Bakemonogatari is the worst anime I have ever watched in my entire life

I’ve been an anime fan for a long time. I’ve seen countless shows, OVA’s and movies. As such, I’ve seen a boatload of shitty garbage. But none other have yet to trounce this atrocity that I have just watched.

Now, you might be thinking “But Bakemonogatari isn’t bad! It has great animation, a unique plot, is really popular and has sold record breaking amounts of copies in japan! You’re over reacting.”

I’m not going to fault people for enjoying this show. It has aspects that aim to capture a broad number of anime watchers. But I’d like to break this series down so that everyone can understand why exactly I think this show is the most wretched thing since that new no-name moé anime airing next week.

Lets get down to the basic plot. Nisio Isin throws us right in the beginning of an arc of an already ongoing story. Koyomi Araragi has had previously been turned into a vampire. Now his everyday life has gone back to normal as he is slowly regaining his humanity. He is currently 1/10th vampire. One day at school, he sees a girl falling off the balcony. He ends up catching the girl in his arms. This girl is Hitagi Senjōgahara. She has been possessed by a crab apparition, who has cursed her to weightlessness. Araragi introduces her to Meme Oshino who specializes in dealing with apparitions. Senjougahara’s problem is fixed and her and Araragi begin a somewhat awkward relationship. Araragi ends up helping other people cursed by apparitions throughout the duration of the series.

No, the general synopsis actually sounds pretty decent. Unfortunately, every single other aspect of the series is what turns this decent-sounding story into pure shit as it tries to cater towards Japanese otaku in a subtle, yet vastly blunt spaghetti pile full of tropes and fetishes under the false disguise of actual storytelling.


Koyomi Araragi
Araragi is the protagonist of the show. He is 1/10th vampire and gets the shit beaten out of him on a few occasions. He is your typical anime nice guy, underdog, highschool student, you name it. Japanese men ages 16-21 year olds can associate with him, 21-30+ year olds wish they could be him. He is always under a lot of [sexual] pressure from his peers, as they are all girls. Of course, he always turns their advances down as he is loyal to Senjougahara for whatever reason. Despite Senjougahara threatening his life and being all-around abusive to Araragi, he seems to look past every inch of abuse and continues to try and court her. Or maybe it’s the other way around. He is hinted at being somewhat of a lolicon and a hypocrite when it comes to incest.

Hitagi Senjōgahara
Meet Anime Stereotype #2. And the first in the list of otaku fetish stereotypes. Senjougahara is a cold and verbally abusive girl towards even the man she loves. She’s the epitome of Tsundere (or Kūdere, if you want to be specific). Her hobbies include cock teasing Araragi and initiating boring convoluted conversations that last for whole episodes at a time that end up just being about Araragi’s virginity or some shit. You can see her mouth in action in this dramatic interpretation.

Mayoi Hachikuji
Anime Stereotype #3. Hachikuji is a tsundere loli wondering spirit. She does nothing but fight with Araragi and give him streetside info. She’s kind of like a drug dealer. But instead of drugs she deals information and free molestation, as she gets molested by Araragi on a regular basis.

Suruga Kanbaru
Kanbaru is Otaku Fetish Stereotype #4. She’s the lesbian who wants your cock. In fact, she barely does anything lesbian-esque in the whole show. All she does is lust over Araragi’s cock the whole time. She ends up beating the shit out of Araragi on two occasions since she is in love with Senjougahara. This violence is unwarranted however, and the whole reasoning behind her motives is autistic as fuck.

Nadeko Sengoku
Sengoku is loli #2 electric boogaloo. Sengoku is a shy loli who wants Araragi to be an older brother to her, but really she just wants his dick. She is cursed by a snake apparition that ends up giving her bruises resembling BSDM rope bruises. When Araragi goes to exorcise her, the choice of clothing for Sengoku is a middle school swimsuit, as to show a considerable amount of skin. The process ends up putting Sengoku in several highly suggestive positions, facial expressions, and moaning noises to complete the greasy fantasy that gets Otaku off.

