Nisemonogatari coming this January

Oh me oh my, so this is what Shaft has been cooking up lately (other than the Negima movie and Kizumonogatari).  So it has just been recently announced that Akiyuki Shinbo and Shaft have been working on a sequel to Bakemonogatari which has been titled Nisemonogatari. According to ANN, it is set in the early 21 century and will be focusing on Koyomi Araragi’s two sisters, named the “Fire Sisters”, Tsukihi and Karen Araragi. As I mentioned before, it is being directed by Akiyuki Shinbo and the character design’s will be done by Akio Watanabe, the man behind the character design’s for Bakemonogatari and The World God Only Knows. The website and the first trailer for the series can be found here.

All I have to say is hell fucking yes!!!! Bakemonogatari is my all-time favorite Shaft show and finding out there is a sequel coming out very soon focusing around the Araragi sisters, two characters I hoped would have had more screen time in Bakemonogatari, is just some incredible news. This is now my most anticipated series coming out next year. Can not wait to sink into this series and spend some time with a new Shaft series.


Bakemonogatari Animation: Compensation or Creativity?

"It's not like I want to be low budget"

There is [used to be] a lot of talk up in the air about Bakemonogatari, one of SHAFT’s most popular works, directed by Akiyuki Shinbo. As most of us know, if you’re familiar with the anime he’s done, Shinbo likes to use a distinct and idiosyncratic animation style in most of if not all the anime he’s directed. The most prominent of these shows are Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei, Maria Holic, Dance in the Vampire Bund, Arakawa Under the Bridge, and Bakemonogatari, with Bakemonogatari and SZS at the top. Now, if you don’t know exactly what can define Shinbo’s directing style, it’s simply energetic, jittery, and surreal use of brief camera shots of the characters, little character movement, a lot of dialogue, stylized shots of ambiguous “art,” and shots of the surrounding environment. And for the time, around the time of SZS and Maria Holic, this style was considered unique and quirky, while others generally found it distasteful (silly them). However, ever since the release of Bakemonogatari, I’ve noticed that a lot of people are saying different.
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