Calling this the “second season” is a bit incorrect considering we have Nisemonogatari to consider. But we’ll ignore the title for now and focus on the show itself. I’d like to mention beforehand that I love the “monogatari” series and may come off as a bit biased but I will try and be as fair as possible.
The story this time is set some months after Nisemonogatari and the main characters all have something to worry about once again. One by one their stories are told and each one is crazier than the previous. From time traveling to fighting unknown entities, this anime leaves one wanting for more. At first it seems as though each arc has no collection witch each other, but as the anime presses on the stories all seem to connect to each other. The last arc closes everything but also opens many doors which will no doubt be explored in the next installment of this series. Just as the previous series the art is great and abstract at times but that’s what makes it fun and interesting to watch. The character models seem to have remained untouched with the exception of some characters getting new haircuts. Music-wise it’s good to listen to. The BGM is solid and certain characters even have their own theme music such as Kaiki who appeared in Bakemonogatari as the con man who ruined Senjogahara’s teen life. He makes a surprising appearance later on in the anime and a very important role to play. It goes without saying Koyomi is dealing with a lot on his plate this time around as well.
One of the main complaints anime fans seem to have when watching this series is that there is a lot of dialogue, which is true. However, the way it’s presented is what makes it entertaining. The “monogatari” series distinguishes itself from other series by mixing art, abstract art, philosophy, and intelligent dialogue all in one. In a sense you don’t really know what it is you are watching or what is going on but its entertaining no matter how you look at it. It’s almost as if the entire anime is built around educating its viewers in philosophy and other aspects of life that may seem inconsequential unless asked. Most of the time, the meaning of the dialogues are metaphoric and conveys too many ideas. If I have any complaints is that the show tried too hard to be very philosophical at times. I get that it’s supposed to be asking and answering its own questions with deep and complicated answers but at times it felt a bit forced, as with previous “monogatari” installments.
All in all I enjoyed this anime and truth be told it is not for everyone. Despite that I hope everyone who reads this gives it a try as it is a very interesting series with much more to offer.
Score - 9.5/10
- 프리마돈나 (Prima Donna) (intro)
- 건 (Gun)
- 세치혀 (Rumor)
- A Few Good Man
- Last Scene
- 천생여자 (天生女子) (Just A Girl)
- 미스 에이전트 (Miss Agent)
- Time’s Up
- 몰라몰라 (OMG)
- 핑 (Ping)
- 아님 말구 (Don’t Come)
What a year this has been for K-Pop. The ladies of Nine Muses are back with their third album and comeback titled Prima Donna. Prima Donna is their first full-length album consisting of 11 tracks as listed above. I hold Nine Muses on a high pedestal because their releases have been consistently good. It’s hard for a Korean girl group to manage a solid release one after another. There are various reasons for this but listing them would take too long and mostly K-Pop insiders care for that sort of thing, anyways…
Beginning with their 2011 release of Figaro, 9Muses have distinguished themselves as a retro pop group. They have been sticking to their retro pop concept which seems to have worked for them as they have gained popularity with each comeback. Starting with the first song titled accordingly, “Prima Donna”, we are given a brief 1:07 intro as to what the theme of the album will be like. Like their previous releases, Prima Donna continues the retro pop sound they are now known for. Their alliance with the famous Korean producers “Sweetune” has once again hit another home-run.
Prima Donna has some very good songs and then some rather weak songs that still manage to make you listen to them rather than discard them. Very few idol groups out there can manage this in my opinion. Most of the time it’s the title track and maybe two or three songs in the album that you like and the rest are just there. Gun is the title track and it’s a very good one at that. It reminds me of some classic surf and turf songs you hear on 80’s movies. I very much like the retro 80’s vibe the album gives off overall. Some songs are more retro than others. “Don’t Come” and “Miss Agent” are perfect examples, it’s like listening to a modern version of an 80’s pop song. Both are really great songs to listen to, you can’t help but tap your feet at the catchy beat and addicting melodies.
I think Sweetune is the best thing that ever happened to them to be honest, just about everything they make together is golden. If I had to give the album a rating it would be 9/10 because it really is a solid album. I don’t hate any of the songs, though I do have favorites such as “Time’s Up” and “Last Scene”. “Last Scene” in particular is great for several reasons. One of the most important being it shows the main singers of the group can actually sing, such as Sera, Hyuna, and Hyemi. “Last Scene” is also a great song because it’s such a soothing song. “Times Up” is more upbeat, I would compare it to “Action” from their previous album “Wild”. Both songs are my absolute favorites from both albums as they are catchy and the reason why Nine Muses is such a complete group. I’ll be ordering my physical copy asap to support the girls for having such a great album. I wish I could have provided snippets of the songs in this brief review but I cannot because of the format I chose to write this on tumblr. Hopefully all you who cared to read this give 9Muses a chance if you haven’t heard of them before. For those who know them, support our girls! Buy their album and vote for them on music shows!
Score - 9/10