Tsubasa Hanekawa
Hanekawa is the geeky girl next door turned cat girl stereotype. She wants Araragi’s dick more than any of the other girls combined. So much that she’ll turn into a murderous cat girl titty monster to get what she wants. Her stress levels bring the catgirl apparition out, suggesting she needs a good hot dicking. She is almost as much WORDS as Senjougahara, however she is ten times more likable. In her special BD opening, she gets raped by hands. DEEP.

Well now that the characters are out of the way, lets go onto the other parts of the show.

The animation is fucking amazing. Too bad there barely is any animation. Most of the show is just a bunch of standstill frames, mixed with animation number scenes.

These animation number scenes show up every five fucking seconds in this show. It’s meant to draw an artistic atmosphere, but really it’s just lazy as fuck.

At least there’s variety in the colors.

After all of this, I don’t know what else I can complain about. On top of the show pandering towards the broad spectrum of otaku fetishes, it’s incredibly boring. I’m sure fans of the show can reach into it and dig out some further meaning to a number of the things in this show, but to someone who has grown tired of the constant bastardization of proper storytelling and characterization in anime, this was worse than a disappointment. I really can’t see how Nisio Isin wrote this mess and then went on to write Katanagatari, which was wonderful. You could literally read Ctrl Alt Delete and gain the same experience from watching Bakemonogatari.

So Gru gives Bakemonogatari a NONE out of 5

Time to drag myself through Nisemonogatari.



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61 responses to “Bakemonogatari is the worst anime I have ever watched in my entire life

  1. Marksman

    There’s no way you can make a character that can break any stereotype that created nowadays,all you can do is mixes 5-6 different stereotype and it will be confirmed as original,but still have the aspects of it’s former stereotypes………

    • Replier

      Agreed,making original character only create new stereotype

    • VermyKnids

      That’s true but at the same time, this series pander to the most basic anime hero/heroine stereotypes almost on purpose for the mere fact that it’s pure otaku lube.

    • I think when people refer to stereotypes in anime they specifically refer to the one dimensional lead or perverted lead, the comic relief, the tsundere, etc. The ones that you can find really easily

  2. Laasch

    Im not a fanatic of bakemono series but i rather give it a 3 out of 5,0 is too overated,its like give a 10 thousand for those shitty adam sandler movies.

  3. Prowler

    Bakemonogatari is the best!The reason I believe this series is so good is because it reflects so many things, romance, animation, dialogues, mysteries, characters to almost complete perfection. There are even things that I normally wouldn’t enjoy in series that I actually enjoyed in this one (Fanservice etc.). Many would say that harem could be labeled on this series however I disagree, as there are many romantic interest in the series it is not focal enough to be called a “harem”. so if you hate bakemonogatari go fuck a cow.

    • Pochi_V3

      Ummm… how would you even define Harem then? Because according to its very definition used to categorize anime. It would seem that Bakemonogatari is in fact a Harem.
      When you mean “it is not focal enough” do you mean how most if not all the girls vie the adoration of the main character?
      Or take it this way, the main character has sexual attractions to all the female characters.
      It’s a harem. Just because it has more colors than a normal anime doesn’t excuse it as such.

    • I’ve got nothing against you if you like the series, but I completely fail to see what’s great about the characters. I mean to make a good character you have to put more than just interesting dialouge. You’ve gotta give them a real purpose to the overrall story, and development.

    • “Go fuck a cow”? Are you kidding me? what’s wrong with hating a show you like? Why is the internet filled with morons like you.

  4. Americano Gosling

    Your Review was briliantly…..Sucked!

  5. Clinton WTF

    Im Gonna kick yer ass……….

  6. Dogman

    No Wonder you only get 7 follower…..


    Fantasticly good…..amn awful review.

