ANIME & MANGA - Review
10:00 - 28th February 2015, by David West


It’s the final day of summer break, and former vampire and general slacker Koyomi Araragi realises that he hasn’t done any of his assignments. Not a one. Desperate, he convinces Shinobu, his vampire friend, to help him travel back in time so he can get his homework done before class. Unfortunately, they jump back 11 years instead of just a few hours, and their actions in the past produce dire and unforeseen consequences for their future.

There are just four episodes in this latest instalment of the Monogatari series, but it packs in plenty to that running time. On the one hand, this is a departure for the series, with a more assertive plot involving time travel than some of the obtuse meanderings of previous outings. Conversely, the dialogue remains verbose, the editing rapid, the design the same eye-catching blend of primary colours and geometric shapes. It’s a pleasure to watch, particularly the scene of Araragi and Shinobu setting off fireworks. The story explores the depth of the bond between the pair to great effect. The other central figure in this set is Mayoi Hachikuji, the ghost of a young girl who wanders forever lost on the streets of Araragi’s hometown. It is Araragi’s desire to save Hachikuji from this fate that sets in motion a series of events that lead to the end of the world. Suddenly homework doesn’t seem so important.

A short but (bitter) sweet addition to the Monogatari canon, Kabukimonogatari is a time-travelling, tongue-twisting treat.
SCORE: 4/5
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