Kabukimonogatari (Monogatari Vol.9) Light Novel Review


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Review of the light novel Kabukimonogatari (The Monogatari Series Volume 9) by Nisioisin

LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
TITLE: Kabukimonogatari
AKA: 傾物語, Monogatari Series
AUTHOR: Nisioisin
ILLUSTRATOR: VOFAN
PUBLISHER (English): Vertical
RELEASE DATE (English): May 17, 2018
PURCHASE (Amazon.com): https://amzn.to/2KvD8YI
PURCHASE (Book Depository): http://bit.ly/2HXBUQP

PUBLISHER (Japan): Kodansha BOX
RELEASE DATE (Japan): December 25, 2010
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 25 (most recent volume released June 14, 2018)
ANIME SERIES: 94 episodes + 3 movies (14 volumes adapted to date)

Nekomonogatari White (Monogatari Vol.8) Light Novel Review

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Review of the light novel Nekomonogatari White (Monogatari Volume 8) by Nisioisin

LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
TITLE: Nekomonogatari
AKA: Monogagatari
AUTHOR: Nisioisin
ILLUSTRATOR: Vofan
PUBLISHER (English): Vertical
RELEASE DATE (English): February 27, 2018

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PUBLISHER (Japan): Kodansha
RELEASE DATE (Japan): October 27, 2010
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 23 (most recent released July 20, 2017)
ANIME SERIES: 94 episodes + 3 movies (14 volumes adapted to date)

From the back cover:

Launching into new territory that the author hadn’t mapped out when he embarked on the series, NEKOMONOGATARI (White) tells the tale of heroine Tsubasa Hanekawa from her own perspective, in her own voice—if that can hold true for a damaged soul who, depending on who you’re asking, suffers from a split personality or a supernatural aberration.

The bone-chilling brokenness of her household, where father and mother and daughter keep three separate sets of cookware in the same kitchen and only ever prepare their own meals, and the profound darkness nurtured in the genius schoolgirl’s heart, come to life, if that is the word, through her self-vivisection.

As for our customary unreliable narrator, Araragi, we seem to learn revealing tidbits about him now that we have an outside view of him at last, while his lady friends Senjogahara, Hachikuji, et al, freed from his predilection for proudly inane banter, show subtly new faces to us via their female interlocutor. Welcome to the Second Season.

 


Nekomonogatari Black Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel Nekomonogatari (Black) by Nisioisin
The events of Golden Week are finally revealed!

LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
TITLE: Nekomonogatari Black
AKA: Monogagatari, 偽物語 上
AUTHOR: Nisionisin
ILLUSTRATOR: VOFAN
PUBLISHER (English): Vertical
RELEASE DATE (English): December 8, 2017
PURCHASE (Amazon.com): http://amzn.to/2hVtJsX
PURCHASE (Book Depository): http://bit.ly/2DuBjnL

PUBLISHER (Japan): Kodansha
RELEASE DATE (Japan): July 29, 2010
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 23 (most recent released July 20, 2017)
ANIME SERIES: 94 episodes + 3 movies (14 volumes adapted to date)

From the back cover:

Following up on the high note of family ties on which the previous installment concluded, but preceding it chronologically, we find Araragi and his little sister Tsukihi, the heroine of the last volume, in full sibling rivalry mode as they bicker about love. The conversation that cannot end unfolds in its unabashed original glory herein.

Like KIZUMONOGATARI, which delved into our narrator’s disastrous spring break, Cat Tale (Black) is a prequel about another catastrophe, mentioned often yet never recounted even in a foregoing chapter dedicated to Miss H.: namely, the model student’s rampage over Golden Week, a string of holidays starting at the end of April.

Closing out what has come to be known as the “First Season” of the series, this episode of ’GATARI, as rich as ever in silly banter and poignant profundities, richer than usual in snide meta comments about the anime, will make you laugh and cry, or just put a grownup smile on your face, maybe, but is guaranteed to stay with you forever.

Nisemonogatari Volume 2 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel Nisemonogatari Volume 2 (Fake Tale) by Nisioisin

LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
TITLE: Nisemonogatari (The Monogatari Series)
AKA: Monogagatari, 偽物語 上
AUTHOR: Nisioisin
ILLUSTRATOR: VOFAN
PUBLISHER (English): Vertical
RELEASE DATE (English): August 31, 2017
PURCHASE (Amazon.com): http://amzn.to/2vbzf0q
PURCHASE (Book Depository): http://bit.ly/2AdDoXx

PUBLISHER (Japan): Kodansha
RELEASE DATE (Japan): June 11, 2009
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 23 (most recent released July 20, 2017)
ANIME SERIES: 94 episodes + 3 movies (14 volumes adapted to date)

From the back cover:

Originally planned to be the series’ conclusion, “final” chapter “Tsukihi Phoenix” invites us back to the seemingly eventless country burg where supernatural afflictions abound and characters change their trademark hairstyles at the drop of a hat. Rest assured, dear reader, that the story continued in Japanese and will do so in translation.

In the first half of Fake Tale, lost soul Araragi helped resolve his bigger little sister Karen’s feverish run-in with a fraud. In this second half, he must attend to his littler little sister Tsukihi’s issues, but not before staging the Toothbrush Episode that the acclaimed anime adaptation’s viewers find quite memorable—whether they like to or not.