  8. Noah

    its not soemthing i like simply because its heavily based on dialouge rather than actual events … as in 90% of the series is dialouges while the rest is some events …
    perhaps it has its audience … but im dinifntly not one of them …

  9. Hilariously, I found this while looking for feminists who’ve seen the series, as I find it fascinatingly the most misogynistic and female-positive show in existence and wanted to see women with a certain social filter weigh in on it. I didn’t even consider the possibility that someone would be bored by it. Anyway, yeah, I guess I can kind of see that for quite a few anime fans, now that I think of it… Weird.

    I love it, but I also devour Murakami novels.

    • Interesting. I haven’t looked at it that way. Why misogynistic?

    • Dim Randall

      Well if you’d love to see women in equal footing both in strength and power with men, may I suggest reading Gintama.
      Most of the Gintama female characters break the known tropes of women in the media. Also its quite a great series.

  10. Pochi_V3

    I gotta admit the storytelling was the worst I have ever seen. It was actually painful to watch this series and Nisemonogatari too because of the very annoying editing and the art style. The art looks great as a still frame (painting). But as an animation it hurts the eyes.
    It was like watching someone who has ADHD trying to tell a story with pictures. No two screens are the same in one scene. In one second the building is blue in the next its red. It just agitates me. It’s like its forsaking dialogue for trying to be “artsy”.

    And when you do listen to the dialogue its becomes a borderline Harem anime.
    I concur with your review and I think its one of the worst animes I’ve seen.
    Katanagatari on the other had was BRILLIANT

    • Disgraceunderpressure

      First of all, if you hated the Bakemono, why did you watch Nisemono? If you can’t keep up with the it, then it’s not for you. I personally really enjoyed the monogatari series. It’s dialogue is the strongest point of the anime. Being witty, funny, creative and entertaining. It is a Harem, there’s no doubt about that, because I enjoy it. This anime has huge fanservice. The storytelling is brilliant, and always has a nice twist. Although it does have some flaws, please don’t shit on it.

      • Pochi_v3

        I decided to watch Nisemonogatari hoping that the art style changed and at least told a decent story but alas they stayed with the same art style.
        I love Nisio Isin’s work as a storyteller but hate the director Akiyuki Shinbo (who seems to disregard the source material and create something else entirely)

        For example, Nisekoi has just started to air (you might like it since its directed and animated by the same group who had done the Monogatari series). But to those who have read the manga the anime seemed to be a different being entirely. Gone was the feeling of romance and comedy through tsukkomi’s and instead it is replaced with shiny flashes of low quality CGI backgrounds to “wow” the audience.

        As the author had written, Katanagatari was beautiful in terms of story and art and was not handled by the same director who had done the Monogatari series.

      • I never understood. Why do adaptations need to stay true to their source material? Shouldn’t they be able to stand on their own since they’re, well, a different version?

  11. Okay am I the only one who realized that this show’s kinda sexist? I mean think about it. The anime shows that if a guy helps out some girls, they become obsessed with him and most of their roles just include talking about him or whatever. the protagonist never changes, the other characters kinda have depth but act like it’s nothing, nor do they almost never play any major role other than being a little better versions of princess peach.

    • Stefania

      hmmm it is a bit now that you mention it. Though at the same time all these female characters are extremely successful in their own right (Hanekawa is highly intelligent, Kanbaru is extremely good at sports etc..). Dunno I guess in comparison to hollywood of always found anime to produce some extremely empowering female leads in their shows (I mean Mikasa is a perfect example)

      • My problem isn’t that they’re weak. I like weak characters on an emotional level because they’re more interesting to me. My issue with the series is that, for a major part, the girls are there to be like some kinda trophy for the mc. It actually reminds me of how the harem aspect goes in clannad: mc helps girl out, falls in love with him, but in clannad they’re never sexualized, nor do nearly their whole character revolves around the mc, and seeing as how bakemonogatari tries to be witty, intelligent, and serious, I find it hard not to see it as a teenage’s fantasy.

