araragi house is flat out amazing. Similar to Dr. Who's Tardis, the interior of the house is impossibly massive at times. To call the architecture and interior decorating avant-garde would be an understatement. Many of the rooms have entire walls that are nothing but segmented windows, which flood the area with light during the daytime. This makes them a true sight to behold when combined with the constant light bloom. But the real joy? The bathroom. Easily the bathroom. Never in my life have I seen a bathroom so amazing. It's more than double the size of my town house, yet it contains little more than a bathtub and a shower. Throughout the bathroom there are towers of floating cubes made from metal poles that make me insanely jealous that all I have in mine are a towel rack and a mirror. The lighting is minimal, which really makes the vertically aligned stained glass windows a sight to behold. Yes, that's right. There are stained glass mirrors in the bathroom; massive ones.

Bedrooms of Friends

Nadeko's epic wall of windows.
Nadeko's epic wall of windows.

While we rarely get to see a number of rooms in the houses of Koyomi's friends, he often finds himself in the bedrooms of women, which are no less disappointing in their own unique way. Whether it be Hitagi using newspapers as wallpaper, Nadeko's complete wall of windows (which makes her seem like an exhibitionist when you consider the things that she's done in her room), or Suruga and her mansion filled with books, every bedroom in the series is filled with personality and visual flare.

The City

A city street fit for an art museum.
A city street fit for an art museum.

The town that Koyomi and his friends lives in exemplifies making the impossible possible even more so than any other environment in the show. On a walkable route, meaning it isn't dozens of miles, the scenery changes from a smoking industrial factory to a mildly lit bamboo forest that could be the final art project for a group of college students. The city switches from a bleak and oppressive sea of towers and skyscrapers to a literal sea with a boardwalk and seagulls flying in and out of the scene.

While some shows push for realism or consistency with set design and environments, Nisemonogatari completely embraces that its world is completely made up and that because it's all just a drawing, the sky is the limit for what can be in it. Like many things in the series, the sets and environments change to fit whatever tone or emotion the scene or current shot needs to be most effective and man, it's just so damn pretty!

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The women of the Naruto world continue to go unsatisfied.
The women of the Naruto world continue to go unsatisfied.

I've pointed my finger at you, I've groaned, I've cursed you, and I've even dropped series because of you. I've said to myself, "a heterosexual high school boy having zero interest in the female form is impossible." Whenever I would see you throwing attractive girls off of you as they try to make out with you, I would remember my high school days and just not get the joke. I'd call you insane. It was impossible. I had an easier time believing that a character like Sasuke from Naruto could spit fire out of his eye and summon monster shields by flapping his hands around than suspending my disbelief that at the height of his sexual prime and with his hormones raging, he would turn down a fun and guilt-free time with Karin. But, my eyes have been opened.

This is actually a simulation of real world events.
This is actually a simulation of real world events.

According to a survey conducted by the Japan Family Planning Association, 36% of males aged 16 to 19 reported that they had "no interest" in sex, with some going as far as to say that they "despised" it. For women aged 16 to 19 the numbers were at a staggering 59%. All of this time I've thought that this was just some weird and bizarro take on teen life but low and behold, this is actually an incredibly accurate portrayal of the mindset of Japanese teens.

So, I'd like to formally apologize to you. I don't like to make fun of people for cultural differences and that's exactly what I've been doing. I'm Sorry. Honto ni Gomen-nasai... mooshiwake arimasen.

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It's amazing what people can come up with. I stumbled across this on the interwebs and it brought a smile to my face. Moments before stumbling across this I was actually thinking about checking out a series I hadn't seen before and this sealed the deal for that show being YuruYuri.

via Crunchyroll

For those curious to see how similar it is to the original, here is the Wagnaria 2 OP

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