Transioning from the brilliant Bakemonogtari (the first series) to Nisemonogatari (the second series) was a bit awkward at first as the first few episodes were a bit rough to watch with the scenes reintroducing characters feeling very forced nearly making me give up on the show entirely. Once those introductory episodes are done with you will be reunited with the reasons of why you fell in love with the show to begin with. Story is fairly simple but so full of flavor with some great characters although you may hate them at first but you'll soon get over that. I also enjoy that all the characters have aged giving the show some extra charm... well nearly all of them as Koyomi looks the exact same which I'm guessing it is because of his vampirism causing him not to age a single day and if that's the case I give the crew extra credit for paying attention to detail.
Artwork is really strong with vibrant colors all the way to the smoothest shades. Art is also pretty crazy with backgrounds that are so weird looking yet mundane all at the same time and I like how the style switches to very cartoony when they aren't being serious. Japanese dub is the same as it has been since Bakemonogatari which isn't bad as it's a very good dub. Soundtrack is also really good with a nice J-Rock sound that is hard to dislike.
Only one special feature is part of this release and that is the packaging is in the form of an hardback art-book with some lovely pictures and profiles on some of the characters that appear in the show. Overall this was a fairly decent show but it did piss me off at times during the beginning but it improved greatly after that. However it's no way near as brilliant as Bakemonogatari but still I recommend watching this one.
Title: Nisemonogatari Part 1
Animation Studio: Shaft
Genre: Animation/Anime, Lo-Fi Horror/Supernatural, Thriller. Black Comedy, Drama
Running Time: 168 Minutes (7 Episodes)
Distributor: Hanabee Entertainment (http://www.hanabee.com.au/)
Rating: MA15+ (Strong sexual themes, Fantasy violence)