    • Jeff

      You do know the whole thing takes place in the main protagonists mind, so of course a teenage boy would make it so 1 thing has a girl fall for him.

  12. Nihilore

    I love this review, i find it hard to put into words why i think this is the worst anime series i have ever seen, but you managed to do it for me, i seriously can’t understand the love for this show, it’s fucking terrible

  13. sionnach

    This is an awful review. I don’t see how gearing toward its targeted demographic is a negative. Of course it caters towards 20’ish old male otakus, that’s the biggest fan-base and targeted demographic. who do you think this show is for? 55 year old golfers?
    Another thing, News flash, there are stereotypes in EVERY SHOW YOU WATCH. Just because it follows a certain structure doesn’t mean it’s bad (star wars is as stereotypical as it gets). Flat characters, and bad storytelling are what makes a story bad. The characters are each very interesting, even if they fit in the generic anime character molds, and have a subtle symbolism behind them that add an extra layer to them. The avant-garde animation, meta-physical discussions, and rarely touched upon back-story makes this quite a chewy anime to digest; however, there is enough comedy throughout the show to make it still enjoyable to swallow. If you come in with the wrong attitude (which it appears Grumblebomber has done) it will appear confusing and slow. This isn’t a show you can mindlessly watch, such as one piece or dragonball z (Not that that is always a bad thing, I adore both shows).
    Although this is built on a basic harem anime chassis, It has a complex design that will be hard for some to fully appreciate. If you don’t think you will enjoy a show that has a minimalist surreal kind of setting and is 90% conversations filled with rhetoric, philosophy, and metaphysical discussions, this is not for you. But, if you want a show that will make love to your eyeballs and has abstract dialogue that will keep your mind on overdrive to keep up, this is a great show!
    also… boobs

  14. This is a topic that is close to my heart… Cheers! Exactly where are your
    contact details though?

  15. i agree not to mention sexiest they make women look like whores and sluts.

  16. Talk about empty criticism. “THIS IS BAD BECAUSE IT PANDERS TO SMELLY OTAKU” is pure speculation and unwarranted ad hominem. Also, using “autistic” as a criticism? Fucking lol, I hope this article is a joke

  17. Stefania

    I have to disagree, I completely enjoyed bakemonogatari :) I am not going to pretend like I have discovered this hidden ‘deeper’ meaning, actually I think that is contrary to the point of the show. It’s simply just a show about characters with very relatable and familiar problems (love, envy, stress etc) presented to us in a unique story setting (using apparitions, gods, ghosts and mythological beasts). I think trying to search for an underlying deeper meaning and message just ruins it, simply enjoy the cool random animation and unique mythical twist surrounding these fairly average characters :) you might even find yourself empathising with some of their situations.

  18. Flix

    when you said “the whole reasoning behind her motives is autistic as fuck”,
    i doubt you know what autistic means? i honestly don’t care if you like dislike the anime, although saying its the worst? clearly you haven’t been watching enough anime, and saying her motives are autistic? being a lesbian and the way she is isn’t autistic, idk if you’ve heard but shes the star of the basketball team and well-loved, lack of communication and social
    interaction is being autistic, and using “autistic” to insult the character?.
    from the way you said “autistic as fuck!” i guess you think autistic people are messed up/deformed people who you’d use as insults like calling someone “gay”. autistic people just have unique minds unlike you who can only hate, you’d find it quite shocking to know an autistic 15 year-old wrote this comment huh? Were just different from you, you don’t have to use “Autistic” to insult someone, its rather very offensive and rude, especially from adults.

