DVD Review: Nisemonogatari – Part 2

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The conclusion to the Nisemonogatari anime series will soon be available in the UK on DVD and Blu-ray, but what did we think of the DVD release by MVM Entertainment? Find out in our DVD Review of Nisemonogatari – Part 2.

Synopsis:

When Danger Comes Knocking, Family Is The Answer.

Koyomi Araragi has solved yet another supernatural case, but while Karen is finally rid of her curse, his other sister is about to get diagnosed with a severe supernatural ailment; a problem that is going to attract far more attention than just that of Koyomi.

Trouble is brewing, as two mysterious girls have been asking questions about the Araragi household, and are showing a curious knowledge of Koyomi and his sister’s condition. It soon becomes clear that these girls are in fact supernatural hunters of immortal beings, and they’re looking directly at Koyomi’s family.

Presenting the final episodes of the Nisemonogatari series, another chapter in this masterwork of stylistic anime, in which Koyomi Araragi will meet his match.

Our View:

Nisemonogatari – Part 2 is the final instalment into the “Nisemonogatari” chapter of the Monogatari franchise, whereby main protagonist Koyomi Araragi continues to deal with all kinds of super natural spirits while in the process making new friends. In this second instalment Koyomi must uncover the secrets surrounding his younger sister, Tsukihi Araragi, who is currently believed to be possessed by the Phoenix spirit, while at the same time protect her from mysterious newcomers who plan to abolish all types of supernatural beings, including himself.

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Compared to previous instalments of the Monogatari franchise Nisemonogatari – Part 2 features a more “entertaining” storyline; however the same prospect of long talkative sessions and close-ups of characters is still present. Basically it’s the same animation and storytelling style as the rest of the series, but with just a different character receiving the attention, but this time there is some violence and a rather brutal fight scene to go along with it.

While Nisemonogatari – Part 2 does include some bloody (and brutal) violence majority of the series is made up of provocative poses and sexualisation, such as the infamous toothbrush scene whereby Koyomi ends up brushing Karen’s teeth for five minutes due to a bet she lost – it sounds cute but it’s not, as it is actually rather perverted and quite disturbing. Of course this ‘scene’ (which lasts for majority of the episode) is one of many ‘adult themed’ scenes that you’ll encounter in the series. While these scenes are completely “left-field” it is the latter half of the release that provides the most entertainment, especially those looking for a bit of action instead of talking.

Disappointingly this release only includes 4 episodes, each of which last around 24 minutes, so you are not exactly getting a lot for you money, especially with an estimated retail Price of £24.99. It is also surprising that Nisemonogatari was not released as a “complete” box set, as opposed to two separate releases, but I presume this is due to an agreement with the Japanese license holder. Either way its slightly disappointing that it wasn’t released as a complete set, especially seeing as all three discs in one box would have felt more “productive” for your money, especially with the series itself only being 11 episodes long.

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For me the real positives with Nisemonogatari (not to mention the rest of the Monogatari franchise) is the detailed, but minimalistic, art style – something which looks fantastic on Blu-ray, but that’s mostly what Nisemonogatari has to offer.  However with this release we are treated to a mixed bag of content, of course there is the story (which feels slow and complicated) but there is the addition of some impressively brutal fighting scenes along with the (as expected but uncalled for) ecchi scenes involving Koyomi and his many acquaintances.

Extras:

While the episodic content leaves much to be desired the amount of extras featured in this second part is overwhelming, but more importantly the extra content that was missing from Part 1 is included in this second part.

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Nisemonogatari has multiple opening and ending animations, all of which are included on this DVD, furthermore, to round out the collection, a variety of promotional materials and trailers for other anime releases are included.

  • Opening Theme (Episode 1)
  • Opening Theme (Episode 3)
  • Opening Theme (Episode 2 & 4 to 7)
  • Opening Theme (Episodes 8 to 11)
  • Ending Theme (Episodes 1 to 3)
  • Ending Theme (Episodes 4 to 6 & 8)
  • Ending Theme (9 & 10)
  • TV Promos
  • DVD & BD Promos
  • Trailers

The text less videos (opening and closing) for Episodes 1 to 7 feel slightly out of place being included on this DVD release when (in my opinion) they should have been included in Part 1, but at least they weren’t forgotten and completely removed. The promotional trailers provide multiple 30 second snippets of its original broadcast and Japanese home video release while the trailers are for other MVM Entertainment releases. The Trailers included are for Bakemonogatari, Inu X Boku: Secret Service, Hakuouki, Hiiro No Kakera, Another and Gyo. Majority of the trailers are just the opening songs in text less format except for Bakemonogatari, which is a cinematic styled trailer (as seen on recent MVM releases) , Another, which has seens from the series to the opening song and Gyo , which is also a cinematic trailer but has no English subtitles.

Specs:

Media:  DVD 9
Region: 2
Running Time:  1:36:36
Video: MPEG-2
Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0 224kbps (Japanese)
Subtitles: English (White)
Resolution: 720 x 576 (576i)
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Widescreen
Frame Rate: 25 fps

Overall:

What you see is what you get with Nisemonogatari – Part 2, four episodes that span the entire Tsukihi Phoenix chapter which focuses on Koyomi’s other sister, Tsukihi. This story chapter does have a few interesting twists and developments, especially with the new characters on the scene, but it is mostly the same old talkative animation with a few ‘sexualised’ scenes and fights thrown into the mix. If you’ve seen Nisemonogatari (and to a point Bakemonogatari) then you have a rough idea of what to expect from the overall presentation.

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Speaking of presentation as with the previous three ‘monogatari’ DVD releases the Visual, Audio and Menu layout all remain the same in this fourth instalment, with Japanese audio being the only available audio track. The Audio itself is provided in 2.0 Stereo with ‘optional’ English subtitles available in white text which is clearly readable from a good viewing distance. The DVD Menu is also easy to navigate around with everything clearly labelled and accessible.

Like I mentioned in the ‘Extras’ section there is a lot of extra viewing material included, half of which should have been included with Part 1 but none-the-less give the DVD authors credit as everything that should be included is included on this disc, with additional extras in the form of promotional material and trailers for other anime releases, all of which will be distributed by MVM Entertainment during 2014.

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Overall Nisemonogatari – Part 2 is what you expect it to be, a complicated story that involves multiple female characters, sexualised innuendos and supernatural spirits with plenty of conversation to keep viewers awake(?). If you have yet to experience the bizzare phenomenon that is the monogatari franchise then I’d recommend avoiding Nisemonogatari – Part 2 all together and even if you do enjoy the franchise take note this release has a lot of “uncomfortable” moments that are definitely not safe for public viewing, but at the same time provide a few laughs and some impressive (but bloody) fist fights between Koyomi and the newcomers.

Score: review-stars-2

Nisemonogatari – Part 2 will be available on Blu-ray and DVD from the 13th January 2014.

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About Scott Emsen
Scott is the Founder and Executive Editor of AnimeBlurayUK but in the past he has worked at ZOMGPlay, Rice Digital and Funstock and was once a Community Moderator for the Nokia N-Gage forums. Based in the UK, he loves anything related to Games & Anime and in In his spare time you'll mostly find him playing on one of his many gaming consoles; namely the PS Vita, PS4 or Xbox One.

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