Because summer is Kizu’s I wanted to fill some holes so I watched and finished bakemonogatari again. It wasn’t really worth it but it has interesting stuff like most monogataris. I remember little to nothing about Tsuki, Neko and Koyo and I’m not sure where I’d place Bake but if anything it’s a monogatari adaptation growing organically from crap to ok so it’s pretty useful I guess?
Most of the reason I erased it from my mind is the harem stuff. By the end of it every girl has a crush or something modeled after it on Araragi. Nothing else sticks to anything once it’s all over. Every fucking time I wanted things like, you know, exciting stuff to develop some arc comes to an end, like clearing a character on some vn at the cost of everything else, I’m not sure which episode has these kind of quotes, but generally to me it’s about inner struggles, which is not bad considering Bake is not the whole story, along with an awareness of how dumb the harem premise is.
This harem stuff is also what differs the most from other monogataris because of the characters who obtain more time and what this means for the talks. Araragi is the audience’s window to Bake and the show thinks of said audience as morons, yet it will do anything to serve me, ofc what I get is the most charming but also verbally abusive girl in the solar system. There’s little talked about anything but sort of pointless stuff, yet it’s talked in a fun way in that it comes down to mockery. Smug. Bake comes off as the smuggiest anime around and that’s what kept it floating for me, though it doesn’t amount to much, also I think it fits more Araragi than anything because a perverted wimp is probably more used to expect close experiences in crappy ways. And Araragi will only ever take it, spitting gallons of blood through the whole thing, without killing anything so that inner struggles are solved…self respect be damned. Most characters are not even fleshed out at that point but well we got more monogataris doing better in every aspect.
Also it’s pretty interesting to compare it to karekano, because ofc people will put the good bits of karekano on a pedestal when bake is a bit better despite being in debt of everything. Instead of filling backgrounds of scribble shit of random people without colors, bake is either girls or empty cool backgrounds because of the character point of view, it’s a better trick to begin with. Not sure how many things support pathetic fallacy/ themes/ moods but architectural elements and radom objects scattered around support any composition at any time because why not. And like kare, there’s plenty of inserts and changes in style from real footage to mangas/ newspapers and word stuff because that’s another trick they can do. Explainos are janky as ever in both shows.
I want to see this in vns and other games.