I personally feel the point of certain reviews isn't that you agree or disagree with them, but that you can see where the reviewer is coming from. I bring this up as I'm about to say something very negative about a series a lot of people like.
I detest Bakemonogatari
. It's Mushi Shi
without any subtlety, xxxHolic
without any class or depth, Natsume Yuujinchou
without any charm, Mononoke
without any shock (that isn't superficial). Comparisons between Natsume
are especially insulting, that's like comparing the sweet, innocent church-going girl (not really a 'church' but you get the idea) with a dirty prostitute.
So what does this series offer instead? A bunch of pointless dialogue that only exists to make the author look like a smartarse, and fanservice. Oh, and now Shinbo's typical forced, attention-seeking, not-actually-eccentric visual style.
You may have heard this series' dialogue praised to high heaven. Easily its most overrated aspect, as practically every conversation boils down to this same formula:
"Hey, I'm a bigger smartarse than you!" "No you're not" "Yes I am" "No you're not" "Yes I am" "No you're not" "POP CULTURE REFERENCE!"
Speaking of which, I'm surprised nobody ever says "I was frozen today!"
, it'd fit in so well. Save the self-referential stuff for the wikis, will you?
So if you think watching a bunch of smarmy brats trying to one-up each other constitutes fine entertainment, you'll love this series. Oh but they all have 'sad backstories', whch apparently makes up for all of it. Er, no it doesn't, they're just Nisio's way of saying "Ah, now you have
to like this character, regardless of how annoying they are, because if you don't you must be a heartless jerk!".
Said characters can be summed up as: Kyon rip-off, guy who pales in comparison to Yuuko or Nyanko-sensei, "self-aware" tsundere, "self-aware" class rep, Yami
"self-aware" class rep, offensive lesbian stereotype, girl people only care about because of her Image Song
, and girl with really obnoxious Image Song
I'm aware I probably sound quite bitter, but if you have a low threshold for anything smartarsed and pretentious try reading/watching this series and not feeling the same way.