As fraught with ominousness as a dark empty street, as unexpectedly full of feeling as an acid-tongued girlfriend, as sidesplittingly funny as a horny retired jock, and (maybe even) as educational as college in the best MONOGATARI tradition, this volume also introduces us to “ghostbusters” Yozuru Kagenui and Yotsugi Ononoki.

Nisemonogatari Volume 1 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel Nisemonogatari Volume 1 by Nisioisin

LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
TITLE: Nisemonogatari (The Monogatari Series)
AKA: Monogagatari, 偽物語 上
AUTHOR: Nisioisin
ILLUSTRATOR: VOFAN
PUBLISHER (English): Vertical
RELEASE DATE (English): June 27, 2017
PURCHASE (Amazon.com): http://amzn.to/2oBVecc
PURCHASE (Book Depository): https://www.bookdepository.com/Nisemonogatari-1-Nisioisin/9781942993988/?a_aid=jrstone

PUBLISHER (Japan): Kodansha
RELEASE DATE (Japan): September 2, 2008
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 23 (most recent released July 20, 2017)
ANIME SERIES: 94 episodes + 3 movies (14 volumes adapted to date)

The light novel featured in this review is the official English release and was purchased with my own money. All opinions are my own and were not paid for.

From the back cover:

Unlike ne’er-do-well former vampire Araragi, his two younger sisters Karen and Tsukihi, who attend a private junior high, are little balls of energy and charisma that their peers look up to. That the “ka” in Karen and “hi” in Tsukihi are both written with the character for “fire” isn’t the only reason they’ve come to be known as the Fire Sisters.

Karen is the brawn and Tsukihi the brains of a vigilantism that the pair sees not merely as defending justice but as justice itself. They can’t encounter a harmful fad without trying to hunt down a specific source that had a motive for spreading it. In their big brother’s humble opinion, there is something fake and precarious about it all.

In this first of two parts, the immediate sequel to the legendary BAKEMONOGATARI plunges us into the middle of summer vacation in the mostly peaceful rural town where the series is set. As our hero and narrator can say from experience, however, teenagers with too much free time on their hands can get stung pretty badly.

Bakemonogatari Volume 3 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel Bakemonogatari Volume 3 by Nisio Isin

LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
TITLE: Bakemonogatari
AKA: Monogagatari, 物語シリーズ
AUTHOR: Nisio Isin
ILLUSTRATOR: VOFAN
PUBLISHER (English): Vertical Inc.
RELEASE DATE (English): April 25, 2017
PURCHASE (Amazon Affiliate Link): http://amzn.to/2mGURxN
PURCHASE (Amazon.co.uk): http://amzn.to/2yZzNIN

PUBLISHER (Japan): Kodansha
RELEASE DATE (Japan): December 4, 2006
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 23 (most recent released July 20, 2017)
ANIME SERIES: 94 episodes + 3 movies (14 volumes adapted to date)

From the back cover:

A class president among class presidents, a bespectacled model student who soars to the top of honors lists without fail, Tsubasa Hanekawa also happens to be a decent human being. True, she does have a habit of making single-minded assumptions, but they come from a good place and turn out to be fortuitous as often as not.

Loser extraordinaire Koyomi Araragi owes her his post of class vice president and a more significant debt of gratitude for her unstinting support during the darkest spring break of his life. All of it has blinded him to the possibility that his saintly classmate’s family situation might be no less adverse than that of his other lady friends.

Thus, at last, we face Hanekawa’s unlikely aberration in “Tsubasa Cat”—the concluding part of the legendary novel that captured the sensibilities of a new generation in the aught years and spawned an animated series that has won international popularity and acclaim—before the story continues with a Fake Tale…

Bakemonogatari Volume 2 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel Bakemonogatari Volume 2 by Nisio Isin

LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
TITLE: Bakamonogatari
AKA: Monogagatari, 物語シリーズ
AUTHOR: Nisio Isin
ILLUSTRATOR: VOFAN
PUBLISHER (English): Vertical Inc.
RELEASE DATE (English): February 28, 2017
PURCHASE (Amazon Affiliate Link): http://amzn.to/2jDwm2u

PUBLISHER (Japan): Kodansha
RELEASE DATE (Japan): December 4, 2006
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 23 (most recent released July 20, 2017)
ANIME SERIES: 94 episodes + 3 movies (14 volumes adapted to date)

From the back cover:

Bakemono, literally “altered thing,” which translates as “monster.” Monogatari, literally “thing narrated,” which translates as “tale.” Combined into a neologism by he of the reversible nom de plume, they yield BAKEMONOGATARI, the monster tale that kicked off a series whose anime adaptations have enjoyed international popularity and critical acclaim.

A self-described loser, Koyomi Araragi is struggling at a prep school that he should never have gotten into. He has all but quit caring, but as a senior, he faces the chilling scenario of not being able to graduate. It’s time to cram, but the supernatural aberrations that keep on popping up in his provincial town won’t let him be.

Previously, our hero turned into a vampire and back, gained an acid-tongued girlfriend, and couldn’t find his way home thanks to a lost child. In this second of three parts, which introduces Suruga Kanbaru and Nadeko Sengoku, he becomes embroiled in a case that riffs on a classic English story from 1902.