Edit: Just changed some bits after having watched Zoku for a second time
Note: Watched this in Japanese cinemas. Japanese is not my native language and the monogatari series is quite complex to say the least. Therefore I might not have understood everything to the fullest extent. Luckily the BD release is just around the corner! Anyhow, this is still one of the best parts of the monogatari series in my opinion though.
So how you do you make a sequel to the end? Well, Nishio Ishin managed to it again! In my opinion, Zoku Owarimonogatari was not really needed to wrap up the main story. However,
it is a neat little extra storyline for those who wanted to know what happened with Araragi after his graduation.
As I hinted at before, this story is about Araragi. Even though the main story line is practically finished, Araragi's mind and thoughts has not reached the conclusion he wants. Araragi is kind of stuck in one place, he just finished high school but has yet to start college nor got any job, he became a nobody despite all the adventures he has experienced so far. Suddenly, a little bathroom mirror incident quite literally turns his reality backwards or "inverts" it if you'd like. The story is just as bizarre as one would expect from Ishin-sensei by now. All I will say is that as for someone who has been in the same shoes as Araragi regarding regrets in life and anxiety for the future, I can really appreciate this story. I really hope you will as well!
I won't say more story-wise for those who are really looking forward to watch this, but I really want to talk a little about how Shaft's anime adaptation of the novel is so splendid. Apart from the excellent story and the great characters we have come to love from the monogatari series (albeit a bit different this time), I really must talk about the animation and the effects in this movie. The animation and effects happen to be one of the best parts of this film, since they are in a sense so well adapted from the novel (Which makes no sense because novels do not have animation and effects). But hear me out! For those who has read the novel know the setting of this story, and the way shaft uses reflections to enhance the visuals and make the setting more trustworthy really blew my mind because it is something, I have never personally seen myself before in an anime. The amount of detail shaft has put into the "inverted/mirrored" reality, environment and characters really makes you further respect the love and effort Shaft has put into the monogatari series. I can’t wait to inspect the environment when I watch the film again.
The only thing that I think could have been slightly better is the background music, it is a slight step-down from earlier entries. It is worth to note that the music is still very good, but I expected much more depth from something like monogatari.
Overall, I really love this film, it is definitely one of the best monogatari entries but it's kind of sad that the main story has come to an end. The monogatari series will remain one of the best series I have ever watched, and I am glad it has gone on for this long. Now, we just have to wait and see which monogatari novel is the next to get an anime adaptation.
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PS: Sodachi is great freaking waifu material in this one.
The monogatari series is no stranger to our ears right?
Monogatari series was first published in 2006 written by Nisio Isin. The story itself centered on Araragi Koyomi she was a third year high school student.
Zoku Owarimonogatari / Koyomi Reverse is the thirteenth series of the monogatari series. This series is taken from a 2014 light novel that is about Araragi Koyomi who found herself waking up but not as a student or student after graduation. He became nobody. At first he thought this was only part of a dream. Until finally he decided to wash his face and see a big change happening to his
This series is a continuation of Hanamonogatari which tells the story of Kanbaru Suguha. The series tells stories about ghosts that can be called oddities. From your judo do not be fooled, this does not mean that the series tells of a scary ghost series with supernatural themes and mysteries wrapped in comedy that makes you laughing out loud even though this series is full of comedy elements in terms of mystery also still able to keep up with the elements of his own comedy even though it contains comedy but the mystery that is displayed makes you draining to think because the placement of mysteries that are very fitting makes this series more interesting.
This series has two main characters Araragi Koyomi and Oshino Shinobu. Short story of Oshino Shinobu is a legendary vampire named "Acerola Orion Heart Under Blade Kiss Shot" which was saved by Araragi Koyomi after he fought with some paranormal. Shinobu was adopted and appointed the family by Oshino Meme (you can see it in full in the Bakemonogatari series) does not forget the Ghost Story series will not be complete if there is no heroine playing this one he is Senjougahara Hitagi. Even though only acting as a supporter Hitagi still has a big impact on this series he is a girlfriend of Araragi Koyomi.