  19. This is just a parody I’d say if I made a trailer of this show:
    “From studio shaft, the studio that found the hidden key to get money three times as less than disney, comes bakemonogatari, an anime about a generic two dimensional vampire highschool teenager who peeps at girls, talks to girls, helps girls, makes girls fall in love with him, which unfortunately includes a f***ing loli. The show that made half the audience watching it become fanboys/fangirls, and made the other half hate the other half for liking the show, causing even more f bombs to be dropped on the internet. An anime where over 90% of the time characters litterally only talk…walk…and bassically just talk. Starring…less horney tomoki (araragi), emo dominatrix (hitagi), nerdy glasses cat girl (hanekawa), generic lesbian weirdo (kanbura), the wiseman with non-white hair (oshino), a bunch of other characters, and last but not least, the f***ing loli (I forgot her name). Bakemonogatari”

    If only I could make a trailer like this. Again, this would just be a parody, not an offense thing or whatever.

  20. sakamoto

    I agree. The show sucks ass.

  21. Nyotus

    this was the best anime i ever watched many people can’t understand it because low iq

  22. William in DC

    “She wants Araragi’s dick more than any of the other girls combined. So much that she’ll turn into a murderous cat girl titty monster to get what she wants.”

    Sengoku wants him worse than Hanekawa.

  23. misaka

    agreed. it’s just a typical harem shit anime.. was kinda depressed after dropped in episode 6. and ugh idk why japan is so obsessed with harem. it’s so difficult to see a solid romance nowadays. most romance animes in new season are harem or have strong harem elements. fanservice. big boobs. utter shit story. cheap drama. feel like it’s better to watch anime without any romance in it. bc the romance is getting annoying and annoying atm. fuck that ha.

  24. Darks

    You have seen Kill me baby? Or the Oreimo second season?
    You haven’t seen bad anime, sorry.

  25. Taiga

    I have started watching the anime about 2 years ago and stopped just by the 3rd episode. It’s as boring as fuck. This review is brilliant. I can’t believe you people aren’t able to see that. Oh well, it’s a free world. But seriously, Bakemonogatari is the stupidest thing ever.

  26. Nobuna

    Sorry I can’t help but notice how ignorant you are of the character design of this show. Sure I’m a fan boy of the monogatari series, but if you honestly saw these characters as you described then you’re either retarded, incredibly stubborn, or baiting monogatari fans. Just to point out one flaw in your review, Araragi Koyomi is actually quite different from the common harem pretty boy mold. It’s not often that you see a character whom is actually suicidial and has an established relationship, usually the character is a near autistic go lucky ladies man. Araragi was described in bake to have trust issues, and this often causes him to take things into his own hands. He loves Senjougahara because he can trust her, and she trusts him. Her abusive play is no doubt questionable (they do explain it though), but she is very much in love with Araragi. They’re mutual trust and interest in one another is the foundation of the relationship, and despite what Araragi’s actions may lead you to believe he does state at several points that if he wanted somebody attractive he would have fallen for Hanekawa.

  27. lolyeahright

    I’m personally a Monogatarie series fan, and I’m sure were all just expressing our opinions here so no hate coming from me to you haters.
    Reasons why people hate this
    You didn’t get the story (or struggled to understand it(it’s a shitload of dialogues but im pretty sure your brains were using pentium 2 processors and the task of following the storyline took up your 126mb memory))
    You like your art moe-moe

    You’re actually lying xD (bet half of you watched DxD 1,2 and waiting for 3(if so, then your a masochist for doing self punishment))
    Post above me said he dropped after watching episode 6 and dropped cos it was a harem (lolwat), early episodes are usually used for character developments, they only introduced 2 at that point, where in hell would they put the harem part at that point?
    Also good luck finding an anime without character archetypes (oh i actually have a clue, first harem anime maybe? and please write a review on that, looking forward to it)

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  29. Jbone

    Artist removes horse shit from literary style and leaves behind quick explanations instead of drawn out, useless fat. Only muscle and bone remain. Artists’ work is story, criticism, and instruction manual all in one. Author of blog completely misses point of artists’ use of literature as a commentary on said genre. Blog author can’t literature well. GG QQ

  30. Gannon

    Yes, Japan is behind on social issues. Yes, most of the female characters pretty poorly represent their gender, and the male protagonist almost always has to save them, though there are a few exceptions.

    Yes there are stereotypes.

