Podcast Episode 13 – Bakemonogatari Part 2

“She was not particularly tall. Her physical condition was not all that different from a normal high school girl. If anything, she was a little petite and slender. Graceful was about the perfect word for her.

However, Kanbaru Suruga could jump.

Last year, due to a bit of socializing, I had just once seen a bit of a game she played in. She had quickly and nimbly slipped past (or rather, right through) the opposing team’s defenses and easily landed a slam dunk just like that shounen manga that had once swept across Japan. She had calmly and easily done it over and over again with the invigorating smile of a sports girl. As she did it dozens of times, she had truly seemed to be enjoying it. How many high schoolers get to see someone dunk in a girls basketball game where shooting with both hands is the norm? Even as a spectator, I had been overwhelmed. I had been unable to continue to watch the poor opposing players who had lost all motivation due to also being overwhelmed. I distinctly remember having no choice but to leave because it was so hard to watch.”

~Nisio Isin ‘Bakemonogatari’ via Bakatsuki

Bakemonogatari Nadeko Sengoku

Here is it, the Kanbaru/Nadeko mashup, and Part II of the Bakemono-podcastari™. There’s a lot that can be said, and there’s no way to fit it all in the podcast. Seeing as such, both The Subtle Doctor and I wrote various supplemental material after this was recorded. Conflict in Early Monogatari can be found on ray][out, and explores the value of conflict. And if you read the blog, you are no doubt aware of my film analysis of the First 5 Minutes of Episode 8 and the recent piece on Nadeko and the cultural emphasis the visuals played in that arc. And I said Jizo wrong at least 23 times…

You can find Part I here

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Opening Theme: Koi no HEAT WAVE by Granrodeo

Ending Theme: Kunimichi 127-go Sen no Shiroki Inazumi by Kishidan


– Suruga Monkey & Nadeko Snake-

The Subtle Doctor

DISCLAIMER: Gattai Milk is not a real website (somebody get on that). However, ray][out is, and you should check it out – especially The Subtle Doctor’s analysis on Bakemonogatari. In my book, he’s a pronounced Twittarian, yet still remains on the subtle side with his ‘ramshackle blog and low follower count’ – maybe you can help him out with that. It was his initial watching of Bakemongatari that made me start rewatching Monogatari (or Monogats to some), so in a way, he can be blamed for all of this.


Animation doesn’t have to be flashy or fast to look great. Sometimes it’s knowing how to use your limits in a fashionable way.

I would really like people to start looking at anime in the same way they look at film.

Nadeko7 – make it happen.

Yeah, watching the aired version now is just suffering.

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