I wouldn’t say that I’m the biggest fan of the Monogatari series, but I’m enough of a fan to get myself a Senjougahara Hitagi figurine at this year’s anime convention (Makkon 2014). In other words, it’s safe to say that I like the previous anime series quite a lot – Tsukimonogatari, not so much.
Note: Monogatari series spoilers are present in this review. If you want to avoid them, don’t read the story section of the review.
Araragi Koyomi has used his vampiric powers too many times and is now turning into one. While he’s occupied his two little sisters and Kanbaru Suruga get abducted and it’s up to him and Ononoki Yotsugi to save them.
While the story isn’t bad, it feels like a cash-in and/or a decent filler season before we get to see the more important things. The end is also very abrupt and it feels as if it was rushed and shortened in order to make this into a 4 episode anime.
Animation is as beautiful as ever. Very bright colors and characters goofing off and/or doing pretty realistic things while talking to one another. I have to say that the opening animation is once again splendid and very artistic, but at this point we don’t expect anything less from the Monogatari series.
I have to admit that I haven’t watched any other anime in the Monogatari series in quite some time so I might be mistaken on this, but it felt as if the majority (if not all) of the music I’ve heard was the music from the previous anime series. Music isn’t bad, but it’s starting to get too repeatable, luckily there’s hardly any time when characters don’t talk.
Characters are the same as ever, Araragi Koyomi is still a good-natured pervert and Oshino Shinobu is still cute and as proud as ever. All of the other characters are being themselves as well with exception of Senjougahara Hitagi who is now always “dere-dere” around Araragi – she actually pushes him down in Tsukimonogatari and the rest is left to our imagination.
I enjoyed watching Tsukimonogatari even though the main story didn’t progress much. It was an enjoyable two hours, but I probably won’t re-watch it like I did with the rest of the anime in the series.
Tsukimonogatari provides you with an enjoyable two hours of anime goodness. It’s a must-watch for the Monogatari series fans, rest of the anime otaku can safely skip this one unless you’re a “completionist” and “have” to finish every anime in specific series.