    But holy shit. It’s postmodernism. The embellishment of storytelling mechanics, the dissection of characters- postmodernism. Those arty numbers that cross the screen? A postmodernist mechanic.

    I’m not sure why you would give this anime a none/5 when you admit that it has some redeeming characteristics, but that it just doesn’t appeal to you. Your rating system seems slanted to how much you personally enjoyed it and not to the actual merit of the show.

  31. POPOMO

    only Fuck,Dick is what i can read i here! so i didn’t finish reading this.
    If you hate it just find another anime bro. that’s not hard!

  32. Frogposter

    BAIT: The Blogpost

    Just by the way it’s written you can tell it’s some /a/ shitposter.

    Here some other quality reviews by him:
    Hellsing, Twilight except shit.
    Darker than Black? More like Browner than SHIT
    Neon Genesis Evangelion, makes about as much sense as a pedophile in a retirement home.
    Beck, if I wanted to watch shitty bands, I would go see Tool live.
    One Piece, if I wanted to watch a good shounen I would watch Naruto.
    Eureka 7, more like Gurren Lagann 2.
    Vinland Saga, shitty manga and even worse anime. 2 episodes in and I fell asleep.
    Koi Kaze, if I thought incest was wrong I would stop having sex with my little sister.
    Grave of the Fireflies? If I wanted to watch a whiny cunt and his little sister fuck around I’d go to Chuck E. Cheese.
    Golden Boy? If I wanted to see a genius get horny, I’d videotape myself masturbating.
    Mononoke, if I wanted to see a crossdressing, homosexual pothead wearing make-up, I’d move to Brazil.
    Claymore, looks like a dick, strong beginning and middle but a cheesy ending.
    Mushishi? More like MushiSHIT
    Aria, a show about nothing.
    FLCL, boring, unfunny, LOL SO RANDUM XD shit.
    BLAME! If I wanted buildings and walking, I’d go outside
    Welcome to the NHK, if I wanted to watch a loser, I would stare at the mirror.
    Kaiji, atrocious character design and completely contrived plot.
    Planetes. As empty as space.
    Legend of the Gay Lactating Homosexuals.
    Cromartie Highschool, Lucky Star with men.
    Berserk, shitty anime and even worse manga.
    Zero no Tsukaima, more like Harry Potter: The Animation
    5 Centimetres Per Second? More like 5 Wallpapers Per Second
    Cowboy Bebop? More like Cowgay Begay. Shitty music and plotless style-over-substance bullshit.
    Azumanga Daioh, shitty ripoff of Lucky Star.
    ARIA? I liked it better when it was called naptime.
    Outlaw Star, One Piece in space.
    Gintama, Bobobo with shittier animation.
    Kaiji. If I wanted to see some pussy bitch cry all day, I’d watch Lifetime.
    Soul Eater? More like Shit Eater. Worse than Naruto.
    Code Geass, if I wanted to watch homosexuals pilot robots, I would watch Gundam Wing.
    Kanon? More like Clannad season 2.
    One Outs, if I wanted to watch a bunch of gay people running around I would’ve watched Prince of Tennis.
    GTO? More like GTFO. Shitty shounen is shitty.
    Shitugan no Shita. Shitty ripoff of To Aru Majutsu no Index.
    Haibane Renmei, a boring show about angels fucking around. I liked it better when it was called Evangelion.
    Hidamari Sketch, if I wanted to watch a bunch of little girls doing nothing, I’d go and watch my local kindergarden.
    Baccano. It’s like messing with your media player’s seekbar.
    5 Centimeters per Second, thats how slow the plot would move, if there were any.
    Gundam 00, if I wanted shitty character designs I’d watch G Gundam.
    Victorian Romance Emma, otaku-pandering maid fanservice bullshit.
    Monster? Now THERE’S a show that needs some surgery!
    Historie, history for faggots. “OMG Megas Alexander is so hot, I want to suck his dick” is not a good premise for anime.
    Michiko to Hatchin. Shitty halfassed Boondocks ripoff, the jokes aren’t even that funny.