Araragi Koyomi is not alone, she is accompanied by a theme named Hanekawa Tsubasa, she is a genius who knows everything. Not only that, Araragi also has two very cute younger siblings, Tsukihi and Karen (you can see in the Nisemonogatari series in full).
An incomplete anime series is not supported by the voice section. Shaft is a very interesting studio for me why? because this studio never made me bored in broadcast. During the dialogue this series has a very background music that is very supportive because this series has a mystery theme to make the background of music also tense as it should. For that background music is an important thing in this series.
The series this time has the closing theme (ED) entitled azure sung by "TrySail". Most people consider the closing theme to be boring when in the closing theme anime series it is important. Generally people only remember the opening theme (OP) even though the opening theme only contains a brief spoiler about the series while the closing theme has several moral messages delivered.
Shaft is a very interesting studio because the animations that are shown seem very unique like we like reading novels therefore I have never been bored by the series adapted by this studio. characters with one another. Sometimes shafts often display animations from their world like the previous series.
As a manga and novel lover, I really enjoyed the whole series, which was adapted by very unique adaptation studio shafts, which made me never bored even though this series already has thirteen seassons. that is notated by the studio shaft.
Let me say this from the start that I like the opening and ending of this movie so much. Studio Shaft has done a phenomenal job once again , specially now because it was theatrical release, our man Akiyuki Shinbo has done a great job, I will say even that overall its an improvement on the previous seasons. I liked those numbers that showed that how many cuts have been shown from the movie but this time the cuts were reversed because that right Araragi was in the mirror world (by the way this not a spoiler, its right there in the description). It was
also delight to see characters acting different in the mirror world, I liked this take on the characters. When its comes to animation on this movie, well how could I describe it in a one sentences because it pays homage to many different animation styles and characters that its hard to keep up, but I will say that animation is darn good and pure eye candy. This is the kind of animation I will take screenshot of and hang it on the wall of my house as art-piece, because look at those colors my man and tell me that its not art, yes you can not. Background art is something that so many studio's not give much thought to it and in many anime's it lacks the polish it truly deserves but Shafts is the exception because by the trickery of CGI it makes them look so beautiful. I wish series will get a new season in the future because I like this anime so much, if you are going to watch this, just watch it because you will not regret watching this movie.
Perplexing has been the word to describe the world of the Monogatari series, and perplexing is how this final story of the series is gonna be.
After a quick review of the different adventures our main protagonist have been through in his high-school life, he now finds himself graduated and in that crucial crossroad of life's waiting room of a doctors clinic. Waking up one day, Araragi ponders about this when he suddenly notices his reflection in the bathroom mirror to be somewhat disjointed to his person. Touching the mirror pulls him in inexplicably into it. He wokes up naturally in a world like his own
where everything is inverted, even the other characters are different to their real world counterparts.
Now, before we go "Through the looking glass" kind of thing of a simple total inversion of this world to the other, there's more to it than just a simple reflection of our workd. Anyway, Araragi must work his way around this delimma.
I like the look of movie in the openning part. It mimics the style of the book illustration of the series. Sadly it reverted back it's default look throughout the rest of it. The Monogatari series is well known for it's nonsensical exercise of visual display and shifting shots, Zuko is no different. It's like the Airplane movie of visuals "Don't like that graphics?! Dont worry we have 100 different more."
Watching the movie with a limited Japanese is a trial of forbearance, especially it running at 2 and a half so running time. Most of the film are static talking heads, so I do suggest to those language impaired to wait for a good translation of the film to come out. There are a lot of delightful moments to be sure, but not enough throughout the film to keep out the monotony of the long languid moments.
In the end I find it an intriguing film. The looking glass aspect is sure present, but not in a superficial sense, more of a personal and introspective one to Araragi. We never get to see our true selves when we look at a mirror, only a skewed and dim version of what others can see. At the very end, the reflection Araragi see is right in front of him in the beginning.
Intriguing, yes. Fun, somewhat. Perplexing, most definitely, .... as it should be.