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The Bakemonogatari re-watch is back! This week let’s discuss the fourth arc of the series, The Nadeko Snake Arc. This arc marked a real turning point for me in the series in the way that it showcased a much more uncomfortable side to the series and the big ideas within it. In this episode, I touch on how exactly it creates this uneasy mood from the perspective of audio as well as visual direction, why appearance and reality are such important concepts to not only this arc but the series as a whole & more!

THIS EPISODE CONTAINS SPOILERS (nadeko snake):
Timestamps:

0:00 – Previously & Intro

2:24 – Spoiler Warning

5:33 – Storyboard Staff & Direction

8:42 – Creating Contrast (Audio)

13:52 – Creating Contrast (Visual)

16:00 – Appearance vs. Reality & Presence vs. Absence

19:07 – A Real Life Takeaway?

20:45 – The Turning Point

22:50 – An Uncomfortable Anime

25:45 – Closing Thoughts

27:45 – Outro + Music Credits

Relevant Links:

Bakemonogatari (2009) (MyAnimeList)

Music in this production:

Mandatory Overtime by Joth

Synth Wave by Alex by Alex McCulloch

Difference by chasersgaming

China Town by Alex McCulloch

“Anomaly”

Eric Matyas

www.soundimage.org (Edited for length)

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