  33. Fucking hate Senjougahara. I swear to god if Araragi and Senjougahara don’t fully break up at some point for good… that is the last chance for this show to be likable just thrown away for no reason.

    She destroys entire episodes with unnecessary philosophical rants that end up getting quite literally nowhere at all. She tries to force unfunny “comical violence and threats” in stupid situations towards literally anyone and everyone. And she isn’t even attractive by Anime standards, she’s “Meh”, in looks that is… Personality and mentally wise, she should already be locked up for being a textbook Psychopath AND Sociopath at the same time.

    This series is just lucky that nobody outside the main cast even exists for some unapparent reason or else believable character development would actually destroy half the cast.

  34. Slint

    The show is obviously making fun of stereotypes in anime…The over the top openings that make no sense and aren’t related in any shape of form to plot of the anime, the oversexualization of japanese culture, the constant breaking of the 4th wall, the references to other animes, the intertitles, the characters.
    This were all very common things in the nouvelle vague movement cinema of the 60’s: They were also very random films, breaking the 4th wall a lot, references to other films, the intertiles, breaking continuity rules…
    I respect your opinion tho, i’m not trying to be a pretentious douchebag, just wanted to give you a new perspective, that’s all :)

  35. Jimmy

    I can see the some of the points being made but it is really a matter of what kind of anime your into. Personally I can tend to agree on the fact that the sexually suggestive side is very overdone but this is not a reason to think the show is bad.

    Looking back on the show it was a bit underdeveloped and didn’t have much content in the way of actual story development as all the arcs last about 2-3 episodes a piece and they follow the order of: 1. Find out the problem 2. Talk about the problem 3. Find the answer in a convenient way and fix the problem. worse yet it happens the space of a day or two making it very unbelievable. even with all of this said the animation is amazing and i enjoy the way that the scene gives random shots while people are talking rather than, like in real life shows, the camera is fixed on the person like it expects the person in focus to steal its wallet if it moves an inch.

    Overall this show is a basis for Nisemonogatari as the following show is much more advanced and has learnt what works well to engage the audience and build on the characters, the story arcs become longer and a form of difficulty is shown for the first time and that makes this ‘season’ better than the previous. Even after saying all of this it is important to note that the characters do not gain any for of change even though more knowledge of them is given and their opinions on things change. This is not a bad aspect but it is also not a good one, the characters are designed to be stock standard and that isn’t a bad thing in my books as the characters are designed top be who they are so that their character comes across as it is meant to such as Mayoi Hachikuji is shown to be a kindergartener who is lost spirit and walks around aimlessly. It is only fitting that she grow some sense of independence and adult demeanor due to her being on her own walking through a city and hearing and seeing things of an adult nature with nobody to comfort her. This is but one example of why characters are the way they are.

  36. Gin

    Wtf I think its a great anime but its not appropriate for children like u

    • Deyex

      :o i have enjoyed to watch this anime so much how can someone say this anime is worst? i promised to myself i watch one episode per day cuz it’s so freaking awesome and i don’t want to marathon it to end in one day, maybe their eyes don’t see what mine does and i’m 19 year old virgin boy from funland (i) haters gunna hate but i’m myself getting confidence to go to first anime event named necokon (ofc only if i get my friend to come with me) cuz i’m shy and bad at socialicing with new people. i’m not gonna cosplay anything tho cuz it would be my first time to be in places like that and i have no exprience to see what happens there but i’m not that hard to recognize sunglasses one glove and bandanas..and ofc my silver butterfly ring burried under silver chain which is my stress toy. but i think i would enjoy events like that but i’m scared to go alone O.o ps. this pathetic loner boy…….Catz>dogs

  37. Li Kin Wa

    Well, the Monogatari series is a f*cking work of art.
    It has a somewhat decent and somehow plain plot, but the character development and interactions between the characters is f*cking brilliant. And these two things are what animes nowadays lack (most).
    This series is certainly hard to understand, so if you just want an anime like Sword Art Online with only epic animation. Don’t watch this.
    This is an anime heavily based on dialogues, and this is also why the interactions are so good.

