Posts on Bakemonogatari

12 days, day three. Too much Nisio.

I enjoyed Bakemonogatari just fine. It was a sexed-up, Shinbotastic, verbal sparring match with characters attractive enough to forgive the talkiness and Nisioisin’s self-conscious cleverness. And I started enjoying Nisemonogatari just fine as well, but eventually, once all the oral hygiene was over, it became a little too much for me. I think I stopped […]

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Twelve Thingies: I Love You

Brought to you by CCY, the 12 Moments of Anime 2009, and a lot of staples. Whether you look at the online response or the crushing domestic sales of the DVDs, Bakemonogatari is not only one of the biggest shows of the year, it’s a huge win for SHAFT and Akiyuki Shinbo, the love-him-or-hate-him iconoclast […]

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Why Shinbo (was: Wherefore shafting)?

Few figures in animation are more divisive than Wackiyuki Akiyuki Shinbo, studio head and famously iconoclastic director at SHAFT animation studio. Some love his visually bizarre work, others loathe it for its apparent pretentiousness. Very few people tend to be in the middle. Plenty across the internet have weighed in already – and they tend […]

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