Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru is definitely a Shaft anime, but while I think the typical “Shaftisms”, their stylistic flair, are definitely reined in this time around, Fin thinks it’s the same as ever. Regardless, like their other comedies (SZS, Maria+Holic, etc.), you either laugh or you don’t.
“Recovery can take place only within the context of relationships; it cannot occur in isolation.” — Judith Herman, Trauma and Recovery
Oh Bakemonogatari, I’m not mad. I’m just…disappointed.
God, hasn’t it been a while since I updated? To put it more accurately, hasn’t it been a while since I watched anime from this summer’s season of utter dreck?
I hate turning these episodic updates into massive screencap galleries, but honestly the richness of Bakemonogatari‘s visuals makes me feel helpless to avoid it. And as much as I try to keep my critic’s impartiality, something about the show encourages fanatacism. Senjougahara fascination is catching on fast, but, happily, Bakemonogatari doesn’t seem to be willing to rest on its laurels.
I’m really happy with this week’s Bakemonogatari, especially after a couple of relatively slow episodes. I’m going to talk about specific events in episode five, so if you plan on watching it you should do so before reading further.