  38. Peter

    I find it sucks too. Wonderful review speaks my mind. To sum up the anime has no “actual storyline”, “plot”, or genuine “plot twist”, no thrilling moments and ridiculusly trying to be a comedy, because it’s not fun at all, because I find things they joke about any meaningful (not that I don’t get it) it’s just not coherent enough, comparing to other fun series: Gintama is good, noragami, no game no life, mangka assitant even a demon is a part timer has a good sense of humour to it. But what are these half-ass sense of humour in this show, it’s just non-relevant and do not composed comfortably with the story. Sure those idiots thinking they get higher iq just by enjoying the jokes, you either really stupid or you just want to get along with the majority. If you think you really understand and can analyse the “phylosophy” throughout the show, then you are overlooking the other qualities of it, such as animation, story development, plot twists and reality. By the way talking about reality, this shows is completely ideal and fake, because there is no world where a person as nice as araragi and a world you can learn anything from only female characters. So, if you think you are better “some” monogatari fans, you need to give it your second thought, there’s nothing such as better IQ by understanding lame jokes and neglecting the creative storyline and real life lesson lackness in it. Stop going with the trend and praise for these series.

  39. I could say so many things about each “problem” you mention, but i will just laugh and say that you didnt understand a single thing about this anime.

  40. Pseudo-reviews are always entertaining to read.

  41. Lord of Light

    Monogatari is absolute shit, I have no problem saying it outright. It’s a nice-looking piece of shit, but it’s still shit.

  42. Cancer

    You do realize that reducing characters to a stereotype makes you look like a moron that just didn’t put any thought into the show at all. How is Hitagi a boring tsundere? When someone has trust issues because of an attempted rape, that isn’t being a tsundere, that’s being a normal person. Hachikuji isn’t a tsundere in the beginning of the show, she’s as mature as an 8 year old. She doesn’t have any feelings for Araragi until season 3, and even then, it lasts for 1 scene.

    A tsundere is a character that is deeply in love with the main character, but acts super abrasive towards him. Hitagi is a tsundere. Being a tsundere isn’t a bad thing. Tsundere can be done well (see Helga from ‘Hey Arnold!’ who has issues communicating with others due to issues with the family and neglect, similar to Hitagi in a way). Stop writing until you can come up with legitimate arguments and not “OMG, x is a tsundere bcuz I said so!!!1111 Proof that they suck!”

    Kanbaru is again a case of you saying trash that makes you sound like a moron. She is definately not in love with Araragi. She’s basically just a giant tease that likes trolling Araragi. Kanbaru is basically an immature girl who’s deepest wishes are always granted. When you are in love with someone, it’s easy to hate them. Reprucussions come from her use of the devil arm (Think that’s what it’s called, haven’t watched the show in a while now) and she tells herself that it’s a monkeys paw. She tricks herself into believing that she’s innocent and uses it as an excuse.

    With Nadeko, I have to excuse you on that one, because her ark is a set up to another arc in part 3 that basically involves calling her out for the trash she does to make Araragi love her, and ends up with her doing a 180 in personality and basically going insane.

    You don’t even actually say anything bad about Hanekawa, you just basically give a trashy explanation of her character which you use in lieu of things like ‘logic’ or ‘actual points’.

    The reason Shaft used the color frames isn’t because it was artistic; they just had no money to animate them. They don’t appear in later seasons other than once or twice, and are animated in the Blu-Rays.

    The way you complain about it being dialogue heavy just proves to me that this anime was never for you in the first place. Dialogue heavy stuff isn’t automatically bad, and your subjective criticism of its potency means nothing to anyone other than people who already hate the show and would agree with you no matter what you said.

    Can’t wait to see your next review on how Utena is artsy trash.

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