I’ve been flying around a bit for the past few days so I’m an episode behind. I planned on watching Nisemonogatari on the plane… but then I realized that I probably would’ve been arrested at the gates for indecency.
Was I watching Bakemonogatari 2 or an episode of Dance in the Vampire Bund? While it was nice to see the (surprisingly) eloquent Shinobu come out of her shell – apparently a whole season of keeping quiet meant bottling up a lot of things inside her – there was all sorts of unnecessary for this long stretch – ero loli, naked Araragi and most of their conversation – although I did enjoy the little riff between the two about Araragi’s potential vampire-infused Methuselah-esque lifespan.
On the other hand, I really like the new Hanekawa. Both in terms of design as well as personality. It’s a nice bit of growth from the prior reserved, know-it-all megane version of Hanekawa. I wasn’t a big fan of her character last season – but this version of Hanekawa seems more self-assured, more mature – and just more interesting all around. Of course, like most of the Bakemonogatari girls, Hanekawa ends up on Araragi’s bed – didn’t he just nearly get murdered for that? Guys never learn when it comes to cute girls.